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GOMI faculty advisor Diane Lauber (far left photo) examined a sturgeon during an environmental con-
ference in Nova Scotia; Conservation Ambassadors from Lowell and Newburyport (center and far right
photos) teamed up to collect recyclables at the Lowell Summer Music Festival.
MCC Joins Gulf of Maine Institute
to Raise Environmental Awareness
iddlesex is the first college to be
invited to join the Gulf of Maine
Institute (GOMI). This regional initiative
is designed to inspire young people to take
action in achieving healthy stewardship
for the Gulf of Maine an area stretching
from Cape Cod to the southwestern tip
of Nova Scotia, Canada.
GOMI, a nonprofit organization,
has traditionally only worked with high
school students, but decided to extend an
invitation to Middlesex students due to the
location of the Lowell campus.
"GOMI values Lowell's qualities as
a diverse, urban location within the
watershed," said Diane Lauber, MCC's
GOMI faculty advisor. "This partnership
offers our students an opportunity to
understand themselves as members of a
larger global community and create a
positive change in that community."
Students Danzel Jones and Yerkeley
Gomez, of Lawrence, and Marangely Pagan
and Emmanuel Appiah, of Lowell, have
teamed up with members of the Lowell
This combined group of students, known
as the Lowell Conservation Ambassadors,
represented the college and the Lowell
community last June at a weeklong GOMI
environmental conference at Acadia
University in Nova Scotia. Under the
guidance of environmental activists,
educators and scientists, the students
studied a variety of environmental issues,
including tidal energies, the impacts of
community gardens, tracking currents in
the Bay of Fundy, salt marsh ecology,
and climate change.
Working quickly after their return from
Nova Scotia, the Lowell Conservation
Ambassadors invited the Newburyport
GOMI team to work with them at the
Lowell Summer Music Festival in July.
The team helped collect recyclables from
various festival locations, delivered them
to a collection station, and helped sort
the materials so they could be
recycled properly.
Since then, the Lowell Conservation
Ambassadors have created a new student
club, called the United Conservation
The UCAN Club's first major initiative will
be working in conjunction with MCC's
Sustainability Advisory Committee to
support the college's Zero Waste initiative.
The Conservation Ambassadors, including
the Lowell YWCA, plan to work with the
city of Lowell's Solid Waste and Recycling
Department to initiate recycling programs
in Lowell public schools where there
currently are none. "Currently, Lowell
public schools are not recycling milk
and juice cartons," said Appiah. "We are
going to help them start recycling these
materials. We want to teach children to be
more aware of the environment and learn
to take care of and protect it."
UCAN also plans to initiate other
environmental campaigns in the college
and Lowell communities. These include
creating educational videos, bringing
speakers to campus to talk about
environmental issues, and connecting
with local community gardens.
Tura Linderholm