UMaine’s research leadership shapes the state’s blueprint for climate action


ORONO – Governor Janet Mills visited the University of Maine, the state’s public research university, on December 1 to mark the Maine Climate Council’s one-year progress and to announce new initiatives to empower communities in the fight against climate change. The governor’s announcement recognized a regional climate planning partnership formed this year by the city of Orono, the city of Bangor, the University of Maine and Husson University.

A dozen researchers from the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias sit on the scientific and technical subcommittee of the Maine Climate Council and have contributed to the Maine 2021 Climate Science Update published as part of a recent board meeting in Orono.

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who holds a joint appointment as Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Maine, welcomed Governor Mills and the Maine Climate Council to UMaine.

“The University of Maine system is a committed partner in the work of the Maine Climate Council. Researchers from the University of Maine travel the world and state to contribute to the global understanding of climate change and to help develop solutions to climate challenges that impact Maine’s communities and natural resources.

“We are delighted to welcome Governor Mills to Orono to mark a year of progress in Maine’s climate action plan and to recognize the regional climate planning partnership we have formed with the Town of Orono, the Town of Bangor and Husson University. With a focus on sustainability and science-based action, our regional partnership will serve as a model for how we can work together to achieve climate solutions in Maine. ”


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