Environmental Research and Stewardship
What We Build, and How, and Why
Bowdoin's newest academic building, the Roux Center for the Environment, combines these questions and ideas and puts them directly into practice. The building itself is LEED-platinum certified, and makes use of rooftop gardens, cutting-edge heating and energy solutions, water reuse, and integrated indigenous landscaping.
But as impressive as it stands on its own, the Roux Center exemplifies much more than a building: it combines faculty from across disciplines all over campus to address the pressing issues of the environment in ways that combine the science and the data with ideas about policy, belief systems, cost and profit, aesthetics, culture, and trust.
“We have outstanding faculty and students in a variety of disciplines doing important work across a diverse set of problems related to the environment.”
At the Epicenter of Big Ideas
The Gulf of Maine is the fastest-warming body of water in the world. The state of Maine itself is undergoing substantial economic and environmental changes related to fishing, logging, farming, and tourism.
Our location in Brunswick gives us access to diverse ecosystems—tidal areas, marshes, forests, open ocean, beaches, rivers, bays, and inlets—but also access to the people and projects that depend on them. Rural farming, alternative energy solutions, city airports struggling with migrating seabirds—these are all issues found within half an hour of Bowdoin's campus.