Department or Program

Environmental Studies


The tension between fast industry construction that aims for profitability and slow local building that targets sustainability is problematic in our global economy. In the construction industry, turning to building with local materials is a solution that is both environmentally and economically sound. Using local materials in Chile and in Maine proves to be both environmentally and economically beneficial. Each region faces their own obstacles in terms of regulation, cultural resistance or cooperation and the revitalization of industries. As the sustainable movement expands, there needs to be a surge in advocacy for using local building materials. It is a sustainable solution that can be implemented globally.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Misty Beck

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


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