Off Campus Event: DIY Adaptations & Home Energy Efficiency, Monday, April 23- 6:30-8PM, Curtis Library

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM
Curtis Memorial Library(organized by Bridger Tomlin, ’17, Sustainable Bowdoin/ Americorps

Save money and adapt to climate change all from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Speakers include:

  • Steve WardMaine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat BlackfordEfficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen HatchRevision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off campus Event: Island Energy Conference: Deadline to Register: Friday, April 27

Hello Maine energy friends and colleagues,

I hope you’re all doing well and having a good start to Spring! I am writing to invite you to this year’s Island Energy Conference coming up on May 3-5. I have attached a current agenda. There is a fantastic line up this year, with presenters from Maine, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe and elsewhere coming to discuss energy system resiliency in their communities. You can click here to register. The deadline is Friday April 27, this Friday, but you can also register the day of.

We would very much appreciate you taking a moment to spread the word about the conference on any relevant island email lists and Facebook groups. There is a Facebook event you can share as well. We would love to have strong attendance from Casco Bay communities! I have included a description of the event below that you can share via email or post.

Conference Description:

For the past eight years, the Island Energy Conference has brought together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources and techniques available to address them. This year’s event will highlight what island communities are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. Join us to connect with leaders and experts from the field at the region’s premier forum on community-based energy solutions.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out or share my contact with others.

Thanks very much,

Brooks Winner (Bowdoin class of 2010)
Community Development Officer
Island Institute
207.594.9209 x 148
207.358.0219 cell
@brookswinner2 | LinkedIn

Need grant support for your community energy project? Check out the Spark! Fund!

On Campus Event: “Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law, Mon. 4/16, 7PM Kresge

“Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law
Monday, April 16 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Professor Law investigates traditional intentional religious communities as keepers of marginalized forms of knowledge about ecological sustainability. She discusses the Lokshala movement, which follows Gandhian principles to promote agricultural self-sufficiently.

ON CAMPUS EVENT: A SHORT SYMPOSIUM celebrating the career of John Lichter, Thursday, April 5 -5:30, Kresge Auditorium

A Short Symposium celebrating the career of John Lichter
Thursday, April 5 4:00-5:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium

John Lichter is an ecosystem ecologist who began his research career by studying the mechanisms underlying plant succession and forest development on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan.  Since then, he has investigated the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on forest productivity and carbon sequestration with colleagues at Duke University and other institutions. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, he began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay and the lower Kennebec estuary. This work was expanded to link Maine’s rivers and estuaries with the nearshore marine ecosystems to better understand ecological recovery and the ecological and social constraints preventing further recovery of these once bountiful ecosystems.

With collaborators, Lichter works with undergraduate students to provide vital information for the restoration and sound management of Maine’s waterways and coastal fisheries.

This short symposium will feature talks by David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University; Anne Hayden, program manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet and Adjunct Lecturer, Bowdoin College; and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

A reception will follow the symposium in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.

On Campus Event: Sketching Science: Scientific Communication through Social Media, Thurs. April 5 @ 7:30 PM, Beam

Sketching Science: Scientific Communication Through Social Media with Ernesto Llamas
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Dr. Ernesto Llamas created the Journal of Sketching Science, which aims to increase the visibility and impact of scientific research through accurate and attractive illustrations. Using social media, Sketching Science has reached nearly 400,000 followers and publishes almost every week. This talk will feature how illustrations helped explain his Ph.D. research, what it means to make science viral in social networks, and his recent collaboration with international scientists and artists.


Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry

Before the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr. Llamas from 5-6PM in Thorne Mitchell South.

On Campus Event: “The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” Friday, April 6 10-11:30 AM

“The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” with William Cavert
Friday, April 6 from 10-11:30 AM
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne Longfellow Library (3rd Floor)

A behind the scenes look at Bowdoin’s special collections with William Cavert, assistant professor of history, University of St. Thomas.

By 1600, London was a fossil-fueled city, its high-sulfur coal a basic necessity for the poor and a source of cheap energy for its growing manufacturing sector. In this lecture, drawn from his prize-winning book, historian William Cavert uncovers the origins of urban air pollution, two centuries before the industrial revolution.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Environmental Studies Program

Off Campus Events: Climate change in Brunswick: Impact, Action and Adaptations, April 9, 16 & 23rd 6:30 PM, Curtis Memorial Library

Climate Change in Brunswick: Impact, Action, and Adaptations
A community lecture series in celebration of Earth Day
Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room: April 9, 16, 23rd: 6:30-8pm

Monday, April 9th, 6:30-8 PM

Climate Change’s Effects in Brunswick

How is Brunswick and the Mid-Coast Maine region going to be affected by climate change? Learn about how the place we call home may look in the short and long-term future. Topics will include ecological, economical, oceanic, and atmospheric changes and challenges.

Presenters Include:

  • Sophie Janeway, Natural Resources Council of Maine: “An Overview of Climate Change in Mid-Coast Maine”
  • Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant: “ Ecological Shifts and Challenges”
  • David Carlon, Bowdoin Professor/Director of the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center: “Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine: Changes in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Coasts”

Monday, April 16th, 6:30-8 PM

Resilient Brunswick: Community Environmental Action

How can we address the effects of climate change and thrive in doing so? Hear how local community members successful actions to make Brunswick and Maine more resilient, sustainable, and energy efficient.

Presenters include:

  • Mark Berry, The Nature Conservancy: Forest Program Director: “The Role of Forests in Tackling Climate Change”
  • Marcia Harrington, Brunswick Plastic Bag Ban, “Organizing Community Environmental Action”
  • Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College:“Resilience Building in Brunswick”

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM

DIY Adaptations: Home Energy Efficiency

Save money and adapt to climate change from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint.

Presenters include:

  • Steve Ward, Maine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat Blackford, Efficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen Hatch, Revision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off Campus: “Cultivating a Culture of Science”, April 28

“Cultivating a Culture of Science”, 2018 MEEA Conference
April 28 at Colby College

You can learn more about it on our website:MEEA Website We have a great track on Green Leadership that might be really interesting for Bowdoin students and many youth presenters… if you have any students interested in networking and growing their connections in environmental and conservation education and outreach I have scholarships available…please urge them to contact me!  Thank you so much!