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September 2017

Talk – The Sustainable Plate

September 25, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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 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, 2017 @ 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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January 2018

Talk – Sustainability on the Front Lines of Climate Change

January 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Sustainability on the Front Lines of Climate Change: Inside a UMaine Travel Study Course Speakers: Brandon Lieberthal, Postdoctoral Researcher, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMaine Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, Biology & Ecology, UMaine A complex dual relationship exists between climate change and sustainable development. Through its detrimental effects on food security, fresh water access, and human and environmental health, climate change weakens the basis for social and economic development. Meanwhile, misplaced societal priorities regarding sustainable development influence greenhouse gas emissions and…

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February 2018

Talk – The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable

February 5, 2018 @ 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 Farm 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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Talk Cancelled – Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability

February 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability and the influence of forest certification Erin Simons-Legaard, Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, UMaine Multiple, often conflicting forest values are maintained only when management actions are integrated over large areas. To-date, two key mechanisms have been utilized as safeguards for forest sustainability in Maine: regulations (such as Maine's Forest Practices Act) and certification through programs such as those sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council. Maine is…

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Talk – Bringing Big Data to Bear on Water Problems

February 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Dr. Adnan Rajib, ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency With growing stress from natural and man-made factors, there are distinct changes in the spatio-temporal pattern of water availability and hydrologic extremes. Knowing how and where these changes are occurring as well as their future expectancies are imperative for sustainable water management and policy decisions. Hydrologic models are being increasingly used to support these prediction needs across large spatial scales. However, our prediction skills remain poor given the inadequate representation…

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March 2018

Talk – Of Course Smart Growth! What Else is There?

March 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Nancy E. Smith, Executive Director, GrowSmart Maine The implications of land use decisions on where we choose to live and how we make a living. People choose to live in Maine for many reasons: connections to family, our iconic landscapes and architecture which foster farming, fisheries, forestry and beautiful downtowns, villages and Main Streets, our strong sense of local community through which we both support our neighbors in need and leave each other in peace and our gritty, independent spirit…

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Talk – Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management: Catching the greased pig in Eastern Maine

March 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM) is not a new concept and has been studied and attempted in many places around the planet. In its simplest form, EBFM considers not just how to manage individual species, but rather the relationships between species. At a more a complex level, EBFM takes into account the relationship of those species to the ecosystem in which they live. An even more comprehensive view includes the socio-economic…

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Talk – Plagues and People: Disease Transmission and Global Drivers of Change

March 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speakers: Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, Biology & Ecology, UMaine; Sandra De Urisote-Stone, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources, UMaine Nature-based tourism is tightly coupled with the transmission and dynamics of vector-borne infectious diseases (i.e., those that are transmitted via the bite of an infected arthropod, such as a mosquito or a tick). Domestic and international travel likely play a substantial role in the spread of both vectors and pathogens to new locations, while public health concerns may influence tourism businesses’ and potential…

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April 2018

Talk – Influencing Conservation Policy: Creating Tools for Decision Makers

April 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Dan Coker, The Nature Conservancy in Maine While there are many approaches to achieving conservation success, influencing public policy is a critical piece of the puzzle. Providing policy makers with tools that clearly illustrate scientific information is an effective way to help them make informed decisions about conservation issues that impact their constituents and communities. Using his current work with University of Maine faculty member Shaleen Jain to develop a high-resolution floodplain map and to model and quantify the…

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Talk – Governing the vulnerabilities of urban infrastructure to water scarcity and flooding

April 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Governing the vulnerabilities of urban infrastructure to water scarcity and flooding – The example of Mexico City Marco Janssen, Professor, School of Sustainability and Director, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, Arizona State University Many megacities such as Mexico City will experience in the coming decades an amplification of the existing challenges of water governance due to climatic change and further urbanization. As part of a large research project, we are developing an agent-based model of the water governance…

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Talk Cancelled – Dams, Sediment, and Public Policy

April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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This event has been cancelled due to illness. We will try to reschedule for fall semester. Speaker: Dr. Andrew Miller Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland - Baltimore County Co-sponsor: School of Earth and Climate Sciences Dr. Miller is interested in the interaction between watershed form, hydrologic response, and fluvial morphology with particular focus on interactions between flood processes and channel and valley-floor boundary conditions. In recent years this work has focused primarily on small urban watersheds…

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Talk – From Rights to Resilience: The Social Justice Dimensions of a Melting Environment

