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BDN features study on farm food waste in Maine

Aroostook is Maine’s biggest creator of farm food waste, study finds A recent article in the Bangor Daily News featured a newly released Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2024 Food Loss and Waste Generation Study. The DEP worked with Resource Recycling Systems, faculty Susanne Lee and Travis Blackmer from the UMaine’s Senator George J […]

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Maine Monitor features economic study on ponds by Adam Daigneault

A recent study led by Adam Daigneault, E.L. Giddings Associate Professor of Forest Policy & Economics and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow at UMaine, titled “Valuing the Economic Benefits of Maine’s Great Ponds in the 21st Century” was featured in a report from The Maine Monitor. It found that Maine’s lakes and ponds provide approximately $14 […]

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Dianne Kopec quoted in Portland Press Herald article on PFAS in birds and wildlife

Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow Dianne Kopec was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article on PFAS in birds and wildlife. The article, “High levels of forever chemicals in Maine birds add to concern about food chain” discusses the work researchers in Maine are conducting to try to understand how perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, […]

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Poster Session Winning Students – 2024 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

The 2024 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference featured presentations on numerous research projects related to sustainability and water resource issues in Maine. The event’s poster session featured 44 posters, 36 of them led by students. Several students received awards and recognition for their posters which were judged on the definition of the research problem, use […]

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Kate Flynn: Turning leftovers into long-lasting impact

In the United States, more than 133 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is responsible for 33% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Maine, and about 11% of emissions nationwide.  Kate Flynn, a fourth-year political science student at the University of Maine, was exposed […]

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Listen to Darren Ranco’s presentation to Pew Charitable Trust’s Transforming Evidence Network

On January 23, Darren Ranco, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, professor of Anthropology, chair of Native American Programs, and faculty fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine, gave a presentation for Pew Charitable Trust’s Transforming Evidence Network (TEN) monthly learning session. Darren’s scholarship focuses on how Indigenous knowledge […]

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Kopec discusses PFAS in fish with Kaiser Health News

Kaiser Health News interviewed Mitchell Center faculty fellow Dianne Kopec for an article about toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, found in freshwater fish. Kopec said eating fish with high concentrations of PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” may be more harmful than mercury. “They’re both really nasty,” she said. The Messenger, The Citizen, […]

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