Through a very generous gift from Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck, Colby College established the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment in 2017. Through a series of grant programs, the Buck Lab supports broad initiatives at Colby focused on climate change and other environmental issues, including student and faculty research, experiential learning opportunities, student internships with collaborative partners doing environmental work, community engagement, professional skills development, and career networking.
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT IN A PANDEMIC
The summer of 2020 was like no other, with a pandemic raging in much of the world. But the Buck Lab carried on, funding student research projects and internships, albeit remote experiences only. We are so proud of our students for designing amazing projects and being willing to intern from home.
Senior Environmental Science major Dominick Leskiw ’21 spent the summer doing a remote internship at Earth Island Journal (see his articles here and here), and researching the material culture of trees.
CLIMATE STORYTELLING PROJECT
The Buck Lab is supporting a collaboration between Colby students and Maine filmmaker Charles Stuart to produce short films that tell stories of grassroots climate action in Maine. In the summer of 2019, students Conor Larkin ’20 (environmental policy major) and Megan Andersen ’22 (environmental science major), pictured below, uncovered many inspiring stories from communities all over Maine.
Four amazing films have been made so far! (Click on the links here.)