Sustainability Solutions and Technologies

Earth Day Festival features electric vehicles, seed bombs

Want to test-ride an electric vehicle, craft creative seed bombs and sample local treats? Attend the free Earth Day Festival from noon to 2 p.m. April 21, in Bangor’s Pickering Square. Fun, educational activities will be offered at the zero-waste event sponsored by the University of Maine Office of Sustainability, University of Maine Augusta-Bangor Office […]

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Earth Week to feature keynote speaker, other awareness events

Earth Week 2018 at the University of Maine will take place April 16–22, and will include various events and activities focused on themes of sustainability and environmental awareness. This year’s keynote speaker will be Madelyn Woods from the Marine & Environmental Research Institute, who will present her research in a talk titled “Microplastics in the […]

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UMaine taking part in #PledgeAgainstPlasticStraws

Simply Straws wants to make the world a better place, sip by sip, with eco-friendly glass straws. And the University of Maine is taking part in the company’s #PledgeAgainstPlasticStraws 2018 Campus Challenge. Throughout the month of April, campuses nationwide are invited to ditch plastic straws to reduce plastic pollution. It’s estimated in the U.S. that […]

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Student group leading Sustain Maine license plate campaign

Maine Community Energy Advocates, a student-led organization, seeks to increase support for community-based sustainable energy and energy efficiency programs in the state by establishing a new specialty license plate. The project has been approved by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and 2,000 pre-orders are needed to prove sufficient interest for the plates to go […]

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Find an environmentally friendly career at the Green Jobs Forum

Are you interested in installing solar swimming pool heaters? How about working in a yarn shop that supports sustainable fiber farming? People considering a career, internship or volunteer opportunities in the environmental sector are invited to the Green Jobs Forum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Bangor Public Library. Several businesses […]

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Free workshops to build your own solar cellphone charger

The Office of Sustainability is offering free solar cellphone charger-building workshops 5–8 p.m. March 22 and 28 for as many as 20 students, faculty and staff members each night. The workshops will be in the Texas Instruments Analog Circuits Laboratory in Barrows Hall. Participants can take home their completed solar cellphone chargers. To sign up, […]

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‘Black Bears Have Green Rooms’ promotes carbon footprint reduction

Interested in reducing your carbon footprint and gaining some free swag? Check out the “Black Bears Have Green Rooms” program — a tool for promoting environmental awareness. Alicia Oberholzer, energy efficiency coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, says the program will recognize people who commit to sustainable practices and challenge others to be mindful of […]

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Press Herald lists UMaine Extension, Mitchell Center as sustainability education resources

The Portland Press Herald named the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions as resources for those looking to learn about sustainability. UMaine Extension regularly offers workshops, courses, literature and videos on sustainable farming and gardening, soil testing, composting, beekeeping and food preservation. The Mitchell Center hosts […]

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Media outlets share UMaine aquaculture research

World Fishing & Aquaculture and Undercurrent News carried portions of a media release from Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. The stories indicated that research conducted by UMaine assistant professor of economics Caroline Noblet and assistant professor of risk communication Laura Rickard found that strategic outreach and consumer education could lead to a growth […]

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