ORONO — The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk titled “Who’s On First? Focusing on the importance of relationships in climate action” on Monday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m.
In this talk, Nathan Robbins, climate change specialist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will discuss the agency’s approach to incorporating climate change principles into all its programs. Building on Maine’s 2020 Climate Action Plan, the DEP is using a cross-departmental approach to alter how climate change principles are incorporated into day-to-day decision-making. Partnerships with others are prioritized to deliver consensus-based solutions that are sustainable into the future. At its core, DEP’s Climate Program serves to galvanize action, coordinate players and add capacity to move the state’s climate initiatives forward.
Robbins has worked at DEP to advance climate solutions in Maine since 2015. His work most often includes climate-focused support to agency programs, representing the DEP on organizational bodies and assisting communities develop and implement their own climate plans. Robbins manages content for the Maine Climate Hub, supports DEP’s work on the Maine Climate Council and is the co-coordinator of Maine Climate Change Adaptation Providers Network.
All talks in the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Talks series are free and are offered both remotely via Zoom and in person at 107 Norman Smith Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono. Registration is required to attend remotely; to register and receive connection information, visit the event webpage.
Please note that face coverings are required for all persons attending Mitchell Center Sustainability Talks. For the latest UMaine health and safety guidance, please see umaine.edu/return.
Updates for this event will be posted to the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions: The Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine aspires to be a leader and valued partner in understanding and solving problems related to the growing challenge of improving human well-being while protecting the environment. We collaborate with diverse stakeholders and bring together faculty and students from many different fields. By connecting knowledge with action, we seek to create a brighter environmental, social and economic future in and beyond Maine.
About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution. It attracts students from all 50 states and 86 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,571 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 763 undergraduates. Our students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers 77 bachelor's degrees and six undergraduate certificates, as well as more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn doctoral or master's degrees, professional master's degrees, and graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 associate and bachelor's degrees, and 14 undergraduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit umaine.edu and machias.edu.