Off Campus Event: 2018 Student Water Challenge- Registration Deadline Fri. 10/12

2018 Maine Student Water Challenge

In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for the 2nd Annual Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $100 stipends each to 40 higher education students in Maine, organized in 2-4 person campus teams (or you can sign up as an individual participant), to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.  The registration deadline to register is October 12, 2018. Each student team will develop an innovative Water Action Plan that addresses a water challenge in one of these topic areas:

  1. Develop a curriculum that can be taught to K-12 students addressing local water issues such as water quality or storm water runoff. Maine Campus Compact will collect these curricula with the goal of implementing the most robust ones in the future;
  2. Develop a plan to help educate and empower people in low-income communities about a local water quality issue. Identify a community partner who could work with you to implement this plan; or
  3. Send a description for pre-approval of your team’s own plan, curriculum, or project that addresses one of these following water-related topic areas:
  4. Water quality
  5. Ocean Acidification
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Aquaponics
  8. Ocean-Related Research
  9. Storm Water Runoff

Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar, submit their water action plans by November 26, 2018, and encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Palooza on December 1st, 2018. Travel reimbursements of $50 to cover travels costs to the December 1st event are also available. 

Apply in three easy steps!

  1. Read the Project Guidelines(Attached)
  2. Register Here–one representative from the team registers the whole team
  3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreement

Please forward this onto to any students who you think might be interested or to faculty who could help disseminate to their students.

Please contact or (207) 753-6626 with any questions.

Kayla LaVoice
STEM Collaboration VISTA
Maine Campus Compact

Off Campus Events: Biodynamic Beekeeping Talk & Workshop, Oct. 12&13 in Freeport

Biodynamic Beekeeping talk & Workshop with Gunther Hauk
Maine Coast Waldorf School and co-sponsors Avena Botanicals and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment are pleased to present two wonderful opportunities to hear biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Virginia speak and to attend a workshop with him.

Public Talk by Gunther Hauk: 
The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes and Solutions
Friday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$10 suggested donation at the door

In this talk on Friday evening, Gunther will present a deeper picture of that being we call the honeybee and what brings it so close to our hearts. He will put the bee crisis into a larger context historically, as well as its connection to other crises we are in – agricultural, economic, social, and spiritual. Gunther will then give indications of what will help us overcome the crisis.

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop with Gunther Hauk:
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$60.00 per person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO.

In this workshop Gunther will begin with a brief look at the development of beekeeping in the last 2000 years. Understanding the complexity of this creature’s instinct from a spiritual point of view will let us regain the awe and wonder inherent in this highly evolved insect. We will search for what actually has driven all the inventions on which current professional and most hobby beekeeping rely.  A logical examination of these practices in view of the impact on the honeybee’s health, will let us arrive at beekeeping methods that respect the honeybees’ very own needs and further their health. Through their suffering, the honeybees are calling us to radically change our relationship to all the animals we raise, and challenging us to become stewards of the kingdoms of nature rather than exploiters. Topics will include:

  • A brief historical sketch: from the sacred to the mundane
  • Understanding the colony as one organism
  • The vital importance of swarming and having naturally raised queens
  • What is wax really? Working without foundations
  • Mites, hive beetles, foulbrood, etc.
  • Treatments and teas
  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • Bee forage, care of the land

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FOR WORKSHOP: The cost for the workshop is $60/person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.


Gunther Hauk has been a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for over four decades. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (2002) he called for a radical change in beekeeping methods to help avert a great crisis. Gunther has been featured in two full-length documentary films about the honeybee crisis – “Queen of the Sun” (2010) and “Vanishing of the Bees” (2009), and he also produced his own educational film “Hour of Decision” (2015). In 2006 Gunther and his wife Vivian co-founded Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 25 acres near Floyd, Virginia. Their workshops and training in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping serve beekeepers throughout the USA and Canada .

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!

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!


