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SEMINAR – Talking Trash: The Sustainability Challenge Hiding in Plain Sight

November 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

SPEAKERS: Solid Waste/Materials Management Working Team
(participants have included Karen Bieluch, Travis Blackmer, Jack Brannigan, George Criner, Cindy Isenhour, Jean MacRae, John Peckenham, Avi Rude, Jena Rudolph, Linda Silka, and David Hart)

*Please see below a list of suggested readings to accompany this seminar

One of Maine’s most pressing sustainability problems is materials management. What do we do with all of our trash? How are different parts of the state affected and what strategies might work for them? How do we build on Maine traditions such as our reuse economy? Throughout the past year, our team has facilitated discussions with a broad range of Mainers: in Presque Isle, Farmington, Portland, Bangor and Brunswick we have learned about commonalities and differences. Our presentation will take the form of a problem solving session asking those in attendance to learn about what we have done and share with us their [your] ideas for addressing this sustainability challenge.

Suggested Readings:

  • Rogers, Heather. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. 2006. (304 p) FPBC
  • Nagle, Robin. Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers in New York City. 2013. (280p)
  • Pellow, David Naguib. Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. 2004. (256p).
  • Strasser, Susan. Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. 2000. (368p).

FPBC=Fields Pond Book Club List


November 2, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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107 Norman Smith Hall
Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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