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October 2021

Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change

October 27, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ordinary people have more power to change the world than they think they do. But it is hard to stay positive and motivated in the face of devastating weather and constant bad news about politics and the environment. Join us on October 27th as we welcome author Susan B. Inches for a presentation on how to find your power and take action for the environment—as an advocate or within current daily activities. By working together, we can create a healthy…

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November 2021

Voices from the Barrens: Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty

November 17, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative on November 17th for a screening of Voices from the Barrens: Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty, which documents the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada. The film will be followed by a discussion with film director Nancy Ghertner and several participants in the blueberry harvest who are featured in the film. DETAILS WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 TIME: 5:30 - 7:30pm 5:30 – 6:30…

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Join us on #GivingTuesday

November 30, 2021

On this global day of unity and giving, ask yourself, what will you do today that tomorrow will thank you for?  In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope - that together we can do extraordinary things. With your support we can continue to move forward, creating, innovating and building programs, services and partnerships that help our members and communities thrive. WITH YOUR SUPPORT We can address urgent issues and help combat climate change threats…

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December 2021

COP26 and Maine – One Mainer’s Adventure at the UN Climate Change Conference

December 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In November, the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow will headline the global policy stage. What does this meeting of heads of state, policy makers, scientists, faith, business, and community leaders mean for collective climate action? How are decisions made that lead to landmark agreements like the Paris Climate Accords? And what can COP26 mean for Maine in the context of its own local and statewide plans to combat and adapt to climate change? Explore these questions on December…

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January 2022

Where Does Your Trash & Recycling End Up?

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

Is your New Year’s resolution to reduce your waste? Join us for a fun and informational program with ecomaine senior environmental educator Katrina Bussiere-Venhuizen to learn what happens to the trash and recycling that leaves your house or transfer station each week. Portland Sustainability Series: Where Does Your Trash & Recycling End Up? Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 2022 | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Virtual Event- click here for details Guest Speaker: Katrina Bussiere-Venhuizen is a Senior Environmental Educator at ecomaine and joined the team…

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February 2022

One Climate Future – What We’ve Accomplished & What We’re Planning

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Portland City Council adopted One Climate Future, a 30 year plan to transition Portland to clean renewable energy while preparing the community to be resilient in the face of inevitable climate impacts.  Portland’s Sustainability Director, Troy Moon, will join us to share accomplishments from the past year and share upcoming initiatives designed to achieve the City’s climate and resilience goals. WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 TIME: 5:30 - 7:00pm FREE VIRTUAL EVENT: Click here for details Troy Moon is…

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March 2022

Environmental Priorities Coalition: Advocating for Maine’s Environment

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

It's not always easy to figure out which of the hundreds of bills working their way through the Maine Legislature have the most potential to protect Maine's environment, public health, and clean energy future. That's where Maine's Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC) comes in! This partnership of 37 environmental, conservation, and public health organizations has identified legislation that represents the best collective opportunities to protect and increase access to clean water, protect biodiversity and our environment, fund opportunities for climate education,…

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April 2022

Portland’s Rooftop Nesting Herring Gulls

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

Several years ago Dr. Noah Perlut (UNE) noticed that Herring Gulls were nesting on building ledges and rooftops in downtown Portland – including on the roof of PPL’s Downtown Library! – rather than on their traditional island nesting-grounds. He also noticed that the Gulf of Maine population of this seemingly-common species was declining by approximately 5% annually. Perlut and his students from the University of New England have been monitoring the Portland gull colonies to understand the costs and benefits…

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May 2022

PFAS Contamination in Maine Lands and Waters

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a virtual panel discussion about PFAS contamination in Maine moderated by Maine Public Statehouse Correspondent Kevin Miller. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals used in manufacturing and in consumer products that have found their way into Maine soils, water, and wildlife through both industrial and agricultural processes. In recent years, the discovery of these substances in some Maine farmers’ lands and produce has created an existential threat to some farm operations and has…

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Relearning Place Convening – Application deadline April 1st

May 31 - June 2

For the past three years, the Relearning Place Program has been doing a lot of learning, research, and relationship building. What started as an idea with Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative's 2019 Summer Associates, Red Fong and Lily Nygren, has become a fully-fledged program with its first public event taking place May 31-June 2, 2022 at the Ferry Beach Convention Center in Saco, ME. The Relearning Place Convening, designed and guided by a group of intergenerational, multi-racial, and intersectional individuals, will…

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