The Maine Environmental Education Association is hosting is annual statewide conference “Strengthening Maine Communities Through Environmental Education” at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, Maine on March 14-15, 2019.
The research symposium is March 14th and is cohosted with the Maine Math and Science Alliance. The full Conference is March 15th, is cohosted with Unity College.
The conference will bring together 150+ leaders, educators, and students from throughout Maine and New England to share innovative environmental education strategies, and strengthen teaching, public communication, and leadership skills – all in serving to enhance the relationships among Maine’s people, communities and environment.
Registration is open now!
Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose from over 25 workshops, participate in a nature-based makers space, environmental education resource share, learn about preliminary results from the statewide Census for Community-based Environmental Learning, explore exhibits, network and students can gain support on job and internship applications. Teachers can earn contact hours for attending this conference and scholarships are available. To learn more about the conference and to register visit www.meeassociation.org.
Please let your students know about this opportunity. There are scholarships available, so if cost is a barrier for your students, please have them reach out. Thank you!
Alexandria Brasili (Bowdoin Alum)
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
(207) 230-4617 • 219 Capitol Street, Suite 3, Augusta, ME 04330
Are you interested in working on policy issues? Are you curious about government, or politics? Do you have a strong conviction about education, or the environment?
Join fellow students from Bates and Colby with these shared interests for “Policy Day” on Friday, March 1. We’ll travel to the State House in (transport provided) Augusta and meet alums from all 3 schools. You’ll learn what lobbyists and policy analysts do, what legislators do, and what a career in the executive branch can look like.
We’ll leave campus around 12:45 PM, and be back before 6. In between, you’ll get to listen to and ask questions of people pursuing public policy careers in a variety of ways.
Space is limited so you must rsvp here to sign up:
On November 4-8th, 2019, science, governmental, industry, and community leaders from across New England and the Maritime Provinces will come together in Portland, Maine to explore environmental, economic, social, and institutional perspectives on emerging climate challenges and opportunities.
Through a stimulating mix of symposium style presentations and practical work sessions we will:
- learn how the Gulf of Maine is expected to change in the next 30 years
- develop a shared vision of regional resilience
- activate new collaborations to achieve this vision
We hope you can be part of this critical conversation!
The 2019 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference, held in the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine on March 28th, is calling for student poster submissions.
The submission deadline for poster abstracts is Thursday, March 7, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website. This year, the juried poster competition will include three judging categories: graduate, undergraduate and high-school.
Posters invited for display will address one or more aspects of the following:
- Water quality/quantity. These may include chemical, biological, hydrological, and geochemical aspects of surface and ground waters, and their policy and economic implications.
- Sustainability. These may include implementation and evaluation of policies and practices that promote economic development while protecting ecosystem health and fostering community well-being.
Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. Dr. Finney works to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak on environmental issues and determine policies.
Bee-Driven Environmental Monitoring Presentation
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
JOIN scientists Bach Kim Nguyen and Michaël van Cutsem of Belgium to discuss biodiversity, pesticide and heavy metal results from bee pollen tests at five sites in Kennebec Estuary.
BRAINSTORM how this new approach to environmental monitoring can be applied, including implications for conservation, policy, education and business!
Created by Bach Kim Nguyen and Michaël van Cutsem, BeeOdiversity aims to track and boost biodiversity and promote pollinators through an innovative scientific approach analyzing bee pollen.
KELT, Nourish (the international Nourishment Economies coalition), and BeeOdiversity are partnering to demonstrate this concept in the United States for the first time. This bee-driven environmental monitoring approach promises a practical, future-focused mechanism to help communities, scientists, policymakers and businesses build on each other’s work.
Join our full team as we share preliminary results from the Kennebec Estuary and examples of how the approach is working in parts of Europe. Help us think about what structures and actions make sense for KELT, Maine and our country. Local support and insight is critical for moving this initiative to next steps!
