Coastal Marine Policy:   Maine’s coastal and marine resources are important to the health of Maine’s coastal municipalities and economy; therefore, it is important to manage these resources effectively.  Regional, federal, and international jurisdictional boundaries combine with state management plans to create a complicated administrative environment.  This administrative environment is not conducive to the development and siting of important emerging technologies, like offshore wind farms requiring the agreement of multiple agencies, interests, and mandates. Currently, a draft of recommendations by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force on a National Ocean Policy is being reviewed by the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, with Maine Senator Olympia Snowe as the ranking Republican.  The framework of the new national policy would incorporate an ecosystem-based approach to management thus changing the current federal marine management system, impacting Maine's.


John Abbett
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy, concentration in Administrative Science

Areas of interest: Carbon offsets, emissions trading

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Chris Englert
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Majors: Environmental Studies: Policy; Geology

Areas of Interest: Coastal geology & mapping, renewable energy, green business

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Rivers and Dams: The post-WWII, baby-boomer era saw federal and state agencies striving to keep pace with the country’s demand for water and electricity. Numerous hydroelectric and flood control dams were constructed throughout the country into the 1970’s, often with little research into their long term effects upon the river ecosystems. Today, as many of these dams are reaching the end of their life cycle, an important question has arisen: Should these dams be relicensed, abandoned, or removed? Removal has become an increasingly viable option, though as yet relatively few dams have actually been breached. The policy and environmental implications of removal, however, are extremely germane topics in today’s world.

Sam Brakeley
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of Interests: River and land conservation, wind power

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Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Government

Areas of Interests:  Environmental negotiation, national and state parks

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Organic Agriculture: Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture in the U.S., increasing rapidly since the passage of national organic certification standards.  Organic agriculture has both environmental and human health benefits, as well as economic advantages. Additionally, other forms of alternative agriculture such as local and sustainable are intertwined with organic and are also important to consider for their environmental and economic benefits. Examining factors that influence organic production, and also local and sustainable farming practices, will help policy makers in Maine and other states to promote alternative agricultural practices and assist farmers in the transition from conventional to organic farming methods.



Emily Boone
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy; Economics

Areas of interest: Renewable energy, human rights and the environment, sustainable development

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Megan Browning
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: New York City

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of interest: Organic agriculture, environmental education, sustainable cities

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Sustainable Cities: Towns and cities across the country have a newfound interest in addressing sustainability issues in an effort to cut costs and respond to citizen demands for reduced environmental impacts of municipal governments.  Maine municipalities face unique challenges to keeping budgets low in the face of rising energy and waste disposal costs, especially due an energy-inefficient building stock, high transportation and road maintenance costs, and dwindling landfill space.  Successful policies and public participation can help shape the kinds of communities necessary for the future, and provide helpful examples for other towns and cities striving for sustainability.


Steve Erario
Class Year: 2010

Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut

Major: Environmental Studies: Policy

Areas of interest: Energy and climate change, waste and recycling, community-driven sustainability

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Hometown: Simsbury, CT

Major: Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Policy; minor: Music

Areas of Interests: Environmental education, sustainable communities, organic agriculture

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