- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A private liberal arts college in Waterville says it’s using a multimillion-dollar gift to launch a program that’ll give students opportunities to gain work and research experience with scientific groups working on sustainability and climate change.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2hxpROd ) Colby College received the donation from Sandy and Sissy Buck, of Cumberland Foreside. The college didn’t disclose the exact amount.

The Bucks are involved in environmental, conservation and philanthropic activities.

The college is launching the Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab, named after the couple. It is the first of several planned “Colby Labs.”

The Buck Lab will allow the college to grow its partnerships with research groups in Maine and develop others.

The college says the money will also fund travel for students conducting field research.

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