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February 2018

Black Bears Have Green Rooms (ongoing)

February 1 @ 8:00 am - February 28 @ 5:00 pm
Office of Sustainability, 312-314 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Free

Interested in reducing your carbon footprint for some free swag? If so, the Black Bears Have Green Rooms program is for you! Here’s how it works – Upon signing up, you will receive a checklist of sustainable and energy efficient practices to make your room (this can be an office, dorm, apartment, etc) greener. Get together with your fellow Black Bears and see how many items you can check off. Upon verification, you will receive a badge for your room…

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Build-A-Solar-Cellphone-Charger: (Thurs. March 22nd and Wed. March 28th)

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
TI Lab, Electrical Engineering
Free

Interested in learning how to harvest the sun’s power? Look no further! The Office of Sustainability will be holding two solar cellphone charger building workshops in March to teach students, faculty, or staff about clean energy solutions. The best part? Take home your own solar cellphone charger. To sign up, email: Alicia.oberholzer@maine.edu. We have enough supplies for 20 participants, so sign-up ASAP to claim your charger!

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March 2018

Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management: Catching the greased pig in Eastern Maine

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Paul Anderson has 30 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources, primarily in public service roles, at the intersection of science, policy, and community. Before joining Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Anderson spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the Sustainable…

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Plagues and People: Disease Transmission and Global Drivers of Change

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speakers: Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, Biology & Ecology, UMaine; Sandra De Urisote-Stone, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources, UMaine Nature-based tourism is tightly coupled with the transmission and dynamics of vector-borne infectious diseases (i.e., those that are transmitted via the bite of an infected arthropod, such as a mosquito or a tick). Domestic and international travel likely play a substantial role in the spread of both vectors and pathogens to new locations, while public health concerns may influence tourism businesses’ and potential…

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April 2018

From Rights to Resilience: The Social Justice Dimensions of a Melting Environment

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Anne Henshaw, PhD, Oak Foundation In the mainstream media, images of polar bears perched on pans of melting ice continue to be emblematic of climate change and its immediate threats. While visually effective, do polar bears serve as an appropriate symbol for highlighting vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change, especially for the 400,000 Indigenous Peoples who call the region home? As the multi-year sea ice continues to show remarkable decline and the ocean becomes more accessible, communities face increased…

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