Sustainability Solutions and Technologies

Lee speaks to Popular Science about composting

Susanne Lee, faculty fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, spoke to Popular Science about compost management. Lee says that creating compost as a community can displace the need to purchase manure and fertilizer — or even be sold at a profit. “If you have an end product that has a market value, of […]

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Tajvidi interviewed by media about newly developed nanocellulose food containers

News Center Maine and WVFX (Fox 22/ABC 7) spoke to Mehdi Tajvidi, associate professor of reusable nanomaterials, about his research developing safe and recyclable food containers from nanocellulose in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Tajvidi told WFVX that the containers would be made out of wood or nanocellulose, which has a high crystallinity that […]

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PPH cites UMaine-designed floating concrete platform for offshore wind turbines

The Portland Press Herald reported that developers of a planned offshore wind energy research array, Pine Tree Offshore Wind, have asked state regulators to approve a 20-year electricity supply contract with terms they say are essential to their investing $1.2 billion in a project that could help launch a new renewable energy industry in Maine. […]

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Dagher interviewed by Maine Public about offshore wind energy development

Maine Public spoke with Habib Dagher, founding executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, about the efforts to push the development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine by leasing areas to offshore wind developers. Officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management outlined their plans […]

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BDN advances Mitchell Center’s food scrap diversion workshop

The Bangor Daily News shared information about four Food Scrap Diversion Workshops hosted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry and the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainable Solutions. The free half-day public workshops, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., offer a chance […]

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Isenhour interviewed for Waste Dive about reusable takeout containers

Cindy Isenhour, associate professor of anthropology and climate change and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow, recently spoke with Waste Dive about her research on reusable takeout containers. In fall 2021, Isenhour worked with graduate student Jared Entwistle to present a few possible models for reusable takeout containers to a group of 35 Maine hospitality, waste and […]

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News Center Maine, WMTW cite UMaine floating turbine research

News Center Maine and WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) reported on the plans for the first offshore turbine off the Maine coast, which will be designed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Gov. Janet Mills applied for a lease last October from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for 15 […]

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Mitchell Center collaborates with Maine DEP to host Food Scrap Diversion Workshops

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting a series of Food Scrap Diversion Workshops in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry and the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainable Solutions. The free half-day public workshops, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., offer a chance to learn about the […]

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Hart gives keynote address at HRA annual meeting

David Hart, director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research Alliance on May 3, 2022. The HIBAR Research Alliance (HRA) is an international network of research universities focused on using […]

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WMTW cites UMaine study about state bee populations

In an article about Maine beekeepers helping newcomers start hives, WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) cited a study from the University of Maine that the state’s bee population has decreased by more than 40% since the 1980s. WABI (Channel 5 in Bangor) shared the WMTW report. 

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