April 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Anne Henshaw, PhD, Oak Foundation In the mainstream media, images of polar bears perched on pans of melting ice continue to be emblematic of climate change and its immediate threats. While visually effective, do polar bears serve as an appropriate symbol for highlighting vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change, especially for the 400,000 Indigenous Peoples who call the region home? As the multi-year sea ice continues to show remarkable decline and the ocean becomes more accessible, communities face…

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July 2018

WRRI RFP Information Session

July 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Virtual options for participation are available. Contact carol.hamel@maine.edu. Please RSVP by 9am, Friday, July 6, 2018 (hallsworth@maine.edu) Click here for more information on the FY19 Maine Water Resources Research Institute Request for Proposals

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WRRI Pre-Proposal Deadline

July 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Click here for more information on the FY19 Maine Water Resources Research Institute Request for Proposals

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September 2018

Talk – Ditching the Divide: Rejecting Abrasive Political Culture and Cultivating Healthy Local Democracy

September 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Quixada Moore-Vissing Civic Researcher and Community Engagement Designer In a time when many of us just want to silence the noise of uncivil, polarized national politics, local democracy offers a hopeful alternative. People who live as neighbors in the same town or region have an opportunity to demand that local politics and civic life in their community stay civil, respectful, collaborative, and remain a space where many different kinds of people can voice their perspectives and listen to others. Universities,…

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Talk – Connecting Science with Stakeholders: Rockweed Food Webs & Commercial Harvesting

September 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Amanda Klemmer, Assistant Research Professor of Food-web Ecology, School of Biology & Ecology, UMaine The productivity of Maine’s coastal ecosystems is a keystone of the state’s natural resources based economy, with Maine’s coastal fisheries and tourism both billion-dollar industries. Sustainably managing these growing industries, to shepherd them through an uncertain ecological future, requires a mechanistic understanding of their associated food webs and ecosystems. Unlike most fisheries, rockweed harvesting removes basal resources, potentially altering habitat structure and creating bottom-up effects that cascade…

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October 2018

Talk – Let’s Start With Why: Distinctive stories of Maine’s unique food system and its impact on the state

October 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Sarah & Bryce Hach Founders, Maine Food for Thought The restaurant scene in Portland has become globally renowned for its’ innovation and quality. But there is also an important and vibrant story behind the plate that interconnects the land, the sea and the people of Maine, that have made it, over time, into the celebrated food destination it is today. Maine Food for Thought Co-Founders, Bryce and Sarah Hach, will discuss how they saw the medium of local, sustainably sourced…

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Talk – Let’s Get Engaged: Extending Marine Science Research to Maine People

October 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Gayle Zydlewski, Director, Maine Sea Grant Gayle recently assumed the role as Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program while retaining her faculty appointment with the School of Maine Sciences. Her research interests and experiences focus on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how research results can be used by natural resource managers and others while making decisions associated with environmental impacts on natural (or artificially-enhanced) populations of fishes. She will share her research perspectives and how those interests intersect with…

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Talk – Out on a limb: Measuring ‘resilience’ in natural resource-dependent communities

October 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Adam Daigneault, Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources; Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Linda Silka, Senior Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions How do we define resilience? What are the key attributes and drivers of resilient communities? How have natural-resource dependent communities responded to large socio-economic shocks? Adam and Linda will provide a comprehensive overview of how these questions are being explored in the Katahdin Region as residents continue to adapt to significant socioeconomic change over the past…

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Talk – It’s Not Easy Being Green: Environmental Engagement in the Past and Present

October 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Mark McLaughlin, Department of History, UMaine For many conservationists and environmentalists, the Holy Grail in terms of trying to make real and long-term change happen is effective engagement with policymakers and government officials. However, this is often not an easy or simple task, and many of the barriers that conservationists and environmentalists encounter today are the same ones that have been in place for more than half a century. Dr. Mark McLaughlin will draw from his research on forestry…

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November 2018

Talk – Conservation: No Longer Just for Do-Gooders

November 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Spencer Meyer, Senior Conservationist, Highstead Spencer will share his passion for the new Sebago Clean Waters initiative, which is bringing local, regional and national stakeholders together to create new investments in clean drinking water, healthy forests, and community conservation in the Sebago region of Maine. This initiative is one of about 30 water funds around the world that are linking conservation uplift with the business case to reinvest in watersheds that provide our clean drinking water. The Sebago watershed provides…

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Sustainability Lightning Talks

