Off campus Event: New England Grassroots Environment Fund- A discussion about climate change solutions in Maine, Sat. Feb 24, Bangor Maine

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the Maine Environmental Education Association along with a few other partners are hosting an interactive discussion to engage a broad range of perspectives in generating creative climate change solutions that address local social and environmental issues in Maine. The Roundtable will bring together individuals and organizations from across Maine who are working in a variety of fields at the local level. We hope to create space for new connections and ideas to emerge and to share opportunities for funding projects. At the Roundtable you will also learn how to both apply for and participate in decision-making around small grants for grassroots efforts through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund’s Seed, Grow, and Young Adult Leaders programs as part of a collaborative funding project of several Maine foundations.

This funder is an AWESOME resource for students with sustainability action ideas to get some seed money to support their projects and the conversations are going to be really exciting and interactive.  It would be AWESOME to have some Bowdoin students take part in the conversation.  Can you please share the word?

Here is basic info:

Date: Saturday February 24th

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Bangor Arts Exchange (189 Exchange Street, Bangor, ME 04401 / The venue entrance for BAE is located at 193 Exchange Street)

Registration closes Feb 20th. Register Here

This is a free event and they can even support students with some transportation stipends as well.  This would also be an EXCELLENT networking opportunity for students—there will be a bunch of ME organizations who do climate related work present.

Please encourage folks to reach out to me or Leigh Cameron (leigh@grassrootsfund.org) with questions.

Olivia Griset, President, Maine Environmental Education Association

Off Campus Event: Maine Fisherman’s Forum Friday, March 2, Rockland, ME

 Gain some insight into the people and processes behind Maine’s fisheries.
Join Patrick Warner for a drive to Rockland, ME for a day at the Maine Fisherman’s Forum, on Friday, March 2.  Email Patrick to reserve a seat in the van: prwarner@bowdoin.edu Here are the events for Friday:

Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 am Herring Amendment 8 Information Update
9:00 am Maine Lobstermen’s Assn. 64th Annual Meeting
10:30 am Maine Coast Community Sector Annual Meeting
10:30 am Eastern Maine Skippers Program: How Can Individuals & Communities Manage and Restore Local Fisheries?
10:30 am Lobsters to Dollars: The Economic Impact of Maine’s Lobster Supply Chain
1:00 pm Electronic Monitoring on the Water Fishery
1:00 pm Status of Right Whales and Fixed Gear Fisheries
2:45 pm Open Forum with NOAA Fisheries Leadership
2:45 pm Northern Gulf of Maine Federal Scallop

link to their website

Off Campus Event: “Managing our Seas and Oceans: The Challenge of International Cooperation”. Saturday, March 3, Falmouth, ME (reserve seating by 2/25)

“Managing our Seas and Oceans: The Challenge of International Cooperation”
Keynote address by Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics at Bates College, at the Maine Chapter-United Nations Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Saturday, March 3, 2018 11AM-2PM
Keynote Address, 1:00 PM
Lunt Auditorium, 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME
call 207-370-4690 before Feb 25 to reserve seating

Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics at Bates College, is a recognized expert on ocean governance. Her work has focused on how states allocate shared fish stocks in the North Atlantic, how states settle joint maritime boundaries, the politics of the Law of the Sea, and the emergence of marine spatial planning as a way to manage increasingly competitive uses of oceans. She is the author of “Who Gets What? Domestic Influences on International Negotiations Allocating Shared Resources,” published by SUNY Press in 2008, long with articles published in many leading scholarly journals, Áslaug ha sgiven lectures and participated in workshops on ocean governance in the United States, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, Latvia and Portugal to name a few. She recently co-organized a workshop at the United Nations In New York on the governance of resources in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Admission at the door: $20* (students $10)
Please reserve by February 25, 2018 by:
Phone (207) 370-4690, or Email: info@unamaine.org

If interested in taking a Bowdoin van to this event, contact Rosie: rarmstro@bowdoin.edu

Off campus Event: Princeton Environmental Ideathon, April 13-15, 2018

Princeton Environmental Ideathon
– Cities of Tomorrow  –
April 13-15, 2018
Princeton University

The event will run from April 13-15th, and will provide your students with an opportunity to network with leading student innovators from across the East Coast, as they work together to cultivate creative solutions to some of today’s biggest environmental issues. We especially want to extend our invitation to your Masters level students for an opportunity to accelerate their innovative ideas and make an impact on our undergraduate participants. For more information, please see the attached letter. The application can be accessed here.

We hope that students from your university will apply to join us for this one-of-a-kind experience!

Best regards,
Princeton Environmental Ideathon Team

Lisa M. Nicolaison
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Princeton University
MacMillan Annex West
Princeton, NJ  08544
Tel: (609) 258-6085
Cell: (609) 651-2416
http://sustain.princeton.edu

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Off Campus Event: Maine Land Trust Conference- Save the Date March 21-22, 2018

Maine Land Conservation Conference 2018

SAVE THE DATE AND JOIN US FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW

Get ready for a multifaceted learning experience as Maine Coast Heritage Trust celebrates its 35th annual land trust gathering! Rather than offering various small breakouts sessions on specific nuts and bolts topics, at this year’s event we will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on big, strategic topics and challenging the status quo. As a group, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some of whom will be familiar and some unexpected, and there will be lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and networking. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at the Samoset Resort in​ Rockport, and will kick off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.  If you have not attended the conference for a while, we encourage you to consider joining us this year to help shape our path going forward.

