Education & Community Outreach

Team Leader: Bonnie Sammons

To promote and enhance initiatives that further the ecological sustainability of Mid-Maine.

The ECO Team organizes and hosts educational events with the goal of increasing public awareness and action in areas related to sustainability.  We recognize that our changing planet is in crisis on many levels and that in order to respond in a meaningful and effective way, we must first understand the nature of the crises, seek sustainable solutions and opportunities to create a viable and desirable future.  Our approach acknowledges that fundamental change in our world views is necessary to achieve this goal. 


Educational Outreach Events

ECO events have included book discussion groups and film screenings, recycling and composting workshops,  hands-on workshops on lowering energy bills by improving household insulation, and using low impact supplemental and alternative energy, outdoor events to reconnect with our local environment and develop outdoor skills.

Sean Birkel (with the Climate Change Institute of UMO & inventor of the Climate Reanalyer) presenting at the Climate Adaptation Facts: A Briefing for Kennebec River Valley Communities at KVCC

Educational Ink

We promote the message of sustainability and conservation through a variety of mediums, including local publications. We have over 20 educational articles published in The Central Maine Morning Sentinel and The Kennebec Journal that address climate change, efficient heating options, weatherization, leaf composting, benefits of permaculture, and more.

The audience at the Climate Adaptation Facts: A Briefing for Kennebec River Valley Communities at KVCC

Past Public Awareness Events

The Education Team holds a variety of public events geared toward all members of the community.  We arrange the programs and secure the speakers. Here are just a few of our past events:

  • ADAPTING TO A CHANGING PLANET SERIES (spring 2015):  Colby's Professor Herb Wilson:  Climate Change and Bird MIgration Patterns; Jesse Watson, Midcoast Permaculture:  A Vision For Regenerative Food Systems; Michael Douglas and Colby Smith, Maine Primitive Skills School:  Forage and Fire
  • “Sharing Sustainability: Building Resilient Communities” event with speakers from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Kennebec Valley Community College, Portland Transition Town, Maine Rural Partners, Opportunity Maine, and Sustainability Solutions at UMO
  • Climate change briefing for the Kennebec Valley (in collaboration with Running Start Institute and UMaine Climate Change Institute)
  • Speakers included Paul Mayewski, Director; George Jacobson, State Climatologist; and Sean Birkel, inventor of the Climate Reanalyzer
  • Tabling at Women's Wellness sponsored by Inland Hospital annually
  • Earth Day celebrations 2009-2012
  • Paul Kando of Al Gore Institute in 2011
  • Green Bean Movie Scene in 2013book discussion group in 2013
  • Meet and Greet the Farmer at the Waterville Farmers' Market in 2013
  • Creation of a garden at the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter in 2014

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