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Environmental Sustainability

Posted Sept. 17, 2008, at 9:16 p.m.

University of Maine at Augusta this year selected environmental sustainability as its academic theme. This year’s theme explores the ways society’s needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

What are the practices that will ensure resources are available for our great-great grandchildren? How can we minimize use of non-renewable resources and promote the health of our environment and its inhabitants?

THEME BOOK: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

cover of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

The book chosen for its relationship to the theme is based on an award winning three-part series first published in the New Yorker where the author is a staff writer. Elizabeth Kolbert traces global warming effects from the melting Alaskan permafrost to the endangered Pacific island nation of Tuvalu. Her descriptions of the scientists and how they do their research provide a valuable window on the nature of the scientific community and why there is concern about the climate changes evidenced worldwide.

THEME EVENTS

September 19, 2008

Bus trip to the Common Ground Fair

Sponsored by the Student Life Office and SGA

Contact Melissa Dudley at 621-3374 for more information

September 23, 2008

Registration deadline for University of Maine Climate Change Conference

Form available at http://www.umaine.edu/conferences/

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