Sustainability Awards

Mitchell Center awards are presented annually and are designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Mitchell Center members, researchers, students and external stakeholders who have helped advance the values and principles at the heart of the Mitchell Center’s stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary projects and partnerships.

2019 Awards

Outstanding contribution toward the development of solutions by a research team

Maine Shellfish Learning Network
The network is a first-of-its-kind attempt to bring together stakeholders and researchers to find solutions to major challenges faced by Maine coastal communities. Bridie McGreavy and her team are committed to achieving this goal and to conducting interdisciplinary, stakeholder-engaged, solutions-driven research.

Outstanding mentorship of a student in sustainability research

Sandra De Urioste-Stone
For her co-mentorship of students in helping build the community of interdisciplinary colleagues necessary to tackle sustainability challenges in the state of Maine.

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by an undergraduate student

Skyler Horton, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, UMaine
For his participation on the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative and as a Diana Davis Spencer Scholar.

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by a graduate student

Anthony Sutton, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine
For his contributions to numerous sustainability efforts on campus and within the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and MicMac communities.

Outstanding Contributions by an external partner to research collaborations

George Parmenter, Sustainable Retailing Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets, Ahold Delhaize USA
For his on-going efforts in helping Hannaford act as a leader in seeking triple bottom line solutions for their excess food production/food waste.

2018 Awards

Outstanding contribution toward the development of solutions by a research team

Adam Daigneault, Linda Silka, and the Katahdin Indicators Team
For work on the Developing Economic and Community Resilience Indicators for the Katahdin Region project

Outstanding mentorship of a student in sustainability research

Emma Fox, Ph.D. student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
For her mentorship of students on the NEST Future of Dams project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by an undergraduate student

Gwyneth Roberts, dual undergraduate student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences/Mathematics
For work on understanding tidal mixing in the Jordan River in Trenton—a continuation of coastal pollution research begun under the NEST Safe Beaches and Shellfish Beds project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by a graduate student

Parker Gassett, Master’s student, Marine Policy and Marine Biology
For work on the Ocean and Coastal Acidification in Maine project

Outstanding Contributions by an external partner to research collaborations

Penobscot Nation Water Resources Program (Jan Paul, Angie Reed, John Banks, Dan Kusnierz, Jake Paul, Dan McCaw and Jason Mitchell
For their work in supporting the NEST Future of Dams project and in co-designing a UMaine environmental communication course.

2017 Awards

Outstanding progress on “The Road to Solutions” by a research team

Sam Roy and the Future of Dams Team
For work on the NEST Future of Dams project

Outstanding mentorship of a student in sustainability research

Cindy Isenhour, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow
For mentorship of students on the Materials Management project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by an undergraduate student

Shantel Neptune
For work on the NEST Future of Dams project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by a graduate student

Sonja Birthisel
For work on the Improving Weed Management on Organic Farms project

Outstanding Contribution by an external partner on “The Road to Solutions”

Glen Melvin and the Medomak Taskforce
For work on the Strengthening Coastal Economies project

2016 Awards

Outstanding progress on “The Road to Solutions” by a research team

NEST Decision Support Systems Team
For work on the NEST Safe Beaches & Shellfish project

Outstanding mentorship of a student in sustainability research

Travis Blackmer, Lecturer, Economics and Mitchell Center Researcher
For mentorship of students on the Materials Management project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by an undergraduate student

Brady Davis
For work on the Cheesemaking in Maine project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by a graduate student

Courtney King
For work on the Materials Management project

Outstanding Contribution by an external partner on “The Road to Solutions”

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program and Maine Department of Environmental Protection
For work on the Engaging Citizen Scientists to Evaluate Water Quality Decline in Maine Lakes project

2015 Awards

Outstanding progress on “The Road to Solutions” by a research team

Materials Management Research Team
For work on the Materials Management project

Outstanding mentorship of a student in sustainability research

Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow
For student mentorship on the NEST Safe Beaches & Shellfish project

Sam Hanes, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Mitchell Center Faculty Associate
For student mentorship on the Native Bee Use and Conservation project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by an undergraduate student

Stanley Peterson
For work on the Community-based Sustainable Energy Solutions project

Jena Rudolph
For work on the Materials Management project

Outstanding contribution to sustainability research by a graduate student

Brianne Du Clos
For work on the Native Bee Use and Conservation project

Josh Stoll
For work on the Towards Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in Eastern Maine project

Stephanie Coffey
For work on the Community-based Sustainable Energy Solutions project

Outstanding Contribution by an external partner on “The Road to Solutions”

Maine Healthy Beaches Program and Maine Department of Marine Resources
For work on the NEST Safe Beaches & Shellfish project