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Climate Change 21, Choices for the 21st Century; An Interactive Forum and Environmental Festival; October 23-24, 2008; Wells Conference Center, University of Maine


Conference Schedule

 Day 1: Oct. 23, 2008
8:00 – 9 a.m. Registration
 
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Opening
Paul A. Mayewski, Director, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
Robert A. Kennedy, President, University of Maine
 
9:15 – 11:15 a.m. The Physical Science Behind Climate Change
Moderator: Michael J. Eckardt, Vice President for Research, University of Maine

Presenters:

  • George H. Denton, Libra Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine; Member, National Academy of Sciences
    Topic: The End of the Last Ice Age
  • Paul A. Mayewski, Director, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
    Topic: Abrupt Climate Change, Impact of Climate on Humans and Human Impact on Climate
  • Kirk A. Maasch, Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
    Topic: Maine's Climate: Past, Present and Future
    Town Meeting Style Q&A and Discussion
11:15 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Please visit UMaine local venues at Wells Conference Center, the Marketplace in the Memorial Union or Hilltop Commons
 
Noon Performance: Seven: A Fashion Disaster
Meredith Alex, MADgirl Designs
Wells Conference Center and Exhibit Hall
 
12:00 – 12:25 p.m. Performance: Timbered Lake
Wells Conference Center
 
12:30 – 2:30  p.m. The Impact of Climate Change on Our Environment
Moderator: G. Bruce Wiersma, Director, Center
for Research on Sustainable Forests, and Professor of Forest Resources, University of Maine

Presenters:

  • Ivan J. Fernandez, Professor of Soil Science, University of Maine
    Topic: Maine Ecosystems, Soils and Carbon—Response and Opportunity
  • George L. Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change, University of Maine
    Topic: Forest Responses to Climate Change—Past and Future
  • Stephen A. Norton, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
    Topic: The History of Atmospheric Metal Pollution in Maine Since the Ice Age
  • Lawrence M. Mayer, Agatha B. Darling Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
    Topic: Impacts on the Maine Coast
    Town Meeting Style Q&A and Discussion
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Break
Vendor displays and refreshments (tent on Mall), and poster viewing (Wells Conference Center)
 
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities — Part 1
Moderator: Barbara Vickery, Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy

Presenters:

  • Robert W. Kates, Presidential Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Maine; Member, National Academy of Sciences
    Topic: Making Maine Less Vulnerable and More Resilient
  • Kathleen Miller, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Topic: Climate Change and Water Resources: Planning Effectively Despite Uncertainties
  • James Brooks, Director, Bureau of Air Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Augusta, Maine
    Topic: Establishing and Implementing the Maine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program
  • John Kerry, Director, Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security, Augusta, Maine
    Topic: Maine's Energy Future
    Town Meeting Style Q&A and Discussion
 Day 2: Oct. 24, 2008
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
 
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Opening
Robert A. Kennedy, President, University of Maine
Governor John E. Baldacci, State of Maine
Janet E. Waldron, Vice President for Administration and Finance, University of Maine
Topic: President's Climate Commitment at the University of Maine: Global Perspective, Local Strategies
 
10:00 –12:00 p.m. Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities — Part 2
Moderator: Scott Pelley, CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent

Presenters:

  • John German, American Honda Motor Co., Manager, Environmental and Energy Analysis, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Topic: Vehicle Technology for the Future
  • Jon Sorenson, Partner, Competitive Energy Services, Portland, Maine
    Topic: Procurement and Carbon Footprint: Managing the Balance Between Costs and Environmental Responsibility
  • William Borland, Vice President, Canadian Federal Programs, AMEC Earth and Environmental, St. John NB, Canada
    Topic: Investing in Climate Change Adaptation
    Town Meeting Style Q&A and Discussion
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Please visit UMaine local venues at Wells Commons, the Marketplace in Memorial Union or Hilltop Commons
 
Noon Performance: Seven: A Fashion Disaster
Meredith Alex, MADgirl Designs.
Wells Conference Center and Exhibit Hall
 
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Timbered Lake
Performance: Wells Conference Center
 
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Topic: Climate Change: Health Consequences and Healthy Solutions
 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities — Part 3
Moderator: Glenn D. Beamer, Director, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine

Presenters:

  • Michael Johanning, AIA, LEEDAP WBRC Architects/Engineers, Portland, Maine
    Topic: Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Roland Michaud, Mayor, City of Saco
    Eric Cote, City Councilor, City of Saco
    Topic: Maine Green Community— City of Saco
  • Habib J. Dagher, Director, Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, University of Maine
    Topic: Vision for UMaine: Solutions to Maine's  Future Renewable Energy Needs
    Town Meeting Style Q&A and Discussion
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break
Vendor displays and refreshments (tent on Mall), and poster viewing (Wells Conference Center)
 
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Expressions of Climate Change
Moderator: Stuart L. Marrs, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education; Professor of Music, School of Performing Arts, University of Maine

Performance: Adjusting the Sails
Beth Wiemann, Associate Professor, School of Performing Arts, University of Maine, and the Athena Chorus, Heidi Corliss, Conductor

Sculpture Unveiling: Nexus, Kerstin Engman, Assistant

Presentation: Professor, Art Department,  University of Maine
 

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Climate Change Insights
Keynote Speaker
Scott Pelley, CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent
Poster Competition Award Presentations
Moderator: Mark W. Anderson, Coordinator, Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program, University of Maine
 
4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Paul A. Mayewski, Director, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
Robert A. Kennedy, President, University of Maine


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