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4-H Club Program - The Sustainable Living Project

Sustanable livingThe Sustainable Living Project is an opportunity for 4th-10th grade youth to learn about the elements of sustainable living and how they can use this learning opportunity to positively influence their communities. Participants will be able to attend monthly hands-on learning events conducted by the UMaine Cooperative Extension and collaborative organizations.

Sustainable living is more than using energy-saving light bulbs and taking shorter showers. Although these practices may help on an individual level, they do nothing to affect the systemic problems that threaten our well-being. Participants learn that sustainability is a balance between three realms: society, environment, and economics. A truly sustainable choice will balance the needs of people, nature, and budgets.

The Sustainable Living Project is an opportunity for 4th-10th grade youth to learn how to work for a sustainable future.

We will be having an informational night, Monday November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at the UMaine Regional learning center at 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. The informational night is for children and their parents interested in enrolling in the Sustainable Living Project.

What you will learn:

  • Sustainable living concepts
  • Awareness of community sustainability.


Will be based on participant interest, but could include Fresh-water stewardship, Ocean habitat, Forest use , Energy issues, Transportation, Sea-level rise, Global climate change, Farming

What’s required?

  • Monthly hands-on learning events, usually every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Developing a service learning project
  • Participants will work in groups with at least one adult group leader.
  • Groups will meet independently at least once a month.

Membership in 4-H is not required but it is strongly encouraged to enroll as a 4-H’er through SLP.

For further information contact:

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, ME, 04105
(207) 781-6099
1-800- 287-1471 (Maine only)

The University of Maine is a network of innovators who are leading the way in sustainable living in Maine and willing to guide the next generation of leaders. These experts will share their work and experience in monthly hands-on learning activities. Topics could include freshwater management, ocean resource management, energy usage, transportation, global climate change, sustainable business models, farming practices, forest use, and many others. Learn about what projects these experts are working on.

Participants take these lessons a step further by implementing their own sustainability service learning projects to address issues at the community scale. As a team, participants will identify a problem, create a plan, and implement a solution. Inspired by local leaders and the success of their own projects, they will be empowered to continue their success. There is no or minimal cost to participate. Participating in this project does not require 4-H membership; however it is strongly encouraged.

For further information regarding the Sustainable Living Project, our monthly programs, or to register, please contact Phil Jellen at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (Maine only) or

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207-781-6099.





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