Robert Fish, Age 23

Bar Harbor, ME



"The Markets Campaign at the College of the Atlantic first involved a national campaign to use market power by targeting retailers of old growth/endangered forest products. The result of our campaign was a non-violent blockade of Wickes Lumber in Bangor in protest of their continued sale of lumber from International Forest Products(InterFor), a company logging in the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. The second part involves using the college's market power to facilitate more sustainable forestry in Maine and around the world. After a year of at times frustrating work, College of the Atlantic became the first college in the country to pass a comprehensive wood and paper procurement policy. The policy calls on the college to purchase only wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as sustainably harvested, and paper that is 100% post-consumer waste, recycled paper. This results in the permanent preservation of 20 pristine rainforest valleys and deferrals of logging in another 68 valleys."

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2ND ANNUAL  P Brower Youth Awards