Throughout the day of this special event, we will take advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate in provocative ways. We don’t want to give too much away, but some of the things you can expect are:

  • Creating a visual depiction of where we are as a movement
  • Practicing listening techniques
  • Finding inspiration from other sectors and sources
  • Encouraging everyone to speak up, speak out, and ask questions
  • Thinking in new ways about how to tell our own story, and find the story in others.

After this day of stimulating discussions, MCHT will carry forward our explorations into subsequent meetings, trainings and events over the months that follow. These will include Maine Land Trust Network steering committee meetings, land trust regional gatherings, special workshops, and more.

There will be other opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues, take part in fun activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine:

  • field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • an informal Meet & Greet on the evening of Wednesday March 21st
  • a closing reception on Thursday evening.

The Samoset Resort is offering a special rate of $111 plus tax for event participants who wish to book a room on Wednesday night (single or double occupancy). That rate is offered through 2/28/18. To make a reservation, contact the Samoset through their central reservations office at 800-341-1650, and identify yourself as a participant in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust event. Rooms will be available for anyone wishing to stay Thursday night, but the prevailing rate will apply.

Please mark March 21-22 on your calendar today. More details, including how to register, will soon be available. We hope you will join us in Rockport this year! See the website for more information.

Off Campus: Preparing for Sea Level Rise (Fri, Dec 8 1:00-2:30 Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

Preparing for Sea Level Rise
Friday, December 8| 1:00PM – 2:30 PM | Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101

Our sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. Please note: the content of this program will remain the same for each of these events.

The space for this program is limited. If you would like to reserve a spot, please fill out the form below.

Questions? Please contact, Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at gayle@gmri.org or (207) 228-1647

Internship: PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine- Part time Jan-June 2018

PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine
Part- time January-June 2018

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has a paid part-time internship from January to June. The position is flexible, averages about 5 hours per week, and the majority can be done remotely.

It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in the environment, environmental advocacy, communications, and/or education.

Interested?

See the whole job posting and apply on eBear!

 

Off Campus: Frontier Theater & Cafe : upcoming films in Brunswick 11/17-11/30

Jane
Written and Directed by Brett Morgen
Music by Philip Glass
Genre: Documentary, 1hr 30mins
Frontier Theater, 14 Maine St, Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick

Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen, described as “the leading revolutionary of American documentary film” by The Wall Street Journal, uses a trove of 16mm footage rediscovered in 2014 from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on world-changing conservationist Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace. An animal lover since childhood, the 26-year-old British woman arrives in Tanzania’s Gombe wilderness in 1960 to live among the chimpanzees and study their behavior. The rare woman in a male-dominated field, Goodall has no scientific training. What she does possess are binoculars, monumental patience and a keen eye for details, which she meticulously records in her notebook.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson
Cast: Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman
Genre: Drama, 1hr 50mins
Frontier Theater, 14 Maine St, Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kent Nerburn, this funny and deeply moving film follows an author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder. Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), a good-hearted, white American family man and writer, receives a mysterious call from a distant Indian reservation regarding an oral history book he made with Red Lake Ojibwe reservation students in northern Minnesota. Despite misgivings, Kent travels across America’s northern plains to arrive at the bleak, poverty-stricken reservation deep in the high plains of the Dakotas. The old man, Dan (Dave Bald Eagle), who lives alone in a clapboard shack back in the hills with his only real companions—his dog, a close friend named Grover (Richard Ray Whitman) and his granddaughter, Wenonah (Roseanne Supernault)—interrogates Kent as to his motives for working with Indian people. Once satisfied he is not a turquoise clad “wannabe” spouting Indian philosophy, Dan recounts the story of American history from the Native point of view. As the stories pour from Dan, Kent’s understanding of the world is turned upside down. An inanimate landscape comes alive, and a history he thought he knew is called into question.

Off Campus Activity: Volunteer at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Soup Kitchen (Thursdays)

Volunteer at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Soup Kitchen
Many slots available– especially on Thursdays

Help fight food insecurity here in ME with MCHPP. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including sorting donated food, serving meals, chef’s helper, prep/server, dishwashers, and more. New volunteers can fill out the volunteer form and returners can sign up for shifts using VicNet. Volunteers are needed at the MCHPPs Soup Kitchen for a variety of tasks including chef’s helper, prep/server, and dishwashers. Contact Zoe Aarons or Kathleen Johnson.

Off Campus Events: Merrymeeting Gleaning Program & Maine Gleaning Week

 -Apple Gleaning at Rocky Ridge Orchard, Nov 5th (9-11am)

This event will be another large event where many of our gleaning volunteers will come together to glean all of the remaining apples that we can harvest from Rocky Ridge Orchard at the end of their season. This will take place from 9am-11am and would be great event for Bowdoin students. I’m hoping since this is on a Sunday, is relatively short, and since apple picking is a fun “sexy” gleaning activity, we can get a large Bowdoin contingent to go out with me this day. We are hoping to donate a bunch of fresh apples to many of our normal recipient organizations but are also considering strongly the possibility of turning many of the apples we collect into apple sauce at MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, which students could also assist with if they were interested.

Contact Zach Hebert for more information: zhebert@bowdoin.edu

The Merrymeeting Gleaning programs works on a weekly collection and distribution cycle at local farms. Right now we are gleaning 5 days a week from 4 different places. . The sign-up links along with the times in the day for each of those are attached here: