News & Events - Maine Sustainability & Water Conference
The 2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center. Please subscribe to our News & Events email list for regular updates about next year’s conference.
About the Conference
The conference was launched in 1994 by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine with a primary focus on one of Maine’s central challenges– the future of its water resources. Originally designed to provide a collaborative nexus for water resource professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators, and planners to exchange information and present new findings on water resource issues in Maine, the conference has grown to include participation from a broad audience of close to 400 participants from across the state.
In response to many requests, the conference’s focus has expanded to encompass a wide range of sustainability challenges facing Maine, including issues related to climate change, energy futures, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, and municipal planning.
The 2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference will include two concurrent sessions, a student poster session and a keynote talk. Potential concurrent sessions include the following topics: Materials Management, Drought, Maine’s Changing Foodscape, Ocean and Coastal Acidification, Shoreland Zoning, Green-Gray Infrastructure. The conference keynote speaker is Aram Calhoun, a professor of wetlands ecology from UMaine. Aram will speak about her research that uses local vernal pool conservation as a model to help communities find ways to balance economic development with natural resource conservation on private land.