November 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Call for Abstracts Eight students will present five-minute talks on their sustainability research in Maine. Presenting students are listed below with abstracts: Parker Gassett, Marine Biology and Policy Putting Northeast ocean and coastal acidification in a context of water quality Northeast shellfish growers have not yet experienced the devastating shellfish die offs seen by West Coast growers in response to ocean and coastal acidification. Nevertheless, they have concerns about OCA and understand that protecting Northeast marine habitats and industry is…

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Talk – Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability

November 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability and the influence of forest certification Erin Simons-Legaard, Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, UMaine Multiple, often conflicting forest values are maintained only when management actions are integrated over large areas. To-date, two key mechanisms have been utilized as safeguards for forest sustainability in Maine: regulations (such as Maine’s Forest Practices Act) and certification through programs such as those sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council. Maine is…

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December 2018

Talk – Can Homesteading Provide Sustenance and Surplus in an Age of Scarcity?

December 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Steve Coghlan Associate Professor of Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine; and Director, Maine Chapter of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy Human population growth is on a collision course with biophysical limits of Planet Earth and economic limits of modern industrial-financial capitalism, but current political institutions seem incapable of identifying and responding to these existential crises. This has motivated some people to plan for a future of resource…

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February 2019

Talk – The Gains of Going Green: Opportunities for Collaborative Research with TNC in Maine

February 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Andy Cutko, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy in Maine From forests to fisheries and wildlife to waters, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Maine is committed to understanding how Maine’s ecosystems work and the many ways in which they’re vitally connected to Maine people. Andy Cutko will describe some of TNC’s multi-faceted efforts in Maine, focusing on TNC’s interests in applied conservation science. He will discuss several existing collaborative research projects with the University, including river restoration, forest ecology, and social…

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Talk – Conservation Science for Changing Times: An Emerging Transdisciplinary Research Program at UMaine

February 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speakers: Faculty from UMaine's NSF Research Traineeship Team Global and local changes in environmental, social, and climatic conditions increasingly stress, alter, or degrade ecosystems and human quality of life despite continued efforts to develop integrated natural and human models that help support effective decision-making. In response, many organizations focus on managing for resilient human-natural systems—those that are able to respond and adapt to the effects of rapid change. Our recently awarded National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant will create a…

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Talk – Racing the clock to preserve the past…A community-based approach to managing Maine’s shell middens

February 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Alice R. Kelley, Associate Research Professor, Climate Change Institute & Instructor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine Bonnie Newsom, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maine The Maine Midden Minders is a volunteer, citizen science organization being developed with the support of the Senator George Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and Maine Sea Grant to help document and monitor Maine’s eroding shell middens.  These features are composed of mollusk shells, artifacts, and faunal remains, and archive…

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March 2019

Talk – Talking Trash: Creating a Circular Food System in Maine

March 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speakers: Food Waste Reduction Student Team This work highlights the benefits of approaching food waste management from an interdisciplinary perspective. While there have been many efforts to combat wasted food, the problem is complex and solutions have remained elusive. This research group brings together different disciplines (nursing, anthropology, economics, biomedical and civil engineering) across educational stages (undergraduate and graduate students and faculty) in order to approach the issue of wasted food from multiple perspectives. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, this team…

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Talk – Reinventing the Forest Community: Honoring Tradition While Igniting Innovation

March 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Rob Riley, President, Northern Forest Center This discussion will explore the relationship Maine’s communities have had with the forest, how it continues to evolve as regional and global economies impact traditional industries, and ways the Northern Forest Center is renewing pride, purpose and vitality of these communities to create continuous opportunity in a new forest future. Rob Riley joined the Center in 2007 as director of programs, leading development of new programs emerging from the Center’s Sustainable Economy Initiative…

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Talk – A Little Engine That Could: A Small Organization’s Role Fostering Conservation and Community Connections

March 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Billy Helprin, Director, Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, Somesville, Maine The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1985 with a mission of wildlife habitat conservation and ecological education in the Somes Pond watershed, but today reaches well beyond with its education and research work. Long term and more recent research and monitoring projects include loon breeding success, alewife migration, aquatic invasive species surveys, and Courtesy Boat Inspections for aquatic invasives. The Sanctuary has been a host site for the University of…

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April 2019

Talk – Can People Be ‘Nudged’ To Improve Water Quality? Evidence from Large-Scale Economic Experiments

