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February 2021

Talk – Leading Together: Strengthening Policy Outcomes through Collaboration

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Amanda Beal, Commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is a dynamic and complex agency overseeing many of our state’s most revered natural resources, which are also central to many aspects of our economy. In addressing some of our greatest challenges over the past two years, from climate change…

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Talk – The Town That Refused to Die

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Bucksport, Maine Speaker: Susan Lessard, Town Manager, Town of Bucksport, Maine In 2018, Yankee Magazine dubbed the Town of Bucksport as “The Town that Refused to Die." With the loss of 40% of its tax base and nearly 300 jobs from the closure of the VERSO paper mill in December of 2014, the view from many was that Bucksport would…

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Talk – Making Our Food System More Circular: Less Waste, but Is It Safe?

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speakers: Jean MacRae, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMaine; Cynthia Isenhour, Anthropology, UMaine Great strides have been made in New England to move toward a more circular food system. Some states have banned food waste from landfills, reducing methane and leachate production, and stimulating new economic opportunities by producing heat, electricity and useful soil conditioners (compost and digestate) from food scraps.…

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March 2021

Talk – Paris to Portland: Localizing Global Climate Action

March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Dr. David Reidmiller, Director, Climate Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute Just over five years ago, the world ushered in a new era of international climate action with the Paris Agreement. Having led the science and technology negotiations for the United States, Dr. Reidmiller will discuss the conditions that made the monumental Agreement possible and reflect on lessons in…

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Talk – The Land Back Movement and the Future of Land Relations in the Dawnland

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME 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. Join Dr. Darren Ranco for a roundtable discussion about the Land Back movement and the future of indigenous land relations in Maine. Dr. Ranco will be joined by John Banks, Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation; Lucas St. Clair, President of the Elliotsville Foundation which recently returned 735 acres to…

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2021 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 31 - April 1
Virtual ME United States

Given the continued uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference committee has decided to move the 2021 conference to an online, virtual format. While we are aware that a virtual conference is no substitute for an in-person gathering, we are excited at this opportunity to rethink the content and structure of this important event. The conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the sharing of information and ideas within our community. Additional information will be posted shortly.…

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April 2021

Talk – Restoring Penobscot Language Use: How an English professor is helping access vital knowledge for a sustainable future

April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. When I began the project of publishing “Still They Remember Me”: Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1, I placed a primary value on working responsively with Penobscot language keeper Carol Dana, who wanted help to restore Penobscot language use.  Dana wanted to make bilingual text versions readily available to young people in her community. Reading the narratives as literature, I saw…

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Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

To register: https://maine.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcu-rqjMtEtN97Ukkq5wNQRGN-cElg4Jd For more information: Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit Contact: Susanne Lee at Susanne.Lee@maine.edu America is a leader in wasted food where 40% of the food we produce is never eaten. For Maine, this means 219 lbs. of food wasted per person or nearly 300 million lbs. annually. At the same time, we have over 200,000 Mainers suffering from food insecurity – including 1 out of 5 of our children. Adding to the problem, these food losses cost…

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Talk – Strengthening learning, leadership and equity in Maine and Wabanaki wild shellfisheries

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual ME United States
Free

Insights from the Maine Shellfish Learning Network This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speakers: Bridie McGreavy, Tony Sutton and Gabby Hillyer, UMaine The future of shellfishing across Maine and Wabanaki homelands is uncertain, as wild clam and mussel fisheries face pressures from warming ocean temperatures and unsustainable economic and social conditions. However, there is a lot of room for optimism as a growing network of partners…

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