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Looking up through tree canopy in forest

In Search of Climate Solutions

Climate Research Katie Lebling ’10Research analyst, World Resources Institute Katie Lebling’s childhood was filled with all things outdoors. Her mother, an environmentalist, seized every opportunity to bring her children close to nature in their Boston suburb. They camped. They watched birds. They swam in lakes. Imbued with…

Hurricane damage in Caribbean city

Justice for Islands that Suffer Most

Human Geography Stacy-ann RobinsonAssistant Professor of Environmental Studies For Stacy-ann Robinson, it’s personal. Robinson grew up in Jamaica and has seen the destruction levied on the island by extreme storms. A human geographer and assistant professor of environmental studies at Colby, Robinson has also seen firsthand the…

Maya Lin, Disappearing Bodies of Water: Arctic Ice (Detail), 2013. Vermont Danby marble on granite base (AP 1/1) 48 x 46 x 52 in. (121.92 x 116.84 x 132.08 cm) The Lunder Collection. © Maya Lin, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Climate Conversations—In Our Galleries

Encounters with Art Sharon CorwinCarolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art One day last spring, a group of students came to the Colby Museum of Art to study and discuss Maya Lin’s sculpture Disappearing Bodies of Water, Arctic Ice (2013). It was exciting and…

London financial district skyline

Fighting Climate Change Is a Capital Idea

Climate Investments Graham Macmillan ’97Chief Executive Office, Visa Foundation In coming years, action on climate may come from what some would consider the least likely direction—capital markets. Where some people might consider the demands of capital markets to be at the root of social and…

CO2 emissions from coal power plant

Reduce that Footprint

Philosophy and Action David Farnsworth ’78Regulatory Assistance Project David Farnsworth ’78 travels the world, advising utility regulators and private citizens how to reduce their carbon footprints. But he is less an evangelist than a keen connoisseur of eco-friendly energy options. I learned this the hard way recently when…

Close view of tilled field on farm

On Climate, Think Globally and Act Locally

Farming and Climate Allison Chatrchyan ’92Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions For the past decade, Allison Morrill Chatrchyan ’92 has attended Empire Farm Days, an annual agriculture show in upstate New York, to talk about climate change with farmers and others in the…

Gail Carlson

Maine College Students Gather at Colby for Climate Action

Over 100 students from a dozen schools across the state gathered in the Diamond Building for Colby’s Maine College Climate Action Summit on Nov. 9, united by their commitment to combat climate change.

Steven Nicholas story detail of shelf in office with family photos

For Children’s Sake

For three decades, Steve Nicholas has worked to create more sustainable cities. He tells videographer Reggie Huang why we must make progress on this urgent problem before it’s turned over to the next generation Related…

Cal Waichler, Wild Mercy, 2017. Trace monotype, 9x23 in. (Detail)

The Lives of Trees
Lending voice and image to the bellwether redwood

A Voice for the Environment Cal Waichler ’21 When she arrived at Colby, Cal Waichler ’21 set out to study Maine’s forests, including old-growth tracts in the Pine Tree State. To her dismay, she discovered there were practically none. This prompted Waichler to consider the lives of…

Arid, brown canyon landscape with river

A Climate Storyteller

If you’ve followed the career of outdoor writer Heather Hansman ’05, you’ll recognize her gasping for air after dumping her raft-load of customers into a Class V rapid on the Gauley River, avoiding avalanches in deep backcountry powder in the Rockies and Cascades, or dodging toxic algae and scary…