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Mitchell Center Sustainability Awards announced, presentations on January 31

On January 31 the recipients of the Mitchell Center’s 2021 Sustainability Awards will be recognized at the first event in the Mitchell Center’s spring 2022 Sustainability Talks series. As part of the ceremony, each of the four awardees will give a brief presentation that reflects on the work for which they received their award. Mitchell Center […]

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Ranco to offer webinar on Wabanaki nations and climate change, Jan. 20

On January 20, Darren Ranco will present an online talk on “Wabanaki Climate Justice and Adaptation” in an event sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and hosted by the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center. Ranco is a citizen of the Penobscot Nation and associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Mitchell Center at […]

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Projects focused on PFAS management, river restoration and watershed decision-making funded through Maine WRRI

The following three projects have received funding through the 2021 Maine Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Competitive Grants program (104b): Integrated Assessment of Alternative Management Strategies for PFAS-contaminated Wastewater Residuals An interdisciplinary research team examines the environmental, social and economic aspects of management options for PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” in Maine. Project lead Dr. Dianne […]

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MSRRF invites proposals for community-based shellfish projects

The Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund (MSRRF) invites proposals for projects to improve the management and conservation of clam flats and mussel beds in coastal communities. Proposals are due by January 19, 2022. Applications may be submitted by fishermen, shellfish wardens, town officials, or other stakeholders in partnership with a town or nonprofit. See the MSRRF […]

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Lauren Ross: Working with coastal Maine stakeholders to tackle real-world problems

Mitchell Center member profile Mitchell Center members share a passion for tackling complex sustainability problems that matter to people and communities. They do this by collaborating with diverse stakeholders and working together across different areas of expertise because that’s what’s needed to meet today’s complex challenges. They seek to connect knowledge with action to create […]

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Recording of Sharon Klein webinar on community solar now available

Sharon Klein, associate professor in the UMaine School of Economics and Mitchell Center faculty fellow, offered a webinar in December on community solar in Maine with A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), a nonprofit based on Mount Desert Island. A recording of the webinar is now available on the ACTT website. The webinar focuses on what […]

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Kelemen co-authors study on agriculture and climate change mitigation

Sara Kelemen, a UMaine master’s student in plant, soil and environmental sciences, co-authored a recent report published by Rutgers University on how agricultural practices can help mitigate climate change. Researchers found that “increasing adoption of agricultural practices such as cover-cropping, grazing management and agroforestry can increase the amount of carbon stored in soils to help […]

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Screenshot from Zoom recording of student presentations of their sustainability research. Nine boxes are visible, most with single students and one with several students. Mitchell Center Senior Fellow Linda Silka (top center) facilitates.

Students present their sustainability research in “Lightning Talks”

On Monday, November 15, the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Lightning Talks event gave students from UMaine and other Maine schools the opportunity to present their sustainability research—with a five-minute time limit. The students work closely with stakeholders on issues that matter to communities, and they focus their research on solutions. In his introduction to the student […]

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Peckenham quoted in BDN story about quarry landfills

John Peckenham, a Mitchell Center research associate, was quoted in a recent Bangor Daily News article on some of the issues associated with landfills established in old quarries, including two current ones in Rockland and Rockport. Peckenham has worked for decades on wastewater and water pollution in Maine and has direct experience with contamination of […]

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