Travis, a Unity College alum, currently is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Southern Maine. His research focus is on sustainable material use with a focus on innovative policy approaches to maximize waste prevention of electronic waste and fluorescent lighting. Travis has published many books and peer-reviewed journal articles and presented nationally and internationally on sustainable material use and active learning–based pedagogy in environmental science. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a private consultant and as a government contractor in Washington, DC, supporting environmental policy and management projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army.
Travis is a 1983 graduate of Unity College with a B.S. in environmental science. He received his Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource policy from The George Washington University and his M.P.P. in environmental policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at Unity College, Travis was President of the Student Government Association and co-captain of the lacrosse team.
Travis resides in Portland with his wife Amelia Randolph and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, playing saxophone and enjoying the gourmet delights of Portland.