Saint Joseph's College professor receives award

March 27, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail

The eco-friendly efforts of Dr. Janice Rey, a professor of education at Saint Joseph's College, were honored this week when she received the eco-Excellence award for the town of Standish. The award is given to area citizens by ecomaine.

Lynne Richard, of the Portland Water District, nominated Dr. Rey for her outstanding leadership and effort in establishing an environmental education program for elementary education majors at the college. In her nomination, Richard said, "Dr. Rey has inspired dozens of future teachers to include environmental stewardship into their own course work with the hope of having a long-term impact on the future."

Working with Portland Water District, Dr. Rey incorporated Project WET, an international water resources curriculum, into her course work beginning in 2007. She also established a community service link whereby her students taught hands-on water-related lessons to Portland Housing Authority residents enrolled in after-school programs.

In 2009, Dr. Rey expanded her curriculum by implementing Project Learning Tree, a curriculum designed to teach forestry and its management.