Off Campus Event: Bigelow Cafe Sci at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden: Maine Sea Vegetables- Past, Present and Future (Friday, Oct 13 5-6 pm)

Bigelow Cafe Sci: Maine Sea Vegetables- Past, Present and Future
Friday, October 13 5-6 PM
at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, ME (see the link for directions)

With Bob Steneck, Shep Erhart, Seth Barker, and Tollef Olsen
Co-sponsored with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
A panel of four acclaimed speakers, marine naturalists, aquaculturists, wild harvesters, and chefs will join us at Cafe Sci at the Gardens. The panelists will share their passion and knowledge about the past, present and future of edible sea vegetables in Maine. All are welcome at the FREE event. Register here


The Ocean Garden: From Shore to Table
Join us for a weekend event celebrating Maine’s native superfood: sea vegetables! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team up to offer two informative events focusing on local sea vegetable aquaculture and wild foraging. Learn from Maine’s own experts about this growing industry, as well methods to identify, gather, and prepare delicious sea vegetable dishes on your own.

Off Campus Event: Harvest Party (Harvest Rice in Benton Maine- October 7-8, 2017)

The rice is almost ready. Human Power is what drives this operation and it means so much to have help during the harvest. We have topped 40 guests at each work party. Sure we could be using a combine, but we like parties more! We will also be testing out our new rice huller, custom built in Maine.

This warm September is helping the rice maturation catch up from a cool June and we hope to have the best harvest yet! Last year we sold and shared over 1000 pounds of rice seed across the globe, as well as 1500 pounds as food across the state.

The 4th rice party will be a weekend format.

Saturday: Work Party at 11 AM – Work Dinner at 5:30 –
Potluck Party at 7:00 – Bonfire & Music to Follow

Sunday: Work Party Sunday 10 AM – Work Lunch at 3:00 PM

Family, Friends and Pets Welcome.

Location: We’re on Wyman Rd in Benton, ME Directions
Food: The work meals are for those who help out during the day
RSVP: By October 3 to wildfolkfarmers@gmail.com

~Ben and the Wild Folk farm crew

Off campus Event: Campus Sustainability Program (Free Event, Friday 9/21 at Manchester Community College)

Campus Sustainability Program
Friday September 22 9:30-3:30
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH

This is a FREE event and there is space for folks who are interested in environmental education issues.  Dr. Tony Cortese is the keynote speaker and will be helping to facilitate some of the sessions. Tony was a founder of Second Nature, the organizer of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the current President of the Crane Institute for Sustainability.

We will kick off the day with a keynote presentation from Dr. Cortese.  He will discuss how higher education institutions can address sustainability challenges and cultivate change on their campuses and their local communities.

This event will also include interactive sessions on environmental service-learning, collaborating across disciplines, building community inside and outside the classroom and the role of education in climate change & water quality issues.

REGISTRATION:

To register please click the link here.
For more information, see the webpage: http://mainecompact.org/

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.

Thanks,

Marko Melendy, email: mmelendy@bowdoin.edu
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176

 

On campus Job Opportunity: Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (Sustainability Office)

 

Bridger Tomlin ‘17 is serving as the AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator in the Sustainable Bowdoin Office!

As part of his service, he is putting on energy education and outreach programs and events in the Bowdoin and Brunswick Communities.  He is looking for 4-5 Bowdoin students to serve AmeriCorp as well through working on these projects.

Bridger Tomlin, AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Bowdoin College
Office: (207)-798-7067

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to: sally@mainecompact.org.

Questions/ Want Information: Contact Bowdoin’s AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator

Bridger Tomlin ‘17: btomlin@bowdion.edu/ 207-798-7067

Off Campus Opportunity: Maine Food System Innovation Challenge- Join the Bowdoin Team!

Contact Eleanor Paasche (enpaasche@bowdoin.edu) if would like more information about joining the Bowdoin Team.

2017 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge
College Track
November 10-12, 2017
Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, ME

 College Challenge: How might we create products, services, apps or organizations that supports the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.

Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:
* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small, diversified farms.
* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.
The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Important Dates for College Teams
* Monday, May 1st: College Team Registration Opens. Team contact is required for your submission. You may submit additional team member names at any time. Register here.
* Monday, October 2 at midnight (or when the 8 team limit has been reached): College Team Registration Closes
* Friday-Sunday, November 10 – 12: College Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College

Eligibility – College Team
All entries must:

  • Be a new (pre-launch idea stage) initiative.
  • Present an innovative solution to the many challenges facing the New England Regional Food System.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable idea stage business model – profit or non – profit (both financial and ecological) offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman with fair pay to the employees at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint.
  • College teams must have a minimum of 2 members and maximum of 5 members and members enrolled in a degree program.
  • Teams must be in attendance at the Challenge Weekend November 10-12 at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Participants must register by October 2, 2017. We strongly suggest teams register ASAP as the registration will be cut off as soon as 8 qualified teams are selected.

Challenge Weekend Agenda and Logistics
The Challenge will run from Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:00PM to Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4PM. Meals will be provided to teams on Friday through Sunday.  Several resource people will be available on Saturday to advise teams and there will be two short workshops on the Business Model Canvas and Creating a Pitch. Teams will have access to wireless Internet and a printer. Teams should bring their own laptops. Dress is casual.

  • Housing
    The Host Committee has arranged for a limited amount of overnight accommodations at no cost for teams traveling a long distance. Contact us at Challenge@theSLab.org if your team will require overnight accommodations.
  • Meals
    Meals will be provided Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.
  • Technical Advisors, Resource People & Mentors
    The Challenge will have several advisors available to teams during the day on Saturday. Advisors are professionals working in the field of food & agriculture, legal, finance, sustainability, food retailing and business systems. They will be available to meet with teams, advise, react and comment on team proposals.

Judging Criteria – College Track
Judges will use several criteria in evaluating submissions. The criteria have been carefully designed to be consistent with the nature of this Challenge: that is one that seeks initial concepts or proposals, not fully developed business plans. The five criteria are:

  • Clarity of the Value Proposition – 20%
  • Originality, Uniqueness or Appropriateness of the Proposed Innovation – 20%
  • Impact Potential – Local or Regional (replicable or scalable) – 20%
  • Sustainability – Financially & Ecologically -20%
  • Quality of Final Presentation – The Pitch – 20%

Cash Awards – College Track
Judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
First Place Award – TBA
Second Place Award – TBA
Third Place Award – TBA

Judges – College Track
There will be five Judges. Teams will make their Pitches to the Judges on Sunday afternoon with winners announced at 3:30. Judges to date:

Mike Sobol, Lead Judge
Co-founder, Venture Hall, Portland, ME

Terms & Conditions – College Track
In order to enter and compete in the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge, participants must agree to the following:

    • College Teams pay a registration fee of $150/per team.
    • Participate in the Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College, November 10 -12.
    • Agree to allow all submission materials to appear on the Challenge website.
    • Certify that you own, or have the owner’s permission to use/present; all intellectual property utilized in your entry materials, including any technology.
    • Agree to allow participant names, description of your entry, photos of your team and video footage of your presentation from the Challenge Weekend to be used on the Challenge website and in future publicity, including social media.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaineInnovationChallenge for regular basis for updates and news about the Challenge.

Off Campus Event: Maine Water Environment Association Fall Conference (Thurs. 9/21)

Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA)
Fall Conference
September 20-22
Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine

Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) focuses on ‘promoting professional environmental management practices to protect and improve the waters and related environments of the State of Maine’.

MEWEA is holding a fall conference at Sunday River on Thursday, 9/21 with presentations by the MEDEP, wastewater operators, engineers, etc that we are offering emission for up to five students to on Thursday, September 21st. I know that it is a trek from Bowdoin, but I thought that students could potentially be interested to see some environmental professionals in the real world.

Best,

Kathryn ’12 (ES/Bio)
Kathryn Deneroff | Regulatory Specialist
St.Germain Collins | Sentry EHS®
846 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092
207-591-7000 ext 36 tel
248-884-8467 cell
www.stgermaincollins.com
www.sentryehs.com

Off Campus Event: Seed Clam Relocation Project (Sunday 9/24 in Brunswick)

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.

Thanks,
Marko

Marko Melendy
IBC Administrator
IACUC Administrator
Bowdoin College Science Center
Office 207-725-3517
Cell 207-712-6176