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February 2021

Talk – Leading Together: Strengthening Policy Outcomes through Collaboration

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Amanda Beal, Commisioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is a dynamic and complex agency overseeing many of our state’s most revered natural resources, which are also central to many aspects of our economy. In addressing some of our greatest challenges over the past two years, from climate change…

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Talk – The Town That Refused to Die

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Susan Lessard, Town Manager, Town of Bucksport, Maine In 2018, Yankee Magazine dubbed the Town of Bucksport as “The Town that Refused to Die." With the loss of 40% of its tax base and nearly 300 jobs from the closure of the VERSO paper mill in December of 2014, the view from many was that Bucksport would become just…

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Talk – Making Our Food System More Circular: Less Waste, but Is It Safe?

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speakers: Jean MacRae, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMaine; Cynthia Isenhour, Anthropology, UMaine Great strides have been made in New England to move toward a more circular food system. Some states have banned food waste from landfills, reducing methane and leachate production, and stimulating new economic opportunities by producing heat, electricity and useful soil conditioners (compost and digestate) from food scraps.…

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March 2021

Talk – Citizen Science: A Means to Promote Equity and Inclusion in STEM

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required due to security concerns. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Amara Ifeji Speaker: Amara Ifeji, freshman, Northeastern University; Grassroots Development Coordinator, Maine Environmental Education Association In this talk, Amara Ifeji will speak to her lived experiences as a BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) individual, the marginalization she faced in fostering a connection to place with the environment, and how her self-sought passion for water…

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Talk – Rapid Arctic Change: Why Does It Matter and How Can the Science Community Help?

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. Speaker: Fran Ulmer, Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission Fran Ulmer is former chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon…

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Talk – Is Community Solar Good for Communities?

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required due to security concerns. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Dr. Sharon Klein, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Economics, University of Maine “Community solar” is a catchy phrase that recently has been growing in public exposure and has different meanings for different people. For many, it conjures visions of local people coming together to share the costs and benefits of a solar…

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Talk – Paris to Portland: Localizing Global Climate Action

March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Dr. David Reidmiller, Director, Climate Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute Just over five years ago, the world ushered in a new era of international climate action with the Paris Agreement. Having led the science and technology negotiations for the United States, Dr. Reidmiller will discuss the conditions that made the monumental Agreement possible and reflect on lessons in…

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2021 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 31 - April 1
Virtual ME United States

Given the continued uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference committee has decided to move the 2021 conference to an online, virtual format. While we are aware that a virtual conference is no substitute for an in-person gathering, we are excited at this opportunity to rethink the content and structure of this important event. The conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the sharing of information and ideas within our community. Additional information will be posted shortly.…

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April 2021

Talk – Strengthening learning, leadership and equity in Maine and Wabanaki wild shellfisheries

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Strengthening learning, leadership and equity in Maine and Wabanaki wild shellfisheries: Insights from the Maine Shellfish Learning Network Speakers: Bridie McGreavy, Tony Sutton and Gabby Hillyer, UMaine Bridie McGreavy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine and a Faculty Fellow with the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. She studies how communication…

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Talk – A fishy tail about our food system

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Joshua Stoll, Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences, UMaine and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow Global trade of natural resources, including seafood, is at an all-time high as a result of improved technology and trade policies that promote export. Today, an estimated 36% of the seafood worldwide is traded across international borders at a value of $148 billion. In the United States…

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