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Maine's Economy & Climate Change: Challenges & Opportunities

  • Friday, June 12, 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

An unprecedented gathering of some of Maine's largest Chambers of Commerce, environmental, energy and research organizations to explore the changes that climate change is bringing to Maine's economy, including both it's challenges and opportunities. 31 partner organizations and 31 speakers.


8:30 a.m. WELCOME

  • Angus King, U. S. Senator (video)
  • Alan Caron, Envision Maine
  • Lisa Pohlman, NRCM
  • Dana Connors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Sturgeon, Bangor Chamber of Commerce
  • Cathy Lee, The Climate Table


  • Director of the Steyer–Taylor Center at Stanford University, former Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives at Google, and a former Assistant Secretary of Energy.

9:30 a.m. WHAT WE’RE SEEING (5 minutes each)

  • Richard Nelson, lobsters
  • Tom Doak, small woodlots
  • Steve Getz, dairy farming
  • Russell Black, maple syrup maker
  • Si Balch, forester

10:30 a.m. WHAT THE DATA TELLS US (10 minutes each)

  • Cameron Wake, University of New Hampshire
  • Ivan Fernandez, University of Maine
  • Andy Pershing, GMRI


  • Senior V.P. for EMC Corporation, the worldwide leader in cloud computing, and a Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

1:00 p.m. WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT (5 minutes)

  • Phil Coupe, Revision Energy
  • Doug Baston, Energy Advisor
  • Julie Rosenbach, City of South Portland
  • Ben Polito, Pika energy
  • Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine
  • Vaughn Woodruff, Insource Renewables
  • Chris Sauer, Ocean Renewable Energy
  • Patrick Arnold, SolidDG and Eimskip Shipping 
  • Kathleen Meil, Evergreen Home Performance

2:00 p.m. SOME BIG IDEAS FOR TOMORROW (3 minutes)

  • Sue Jones, Community Solar
  • Sam May, Refinancing Farming
  • Paul Williamson, Offshore Wind
  • Naomi Beal, Passive Houses
  • Jesse Thompson, Kaplan Thompson
  • Barry Woods, Plugin Vehicles

3:00 p.m. LIGHTNING ROUND (1 minute)

  • Share your big idea

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