The University of Maine’s Campuses for Environmental Stewardship groups will present student service-learning projects from 12:30–3 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union. Students, faculty and community members will be in attendance.
Projects conducted this semester focused on issues of importance in the state including: sustainable tourism, mining activities, Penobscot River water rights, and the creation of a national park in northern Maine. The projects are part of a multi-state collaborative to support curricular innovation and environmental stewardship.
Sandra De Urioste-Stone, a professor of nature-based tourism, led the class, SFR 493: Sustainable Tourism Planning. Students in her class worked to develop a regional sustainable tourism plan for the communities of Bethel, Newry, Rumford, Norway and South Paris.
Thirty-two undergraduates and eight graduate students took the course taught by John Daigle, a professor of forest recreation management. The students worked on the research project, “Mining in Maine: Characterization of Public Perceptions and Mineral Reaction Rates under Maine’s Environmental Conditions,” which is being led by Amanda Olsen, an Earth science professor; Jean MacRae, a civil and environmental engineering professor; and De Urioste-Stone.