THE CLIMATE

A Maine Business Imperative

Fall 2020 On-line Event Series

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September 24

October 1

October 7

October 15

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Maine Businesses and Climate Change

The State of Maine has set an ambitious goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  Approximately 84% of Maine’s economy is generated by the private sector.  To achieve this ambitious goal, we’re going to need the  participation and leadership of Maine’s business community.

The Maine Climate Table is hosting a series of on-line events this fall to explore the opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation in Maine’s business sector. How might we finance climate action in Maine? Will we have the workforce to implement the changes needed?  How are our natural resource sectors—forestry, fishing, and agriculture—preparing for climate change? What are some Maine businesses doing now to slow climate change?

These are just some of the questions that our on-line panelists will be addressing.  Adam Lee of Lee Auto Malls, well-known Maine business leader and climate advocate, will kick off our series with a keynote on Thursday, September 24th.

Attend just one, or all four events

Thanks to our foundation support, registration is free of charge.  Join us for one or all of the 2-hr on-line events described below.  The registration form will allow you to sign up for any combination of all events.

A ZOOM link will be sent via email in advance of the event.  For more information, email Katie Perry (kperry@maineclimatetable.org).

Schedule of Online Events

EVENT # 1

Thursday, September 24
10 AM – noon

Welcome to the Maine Climate Table’s Fall Climate Summit
John Hagan, Chair, Maine Climate Table

KEYNOTE: Business Principals for Confronting Climate Change
Adam Lee, Chairman, Lee Auto Malls

Climate and the Economy: A Conversation with Charles Colgan
Charles Colgan, University of Southern Maine

The Future of Affordable Electric Vehicles in Maine

Moderator: Adam Lee, Chairman, Lee Auto Malls

Panelists:

Jennifer Brennan, Electric Vehicle Initiative, California
Jeff Turner, Dunsky Energy, Montreal
Barry Woods, Revision Energy

EVENT # 2

Thursday, October 1
10 AM – noon

Confronting Climate Change in Maine’s Natural Resource Sectors:
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

Moderator: Andy Whitman, Manomet

Panelists:

Greg Adams, Irving Woodlands
Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farms
Jenni Tilton-Flood, Flood Brothers Farm

Climate Preparedness on the Corporate Stage: in Maine and Beyond

Moderator: Cathy Lee, Lee International

Panelists:

Megan Hellstedt, Ahold/Delhaize (Hannaford)
John Fitzpatrick, The Jackson Laboratory
Lydia Covert, UNUM
Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf USA

EVENT # 3

Wednesday, October 7
10 AM – noon

Maine Businesses on Main Street

Moderator: Marty Grohman, E2Tech

Panelists:

Shanna Cox, L-A Metro Chamber of Commerce
Bob Garver, Wicked Joe Coffee & Bard Coffee
Shawn Moody, Moody’s Collision Centers
Gene Geiger, Geiger Brothers

Building Maine’s Climate Workforce

Welcome: Steve Ward, Steering Committee, Maine Climate Table

Moderator: John Dorrer, Center for Workforce Research and Information

Panelists:

Dan Belyea, Maine Community College System
Matt Kearns, Longroad Energy
Gilda Nardone, New Ventures
Vaughan Woodruff, Insource Renwables

EVENT # 4 (final)

Thursday, October 15
10 AM – noon

How to Finance out Climate Future

Moderator: Michael Stoddard, Efficiency Maine

Panelists:

Sara Lewis, Spinnaker Trust
Robert Montgomery-Rice, Bangor Savings Bank
Steve Clemmer, Union of Concerned Scientists

The Vital Role of Maine’s Business Community

Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Conclusions: Fall Climate Series

John Hagan, Chair, Maine Climate Table

Test Block

  • Adam Lee

  • Megan Hellstedt

  • Hannah Pingree

  • Charles Colgan

  • Shawn Moody

  • Shanna Cox

  • Cathy Lee

  • Bill Mook

  • Marty Grohman

  • Sara Lewis

  • Bob Montgomery-Rice

  • Greg Adams

  • Andy Whitman

  • John Hagan

  • Vaughan Woodruff

  • Jenni Tilton-Flood

  • John Dorrer

  • Dan Belyea

  • Steve Ward

  • Gilda Nardone

  • Matt Kearns

  • John Fitzpatrick

  • Barry Woods

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