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September 2019

Talk – Dams, Sediment, and Public Policy

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Free

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Miller Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland – Baltimore County Co-sponsor: School of Earth and Climate Sciences Dr. Miller is interested in the hydrology, hydraulics and geomorphology of extreme floods with a particular focus in recent years on urban floods. He has continuing research interests in the fate and transport of sediment in the landscape, including sediment currently stored behind dams as well as historical legacy sediment stored in valley bottoms, and he is…

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Talk – We have the plan, now what? Supporting implementation of community-based vernal pool conservation on private lands

September 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speakers: Aram Calhoun and Jessica Jansujwicz, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine Private lands provide many public goods (e.g., habitat for wildlife, water conservation, educational, aesthetic, or recreational value), but perceived value to private landowners may be less clear. Achieving conservation goals on private lands thus requires a broader choice of conservation tools and approaches that address the needs and priorities of all landowners. The Maine Vernal Pool Special Area Management…

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Talk – Possibilities for Partnership: University-Indigenous Nations and Research in the 21st Century

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Darren J. Ranco, Citizen of the Penobscot Nation, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Native American Programs, Faculty Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine The promise of both sustainability science and indigenous research methods are for greater partnership and relevance of research to different community and societal needs. Here at the University of Maine through the Mitchell Center, a small group of us have been working on this related to Wabanaki Tribal Nations. In this…

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October 2019

2019 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine
Orono, United States
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Free

For more information and tickets, please visit the 2019 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability page. An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World Keynote Speaker: EJ Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford, U.K. With remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell In 2020, governments will hopefully agree upon a new vision for nature and people, that tackles the linked sustainability challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and human development in an integrated way. But how can high-level aspirations be translated into…

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Talk – When Resiliencies Collide: Systems thinking for dam removal in the face of climate change

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, Dept. of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry In this talk, Dr. Feldpausch-Parker will discuss her recent research in small scale dam removal public workshops in New York State’s Hudson and Mohawk Watersheds. The goal of these workshops are to help communities think through local dam removals using systems thinking and mediated modeling, while also thinking toward climate change resilience. In addition to fisheries recovery, many of these workshops highlighted…

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November 2019

Talk – Spaghetti and Waffle Thinking: Using Diversity to Improve Sustainable Design

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

Speaker: Christian Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment at the University of South Florida A student describes the relationship between anthropologists and engineers as like that between waffles and spaghetti. Engineers, she says, think like waffles, which are made up of structured little compartments into which everything (like the butter and syrup) fits neatly. Anthropologists, on the other hand, think like spaghetti: ideas start out as one little strand of noodle but…

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Talk – A Decade of Community Energy Work: Becoming a boundary spanning organization for the sustainability of island and coastal communities

November 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Stephenie MacLagan, Senior Community Development Officer, Sustainable Community Infrastructure, Island Institute More information to follow.

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March 2020

2020 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 26, 2020
Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

Augusta Civic Center Augusta, Maine Details will be posted to the conference web page in fall 2019.

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