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Sustainability Solutions Initiative

The Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) is funded by a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to ME EPSCoR at the University of Maine. The project’s mission is to connect knowledge with action in ways that promote strong economies, vibrant communities and healthy ecosystems in and beyond Maine.

Sustainability Solutions Initiative Project Portfolio

Lobster Trap Bycatch
Understanding Ecological, Social, and Economic Aspects of Bycatch and Building Stakeholder Alliances in the Gulf of Maine Lobster Fishery
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

Virtual Reality Interactions
Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Understand the Impacts of Wind Energy Siting
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Monhegan Island, Maine

Protecting Natural Resources at the Community Scale
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

Sustainable Urban Regions Project (SURP)
Team: University of Southern Maine, University of Maine
Project range: Portland and Bangor

Safeguarding a Vulnerable Watershed
Decision tools to support water resources sustainability of managed lake systems
Team: University of Maine, University of Southern Maine
Project range: Sebago Lake Watershed

People, Landscape and Communities (PLACE)
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

The Knowledge-to-Action Collaborative
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

Mapping a Sustainable Future
Team: University of Maine, University of Maine School of Law
Project range: Lower Penobscot River Watershed and Casco Bay Watershed

Helping Communities Weather the Storms
Team: University of Maine, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Project range: Coastal Maine

Mobilizing to Fight the Emerald Ash Borer
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

Renewable Energy from the Tides
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Down East Maine

Effects of Climate Change on Organisms (ECCO)
Team: University of Maine
Project range: Statewide

Socio-Ecological Systems Synergy
Team: University of Maine
Range: Project wide

Organizational Innovation: System Analysis of SSI
Team: University of Maine
Range: Project wide

Restoring Maine’s Rivers
Team: Bates & Bowdoin Colleges, University of Southern Maine
Project range: Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers and Estuary

Sustaining Our Lakes
Team: Colby College
Project range: Belgrade Lakes Watershed

Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary
Team: University of New England
Project range: Saco River Estuary

Understanding An Insect Threat to Maine’s Hemlock Trees
Team: Unity College
Project range: Southern & Central Maine

Assessing the Feasibility and Sustainability of Grass Biomass Production in Aroostook County
Team: University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI)
Project range: Aroostook River Watershed

Charting the Rangeley Region’s Social and Ecological Systems
Team: University of Maine at Farmington (UMF)
Project range: Belgrade & Rangeley Lakes Regions

Biomass Energy Resources in the St. John Valley, Aroostook County, Maine
Team: University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK)
Project range: St. John Valley

Evaluating Interactions Between Wild Turkeys and Maine Agriculture
University of Maine at Augusta (UMA)
Project range: Statewide

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Supported by National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.