DEP Commissioner Littell at UMaine Monday

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection commissioner David Littell will visit the University of Maine on Monday, April 5  as part of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Program.

Littell has been commissioner since January 2006.  He oversees an extensive state agency with more than 400 employees, including scientists, geologists, engineers and environmental specialists.  The department has four offices around Maine.  A former practicing attorney, Littell graduated from Princeton College and Harvard Law School.  He also served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve.

At UMaine on Monday, Littell will spend time visiting with UMaine students, faculty members and staff members to learn more about the university’s teaching and research activities related to our environment.  News coverage possibilities include tours of the AEWC: Advanced Structures and Composites Center with Prof. Habib Dagher from 9:45-11 a.m. and of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute with Prof. Hemant Pendse from 11-11:40 a.m.  Between 3 and 3:50 p.m., he will meet with scientists involved in UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative.  A full schedule is available upon request.

The Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows Program, which began in the spring of 2006, brings Maine elected officials and senior policymakers to UMaine for intensive one-day programs through which they can learn more about UMaine, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and the work of the university’s faculty members and students. It is also intended to provide opportunities for UMaine students to have access to high-level public officials, through whom they can learn more about government and the development of public policy.