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Sustain Mid Maine Annual Meeting: The Business and Economic Case for Renewable Energy

March 18, 2017, 8:30 AM10:00 AM


Sustain Mid Maine Coalition invites you to attend our eighth annual meeting on Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM in the Silberman Lounge part of the Cotter Union at Colby College. Dr. Stephen Kahl,Associate Professor of Science and Sustainability Liaison at Thomas College, will be the keynote speaker.

As founding director of the Senator George Mitchell Center for Environmental Research at the University of Maine and the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University, Dr. Kahl was a research scientist and program director for many years. He was awarded more than $26 million in grants and contracts at University of Maine and Plymouth State University and at the various non-profits for which he has served on boards or as executive director. He has advised more than 70 graduate student thesis projects in the past 25 years. Dr. Kahl was the director of the US EPA acid rain research program in the northeast United States from 1983 to 2011 and continues to participate in this research, which is now run by one of his former graduate students at the University of Maine.

Dr. Kahl’s areas of expertise are energy policy and technology, water resources, and environmental science. He teaches the environmental, sustainability, and geology courses at Thomas. He has a BA in Zoology, MS in Geology, and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine.

Dr. Kahl has an urgent message: we are moving too slowly in the inevitable transition to renewable energy technologies. As founding director of the George Mitchell Center at the University of Maine at Orono, Dr. Kahl’s 30 year career includes research into renewable energy and smart growth. Since Dr. Kahl is not affiliated with any specific energy company, this neutral position allows him to illuminate best approaches to a sustainable energy future. His talk “The Business and Economic Case for Renewable Energy NOW” will focus on specific – and hopeful – information about transitioning to renewable energy. Attendees will have the opportunity to question Dr. Kahl, discuss energy issues, and even become part of the solution if so moved.


March 18, 2017
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


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Pugh Center, Cotter Union, Colby College
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