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Maine Reuse Summit recording available

From road-side flea markets and high-end antique stores to Uncle Henry’s circulars and church thrift shops—signs of Maine’s tradition of reuse are hard to miss. ResourcefulME is a multi-year research project that explores the social, environmental and economic value of Maine’s vibrant reuse economy. Using a unique combination of in-depth, on-the-ground conversations, archival research, and spatial […]

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McGreavy and Bieluch featured on In Common podcast

In a recent episode of the In Common podcast, Bridie McGreavy talks with Karen Bieluch about environmental communication, her work with Maine shellfisheries and in freshwater ecosystems, and how communication shapes collaboration. In Common explores the lives, research and activities of scholars and practitioners as they promote sustainable human-environment interactions. McGreavy is associate professor in […]

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Entwistle contributes column on reusable packaging to Bangor Daily News

Jared Entwistle, a UMaine master’s student in ecology and environmental sciences and business administration, recently authored a column on reusable packaging in the Bangor Daily News. Entwistle is a member of the Mitchell Center’s Materials Management team and the Scholars Strategy Network, a group of publicly engaged scholars from colleges and universities across the country. […]

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Meet new Mitchell Center member Susanne Lee

Mitchell Center members share a passion for tackling complex sustainability problems that matter to people and communities through collaboration with diverse stakeholders and across many different areas of expertise. They come from a wide range of disciplines–from engineering and economics to fisheries and agriculture to business and communication–and take an interdisciplinary approach because that’s what’s […]

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Local Catch Network helps small-scale fisheries seek USDA funding

In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $92.2 million in competitive grant funding through the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP), as part of a USDA initiative to assist food producers affected by the pandemic. Funding included $77 million for the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Both […]

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Berry and Isenhour talk with media about reuse in Maine

Following on the heels of the Maine Reuse Summit held on June 9, UMaine researchers Cynthia Isenhour and Brieanne Berry have been featured in recent media coverage on reuse in Maine. Isenhour is associate professor in the Dept. of Anthropology and the Climate Change Institute and a Mitchell Center faculty fellow. Berry is pursuing a […]

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Waring research finds culture driving human evolution more than genetics

In a new study, UMaine researchers Tim Waring and Zach Wood found that culture helps humans adapt to their environment and overcome challenges better and faster than genetics. “In the very long term, we suggest that humans are evolving from individual genetic organisms to cultural groups which function as superorganisms, similar to ant colonies and […]

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