State of Maine's Environment 2007
Header image  
An Environmental Assessment  
     
   
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
State of Maine's Environment 2007

The State of Maine: An Environmental Assessment is an occasional series of reports written by senior environmental policy majors in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, Maine. This is the third in a series of reports that have been put together by students enrolled in ES493: Environmental Policy Practicum

The 2007 report focuses on four thematic areas: energy, land use planning and development, resource access in northern Maine, and environmental attitudes. For each topic, we explore the historical context, the current state of the issue, and examine trends to determine the impact that these issues have on Maine’s environment and potential policy options for the future.  

We summarize our results in our Executive Summary. You can read the full reports by linking to specific chapters or by downloading the complete report (pdf). We welcome your feedback and comments on these projects, and ideas for future reports.

 

State of Energy in Maine

Maine’s demand for energy is increasing while growing concerns about climate change and fossil fuel dependence put pressure on the industry to lower reliance on non-renewable resources.  In Maine, a variety of renewable energy options are available to address these concerns. To read more about the State of Energy in Maine click here.

 

State Land Use, Planning, and Development in Maine

Demographic and economic changes in Maine over the past few decades are influencing land use and development patterns.  These changes have environmental impacts that vary among different region’s within Maine’s incorporated municipalities.  To read more about the State Land Use, Planning, and Development in Maine click here.

 

The State of Land and Resource Use in the Unorganized Territories in Maine

Over half of Maine’s total land area falls within the Unorganized Territories under the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC).  Changing patterns of land ownership in this region is straining LURC’s regulatory capacity and potentially significantly impacting biological diversity and access to natural resources in the North Woods.  To read more about the The State of Land and Resource Use in the Unorganized Territories in Maine click here.

 

Envronmental Attitudes in Maine

Public opinion is an often-overlooked variable in policy implementation.  The attitudes of Mainers toward the environment can directly affect the formation and implementation of policy in the state. To read more about the State of Environmental Attitudes in Maine click here.

 



 
Download Full Report
 
 
             
 

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
5358 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901 USA; Email Us