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February 2019

Talk – Racing the clock to preserve the past…A community-based approach to managing Maine’s shell middens

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Alice R. Kelley, Associate Research Professor, Climate Change Institute & Instructor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine Bonnie Newsom, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maine The Maine Midden Minders is a volunteer, citizen science organization being developed with the support of the Senator George Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and Maine Sea Grant to help document and monitor Maine’s eroding shell middens.  These features are composed of mollusk shells, artifacts, and faunal remains, and archive…

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March 2019

Talk – Talking Trash: Creating a Circular Food System in Maine

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

Speakers: Food Waste Reduction Student Team This work highlights the benefits of approaching food waste management from an interdisciplinary perspective. While there have been many efforts to combat wasted food, the problem is complex and solutions have remained elusive. This research group brings together different disciplines (nursing, anthropology, economics, biomedical and civil engineering) across educational stages (undergraduate and graduate students and faculty) in order to approach the issue of wasted food from multiple perspectives. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, this team…

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Talk – Reinventing the Forest Community: Honoring Tradition While Igniting Innovation

March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Rob Riley, President, Northern Forest Center This discussion will explore the relationship Maine’s communities have had with the forest, how it continues to evolve as regional and global economies impact traditional industries, and ways the Northern Forest Center is renewing pride, purpose and vitality of these communities to create continuous opportunity in a new forest future. Rob Riley joined the Center in 2007 as director of programs, leading development of new programs emerging from the Center’s Sustainable Economy Initiative…

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Talk – A Little Engine That Could: A Small Organization’s Role Fostering Conservation and Community Connections

March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Billy Helprin, Director, Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, Somesville, Maine The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1985 with a mission of wildlife habitat conservation and ecological education in the Somes Pond watershed, but today reaches well beyond with its education and research work. Long term and more recent research and monitoring projects include loon breeding success, alewife migration, aquatic invasive species surveys, and Courtesy Boat Inspections for aquatic invasives. The Sanctuary has been a host site for the University of…

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2019 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 28
Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

Please visit the conference web page for details.

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April 2019

Talk – Can People Be ‘Nudged’ To Improve Water Quality? Evidence from Large-Scale Economic Experiments

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

Speaker: Kent Messer, S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Applied Economics, University of Delaware Popularized by the best-selling book “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness”, governments around the globe have developed “nudge squads” in an effort to  use behavioral science to achieve pro-social behavioral change at little or no cost. Most of the existing research has focused on individuals making choices that effect their own wellbeing. Yet often people’s decisions to helping society and the environment involve significant…

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Talk – A River Runs Through It: Combining ‘Heritage’ and River Restoration in Southern New England

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

Co-sponsor: UMaine Dept. of History Brian Payne Associate Professor, History and Canadian Studies, Bridgewater State University What role does “heritage” play in environmental protection? Because of the blended landscape of New England, environmental stewardship must take into greater account human history in regional planning. As such, historians can play an effective role in environmental and resource stewardship by adding the power of “heritage” to campaigns to protect ecosystems. Heritage, however, is a rather selected reading of history and so this process can…

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Talk – Developing Relocation Policies for Environmental Refugees: The Adverse Consequences of Treating Assumptions as Facts

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

Speaker: Amanda Bertana, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scholars Strategy Network, Maine Chapter Today as climate change makes areas less hospitable (specifically along global coastlines), relocation is becoming an increasingly more viable adaptation strategy. In fact, whole communities have begun planning to relocate, or have relocated. At the national level, some governments have started to draft relocation policies. When governments omit communities from these decision-making processes, however, they fall into the trap of making policies about what they think people need and want based…

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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

Save the Date! Details to follow in summer 2019.

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