Office: ML G31G
Phone: (304) 696-5432
Sam Colvin received a bachelor's degree and a
master's degree from WVU. He has taken postgraduate courses at Marshall.
Sam has worked on environmental issues since the first Earth Day in 1970. He
has been employed at the city, county and state levels in West Virginia. He
was an Extension Agent for two years and the Community Development Director
of Huntington for three years. He served as Executive Director of the WV
Resource Recovery-Solid Waste Disposal Authority for eleven years. He was a
market development representative for a major environmental company for one
year. He has operated an environmental consulting business since 1990.
Sam has been a member of the WV Solid Waste Management Board and the WV
Water Quality Advisory Committee. He served two years as Executive Director
of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education.
Sam's major environmental emphasis is solid waste, including recycling and
composting. He is a certified yard waste facility operator and has received
the National Backyard Compost training and the Compost Facility Best
Management Practices training.
Sam has taught at Marshall since the spring of 2000. He has taught ISC
Living on Earth, IST 111 Living Systems, IST 320 Nature of Environmental
Problems, and IST 321 Resolution of Environmental Problems. He has been
involved in two Campus Compact service learning grants.
His current research and service projects include (1) effects on plant
growth of crushed glass as a bulking agent for compost, (2) effectiveness of
Cabell County's proposed 50% waste reduction strategy, (3) Fourpole Creek
assessment and improvement, (4) environmental impacts on campus - student
campus observations, and (5) proposed campus food waste compost programs.
Sam lives in rural Wayne County, WV with his wife, Prudence, and their two
sons, Andrew and Samuel. The family is active in church and youth baseball.