Through a very generous gift from Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck, Colby College established in 2017 the Buck Lab for Climate & Environment, a nexus for Colby students, faculty and community partners to collaborate on environmental scholarship, teaching and learning, civic engagement, and career explorations. The Buck Lab is also an incubator to incentivize new and broad-reaching interdisciplinary work to further understand and solve the world’s daunting environmental and climate-related challenges. By disseminating the insights gained from the environmental work of students, faculty, and staff, the Buck Lab creates a highly visible public face for Colby’s strong contributions to and leadership role in the study of the environment.
In the Portland Press Herald, Sandy Buck said about the Buck Lab, “There has never been a more important time for innovative thinking and investment in environmental issues. Having worked with Maine’s environmental organizations for a long time, I see how hungry they are for collaboration, and how much we have to do to change course and leave this planet in a better place for the next generation. I can’t think of a better way to do it than providing opportunities for young people who are passionate about this work.”
Through a series of grants programs, the Buck Lab supports student and faculty research, experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and in the field, student internships with new collaborative partners doing environmental work, community engagement, professional skills development, career networking, and travel to professional meetings.