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September 2017

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

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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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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
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Speaker: Tony Grassi 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. Tony Grassi received his BA in economics at Princeton and his MBA at Harvard Business School. After three years in the army, he worked in corporate finance at…

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Talk – The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable

October 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable: The Challenge of the Supply Chain UMaine Food to Institution Team Speakers: Mark Haggerty, Linda Silka, Stephanie Welcomer, Melissa Ladenheim and Michaela Murray Some of the most important questions facing the local food movement in Maine relate to sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. One solution has been to promote a farm-to-institution (F2I) movement whereby farmers sell their produce to local institutions such as universities and hospitals, and reduce environmental costs and…

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November 2017

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
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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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Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap: Coupling weed ecology and economics to aid farmer decision-making Speaker: Sonja Birthisel, PhD Student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine Sonja K. Birthisel is a PhD student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at UMaine.  Her dissertation focuses on challenges farmers face in managing agricultural weeds, and how climate change may impact weeds and the tactics we use to manage them.  Birthisel is passionate about addressing practical questions posed by farmers, and using new media to improve…

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March 2018

Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 29, 2018
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

The conference was launched in 1994 by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine with a primary focus on one of Maine’s central challenges– the future of its water resources. Originally designed to provide a collaborative nexus for water resource professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators, and planners to exchange information and present new findings on water resource issues in Maine, the conference has grown to include participation from a broad audience of close to 400…

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