The Second International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) will be held on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine from June 15th to 17th, 2016. Located at the confluence of the Penobscot and Stillwater Rivers, Orono is home to the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. The campus features an extensive system of hiking trails, the Collins Center for the Arts, the Hudson Museum’s collection of Native American art and artifacts, a state of the art recreation facility, and impressive gardens.

The city of Orono is in central Maine and, along with Bangor to the south, is considered the gateway to the Maine’s North Woods as well as the Downeast region and Acadia National Park. June is an ideal time of year to visit the state, when the weather is pleasant and prior to the primary tourist season. If you plan to travel around the area either before or after the conference useful information is available from the Maine Office of Tourism.

Orono is easily reachable to car, bus, or air or a combination of the three: 

By Air: Bangor International Airport (BGR) is only a 20-minute drive from Orono and has a number of direct flights from Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Several car rental agencies are located at the airport. If you plan to stay and visit other parts of the state it might be worth renting a car. Otherwise taxis are available. For conference participants arriving during peak arrival and departure times, we will be coordinating several free shuttles between campus and the airport. If you are interested in reserving a spot on the shuttle please contact Cindy Isenhour (

Orono is also accessible from several other airports including Portland International Jetport (PWM, and not to be confused (!) with Portland International Airport (PDX) located in Portland Oregon) which is approximately 2 1/2 hours away and Boston Logan Airport (BOS) which is 4 hours away. All of the major car rental agencies have offices at both airports and high-quality coach service is also available through Concord Coach Lines.   

By Road: Orono is located just off the I-95 highway connecting Maine to Boston and New York to the south. It takes approximately four hours to drive from Boston to Orono. 

From the South Exit 191:

  • Coming from the south on I-95, take Kelley Road Exit #191.
  • Turn right at end of exit ramp. Drive 1 mile to the traffic light.
  • Take left onto Route 2. Drive 2.5 miles to the third set of traffic lights.
  • Turn left onto College Avenue.
  • Turn right at the University of Maine sign.

  • From the South Exit 193:

  • Coming from the south on I-95, take Stillwater Ave Exit #193.
  • Turn right towards the shopping center. 
  • Turn right at the fourth traffic light by McDonald’s and Maine Savings Federal Credit Union on College Avenue.
  • Take the third left onto Munson Road at the first University of Maine sign.

  • Parking: Conference registration and most conference activities will take place at the Wells Conference Center. Please park in the black commuter lot by the stadium. We will provide you with a parking pass at the conference check-in as well as a map of all parking locations.