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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Sandy Beauregard
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colby College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kevin Bright
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine, offers a semester-in-residence program for Colby College students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of oceanography and hands-on research experience through immersion in a professional laboratory environment. Available in fall only, the intensive research experience is focused on ocean science within a changing global climate, and covers topics such as microbial oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, molecular approaches to biological oceanography, and pelagic ecology; implications for public policy are explored within each of these topics. There are also programs available at Bigelow over JanPlan and the Summer.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Bigelow’s community of scientists conduct basic research on the biological, chemical, and physical processes of the oceans, and is internationally recognized for its unique blend of cross-disciplinary research. All classes and lab activities in the semester program are delivered by world-renowned Bigelow Senior Research Scientists and Research Scientists, who have extensive undergraduate teaching and mentoring experience. Small class sizes and an emphasis on research in the lab and field ensure that students receive individual attention and plenty of hands-on research experience, which gives these students an advantage in their lives after Colby.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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