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NATIONAL INITIATIVES WITH STATEWIDE IMPACT: THESUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS       INITIATIVE            Karen Hutchins & Linda...
Maine is Participating in National    Efforts to Increase Impact of        Individual Work: SSI• Sustainability Solutions ...
What Are the Changes?• Higher Ed Working With Stakeholders  (Knowledge to Action)• Disciplines Working Together• Groups Wo...
SSI Examples• “Sustainable Urban Regions Project”• “Safeguarding a Vulnerable Watershed”• “Ecological and Social Change: A...
SSI Examples• “Sustaining Our Lakes”• “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary  through Community Based Ecos...
How Do These Fit Together?• Connecting knowledge with action in ways that  promote:   – strong economies,   – vibrant comm...
Identifying Ways to Work with    Partners Throughout Maine• Identifying alignment between research and  community needs• S...
Implications, Conclusions,             Next Steps• Regional and statewide partners: unique  opportunities for conducting r...
Implications for Sustainable Solutions        Identifying Needs and Problems Together: Aligning Supply and Demand  Institu...
CONTACT INFOkaren.hutchins@umit.maine.edusilka@maine.eduFor Information about SSI:www.umaine.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/ ...
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Linda Silka - National Initiatives with Statewide Impact: The Sustainability Soulutions Initiative

  1. 1. NATIONAL INITIATIVES WITH STATEWIDE IMPACT: THESUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE Karen Hutchins & Linda Silka, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine
  2. 2. Maine is Participating in National Efforts to Increase Impact of Individual Work: SSI• Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI)• Funded by National Science Foundation• Part of national and international efforts to change the way science is done so science makes a difference• Move away from what has been called the “loading dock” problem
  3. 3. What Are the Changes?• Higher Ed Working With Stakeholders (Knowledge to Action)• Disciplines Working Together• Groups Working Across Campuses• Place-Based Work that can Generalize
  4. 4. SSI Examples• “Sustainable Urban Regions Project”• “Safeguarding a Vulnerable Watershed”• “Ecological and Social Change: Adaptation, Place and Evaluation”• “Mapping a Sustainable Future”• “Helping Communities Weather the Storms”• “Mobilizing to Fight an Invasive Insect”• “Renewable Energy from the Tides”• “Restoring Maine’s Rivers”
  5. 5. SSI Examples• “Sustaining Our Lakes”• “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary through Community Based Ecosystem Management”• “Assessing the Feasibility and Sustainability of Renewable Energy Production in the Aroostook River Watershed Through Research and Stakeholder Partnerships”• “Charting the Rangeley Region’s Social-Ecological System and Identifying Community Sustainability Strategies”
  6. 6. How Do These Fit Together?• Connecting knowledge with action in ways that promote: – strong economies, – vibrant communities, and – healthy ecosystems in and beyond Maine• Seeking to transform Maine’s capacity for addressing scientific challenges by building a statewide network of higher education institutions and partnership institutions
  7. 7. Identifying Ways to Work with Partners Throughout Maine• Identifying alignment between research and community needs• Strengthening impact: studying and working with relevant organizations that have regional or statewide reach Maine Salt Management Taskforce
  8. 8. Implications, Conclusions, Next Steps• Regional and statewide partners: unique opportunities for conducting research that can have local and broad impacts
  9. 9. Implications for Sustainable Solutions Identifying Needs and Problems Together: Aligning Supply and Demand Institutionalizing Informing Training Present and Opportunities Future Research Identifying Factors Influencing the System Mentoring Building a ProgramIdentifying New Research Frames; Seeking New Communication Outlets
  10. 10. CONTACT INFOkaren.hutchins@umit.maine.edusilka@maine.eduFor Information about SSI:www.umaine.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/ This project is supported by National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.

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