Students, Professors Collaborate on Ethiopia Church Forests Paper

Two assistant professors of environmental studies, Travis Reynolds and Denise Bruesewitz, and three Colby students have published an article in African Journal of Ecology. The paper, titled “Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: Evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses,” is available in an early online version. Sara LoTemplio ’16, an...

Colby Receives $1M Gift to Fund Environmental Studies Research and Resident Lectureship

Colby College’s commitment to providing its students universal access to research experiences will soon be augmented by a $1 million gift honoring Oak Professor of Biological Sciences Russ Cole, who retires this year. The generous gift from Trustee Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and her husband, Ted Wolff ’86, will fund the Russ Cole Research Fellows...

Gastaldo Wins Geological Society of America’s Cady Award

Robert A. Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professer of Geology, will receive the 2016 Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Geological Society of America’s Energy Division. The award will be formally presented at the GSA’s annual meeting in Denver Sept. 25-28. The Cady Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of coal...

Colby Solar Panel Project Gets Broad Press Coverage

News of construction of Colby’s nine-acre solar farm, just underway, caught the attention of media outlets around the country. “Electrical work for the project will be done between now and August,” Kevin Bright, Colby’s sustainability coordinator, told the Portland Press Herald May 4,”and structures that hold the solar panels will be installed sometime after that.” WABI-TV...

Three Young Alumni on Outdoor 30 Under 30 List

Three Colby graduates—Blair Braverman ’11, Dan Opalacz ’10, and Sophie Sarkar ’11—were selected from more than 600 nominations for the Outdoor Industry Association’s inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30 list. Selected from a panel of outdoor industry standouts, the list highlights future game changers who are challenging the status quo and driving the industry forward, according...

Construction of Colby’s 1.9-Megawatt Solar Electricity Project Gets Started

More than 5,000 solar panels will be installed on Colby’s campus with site work beginning in May as the College launches a 1.9-megawatt photovoltaic energy project. The photovoltaic panels will be arrayed on nine acres of land between Washington Street and Interstate 95 around the storage building and Colby community gardens at the southwest corner...

Randy Papadellis ’79 on Future of Cranberries in Boston Magazine

All eyes are on Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis ’79, P’14, ’18, as the cranberry business faces tough obstacles from an overabundance of cranberry concentrate and a federal antitrust lawsuit. Boston Magazine‘s April issue profiles Papadellis, who saved the cranberry business in 2005 and runs the company as an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 grower-owners. “As the...

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Honors Colby’s Fish Choices

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute recognized Colby Dining Services and Sodexo for their use of underappreciated species from sustainable fisheries. Kyle Foley ’05, GMRI’s sustainable seafood brand manager, presented an award in April and is quoted from the institute’s press release praising the College for using 100-percent Gulf of Maine responsibly harvested whitefish in...

Wilson on the Audubon Bien Edition at Colby and the Carolina Parakeet

In his April 17 ornithology column in the MaineToday newspapers, Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson wrote about the Bien edition of Audubon’s Birds of North America that is currently on view in the Colby Special Collections library. Apropos of the coming Earth Day, Wilson provides a eulogy for the extinct Carolina parakeet, which is...

Seniors Clemens and Heisler Win Society for Human Ecology Award

Maravilla Clemens ’16 and Alex Heisler ’16 won the Richard J. Borden Award for best conference paper after presenting their research, “Cultivating Conservation in the Lake Tana Basin: Implications of a New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Model for Ecosystems and Livelihoods,” at the 2016 Society for Human Ecology Conference in Santa Ana, Calif., April 14. Their...

Landmark Conference Examines Community, Culture, Conservation

Humanity’s relationship with the natural world is the theme at a landmark conference that brought noted writers, scholars, performers, artists, public officials, and activists to Colby April 7-9. The conference, titled Community, Culture and Conservation, was part of a  yearlong series of events exploring the intersection of communities and nature. It led off with a...

Fleming’s Book on History of Meteorology in Nature Magazine

A review of Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming’s latest book, Inventing Atmospheric Science: Bjerknes, Rossby, Wexler, and the Foundations of Modern Meteorology (MIT Press, 2016), appears in the April 7 issue of Nature. Reviewer Alan Thorpe writes, “Fleming’s fascinating account clarifies why these [first] two were giants of leadership,” and...

Kyle Foley ’05 Talks Sustainable Seafood at Colleges, including Colby

A Boston Globe article on growth of sustainable seafood and underutilized species in college and university dining halls, including Colby’s, quotes Kyle Foley ’05, sustainable seafood brand manager for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. For more on Colby’s use of sustainable seafood, read this Colby Magazine article on sharks in Foss.

Earth Week 2014 Events, April 20-26

Attention Green Mules! April 20-26 is Earth Week, and we have big plans. There are activities each day, Sunday through Saturday, with the Environmental Expo on Tuesday, April 22, and our inaugural FreeCycle event Friday, April 25, as highlights. Come one, come all! Help celebrate green achievements from the past year.

RecycleMania 2014 Shows Tons of Colby Recycling

by Eda Reed ‘16 With more than 45 tons of Colby’s waste stream diverted from landfills in eight weeks, RecycleMania 2014 was a great success. Colby spent February and March working to increase recycling on campus and to divert as much waste as possible from landfills as part of the national recycling competition among higher education...

Colby Students Earn LEED for Green Associate Credential

During January Colby’s Sustainability Office offered a LEED for Green Associate course for interested students, faculty, and staff, and two students who took the course already passed the exam and are working on green building projects for the College. The course covered introductory information about the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), explored the Leadership...

EcoReps Find Opportunities in Waste Audit

“On Nov. 11 Lidia Henderson ’16 and Shannon Oleynik ’16 donned protective gloves and goggles to root through 25 bags of trash and recyclables from three residence halls. Their objective: to determine how effective students are at recycling. Their goal: to improve Colby’s recycling rate. Henderson and Oleynik are EcoReps”student environmental leaders who work to...

Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights Tested

Colby installed solar-powered parking-lot lights in a new parking area adjacent to the soccer/lacrosse field and is evaluating their performance this fall. The two units use highly efficient LED lamps powered by photovoltaic cells located at the top of the fixture. During the day the photovoltaic panels convert sunlight to electricity, which is stored in...

LED Lighting Retrofit at Hockey Arena

The Alfond Ice Rink has new, more efficient, LED lights that improve illumination, save energy in a couple of ways, and reduce maintenance costs.

Students Queue for 13th RESCUE Sale

One student’s trash is another’s treasure. Colby has taken advantage of this since 2001, when it established the RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Reusable Excess!) program. This year's sale was another big success.