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May 2017

Mars Hill Middle School Composting Demonstration!

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mark King and Jay Duncan from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be doing a composting demonstration for the Mars Hill Middle School

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July 2017

The Beaches Conference

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Greater Bangor Solarize Kick-Off

July 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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September 2017

Talk – Damming Decisions

September 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Damming Decisions: Searching for sustainable solutions in New England rivers Speaker: Sam Roy, Postdoctoral Researcher, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and New England Sustainability Consortium Sam will talk about work he and his colleagues have done to explore how decisions to remove, keep, or modify dams in New England can initiate trade offs between combinations of ecosystem services that are valued by stakeholders, such as sea-run fish habitat, recreation, drinking water storage, and hydropower generation. Preliminary model…

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Talk – Protecting Maine’s Greatest Resource

September 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Melanie Loyzim, Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Melanie Loyzim is the Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP). She has been with the agency since 2006, and has served in a variety of roles including underground tank inspector, air toxics and emissions inventory program manager, and as the director of Bureau of Air Quality and the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management. Prior to her tenure at Maine DEP, she also worked for…

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2017 Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine
Orono, United States
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Facts vs. Values: How Can We Make Better Decisions? Keynote Speaker: Thomas Dietz, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University Tickets are required for this event. Reception will follow at the Collins Center for the Arts.

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Talk – The Sustainable Plate

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The Sustainable Plate - Reflections of a US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Member Speaker: Miriam Nelson, Director, Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire Questions to be addressed in the talk: How do the Dietary Guidelines for Americans impact the food system? Why add sustainability to the guidelines in 2015? What happened when we did? Where do we go next in moving a sustainable food system forward? Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., is the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief…

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Talk – Sustainability Success through Community Conservation

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Anthony Charles, School of the Environment and School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia Co-sponsored by the School of Marine Sciences Place-based communities the world over face local environmental threats, whether from industrial activity, resource depletion, pollution, climate change, urbanization or other causes. In response, many communities are acting as stewards of their local environments and resources, undertaking conservation initiatives that help secure local livelihoods, and contribute to larger-scale environmental improvement. However, the considerable conservation successes of…

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October 2017

Talk – Putting human population growth and attendant consumption back on the radar screen: A fisheries perspective

October 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Karin Limburg, Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Worldwide, fish populations are in decline. Once formerly abundant species now are increasingly threatened, endangered, or extirpated, and most commercial fisheries have “max’d out” their capacity. The root cause is pressure from human activities, both directly from fishing and indirectly from other activities of the human enterprise. Ultimately, human population growth is the driver of consumption and economic growth, but these also drive population growth,…

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Talk – The Politics of a Sustainable Coast

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The Politics of a Sustainable Coast: Money, Science, Democracy, and Climate in Southeastern Louisiana Speaker: Michael A. Haedicke, Associate Professor, Drake Co-sponsors: Dept. of Sociology, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Given its low elevation and high rate of subsidence, coastal Louisiana is particularly vulnerable to the projected effects of climate change. This presentation will examine Louisiana’s Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, an ambitious effort to increase the region’s resilience in the face of change through large-scale restoration of coastal…

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