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Waste Not, Want Not

Ph.D. student Brie Berry explores Maine’s reuse economy By David Sims Before moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2008, Brie Berry lived for two years in a rural area of the West African Republic of Mali as a Peace Corps volunteer. And it was her experience in Mali that provided Berry with the foundation of […]

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The Education of Brady Davis

UMaine senior has “transformative” experience through the Mitchell Center and Honors College By David Sims Brady Davis is most certainly not unique in having flourished as a student after being awarded a Mitchell Scholarship upon graduating from Freeport High School in 2013. But it is doubtful a better ambassador for the Mitchell Institute and its […]

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Building Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Mitchell Center Senior Fellow Linda Silka, a social and community psychologist by training, is part of the group Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet) comprised of over 60 academics, students, and practitioners dedicated to accelerating climate science and engineering research in the Northeastern United States. Established in October 2012 with support from the National Science Foundation, ICNet focuses […]

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Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 2016 Award Winners

2016 Award Categories Outstanding contribution toward the development of a solution by a research team  A team that has helped link knowledge with action to effectively contribute to a real-world solutions  Interdisciplinary Research Team Award for Outstanding Progress on “The Road to Solutions” New England Sustainability Cooperative (NEST) Decision Support Systems Team — Sean Smith, Brian […]

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The Goddess of Dam Removal

Dam removal expert Laura Wildman closes out the 2016 Mitchell Center Speaker Series By David Sims Upon introducing Laura Wildman—last week’s speaker for the Mitchell Center’s final Fall 2016 Seminar Series talk—David Hart, director of the Mitchell Center and lead scientist on the center’s Future of Dams project, paraphrased the title of the bestselling 1989 book […]

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Cooperation Dynamics Key to Sustaining Natural Resources

December 15, 2016 ORONO — Cooperation in groups of resource users may be key to sustaining the environment, according to a new study using mathematical and computational modeling. Timothy Waring, an associate professor at the University of Maine, is the lead developer of the new model that simulates how societies with different social structures and […]

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So Much to Say, So Little Time

Eight students get five minutes each to talk up UMaine sustainability projects By David Sims The topics run the gamut from cheesemaking startup businesses and the reuse of material goods to building energy-saving window inserts, weed management on organic farms, and engaging citizen scientists to investigate lake water quality. The tie that binds all the […]

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Robert Kates Receives National Honor for Sustainability Work 

A key figure in the development of UMaine’s Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions is lauded for “helping lay the foundation for sustainable geography” By David Sims Robert Kates, recipient of the National Medal of Science, winner of a MacArthur “genius prize,” and Presidential Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Maine, has been awarded […]

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Reuse It or Lose It

Ecological and economic anthropologist Cindy Isenhour’s photographic exhibit at the UMaine Hudson Museum explores Maine’s thriving reuse economy By David Sims UMaine assistant professor of anthropology and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions associate Cindy Isenhour attended college as a business communications major—with minors in marketing and management, worked as an account executive for an advertising […]

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