Thursday, January 24, 2008

5th Annual Maine State Climate Summit: Schedule

To register:

Friday, February 8th

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Arrival and Sign-ins

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome and Introductions (logistics and goals for the weekend)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner and 1st breakout discussion – a chance to list questions and set goals for the weekend (with school group)

7:30 pm – 8:10 pm Keynote address: Maine State Senator Phil Bartlett!

8:10 pm – 8:30 pm Socializing/networking

8:30 pm - ?:00pm Festivities!

Saturday, February 9th

8:45 am – 9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:45 am An introduction from B.E.A.M and an overview of the day ahead

9:45 am – 11:15 am Panel Discussion #1 – an introduction to climate change and our options for mitigation

  • Paul Kando – Climate Expert to be presenting Global Warming, an Update for Maine”

  • Normand Laberge PhDTidal Power specialist, Maine Tidal Power

  • Dr. Michael Dorsey - Dartmouth Professor and climate change policy specialist, Dartmouth College

  • Tom StokesClimate Crisis Coalition Coordinator

  • Kurt Adams Chairman, Maine Public Utilities Commission

  • Mike Jacobs - VP of Transmission, UPC Wind

11:15 am – 11:30 am Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Panel Discussion #2 – much ado about climate change (the student's role)

  • Jennifer Andrews Campus Program Manager, Clean Air – Cool Planet

  • Mark OrlowskiFounder, Sustainable Endowments Institute

  • Sarah Lovitz Clean Energy Project Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resource Council of Maine

  • Julie Rosenbach Environmental Coordinator, Bates College

  • Maura Cowley – Campaign Director, Sierra Student Coalition

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45 pm Break out into focus groups – discuss options for achieving carbon neutrality (speakers and presenters can take part in these discussions) each discussion will be facilitated by a Bates students

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break – picture on the puddle with a banner

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Each focus group will briefly discuss and lead a Q&A on their findings

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break out into school groups, prepare a profile of your campus organization

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Campus group profiles – meetings, campaigns, initiatives, etc., what works, what doesn't work, followed by short Q&A and an opportunity to ask for suggestions

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Statewide campaign brainstorm activity

8:30 pm - ??:00 pm/am Festivities!

Sunday, February 10th

9:00 am – 9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:30 am Breakout session (workshops and additional presentations)

  • Eco-sculpting

  • Environmental Justice

  • Climate Change and the Maine Coast

  • Presidential Candidate Overview

  • Coal and Mountaintop Removal

  • Climate refugees

  • Carbon Trading and Capping

  • Sustainable Agriculture

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Laying the foundation for a statewide campaign

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Closing statements

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch available, open-time for ongoing discussions

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