State of Maine's Environment 2005
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An Environmental Assessment  
      State of Maine's Environment 2005

The State of Maine: An Environmental Assessment is an occasional series of reports written by senior environmental policy majors enrolled in the Environmental Policy Practicum in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, Maine. The following 8 students (listed in alphabetical order) wrote the 2005 State of Maine report.


Sandy Beauregard 05, Rangeley, Maine: Sandy is an Environmental Policy major at Colby and spent her junior year studying engineering at Dartmouth College. She recently traveled to Kenya with the Dartmouth chapter of Engineers Without Borders to install a well with a solar-powered pump in a rural village. Following graduation she will return to Dartmouth for one year to complete a degree program in Mechanical Engineering. In the future, Sandy plans to pursue a career that combines her environmental interests and technical, engineering knowledge.


Kristin Blodgett 05, East Wallingford, Vermont: As a senior at Colby College she studies both international relations and environmental policy. Earlier this year Kristin spent five months in Tanzania learning about conservation and wildlife ecology in East Africa. Upon graduating from Colby she hopes to do more traveling, and perhaps to return to Africa, before attending graduate school.


Randa Capponi 05, Steep Falls, Maine: As a young girl Randa enjoyed venturing through the woods with her dad to look for wildlife. It was these experiences with her father that led her to become an Environmental Policy major at Colby. Randa, also an Italian studies minor, spent spring semester of her junior year in Florence, Italy where she lived with a little Italian woman who taught her how to cook delicious and authentic Italian meals. After completing her studies at Colby she plans to continue her interest in the environment by going back to school for environmental law. She enjoys celebrating holidays, hanging out with friends and family, watching sports, camping, and cooking Italian food.


Caitlin Cleaver 05, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania: Cait came to love the environment from summers at the beach and hiking in New England. At Colby, she has been involved with Colby Womenís Volleyball and was able to study wildlife ecology in Tanzania for a semester. In the future, she hopes to pursue climate change or wildlife management. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and drinking coffee.


Nathaniel Dick 05, North Attleboro, Massachusetts: Nate is an Environmental Studies major with a focus in environmental policy. His love for the environment stemmed from fishing trips with his father in Alaska, where he was born and lived for a brief time. At Colby, he is involved with Colby Menís Basketball. After graduation, Nate plans on living in the Boston metropolitan region and hopes to pursue a career combining his interests in the environment and sustainable development. In his spare time he enjoys bike riding, being with friends, and watching movies.


Hilary Langer 05, Boxford, Massachusetts: At Colby, she is a double major in International Studies and Environmental Policy and recently spent the semester in South Africa studying rural development programs. After graduation, Hilary hopes to pursue a career that would allow her to combine her interest in the environment and human rights. She loves running, sailing, and going on adventures.


Scott Shahverdian 05, Canton, Connecticut: He is an Environmental Studies major with a focus in environmental policy and recently had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica where he focused on local sustainable development issues and development pressures in developing countries. After graduation Scott hopes to work for environmental advocacy groups and pursue his love of the outdoors climbing and backpacking.


Jenny Venezia 05, Wilton, Connecticut: Jenny has been calling the Green Mountain State home since her junior year of high school. She splits her down time between the dirt roads, open fields, and wooded hills of Poultney and Waitsfield; and the Green mountains anytime thereís snow. At Colby, she has found her dogs away from home at the Waterville Humane Society, brought some multicultural flair to campus as the publicity chair for the Pugh Community Board, and had an excellent time as the lead jumper for Oakland Elementary schoolís jump rope club. She is thankful that Colby is only an hour or so away from Sunday River and Sugarloaf and that, as an Environmental Policy major, she got to spend an entire JanPlan snowboarding and working as an environmental intern at Sugarbush Ski Mountain in Vermont.



State of Maine's Environment, Colby College, Environmental Studies Program
Content by Students in ES493: Environmental Policy Practicum
Philip Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
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