On Campus Event: Impacts of a Carbon Yax across US Household Income, Thursday 9/20 4:25 Hubbard 213

Economics Seminar: Impacts of a Carbon Tax across US Household Income Groups

Thursday, September 20,  4:25 PM — 5:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room [213]

The Economics Department Fall seminar series kicks off with Economist Marc Hafstead, Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). Hafstead is a leading researcher on the evaluation of climate and energy policies and with a colleague at RFF he runs the Goulder-Hafstead Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. This sophisticated multi-sector model of the United States has been used to model cap-and-trade programs, carbon taxes, clean energy standards, and gasoline taxes.

Dr. Hafstead comes to Bowdoin to give a paper titled “Impacts of a Carbon Tax across US Household Income Groups: What are the Equity-Efficiency Trade-Offs”.


On Campus Event: “Natural History- Reciprocal Healing and the Path of Delight”, Mon. 9/24 4:15, Druck 20

“Natural History: Reciprocal Healing and the Path of Delight” (Biology Seminar)
Monday, 9/24 4:15
Druck 20

Tom Fleischner will address the essential importance of natural history—“a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy”— as the foundation of biological sciences, the grounding for conservation, and the basis for healthy human individuals and societies. His presentation will draw upon his many years of work as a field naturalist and conservation biologist, as a leading advocate for the centrality of natural history, and as the editor of the new anthology, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness.  

Fleischner is the executive director of the Natural History Institute in Prescott, Arizona; Faculty Emeritus in environmental studies at Prescott College; and chair of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America.

Off campus Event: New England Food System Innovation Challenge, 11/9-11/11 in Standish, ME (registration closes 10/8)

4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge
Friday, November 9- Sunday, November 11, 2018
Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine

Registration for the program closes on October 8th.

College Challenge:How might we create products, services, app’s or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.  We are seeking idea or very early stage ventures. 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.

Please view this Three-minute video  https://vimeo.com/252044306  and the attached PDF for further information.

Registration is now open at:  www.NEInnovationChallenge.org
Bill Seretta, Convener and Co-Chair

Tom Settlemire Co-Chair

2018 Planning Committee:

Barry Woods – Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation at ReVision Energy
Eliza Huber-Weiss – Garden Education Coordinator at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
Elizabeth Boepple – BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Jennifer Monti, MD – Maine Medical Partners
Nick Guidi – Student, Saint Joseph’s College
Jesse Juntura – DSPolitical


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  https://goo.gl/forms/Rlfz9Sj8l7ZRxVlK2
  3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreement https://goo.gl/forms/N90LBIkzwI7u2VSc2

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 kayla@mainecompact.org 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!

On Campus Event: “Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law, Mon. 4/16, 7PM Kresge

“Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law
Monday, April 16 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Professor Law investigates traditional intentional religious communities as keepers of marginalized forms of knowledge about ecological sustainability. She discusses the Lokshala movement, which follows Gandhian principles to promote agricultural self-sufficiently.

ON CAMPUS EVENT: A SHORT SYMPOSIUM celebrating the career of John Lichter, Thursday, April 5 -5:30, Kresge Auditorium

A Short Symposium celebrating the career of John Lichter
Thursday, April 5 4:00-5:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium

John Lichter is an ecosystem ecologist who began his research career by studying the mechanisms underlying plant succession and forest development on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan.  Since then, he has investigated the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on forest productivity and carbon sequestration with colleagues at Duke University and other institutions. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, he began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay and the lower Kennebec estuary. This work was expanded to link Maine’s rivers and estuaries with the nearshore marine ecosystems to better understand ecological recovery and the ecological and social constraints preventing further recovery of these once bountiful ecosystems.

With collaborators, Lichter works with undergraduate students to provide vital information for the restoration and sound management of Maine’s waterways and coastal fisheries.

This short symposium will feature talks by David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University; Anne Hayden, program manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet and Adjunct Lecturer, Bowdoin College; and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

A reception will follow the symposium in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.