School of Social Work to host public conference on environmental justice

The University of Maine School of Social Work will host a conference on the effects the natural environment has on our overall wellness, as well as the effects humans have on the natural environment.

“Environmental Justice: A Social Work Perspective” will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the D.P. Corbett Business Building.

It will feature two keynote speakers, as well as two facilitated panel discussions. Topics to be discussed will include mental and physical wellness, how maltreatment of the environment affects food and water, environmental conservation, and nature-based therapy.

William Hafford, an assistant professor of adventure therapy at Unity College, will deliver the first keynote at 10:15 a.m. Betsy Sweet, an environmental activist and Maine gubernatorial candidate, will speak at 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested. All professional social workers will be awarded five contact hours and a certificate of completion for full attendance.

A complete schedule is online. For more information, email or call 978.551.8466.