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SSI leads AAAS symposium in Boston

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston on February 18th, the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) led a symposium focused on innovative university programs designed to address the challenges of sustainable development.  The symposium included presentations by six academic leaders from across the U.S. […]

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New Report by SSI Team Finds Maine More Ethnically Diverse

Though Maine still has the oldest population in the nation, it is becoming more ethnically diverse. This is just one of the key findings from “Changing Maine: Maine’s Changing Population and Housing 1990-2010,” a new report by the SSI Sustainable Urban Regions Project (SURP) team. The report provides insights into Maine’s population growth, demographics, households, […]

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SSI Team Works to Balance Growth and Conservation

Like many towns in Maine, Topsham is contending with a common dilemma: how to grow in ways that don’t diminish the very things that people cherish about their community, like open space, wildlife and special landscapes. “There is the constant tug between conservation and economic development,” says Rich Roedner, Topsham planning director. “How do you […]

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Colby’s SSI Team Featured on Maine Things Considered

SSI’s Colby College research team was recently featured on MPBN’s Maine Things Considered. Led by chemistry professor Whitney King, the Colby project is looking into ways to reverse the decline of Maine’s Belgrade Lakes. The episode, which aired on August 23, is available on MPBN’s Website. For more information on the SSI Colby project.

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Special Issue of Maine Policy Review

The issue of the Maine Policy Review devoted to the Sustainability Solutions Initiative is now available on-line and in hard copy. Highlights of this issue include an essay on “Sustainability: The Challenges and the Promises” by Senator George J. Mitchell and an interview with Robert Kates, Pathfinder in Sustainability Science and Chair of SSI’s Science […]

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Hart Gives Presentation at National Academies Symposium

SSI Leader David Hart was invited to give a presentation at The National Academies Symposium, “Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions”. The Symposium took place on May 16-18, 2012 at the Pew DC Conference Center in Washington, DC. The symposium included presentations by some of the thought leaders in sustainability science along with keynote […]

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WERU Features Tidal Energy Research

SSI researchers Teresa Johnson and Gayle Zydlewski were guests on a recent WERU “Talk of the Town” radio broadcast. The discussion, led by host Ron Beard, covered the community and ecological impacts of tidal energy development in Cobscook Bay. The show also featured David Hart, leader of SSI, John Ferland from Ocean Renewable Power Company, […]

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Elmina B. Sewall Foundation Awards Grant

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation recently awarded a grant to Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) for a project titled, “The Maine Futures Community Mapper: Fostering Economic Growth and Healthy Landscapes for Maine’s Communities”. The project is an extension of an SSI project where researchers have worked for several years with Maine economic development, conservation, forestry, […]

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