April 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Kent Messer, S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Applied Economics, University of Delaware Popularized by the best-selling book “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness”, governments around the globe have developed “nudge squads” in an effort to  use behavioral science to achieve pro-social behavioral change at little or no cost. Most of the existing research has focused on individuals making choices that effect their own wellbeing. Yet often people’s decisions to helping society and the environment involve significant…

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Talk – A River Runs Through It: Combining ‘Heritage’ and River Restoration in Southern New England

April 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Co-sponsor: UMaine Dept. of History Brian Payne Associate Professor, History and Canadian Studies, Bridgewater State University What role does “heritage” play in environmental protection? Because of the blended landscape of New England, environmental stewardship must take into greater account human history in regional planning. As such, historians can play an effective role in environmental and resource stewardship by adding the power of “heritage” to campaigns to protect ecosystems. Heritage, however, is a rather selected reading of history and so this process can…

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Talk – Developing Relocation Policies for Environmental Refugees: The Adverse Consequences of Treating Assumptions as Facts

April 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Amanda Bertana, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scholars Strategy Network, Maine Chapter Today as climate change makes areas less hospitable (specifically along global coastlines), relocation is becoming an increasingly more viable adaptation strategy. In fact, whole communities have begun planning to relocate, or have relocated. At the national level, some governments have started to draft relocation policies. When governments omit communities from these decision-making processes, however, they fall into the trap of making policies about what they think people need and want based…

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Talk – Sustainability of Collaboration

April 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Speaker: Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management, School of Forest Resources and Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine Everyone has been part of a professional collaboration at some point. Many collaborations end when specific objectives are met, a project is completed, or the grant period ends. Some collaborative groups pursue goals that require commitments to objectives that extend beyond a single project or group of individuals. Migratory bird conservation partnerships often pursue long-term involvement…

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July 2019

WRRI RFP Information Session

July 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Researchers interested in applying to the Maine Water Resources Research Institute FY20 grant program are strongly encouraged to attend this RFP information session. Virtual options for participation are available. Contact carol.hamel@maine.edu for additional information and to RSVP by Monday, July 8.

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September 2019

Talk – Dams, Sediment, and Public Policy

September 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Andrew Miller Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland – Baltimore County Co-sponsor: School of Earth and Climate Sciences Dr. Miller is interested in the hydrology, hydraulics and geomorphology of extreme floods with a particular focus in recent years on urban floods. He has continuing research interests in the fate and transport of sediment in the landscape, including sediment currently stored behind dams as well as historical legacy sediment stored in valley bottoms, and he is…

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Talk – We have the plan, now what? Supporting implementation of community-based vernal pool conservation on private lands

September 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speakers: Aram Calhoun and Jessica Jansujwicz, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine Private lands provide many public goods (e.g., habitat for wildlife, water conservation, educational, aesthetic, or recreational value), but perceived value to private landowners may be less clear. Achieving conservation goals on private lands thus requires a broader choice of conservation tools and approaches that address the needs and priorities of all landowners. The Maine Vernal Pool Special Area Management…

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Talk – Possibilities for Partnership: University-Indigenous Nations and Research in the 21st Century

September 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Darren J. Ranco, Citizen of the Penobscot Nation, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Native American Programs, Faculty Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine The promise of both sustainability science and indigenous research methods are for greater partnership and relevance of research to different community and societal needs. Here at the University of Maine through the Mitchell Center, a small group of us have been working on this related to Wabanaki Tribal Nations. In this…

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October 2019

Talk – When Resiliencies Collide: Systems thinking for dam removal in the face of climate change

October 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, Dept. of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry In this talk, Dr. Feldpausch-Parker will discuss her recent research in small scale dam removal public workshops in New York State’s Hudson and Mohawk Watersheds. The goal of these workshops are to help communities think through local dam removals using systems thinking and mediated modeling, while also thinking toward climate change resilience. In addition to fisheries recovery, many of these workshops highlighted…

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November 2019

Talk – Spaghetti and Waffle Thinking: Using Diversity to Improve Sustainable Design

November 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Speaker: Christian Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment at the University of South Florida A student describes the relationship between anthropologists and engineers as like that between waffles and spaghetti. Engineers, she says, think like waffles, which are made up of structured little compartments into which everything (like the butter and syrup) fits neatly. Anthropologists, on the other hand, think like spaghetti: ideas start out as one little strand of noodle but…

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Talk – The Art and Science of Spanning Ten Miles of Ocean for Energy Sustainability

