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USM's Robert Sanford appointed to Maine Board of Environmental Protection

Robert Sanford

University of Southern Maine (USM) Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford has been appointed by Gov. Janet Mills to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.

Sanford, of Gorham, is chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at USM, a position he has held since 2010. He was appointed to his first term on the BEP by the governor in July.

Sanford holds master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an undergraduate degree in anthropology from SUNY Potsdam. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on environmental planning and policy, applied archeology, instruction and civic engagement. 

"It is an honor to be selected for the environmental board,” Sanford said of his appointment. “I am sure I will learn a great deal about natural resource use and regulation in Maine and I look forward to contributing to impartial environmental decisions."

Sanford joined USM’s faculty in 1996. Prior to that, he served 10 years as an Environmental Board District Coordinator for the state of Vermont, administering a land-use permitting program for one of Vermont's nine environmental districts. 

In addition to his extensive teaching and academic research responsibilities, Sanford has served on numerous advisory committees for state and local government as well as non-profit organizations including the Maine Water Resources Committee, the Maine Farmland Project and the Friends of the Presumpscot River.

Sanford also served on the Town of Gorham's Municipal Recycling Committee for ten years. He lives in Gorham with his wife and son.