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Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry + Biobased Maine

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • 7:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland


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Speaker presentations:

Please join us for this special two-panel event: 

  • Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry
  • Biobased Maine: Advancing Biobased Manufacturing for a Sustainable Maine Economy
7:15 - 8:00 am: Networking breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 am: The Future of the Forestry Industry Panel
9:45 - 11:00 am: Biobased Maine Panel
11:00 - 11:30 am: Networking

Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry

Maine’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sector is intricately linked to Maine’s forestry industry. When compared to the other technology-based sectors in the State, the 12,212 direct jobs in the clean technology sector rank second only to forest products and agriculture with 38,043 jobs. Woody biomass is used for the generation of electricity and heat. States and localities are managing impacts from climate change, including changing forestry yields and spruce budworm infestation. And, the total economic impact of the sector is about $8 billion! The environmental, energy, and economic impacts of this sector are immense!

E2Tech welcomes Maine’s forestry leaders and their prognosis on a future of sustainable forestry opportunities and challenges for the wood basket supply.

  • David Struble, State of Maine Entomologist, Maine Forest Service
  • Kenneth M. Laustsen, State of Maine Biometrician, Maine Forest Service
  • Donna Cassese, Director, Wood Resource Strategy, Sappi North America
  • Patrick Strauch, Executive Director, Maine Forest Products Council
**Moderator for this panel will be Elizabeth Swain, POWER Engineers.

Biobased Maine: Advancing Biobased Manufacturing for a Sustainable Maine Economy

E2Tech is pleased to host Biobased Maine, a business alliance that promotes the sustainable use of renewable biomass from forests, farms, and sea to manufacture the next generation of biobased chemicals, materials, and fuels. 

Global demand for biobased products is growing and Maine has the potential to supply products through its abundant biomass (trees), and industrial infrastructure. Come learn about some of these innovative companies and their biobased manufacturing in Maine.
  • Grow-Tech – James Chittum, Director of Business Development: Grow-Tech makes advanced growth media for greenhouse and other horticultural applications using a variety of bio-based materials, including polylactic acid made from corn starch.
  • Cerealus – Tony Jabar, Founder & CEO: Biobased polymers and other products that are used in the pulp and paper industry to improve performance and cut costs.
  • University of Maine Process Development Center – Michael Bilodeau, Director: Exciting applications for nanocellulose, an advanced material from trees that has the potential for numerous high-value applications.

**Moderator for this panel will be Charlotte Mace, Executive Director, Biobased Maine.

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