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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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Talk – The Land Back Movement and the Future of Land Relations in the Dawnland

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME 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. Join Dr. Darren Ranco for a roundtable discussion about the Land Back movement and the future of indigenous land relations in Maine. Dr. Ranco will be joined by John Banks, Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation; Lucas St. Clair, President of the Elliotsville Foundation which recently returned 735 acres to…

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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 – Restoring Penobscot Language Use: How an English professor is helping access vital knowledge for a sustainable future

April 5 @ 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. When I began the project of publishing “Still They Remember Me”: Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1, I placed a primary value on working responsively with Penobscot language keeper Carol Dana, who wanted help to restore Penobscot language use.  Dana wanted to make bilingual text versions readily available to young people in her community. Reading the narratives as literature, I saw…

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Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

To register: https://maine.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcu-rqjMtEtN97Ukkq5wNQRGN-cElg4Jd For more information: Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit Contact: Susanne Lee at Susanne.Lee@maine.edu America is a leader in wasted food where 40% of the food we produce is never eaten. For Maine, this means 219 lbs. of food wasted per person or nearly 300 million lbs. annually. At the same time, we have over 200,000 Mainers suffering from food insecurity – including 1 out of 5 of our children. Adding to the problem, these food losses cost…

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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

Insights from the Maine Shellfish Learning Network This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speakers: Bridie McGreavy, Tony Sutton and Gabby Hillyer, UMaine The future of shellfishing across Maine and Wabanaki homelands is uncertain, as wild clam and mussel fisheries face pressures from warming ocean temperatures and unsustainable economic and social conditions. However, there is a lot of room for optimism as a growing network of partners…

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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
Raw hake fish fillet on turquoise plate with lemon slices on black background

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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