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 www.fomb.org 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 edfomb@comcast.net.

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

Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Project Coordinator for Land Conservation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
jsobrinhowheeler@lincolninst.edu
(Office) 617-503-2203

Summer Internship opportunities: Biodiversity Research Institute, Portland, ME

Biodiversity Research Institute: Summer Internship for Website content/ production intern (unpaid, but students can apply for a Bowdoin funded internship)

Summary: Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is a nonprofit wildlife research organization located in Portland whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

BRI’s Communications Department is seeking an intern to help create and upload content to our website. The successful candidate will report to the Communications and Publications Director.

Full-time summer internship.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The website intern will assist the communications director in the development of new pages for the organizations website: www.briloon.org. This includes researching and writing new content, photo editing, uploading content on our site, creating social media posts, tracking traffic to our social media feeds and to our website.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a nonprofit work environment that supports wildlife conservation. Other qualifications include:

  • Strong writing/proofreading skills
  • Strong computer skills (some knowledge of Photoshop a plus)
  • Strong research skills
  • Self-motivated, with a strong work ethic, and can conduct tasks independently
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Works well under tight deadlines

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Please submit a resume and two writing samples to:

Deborah McKew: Deborah.mckew@briloon.org
Subject: Summer Internship for Website

Biodiversity Research Institute: Summer Internship Communications intern (unpaid, but students can apply for a Bowdoin funded internship)

 Summary: Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is a nonprofit wildlife research organization located in Portland whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

BRI’s Communications Department is seeking an intern to help with the planning of an international loon symposium. The successful candidate will report to the Communications and Publications Director.

Full-time or part-time summer internships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The communications intern(s) will assist the communications director in the many aspects of event planning. The Symposium information can be found here: www.briloon.org/loons2019

Duties may vary from helping produce promotional materials such as newsletters and flyers, researching and writing content, creating social media posts, tracking traffic to our social media feeds,

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a nonprofit work environment that supports wildlife conservation. Other qualifications include:

  • Strong writing/proofreading skills
  • Strong computer skills (some knowledge of Photoshop a plus)
  • Strong research skills
  • Good people skills
  • Resourceful, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic, and can conduct tasks independently
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Works well under tight deadlines

Please submit a resume and two writing samples to: Deborah McKew: Deborah.mckew@briloon.org
Subject: Communications Internship for Loon Symposium

Symposium info: http://www.briloon.org/loons2019

Two year Fellowship: Island Fellows Program, for graduating seniors Deadline to apply: March 23)

Island Institute Fellows Program
The Island Institute is presently hiring recent grads and graduating students for their Island Fellows Program.

The Island Institute’s Island Fellows support Maine’s island and coastal communities by (1) strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources and (2) assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects. Fellows receive two-year placements within these communities

Application Deadline: Friday March 23
More information: http://www.islandinstitute.org/program/community-development/island-fellows

Off Campus Event: 2018 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, Thurs. March 29

2018 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Registration – Conference registration for individuals and exhibitors is open.
Agenda

Approved Credits and Contact Hours

On Campus Event: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Information Session, Thursday, Feb 22 @ 6:30

BOWDOIN MARINE SCIENCE INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:30 PM
ES Common Room, Adams Hall

The Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS) is a Fall semester immersion  experience in marine field work, lab work, and independent research.
Join BMSS alums, faculty and staff to find out more about this opportunity.

The semester is available to Bowdoin students and non-Bowdoin students who are enrolled in colleges that participate in the 12-College Exchange Program. We welcome students from all disciplines who are keen to experience marine science in action.

Prerequisites for the program are: the Introductory Biology Sequence- either Bio 1101 and Bio 1102, or Bio 1109 and a math course above 1000.

Students take four courses sequentially in three-to-four week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell, Maine. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research.

 

 

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