Announcement: New England Food System Innovation Challenge- Registration Open for College Teams for Fall 2018

Hello All

Registration is now open for the College Track of the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge. We changed our name because the issues facing the Maine Food System are the same for New England. As before, we have room for 8 teams with cash awards to the winners. The Challenge will be held at Saint Joseph’s College November 9-11.  All meals will be provided and we will provide over overnight accommodations to teams traveling a distance. Remember, this is an idea stage challenge. On Saturday of the event we will have 15-20 Resource Team members – professionals in food systems, law, finance, technology and business development to help fine tune your idea. Several past teams have gone to prototype and test their idea and three have moved on to launch their enterprises. Attached is a pdf  outlining the Challenge and rules for participating.  In past years we have had teams from Bowdoin, Bates, College of the Atlantic, Harvard, Unity, Colby, UMaine Darling Center, Hampshire and Saint Joseph’s College. Join us in 2018.

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New England Food System Innovation Challenge

November 9-11, 2018, at Saint Joseph’s College

Three-minute video

Bill Seretta, Convener and Co-Chair   

Tom Settlemire Co-Chair

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.

Job: The Nature Conservancy: Taunton Wild & Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow (47 weeks, Boston, MA)

The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow
Tracking Code: 1094-984

Job Description
The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow

Length: Term is position is 47 weeks, full time commitment, 5-days per week
Location: Boston, MA
Living Allowance $510/week


Please note, housing stipend and relocation allowance are not provided for this position.

AmeriCorps Award: This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program.  Value of education award is $5,815.00 (pre-tax).
Educational Status: Bachelor’s degree appropriate to community based conservation work
Start Date: Projected start date is late May/early June but is contingent on passing background investigation.
Specific training: Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.

How to Apply
Apply on-line at:

For More Information

Contact Rebecca McCormick, Stewards Program Coordinator 

Program Basics

The Water Team at the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy works to protect the land and water on which all life depends through a holistic and integrated approach of working from headwaters to open ocean. Our strategies involve conservation, spatial planning, innovative finance, and working with local, state, and federal partners to advocate for cutting edge implementation.

The Taunton Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council is a partner organization that meets regularly to protect and preserve the Taunton River. The Council consists of partners from the 10 municipalities through which the river flows, and of local and state non-profit organizations and government.

Specifics about position

The Fellow will work to protect, conserve, and restore ecosystem health and function in the Taunton River watershed. The Taunton River was designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 2009, and the watershed is home to high quality ecosystems and biodiversity and has many dedicated partner organizations working on developing conservation and restoration plans. These include the Taunton River Stewardship Plan and other plans that guide conservation, restoration, and climate resilience projects.

The Fellow’s primary project will be to create a watershed wide framework to compare and prioritize projects from a variety of partner organizations and planning documents. This framework will be the basis of a grant pipeline to fund project implementation.

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop strategic platform to catalyze conservation and restoration throughout the watershed
  • Review grant funding opportunities for project implementation and summarize needs including match, design, and timeline
  • Host a Stewardship Support Network kickoff through collaborating and connecting with partner organizations (state, federal, and NGOs)
  • Implement and facilitate information sharing, either by compiling information in at toolkit or website, or by convening a small outreach event or conference to exchange information

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Possession of a current valid driver’s license
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Experience or education in project management and implementing plans.
  • Experience with GIS
  • Knowledge in conservation and/or ecological principles


  • Make day-to-day decisions within scope of work assignments.
  • Prioritize work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of parties
  • Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team.
  • Familiarity with standard business communications; ability to write and edit correspondence.
  • Diverse background of experiences strongly desired

This position will be required to submit periodic reports and a final report during their term of service.

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.

On Campus Event: Sketching Science: Scientific Communication through Social Media, Thurs. April 5 @ 7:30 PM, Beam

Sketching Science: Scientific Communication Through Social Media with Ernesto Llamas
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Dr. Ernesto Llamas created the Journal of Sketching Science, which aims to increase the visibility and impact of scientific research through accurate and attractive illustrations. Using social media, Sketching Science has reached nearly 400,000 followers and publishes almost every week. This talk will feature how illustrations helped explain his Ph.D. research, what it means to make science viral in social networks, and his recent collaboration with international scientists and artists.


Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry

Before the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr. Llamas from 5-6PM in Thorne Mitchell South.

On Campus Event: “The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” Friday, April 6 10-11:30 AM

“The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” with William Cavert
Friday, April 6 from 10-11:30 AM
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne Longfellow Library (3rd Floor)

A behind the scenes look at Bowdoin’s special collections with William Cavert, assistant professor of history, University of St. Thomas.

By 1600, London was a fossil-fueled city, its high-sulfur coal a basic necessity for the poor and a source of cheap energy for its growing manufacturing sector. In this lecture, drawn from his prize-winning book, historian William Cavert uncovers the origins of urban air pollution, two centuries before the industrial revolution.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Environmental Studies Program