November 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Stephenie MacLagan, Senior Community Development Officer, Sustainable Community Infrastructure, Island Institute Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute Working alongside Maine's island and coastal leaders, the Island Institute catalyzes community sustainability and shares what works among these diverse communities and beyond. Maine island residents pay some of the highest energy costs in the nation. Our Affordable and Sustainable Energy Project aims to reduce the cost of energy for homeowners, businesses, and municipalities through community-based, nationally relevant models that increase energy efficiency and renewable…

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Talk – Navigating the Second, Third, and Fourth Lives of Organic “Wastes”

November 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Navigating the Second, Third, and Fourth Lives of Organic "Wastes:" Circular Food Systems and Curbside Compost Scrapdogs Community Compost According to a 2011 study by the University of Maine, approximately 40% of Maine's municipal solid waste (MSW) is compostable. What's the best way to divert food waste currently disposed as MSW? How can curbside compost methods be successfully deployed in parts of rural Maine that don't necessarily have the same density as cities or towns that have been able to…

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December 2019

Sustainability Lightning Talks

December 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Six students will present seven-minute talks on their sustainability research in Maine. PowerPoint presentations are allowed but will be limited to 10 slides. Schedule 3:00pm-3:02pm Welcome – Linda Silka, Interim Director, Mitchell Center 3:03pm-3:10pm Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Teams: Challenges and Solutions Tony Sutton, PhD candidate, Ecology & Environmental Sciences 3:11pm-3:18pm Improving Weed Management for Organic Vegetable Farmers Rebecca Champagne, PhD student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences 3:19pm-3:26pm Linking Hydrodynamics to Pollution Management in Maine Estuaries Sohaib Alahmed, Graduate student, Civil and Environmental…

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February 2020

Talk – The Shifting Dynamics of Rural Economic Development

February 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speakers: Vicki Rusbult and Lee Umphrey, Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) Eastern Maine Development Corporation, a Maine designated economic development district, has developed a new model of economic development. Economic Opportunity Response Teams (EORT) components enhance traditional technical assistance services by fostering fully integrated, collaborative relationships with businesses, communities, and individuals. The process is enhanced by creating Targeted Development Roadmap that support client-specific and long-term partnerships. Lee Umphrey, President and CEO, EMDC Following decades of professional experience connecting people and communities with…

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Talk – Dams, Culverts and the Art of Decision Making

February 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Sam Roy, Research Assistant Professor, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Dam removal is now common practice for restoring natural flow connectivity in rivers, with significant benefits for migratory fish and their freshwater/marine ecosystems. However, dams are only one of several types of infrastructure fragmenting aquatic habitat. Though dams generally have greater impact, other man-made barriers like road culverts also limit migration. We explore the potential for combining dam removals and road culvert improvements to improve the costs and benefits…

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Talk – Sustainable, Livable Communities for All: MDI’s affordable housing problem

February 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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A Power Point of Ted's talk is available. Speaker: Ted Koffman Affordable housing for low- and middle-income employees is nearly out of reach in some Maine communities. Mount Desert Island (MDI) is one community struggling with affordable housing for its year-round workforce. Data from the US Census Bureau indicates a growing trend for MDI’s workers to commute from off the island. This figure reached more than 60% in 2014. Additionally, data indicates that Hancock County has a large share of…

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March 2020

Talk – Tick, Talk: Integrating biological and social science research to address ticks and Lyme disease in Maine

March 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Speaker: Carly Sponarski, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology, Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Resilient agroecosystems have both healthy forests and healthy forest workers. This study will integrate natural and social science research, extension, and education to develop and test adaptive land management practices to protect private forest landowners, foresters, and loggers against exposure to tick-borne disease (TBD) and to manage the spread and persistence of TBD in the forest landscape. Due to climate change,…

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Talk – Shifting Paradigms to Manage for Change in Acadia National Park

March 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Shifting paradigms to manage for change in Acadia National Park: Our approach and where we need your help Speaker: Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park Agencies charged with protecting natural and cultural resources can no longer simply work to maintain historical conditions. Rather, these agencies must manage resources in a rapidly changing environment. They must adopt a mix of practices designed to resist, accept, and direct change. Dr. Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator at Acadia National Park, will discuss how the…

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TALK CANCELLED – Defining Food Security in the Modern World

March 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, and following guidance from the University of Maine System and the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this talk has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule for a later date. Defining Food Security in the Modern World: Nutritional and Food Management Policies in the US, Canada, and Great Britain in the Post-World War Two Era Speaker: Brian Payne, Associate Professor, Bridgewater State University When the United Nations released its seventeen…

