Travis Blackmer

Research Interests
Solid Waste
Small Business Development
Community Engagement

Research Projects:
Materials Management in Maine

News article – Garbage Man


  • University of Maine B.A. Economics
  • University of Maine M.A. Financial Economics


  • Macroeconomics
  • Small Business Economics


Travis Blackmer is a research associate with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. His research focus is on the Materials Management project. He is also an adjunct lecturer for the University of Maine’s School of Economics. Travis is from Dedham, Maine and is a graduate of the University of Maine with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Maine’s School of Economics.

Travis was a project leader for the Maine Waste Characterization Study commissioned by the State Planning Office in 2011 to categorize Maine’s waste. Travis presented the findings at the 2012 Maine Resource Recovery Association’s annual conference. Travis has been doing independent research on solid waste since 2012 with a focus on program impacts on waste and recycling tonnages along with analyzing the impacts of attitudes and behaviors on outcomes with regards to Pay-As-You-Throw. Travis currently is the research coordinator for the Mitchell Center’s Materials Management Research Team.

Travis has published both a staff paper on the Waste Characterization study with his former advisor George Criner and a journal article for the Maine Policy Review in the fall of 2014 with Dr. Criner as well. Travis has been the subject of several interviews conducted by; public radio, local news, and other organizations. Travis will be presenting the findings of his survey on PAYT attitudes and behaviors at the 2015 MRRA conference in April.

Selected Publications

Blackmer, T., & Criner, G. (2014). Impacts of Pay-As-You-Throw and Other Residential Solid Waste Policy Options: Southern Maine 2007–2013. Maine Policy Review23(2), 51-58.

Criner, G., & Blackmer, T. (2012). “Municipal Solid Waste Maine.” Waste 360.

Criner, George K, & Blackmer, T. “2011 Maine Residential Waste Characterization Study.” (2012). School of Economics Staff Paper