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September 2017

Talk – The Sustainable Plate

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

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
Free

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
Free

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
Free

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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Talk – Build it and they will come

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

Speaker: Tony Grassi, sustainability entrepreneur Tony will talk about sustainability in practice as he and his wife Sally rehabilitated an old mill in Freedom Maine, restored hydropower at the old dam and helped in the revitalization of the Village of Freedom. His talk will include the complications, pitfalls and rewards of investing in sustainability. For more information on Tony and the mill, see our recent article - Mill of Dreams Tony Grassi received his BA in economics at Princeton and…

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November 2017

A Conversation about Decision Support Tools – An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

November 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

A Conversation about Decision Support Tools What are they? When are they useful? What problems might they solve? An interdisciplinary panel discussion Participants: Linda Silka, Senior Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center (facilitator) Adam Daigneault, Assistant Professor, Forest, Conservation, and Recreation Policy Jessica Jansujwicz, Research Assistant Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology Sam Roy, Postdoctoral Researcher, Mitchell Center & New England Sustainability Consortium Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Assistant Professor, Nature-Based Tourism Sonja Birthisel, PhD student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences A growing problem researchers…

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Sustainability Lightning Talks

November 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Eight students will present five-minute talks on their sustainability research in Maine. Selected Presentations: Graduate Responses of potato varieties to Dickeya dianthicola and Pectobacterium parmentieri that cause blackleg and soft rot Nayara Fabiola Marangoni, School of Food and Agriculture Degradation of the Herbicide Atrazine from Drinking Water using Photocatalysis Matthew A. Moyet, Ecology and Environmental Sciences The influence of dam management on water quantity in rural New England Andrew Newcomb, School of Earth & Climate Sciences Optimizing Organic Nitrogen Fertility…

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Talk – Using Cooperation Science to Strengthen Local Food Systems

November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speakers: Afton Hupper, Taylor Lange, Tim Waring, Local Food Lab, UMaine Sustainable solutions are not always win-win. The hardest sustainability challenges are social dilemmas in which the best outcome for individuals (e.g. more comfortable lifestyle) conflicts with the best outcome for the group (e.g. avoiding overuse of environmental resources and natural disasters). But social dilemmas can be solved when individuals cooperate. We study the role of cooperation in Maine’s growing local food system. We use cooperation science, experiments, simulations, and…

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Talk – Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap

November 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Free

Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap: Coupling weed ecology and economics to aid farmer decision-making Speaker: Sonja Birthisel, PhD Student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine Weeds are a major economic concern for farmers worldwide. The State of Maine is home to a growing population of beginning organic farmers, for whom weeds are especially challenging. Organic farmers and others wishing to reduce pesticide use can leverage ecological principles to develop effective strategies that minimize environmental costs. However, learning to do this is…

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December 2017

Talk 12/7 – Understanding Global Warming Impacts on Fish

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory: Origin, Scope and Utility in Understanding Global Warming Impacts on Fish Speaker: Dr. Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia Professor, PI: Sea Around Us Project There is need for a broad guiding theory based on first principles to interpret the many ways that fishes (and invertebrates) are affected by increasing temperatures and the deoxygenation of the oceans. Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) is the only current comprehensive theory that can accommodate the many impacts of ocean warming…

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