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April 2020

TALK CANCELLED – Cultivating Ecological Virtues

April 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, and following guidance from the University of Maine System and the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this talk has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule for a later date. A three-part environmental ethics workshop Don Beith, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine Please be ready to share ideas and discuss ecological values together. First, a short presentation from Don Beith will explore ways we can think of our…

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TALK CANCELLED – Stories from the Sea: Fishing Communities Revealed

April 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, and following guidance from the University of Maine System and the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this talk has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule for a later date. Speaker: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant Scattered among Maine’s coastal communities, in historical societies, museums, libraries, community radio stations and schools, the voices of Maine’s fishing community members have been recorded for posterity. These voices can illustrate the…

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July 2020

WRRI Request for Proposals – Information Session

July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

An informational session for the FY21 Maine Water Resources Research Institute Request for Proposals will take place on July 9 from 12pm-1pm. The session will take place via Zoom. Contact Carol Hamel at carol.hamel@maine.edu for connection information. Please RSVP by 9am, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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WRRI Pre-proposal Deadline

July 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

FY21 Water Resources Sustainability Research Grants (USGS 104b) With funding from the U.S. Geological Survey’s 104b program, the Maine Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) in the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions supports research and outreach to enhance the capacity for the sustainable management of water resources across the state. We request proposals for solutions-driven projects in which interdisciplinary research teams collaborate closely with stakeholders and provide support for student training. Pre-Proposals are due Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4 PM…

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September 2020

Talk – What Can Walt Disney Teach Us About Sustainable Solutions?

September 14, 2020 @ 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: Susanne Lee, Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine Walt Disney was one of the world’s great problem solvers. He oversaw the creation of some of the most sustainable entertainment solutions - beloved characters, music, films and theme parks - which have a timeless appeal across cultures and generations. The driving force behind Walt’s success was an…

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Talk – Safety nets and bootstraps: Mainers and food insecurity in the time of COVID-19

September 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required due to security concerns. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speakers: Rachel Schattman, Assistant Professor, School of Food and Agriculture, UMaine Kate Yerxa, Extension Professor, Cooperative Extension and School of Food and Agriculture, UMaine Food insecurity, or the “lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life”, is an economic and social justice problem worldwide, including in Maine. This issue is the focus…

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Talk – The Road to Maine’s New Climate Action Plan

September 28, 2020 @ 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. The Maine Climate Council has been developing a State Climate Action Plan to address climate change that will be finalized by December 1st. Dr. Cassaundra Rose, Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, will talk about the process of putting together the Climate Action Plan so…

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October 2020

Talk – The Future of Farming: Building Tools for Tech Savvy Farmers

October 5, 2020 @ 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. Speakers: Lily Calderwood, Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, UMaine Sean Birkel, State Climatologist; Research Assistant Professor, UMaine Climate Change Institute Glen Koehler, Associate Scientist IPM, UMaine Cooperative Extension This talk will focus on a project co-led by researchers in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Climate Change Institute in collaboration with Maine…

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Talk – The Land-Sea Conjunction Junction…what’s the function? Connecting coastal places, people, and science

October 19, 2020 @ 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. For those who aren't familiar with the word play, check out the original Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar - Conjunction Junction Music Video Speakers: Lauren Ross, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Sean Smith, Associate Professor, Earth & Climate Sciences and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions A grand challenge of coastal pollution management is the development and application…

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Talk – Waste Land to Portfolio: How timberland was transformed from a resource to be mined – to equity worth buying

October 26, 2020 @ 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: Dave Edson, Board of Directors, James W. Sewall Company; Advisory Board, Mitchell Center From the viewpoint of a forester who witnessed major forest land transactions during the 70’s thru 2010, there is an inexorable trend offering some expectation that forest land use will continue to serve the needs and interests of future generations. This was…

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November 2020

Talk – Stories from the Sea: Fishing Communities Revealed

November 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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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: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant Scattered among Maine’s coastal communities, in historical societies, museums, libraries, community radio stations and schools, the voices of Maine’s fishing community members have been recorded for posterity. These voices can illustrate the past and help us plan for the future. With ecological shifts happening today as a result…

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Talk – Maine Can Lead in Fair Planning for Addressing Climate Change: Steps in an Equity Assessment

