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January 2021

Portland Sustainability

January 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Preserving land and history: the story of Bishop Healy's cottage on Little Diamond Island. Earlier this year, the Oceanside Conservation Trust preserved two significant waterfront lots on Little Diamond Island. Although today the lots are covered with mature woods and look as if they have always been so, in fact one of them was once the site of a large summer cottage. The cottage was built by Bishop Healy, the first Black Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States. The…

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February 2021

Future Focus: Class and race in rural areas.

February 2 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker Series Featuring Maine's Youth Climate Justice Activists Young adults throughout Maine are innovating, organizing, and leading efforts to connect and address the most pressing social and environmental issues we face, and many have garnered statewide, national, and international recognition and accolades.  Join us for a youth-led monthly webinar series highlighting youth climate justice activists and their stories from across the state.  Each one-hour session will focus on a different individual and the intersectional leadership work they are doing in…

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Portland Sustainability Series

February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Water World – Portland Water District and the Natural and Built Infrastructure for Treating and Managing Water. Join us for a discussion with Portland Water District environmental manager Paul Thomas Hunt about the natural and built systems involved in local and regional water management. In reality, water manages itself. Drops of water are carried in clouds. It rains and they fall to the ground around us. They infiltrate, flow, change state, and generally move downhill until finally reaching the ocean.…

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March 2021

Future Focus: Creativity and Climate Action with Jess Cooper

March 2 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker Series Featuring Maine's Youth Climate Justice Activists Young adults throughout Maine are innovating, organizing, and leading efforts to connect and address the most pressing social and environmental issues we face, and many have garnered statewide, national, and international recognition and accolades.  Join us for a youth-led monthly webinar series highlighting youth climate justice activists and their stories from across the state.  Each one-hour session will focus on a different individual and the intersectional leadership work they are doing in…

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Atlantic Black Box

March 4 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Learning to Read the Maine Landscape Through the Lens of Racial History Guest Speakers: Meadow Dibble and Kate McMahon RSVP and learn more here New England has long repressed the memory of its complicity in Atlantic world slavery, just as our dominant narrative has suppressed the stories of the region's free and enslaved Black and Indigenous populations. Despite this persistent collective amnesia, the land remembers. Atlantic Black Box, through its community-based historical recovery model, empowers individuals and institutions across the region to…

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Portland Sustainability

March 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us via zoom for a discussion with volunteers and staff of WindowDressers about their program to provide community members with low-cost, energy-efficient window inserts. Warm Your Neighbors And Yourselves with WindowDressers Insulating Window Inserts. Did you know that 30% of home heat loss is through windows and doors? Cold windows lead to higher heating bills, drafty homes, and more fossil fuels being burned to keep us warm. Come join us for a conversation with three representatives from WindowDressers, a…

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May 2021

POSTPONED Future Focus – Season Finale!

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED   Future Focus A Speaker Series Featuring Maine’s Youth Climate Justice Activists Young adults throughout Maine are innovating, organizing, and leading efforts to connect and address the most pressing social and environmental issues we face, and many have garnered statewide, national, and international recognition and accolades.  Join us for a youth-led monthly webinar series highlighting youth climate justice activists and their stories from across the state.  Each one-hour session will focus on a different individual and…

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Sustainability Series: Up for Grabs – The Battles Over Maine’s Public Lands

May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join PPL and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative on Wednesday, May 26th at 5:30pm for a presentation by author and former Maine Audubon director Thomas Urquhart on the exciting story of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands from colonial times to statehood in 1820 to the present as related in his new book Up For Grabs: Timber Pirates, Lumber Barons, and the Battles Over Maine’s Public Lands (Down East Books). Up For Grabs: Timber Pirates, Lumber Barons, and the Battles Over Maine’s…

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June 2021

WHAT HAPPENED HERE?

June 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Revisiting place through the lens of racial history: A work session with Atlantic Black Box. Join us on June 3rd, for this follow up virtual work session to the March 3rd presentation, with Meadow Dibble and Dr. Kate McMahon of Atlantic Black Box. The session is designed for conservationists interested in and committed to: learning to research and interpret the hidden history of the special places we care for broadening the narrative of these places to include those who came…

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June Portland Sustainability Series

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants Join us for a presentation by Wild Seed Project founder and Executive Director Heather McCargo on the fascinating lives of native plants and how you can propagate and help preserve them. In this live virtual program Heather McCargo (Executive Director of the Wild Seed Project) will explore the fascinating reproductive life cycle of New England native plants and how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other…

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