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Mitchell Center to Convene Working Group on Legislative Act to Address Hunger

Food waste presents a significant sustainability challenge across the United States (40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted), but particularly in Maine where many are food insecure (In 2016 more than 200,000 Mainers were food insecure, including 60,000 children). Working to prevent food waste provides opportunities to address multiple sustainability challenges […]

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UMaine, COA Seek Sweet Spot

A $500,000 grant to study small- and medium-scale honey and maple syrup production in Maine is awarded to College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine by the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant creates opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their research skills as part of a Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative (SFSRC). […]

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UMaine researchers to unveil wild bee habitat assessment tool July 19

University of Maine researchers have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. They will debut and demonstrate the computer-based tool on Wednesday, July 19 at the UMaine Cooperative Extension annual Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day at Blueberry Hill […]

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Home Work

Good to his word, Aaron Strong returned to Maine to tackle sustainability challenges After completing his Ph.D. in environment and resources at Stanford with an eye trained on the human dimensions of sustainability challenges, Aaron Strong, the son of two Bates College professors and now a UMaine School of Marine Sciences assistant professor of marine […]

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Focused on Food Waste

Brie Berry extends her reuse work to food redistribution In the spring 2017 semester, Ph.D. student Brie Berry began work on a research project focused on food waste and food insecurity in Maine, in partnership with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Mitchell Center. Food insecurity is defined as “being without reliable access […]

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Learning from Dams

An innovative multi-institution course teaches how to link knowledge with action  The Mitchell Center’s Future of Dams project is designed to develop a stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused framework for decision-making relative to New England’s hydropower dams—more than 50 of which are scheduled for relicensing in the next decade, and iconic mill dams, many of which are now […]

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Aaron Strong organizes Maine water monitors for better ocean health

Portland Press Herald July 2, 2017 Aaron Strong once quit a graduate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But don’t worry, he definitely still managed to get a good education. The Maine native arrived at the University of Maine to teach in the School of Marine Sciences armed with plenty of degrees (Swarthmore, Tufts, […]

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The Big Ecological Roles of Small Natural Features

Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs — species that keep a ecosystem balanced. Read more about Mitchell Center Fellow Malcom Hunter’s work published recently in a Special Issue of “Biological Conservation.”

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