November 9, 2020 @ 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. Speakers: Linda Silka, Senior Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Sara Kelemen, Graduate Student, School of Food and Agriculture In the face of climate change, Maine must be prepared. The University of Maine has important roles to play in helping the state prepare for the effects of climate change. One such role is to analyze…

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Talk – Cultivating Ecological Virtues

November 16, 2020 @ 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. A three-part environmental ethics workshop. Don Beith will discuss how environmental ethics is about more than simply applying human values to environmental problems, but also learning to make our ethical thinking itself more ecological. Our environmental decision-making frameworks are oriented by our deeper values, our moral character. Virtues—like courage and temperance, for example—are healthy, exemplary developments…

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Talk – Unkicking the can: How community development can make a difference now

November 23, 2020 @ 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: Dave Milan, Director of Community Development, Town of Orono, Maine Having worked in law enforcement as well as community and economic development for many decades, Dave Milan discovered that many parts of municipal government operate in silos, with too little knowledge of how their work connects with the work of other departments. Over the past…

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Talk – Sustainable Water Treatment – Moving from Victorian Era Technology to Nanotechnology

November 30, 2020 @ 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: Onur G. Apul, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMaine Having access to drinking water is a basic human right. However, billions of people around the world still lack access to safe drinking water. Even in the most industrialized nations, safe and sustainable drinking water supply is far from being accomplished. Modern day water catastrophes…

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March 2021

Talk – Citizen Science: A Means to Promote Equity and Inclusion in STEM

March 1, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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April 2021

Talk – A fishy tail about our food system

April 19, 2021 @ 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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September 2021

Talk – Team Science and Lessons from Kindergarten – The Essence of Collaborative Research

September 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine's COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Pips Veazey, Director, UMaine Portland Gateway Humanity is grappling with wicked problems that are complex, dynamic and difficult to solve including global climate change, ocean plastic pollution, and the coronavirus pandemic. No single person, approach or way of knowing can adequately address these issues single handedly. Collaborative teams…

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Talk – Digging for Buried Treasure: Hidden Gems in Maine’s Reuse Markets 

September 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Cindy Isenhour, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology & Climate Change Institute, UMaine and Brie Berry, Postdoctoral Researcher, UMaine Join Dr. Cindy Isenhour and Dr. Brie Berry as they dig through the hidden sustainability dimensions of repairing, reusing and reselling goods. While Mainers have been…

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Talk – Rendezvous for Sustainability: Creating space for science-based collaborative solutions

September 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Catherine Ashcraft, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment; Faculty Fellow, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire Weiwei Mo, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire. The United States is one of the most heavily dammed countries around…

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October 2021

Talk – Why We Need History to Create a Sustainable World: Views from Wabanaki History

October 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Micah Pawling, Associate Professor, History and Native American Studies, UMaine This presentation explores the significance of historical research in the context of a sustainable society. In the past, people possessed different notions of sustainability resulting in considerable variations across time and space, providing researchers…

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Talk – Leveraging the Clean Energy Triangle — Technology, Policy and Finance — to Fight Climate Change

October 18, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Lessons from Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and Wall Street The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for UMaine students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Dan Reicher, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for Environment, Stanford University Conquering climate change will require, first and foremost, a rapid shift to low-carbon…

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Talk – Collaborating Toward Climate Solutions

October 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for UMaine students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Esperanza Stancioff, Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension & Maine Sea Grant and Parker Gassett, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant Esperanza and Parker will present on learnings from the Maine Climate Change Adaptation Providers…

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November 2021

Talk – Access for All? Examining Water Insecurity and Health in the United States and Canada

November 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for UMaine students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Kiley Daley, Adjunct Instructor, Ecology and Environmental Sciences; Associate, Climate Change Institute, UMaine Water insecurity is broadly defined as the lack of adequate and safe water to sustain a healthy and productive life. Though…

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Talk – Rematriation, Indigenous Women, and Traditional Indigenous Land Concepts in the Land Back Movement

November 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Facilitator: Darren Ranco, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Mitchell Center; Chair of Native American Programs; Coordinator of Native American Research Panelists: Mali Obomsawin (Odanak Abenaki Nation) of the Bomazeen Land Trust Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot Nation), executive director of the Land Peace Foundation A further panelist will…

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Sustainability Lightning Talks

