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Shoals Lab Gets Greener

Wind Turbine

The Shoals Marine Lab outpost on Appledore Island, off the coast of Maine, is even more sustainable, thanks to a new water conservation building. A grant from the Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories Program at the National Science Foundation helped cover the costs of the $165,000 project, completed in November, which will eliminate the need for 40 percent of the water formerly used for sanitation. A rooftop solar heating system will also provide a steady supply of hot water for kitchen and showers.

It’s just one more way Assistant Director for Island and Coastal Operations Ross Hansen is advancing his goal to transform the lab’s operation from a 10,000-gallon diesel-generator power grid to a green grid, powered by solar panels and an 80-foot wind turbine. Island inhabitants do their part by taking limited showers and composting almost everything.

Sustainability also will be an integral part of a revamped curriculum, with a new offering in sustainable marine fisheries, a beefed-up sustainable engineering internship program, and core courses redesigned to meet changing requirements for life sciences majors. The Shoals Lab has a new base on the Ithaca campus, moving from Stimson Hall to Kennedy Hall, next to the Call Alumni Auditorium.