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MSWC Talk – Community Food Councils as Vessels for Coordinated Food System Change

Highlighted Talk from the 2019 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference Community Food Councils as Vessels for Coordinated Food System Change Session: Sustainable Practices and Decision-Making Across Diverse Food Systems in Maine The development of sustainable food systems in a changing climate and evolving globalized society is an ever more critical challenge. Food systems of production, […]

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MSWC Talk – Co-learning Sustainability Science & Policy

Highlighted Talk from the 2019 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference Co-learning Sustainability Science & Policy: An interdisciplinary approach to food waste reduction Session: Developing Effective Sustainability Curricula In light of a myriad of environmental challenges, the need for high quality undergraduate curricula on topics of sustainability has never been more urgent. This session showcased new […]

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2019 MSWC Winning Student Poster Highlight: Microplastics Stink! A Comparison of Microplastics Pollution

Microplastics Stink! A Comparison of Microplastics Counts in Seal Scat Compared to Gull Scat High School Soleil Skehan, John Bapst Memorial High School Honorable Mention Pollution in air and waterways has been contaminating our environment for decades, threatening the stability of ecosystems across the globe. An increasingly growing concern, however, has risen surrounding microplastics, specifically […]

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2019 MSWC Winning Student Poster Highlight: Cellulose-based Food Packaging Products

Using Industry for Change: Cellulose-based Food Packaging Products Undergraduate Shayla Rose Kleisinger, University of Maine First Place (tie) Through an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative (IURC) grant from the University of Maine and with Diana Davis Spencer Foundation funding through the Mitchell Center’s Partnership for a Sustainable Maine project, Shayla Rose Kleisinger is investigating how alternative food-packaging […]

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Mitchell Center Faculty and Students to Present at AAG Meeting

The Mitchell Center’s Future of Dams team will have a very strong presence at this year’s American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting April 3-7, 2019 in Washington, D.C. For the three Future of Dams sessions, presenters and authors from the team include Bridie McGreavy (chair for session 2), David Hart, Sam Roy, Emma Fox, Sharon Klein, Tyler Quiring, Sarah Vogel, […]

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IURC Funds Four Sustainability Projects

The Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative (IURC) grant program recently announced four award winners for 2019 projects, all led by Mitchell Center members. Funded projects involve teams of two or more faculty members from different disciplines with primarily undergraduate researchers working in areas of interest. The IURC is funded by UMaine’s Office of the Vice President for […]

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Drifting with the Tides: A New Beginning

Master’s student Gabrielle “Gabby” Hillyer, a dual-degree oceanography and marine policy major, has spent the last three years conducting research on the Medomak River in Waldoboro, Maine taking measure of the tides using small “bucket drifters” packed with scientific instruments. The research is aimed at better understanding the dynamics of the estuary’s ability to flush […]

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2019 MSWC Keynote Address: Thinking with rivers: communication for conservation and sustainability

Thinking with rivers: communication for conservation and sustainability This year’s Maine Sustainability and Water Conference keynote address will be given by Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism and Faculty Fellow in the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. Finding effective, creative, and inclusive ways to communicate […]

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