Project-Based Learning

Sustainable Campus Coalition

The Sustainable Campus Coalition is an organization on the UMF campus that focuses on helping students through the Thrifty Beaver, and educate them about sustainability through on campus events. In the 2020 Spring Semester they ran the Lorax Campaign, based off of the Lorax character from Dr. Seuss, to help educate students about the importance of having sustainability based groups on college campuses.

First Year Fusion


Presentation created by AJ Saulnier for the Maine Campus Compact highlighting various activities by the SCC.


Professor Matt McCourt watches a Sweatt-Winter student play with a weaving loom that his students designed.

In August 2019, UMF piloted a new set of First Year Fusion courses that began with a 5-day field experience prior to fall orientation. Two FYF sections led by Geography Professors Matt McCourt and Jesse Minor traveled around the state to speak and work with people who are Making Change in Rural Maine. After the students returned to campus to start the fall semester, these courses continued to incorporate experiential education in their curriculum through project-based learning to become local “change-makers” in the service of  Sweatt-Winter, the preschool located at the heart of UMF’s campus. McCourt’s section redesigned their play space based on the theory of nature-based playscapes the students had studied. Minor’s section proposed a new pedestrian bridge to replace a nearby crosswalk that had been removed to improve traffic flow but made it more difficult for the pre-schoolers to get down to the Sandy River. 

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