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As one of the first four colleges in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality, Colby is a national leader in sustainability and environmental education.
Colby College is a leader among its peer institutions with a total of 14 LEED certified spaces”. While attending the ATC Maine 2017 Conference, you will have many opportunities to be in and out of several of these LEED standard buildings on campus.
During the conference week, there will be tours offered three (3) days of Colby’s State of the Art Biomass Plant. This plant primarily burns locally and sustainable sourced forest products to heat buildings and hot water on campus and debris from sustainable forest operations within roughly a 50-mile radius of campus. . The biomass plant handles an estimated 90% of the campus steam demand. It offsets more than one million gallons of residual oil a year with about 22 thousand tons of low-grade forest waste
You will find these recycling stations in many buildings and residence halls.
Colby composts over 100 tons of pre- and post-consumer waste with a portion going to an Anaerobic Digester in Exeter, Maine - http://www.exeteragrienergy.com/ .Their composting and recycling initiatives have been recognized nationally. If of interest to you, this plant welcomes visitors and is located within one hour from Colby and would make a nice self-guided excursion.
Bring a Water Bottle: A three year student led campaign to remove bottled water from campus has successfully eliminated bottled water from catered events on campus, including meals, lectures, and meetings, and from campus-wide events such as commencement, reunion weekend, and orientation. In addition, the campus bookstore and spa have also stopped selling bottled water.
The Colby museum is already considered among the most significant and largest college art museums in the United States.In February 2017, the Lunder Family Foundations’ second gift of more than $100 million, includes about 1,500 works of art by more than 150 artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claes Oldenburg and Ai Weiwei.and will launch the Lunder Institute for American Art, whose focus will be the practice, study and exhibition of American art and helps establish Colby as the only liberal arts college with a top museum and a global research center dedicated to American art.
Currently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is hosting "Marsden Hartley's Maine," a 90-plus-piece exhibition showcasing Hartley's work about his home state. That same show will travel to Colby College in June and be on exhibit during the ATC Conference. The museum will be open to all conference attendees free of charge (except for Monday when it is normally closed).On August 3 & 4, preceding the conference, ATC, the Maine Arts Council and the National Park Service will host the Art and Land Conservation Symposium, which will consider in part the role that Marsden Hartley (along with numerous other artists) has played in Land Conservation.
Wildlife Management District
For its first 100+ years, Colby was located in downtown Waterville. Over a 10 year period (1942-1952), the College transitioned to its new larger 714-acre campus location on Mayflower Hill (about 2 miles away). Approximately 90% of the main campus (640 acres) is designated as a Wildlife Management Area by the State of Maine (since 1953). Only about 1/3rd of the campus is developed. Over 7 miles of trails provide access to the undeveloped sections of campus including the 160-acre Perkins arboretum. Click HERE for a link to the campus trails map.
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