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Press & Media - Sustainable Maine Series Nominated for Three Emmys

May 2013

For the second year in a row, episodes of the Sustainable Maine documentary series were nominated for New England Regional Emmy Awards. The New England Emmy Awards recognize the best work being done in television throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In 2012, the first two episodes, “Desperate Alewives” and “The Triple Bottom Line” were nominated for Emmys. The 2013 nominated episodes include: “Pools, Policies and People – Maine’s Vernal Pools”, nominated for Outstanding Environmental Program; “Basket Trees – Saving a Tradition”, nominated for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program or Special; and “Saving Our Lakes”, nominated for Outstanding Societal Concerns Program.

Sustainable Maine is a partnership between the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), Maine EPSCoR, and the Sustainability Solution Initiative (SSI) a program of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine with funding support from the National Science Foundation. The series focuses on ways interdisciplinary research teams from UMaine and other universities and colleges around the state collaboration with communities and stakeholders to address pressing sustainability issues. These unique partnerships are helping find solutions to preserve Maine’s quality of place while respecting local community’s identity.

“The aim of all SSI projects is to use research to help solve urgent problems facing Maine at the intersection of social, environmental, and economic issues,” says David Hart, Director of the Mitchell Center. “We are grateful to Frank Ferrel and the MPBN team for recognizing the importance of our research process and developing an outstanding platform for disseminating the solutions.”

The 35th Annual New England Emmy Awards, sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England chapter, will be presented on June 1, 2013 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, in Boston.

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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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