Digging for Buried Treasure: sustainability hiding in plain sight in Maine’s secondhand economies

Mitchell Center talk: Hidden sustainability gems in Maine’s reuse markets

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The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk about sustainability in Maine’s secondhand economies, Monday, Sept. 20, from 3 - 4 p.m., in-person and via Zoom.

While Mainers have been reusing goods for a long time, concerns around climate change, resource scarcity and depletion, and increasing levels of waste have focused new attention on the potential for reuse to address sustainability in how goods are made, used and discarded every day. 

In this talk, Digging for Buried Treasure: Hidden Gems in Maine’s Reuse Markets, Cynthia Isenhour and Brieanne Berry will draw on the results of a five-year research project to outline the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability hiding in plain sight in Maine’s secondhand economies.

Isenhour is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Climate Change Institute at UMaine. Her research focuses on how history, culture and power shape environmental governance and policy.

Berry is a postdoctoral researcher at UMaine whose work centers on sustainable consumption and waste reduction, with a particular focus on the impacts of reuse.

All talks in the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Talks series are free and will be 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 via Zoom; to register and receive connection information, see the event webpage.

Please note that face coverings currently are required through at least Sept. 30, 2021, for all persons — students, staff, faculty, visitors and others — when indoors at a University of Maine System facility. For the latest 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; hallsworth@maine.edu.

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. 

Event Date: 

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Location: 

107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine-Orono, and via Zoom


107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine
Orono  Maine
United States