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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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Clam Cam: a window into the lives of Maine clam harvesters

Clams are an iconic species to the state of Maine. But do you know what it takes to get them from the mud to the market and finally to your plate? Since early 2015, Mitchell Center researchers have been working with clam harvesters to develop engaged media production techniques that can enhance the visibility of their […]

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UMaine Researchers Create U.S. Community Renewable Energy Website

ORONO, ME – A database of over 6,000 community-based renewable energy projects nationwide developed by University of Maine researchers is now publicaly available via the Internet. The website will aid those interested in pursuing group, shared, municipal, or non-profit energy projects to connect, learn from each other, and help projects develop from the bottom up. […]

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Looking Back Towards the Future

Doctoral student Courtney King puts a positive spin on climate change “anxiety” After UMaine doctoral candidate Courtney King graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in geology, she dove into an eclectic mix of opportunities. For an internship through the Geological Society of America, she worked in Death Valley for three months as assistant […]

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Focused on Food Waste

Fourth-year UMaine Food Science and Human Nutrition major Olivia Conrad took the first place award in the 2017 Sustainability & Water Conference Undergraduate Poster Competition. Her poster, titled “Objective analysis of the physical and microbial quality changes that occur in packaged baby spinach when stored past the best-by date,” was the result of a research […]

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Recent Mitchell Center Awards

Future of Dams researcher Karen Wilson of the University of Southern Maine was awarded funds to support an undergraduate student for the “Working with the Alewife Harvesters of Maine to Assess Harvest Strategies for Sustainable and Expanding River Herring Harvests in Maine” project. The project is relevant to Maine’s economy particularly as a potential lobster bait […]

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Bangor Daily News, Free Press Report on 2017 Sustainability & Water Conference

Both the Bangor Daily News and the Rockland-based Free Press ran extensive news stories on aspects of the 2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference held at the Augusta Civic Center on March 30. The Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions is the lead organizer of the annual conference. Founded in 1994, it is the largest conference in Maine […]

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Mitchell Center Mining Project Data to be Submitted for Legislative Consideration

The Maine Legislature’s Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on a handful of bills aimed at how to best regulate potential largescale metal mines in the state on March 20, 2017 and data from a Mitchell Center-funded project will be submitted to aid the legislative committee’s deliberations on the matter. Currently, there […]

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