April 10 – 12, 2019
University of Illinois at Chicago
Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2019
This workshop will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth and environmental sciences. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to make choices in our teaching and in our programs to better attract and support a diverse population of students. To move forward with this work, we will discuss the challenges and barriers students encounter, and explore a range of approaches that can be adopted to broaden participation and foster inclusion at the course and program levels. At the department and program level, we will apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity (Jolly et al., 2004) to program evaluation and design. For the plenary and concurrent workshop sessions, we will draw from our collective experiences, from the science and sociology literature on this topic, from InTeGrate modules, from NAGT’s Traveling Workshop Program, from SAGE 2YC resources, and from recent publications in the Journal of Geoscience Education (e.g. Carabajal et al., 2017; Callahan et al., 2017; Sherman-Morris & McNeal, 2016; Wolfe & Riggs 2017). Workshop participants will leave with specific strategies to implement in their classes, as well as with discussion points to share with their programs.
- Discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they strengthen Earth and environmental sciences
- Recognize barriers to and opportunities for inclusion
- Explore strategies and practices that attract students, cultivate their science identities, help them to thrive in college and beyond
- Apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity to program evaluation and design
- Develop an action plan with strategies to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at the course and program levels
- Enable networking, sharing, and collaboration within the Earth education community to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion
There is no fee to attend this workshop, and the project grant covers participant meals and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop as well as lodging (a hotel room block has been reserved). Travel and lodging details are forthcoming.
A limited number of workshop stipends (not to exceed $500) are available on an application basis to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Stipends are available for airfare only.
The workshop application and additional information are linked from the workshop website: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/twp_support_students/index.html
I am one of the leaders for this workshop and would be happy to provide more information or answer questions. Please feel welcome to share this workshop announcement with faculty at and beyond Bowdoin. Thanks!
Rachel Beane, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences
Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science
6800 College Station | Brunswick, Maine 04011 USA
Bowdoin Public Service Initiative
BPS Fellowships: Deadline Thursday, November 15th at noon.
Walk-in Hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00am, Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm, or by appointment. Banister 201. Learn more.
Election Night Results Screening Party
Starts at 8pm
Morrell Lounge (Smith Union)
Join the entire Bowdoin Community to watch the results come in! Free food will be provided by the Pub & McKeen Center (while supplies last). Sponsored by Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, Bowdoin Student Government, and Bowdoin Votes.
Pop-up Art Show With Incarcerated Youth
Friday, November 9, 7-9pm
Enjoy multimedia art created by incarcerated students from Maine and across the USA. Meet the artists and pick up a copy of the new art magazine, The Truth of Incarcerated Youth (donations encouraged). Sponsored by Criminal Justice Reform Club. Contact Heather Gans.
Help Build Window Inserts for Brunswick Residents
Tuesday daytimes and/or Thursday evenings
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant and Union St, Brunswick, Maine
WindowDressers builds and distributes insulative window inserts for Brunswick residents who are struggling to make ends meet. The community workshop will include all training and tools required. Contact Sam Saltonstall.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3-5 PM
Cosby Center, Belfast, Maine ($10)
As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). “Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.”
In short films, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. The program contains nine diverse and inspiring films of environmental activism that range in length from 3 to 22 minutes.
Join us after the films for drinks, food and conversation at the Center.
Check out the film line-up:
Letter to Congress: Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage—our public lands—to private and corporate interests.
Blue Venture: A marine biologist encourages a coastal Madagascar community to close of a small section of their octopus-fishing area. After the community sees huge increase in their catch and incomes, the model goes viral showing how protecting the ocean can go hand-in-hand with improving lives.
Biomimicry: This film shows how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.
Dragging Pounds Uphill: A mother of four decides to turn off screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.
100,000 Beating Hearts: The film tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to the industrialization of agriculture.
Imagination: Watch daydreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
Water Warriors: A multi-cultural group of unlikely warriors—including members of the Mi’kmiq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families—successfully fight a gas company’s efforts to frack in their province.
My Irnik: A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.
High Divide: They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. Hear the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people.
Note to students: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will once again offer scholarships to the first 20 middle or high school students who arrive at the screening!