The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk by Amanda Beal, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), about how investing in partnerships helps the agency work more effectively for the state and its people.
The virtual event, which is free and open to the public, will be Monday, Feb. 1, from 3 – 4 p.m.
The talk is available via Zoom and registration is required. To register and receive connection information, visit the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196; firstname.lastname@example.org.
DACF oversees many of Maine’s most important natural resources that are central to the state’s economy, according to UMaine, in a news release. As Maine faces daunting challenges, from climate change to a global pandemic, investing in strong partnerships has been crucial to the department’s effectiveness. Commissioner Beal will discuss strategic collaborations with UMaine and other partners, and how they are positioning DCAF to best serve the people of Maine.
Beal’s lifelong interest in food production began as a child growing up on her family’s commercial dairy farm in Maine. Before joining DACF, she served as the president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust, and prior to that, its policy and research director. She also has worked in the public health field and as an independent consultant on food system-related projects for a number of fisheries, agriculture and other food-focused organizations and businesses.
Beal has authored and co-authored numerous papers and reports, including “A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities.”
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. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot 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 only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate 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, visit umaine.edu.