Off Campus Event: Solar Energy for ME (Wed. March 14, 7:00 pm)

Solar Energy for ME
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Join Natural Resources Council of Maine Climate and Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees and Maine State Representative Seth Berry March 14 at Solar Energy for ME, the sixth presentation of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s 21st annual winter speaker series. Central Maine Power (CMP) and the Maine Public Utility Commission (PUC) have been all over the news in recent months, not only for unexplained widespread over-billing but for pushing, in times of almost universally accepted climate change caused largely from fossil fuel use, an extremely regressive solar energy policy championed by Governor LePage.

Last year, the legislature voted to continue incentives for installing photovoltaic panels to produce solar electricity. The bill passed and was vetoed by the Governor. Though an override vote looked likely, at the last minute under the influence of CMP and national utility lobbyists, it failed in the House by three votes. Lately, the PUC has pushed up the start date for their regressive policy from that they previously announced. Voorhees and Berry will share with the audience, trials and tribulations of making clean energy policy in a hostile political environment and their hopes for the future.

 Dylan Voorhees received his B.A. from Columbia University and a master of public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated in environmental and energy policy. He has worked on wind power for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and on sustainable land use for the Vermont Forum on Sprawl. Previously he taught 8th grade.

 Rep. Seth Berry is House Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where he works to improve Mainers’ access to affordable clean energy and high-speed internet.  He is also Vice President for Business Development of Kennebec River Biosciences, a Maine-owned, for-profit lab working to improve the health and sustainability of aquatic farms and fisheries worldwide.

All Speaker Series events are free, open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. The April 11 presentation, Rewilding the East features John Davis, long distance conservation athlete and co-founder of Wildlands Network. This event takes place in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Visit to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

For more information contact FOMB at 207-666-3372 or

Off Campus Event: Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries Needs Assessment of Harpswell, Thursday March 15, 6:30 pm

Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell
Thursday, March 15 6:30 pm
Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Rd, Harpswell

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association invites Harpswell residents and interested parties to a presentation and discussion of “Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell”. Held at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 PM, project coordinator, Kendra Jo Grindle, will discuss the results of the comprehensive fishing community needs assessment the Fishermen’s Association undertook this past year.

“This project is something that we have never tried before.” Said Ben Martens, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. “We wanted to go to the fishing community and have a real conversation about what their needs are, and I am very excited to finally be able to share the outcome of this process.”

With over 200 hours of interviews with roughly 80 individuals, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has cultivated an in-depth look into the various facets of Harpswell’s beloved fishing community through an interview-based assessment. The assessment focused on identifying the concerns, hopes, and needs as determined by those within the Harpswell fishing community. After collecting and analyzing interviews and data, a final presentation and report have been produced for the community utilize to strengthen their resilient fishing community.

Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell was funded, in part, by the Holbrook Community Foundation.

Free Program: ALPINE Summer Institute for Land Protection

Alpine Summer Institute (Academics for Land Protection in New England

The application period for the 2018 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open—apply here! The dates and locations will be: June 9-11 at the Harvard Forest and July 25-27 at the Schoodic Institute.

The ALPINE Summer Institute is a program for participants interested in exploring careers in land conservation. Participants must have an internship that involves some aspect of land conservation in New England to participate. The Summer Institute takes place over two weekends in June and August and features presentations by leaders in the conservation arena, field trips to conserved sites, and guided reflections by the participants on their conservation internships. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders and educators in land conservation organizations.

Any students that are participating in an internship involving land conservation this summer will qualify for the ALPINE Summer Institute program.

ALPINE—Academics for Land Protection in New England—will be offering again this summer, a program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming the next generation of land conservation leaders.  The Summer Institute is offered at no cost to students and includes:

  • Two intensive weekends at the beginning and end of the summer of 2018
  • Presentations by leaders in organizations such as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Writing assignments and reflections
  • Leadership training exercises
  • Hikes and field trips to important land conservation projects in New England
  • Meals and accommodation for both weekends

The only requirements for students to apply are that they:

  • Have a 2018 summer internship related to land conservation in one of the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute sessions

I’m including a link to the free application here.  More information about the program and past participants, as well as about ALPINE, can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Summer Institute, and if you know of any students who you think would be a good fit.  I’m happy to reach out to them directly if that’s easier.

Thank you,


Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Project Coordinator for Land Conservation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
(Office) 617-503-2203