November 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lightning talks will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Student Presentations: Lightning Talks will focus on student sustainability research in Maine. Seven students will have five-minutes for their talk. PowerPoint presentations are allowed but are limited to 10 slides. 3:00pm-3:05pm Welcome – David Hart, Director, Mitchell Center 3:06pm-3:11pm Zachary Davis (graduate student), Resource Economics…

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Talk – Storytelling: A Tool to Inform Collaborations

November 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Presenters: Michelle de Leon, Masters Student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine Hannah Robbins, Communications Manager, Maine Sea Grant Amalia Harrington, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant Storytelling has been around for as long as human history. While scientists traditionally use it to communicate findings, storytelling…

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Talk – The Role of Municipal Government in Implementing State Policy Priorities

November 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Cathy Conlow and Kate Dufour, Maine Municipal Association In order to assess the appropriate role for municipalities to play in the implementation of statewide policy priorities, it is important to understand Maine’s historic reliance on…

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January 2022

Talk – Sustainability Awards and Presentations

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This event will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. For our first sustainability 'talk' of spring 2022 semester, we will recognize the winners of the Mitchell Center's 2021 Sustainability Awards. As part of the ceremony, each of the four awardees will give a brief presentation that reflects on the work for which they received…

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February 2022

Talk – The Warming Sea: A symphonic exploration of hope in the face of the climate crisis

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Kate Dickerson, Founder and Director, Maine Science Festival Lucas Richman, Composer, Music Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra In January of 2019, the Maine Science Festival commissioned GRAMMY award-winning composer, Lucas Richman, to compose…

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Talk – Wabanaki Fisheries: What rivers can teach us about partnerships

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Anthony Sutton, Community Food Facilitator, ME Shellfish Learning Network and Adjunct Instructor, Dept. of Communication and Journalism, UMaine Collaboration is occurring in specific spaces and places, both with unique histories that shape…

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Talk – Navigating Change: Strategies and Structures to Increase the Resilience of the Coast of Maine

February 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute The Island Institute works alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to build community resilience and share solutions for addressing our coast’s most critical issues.…

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March 2022

Talk – Dukes of Hazards: Reducing natural disaster risks with community planning

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

This event will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Sam Roy, Natural Hazards Planner, Maine Emergency Management Agency The U.S. sustains on average more than $51 billion in losses and 361 deaths per year from weather and climate hazards. In Maine,…

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Talk – Equity and Environmental Justice: Opportunities for the State of Maine

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Jessica Scott, Senior Climate Advisor, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) has been working with a variety of state agencies,…

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Talk – The Maine Forest Tick Survey: Cross-disciplinary and community-engaged science for public health

March 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. A Career Q&A for graduate and undergraduate students will follow the talk. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Ixodes scapularis - Commonly known as the deer tick or black-legged tick Speaker: Allison (Allie) Gardner, Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, UMaine Due to a combination of climate change and an…

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April 2022

Talk – The Forever Chemicals: PFAS in Maine

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

What they are, where they come from, and what can we do about them The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Dr. Onur Apul, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMaine Dr. Dianne Kopec, Research Fellow, Mitchell Center Dr. Caroline Noblet, Associate Professor, School of Economics, UMaine John Peckenham, Research Associate,…

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Talk – Building a community of interest and response to an invasive species threatening Maine’s ash trees and Wabanaki cultural lifeways

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: John Daigle, citizen member of the Penobscot Nation and Professor in the UMaine School of Forest Resources The invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) poses a potentially devastating threat to all three species of ash (brown, green, and white) found in Maine. The EAB is…

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Talk – Art as an Agent of Change: The emergence of ‘Creative Ecologies’

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speakers: Justin Wolff, Professor of Art History, Chair of the Dept. of Art, UMaine Susan Smith, Director of the Intermedia Program, Interim Director, Lord Hall Gallery, UMaine During the past decade we have noticed with fascination the emergence of “Creative Ecologies,” a broad interdisciplinary field…

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September 2022

Talk – Creative Ecologies and the Aesthetics of Climate Justice

September 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: T.J. Demos, Professor and Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture, Director, Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz The Center for Creative Ecologies (CCE) provides a place to consider the intersection of culture and environment. The aim is…

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Talk – How Can We Be Honest Brokers In An Honestly Broken System?

September 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information. In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines. Speaker: Sonja Birthisel, Director, The Wilson Center, UMaine Sonja has spent much of the last decade seeking to address the pressing reality of climate change. As a scientist, she's done her best to wear the hat of "honest broker" through projects like FCCI's Natural Climate…

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