April 23, 2013

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The winners of the second annual Zero Waste Challenge were announced at an Earth Day assembly Monday at Gorham Middle School, according to the contest's sponsors.

Among the 700 people at the assembly were students from Westbrook Middle School, which received $1,000 for second place, and Molly Ockett School in Fryeburg, which received $500 for third place.

The competition, sponsored by Poland Spring and The Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, asks middle-school students to form plans for how their schools can save money by reducing the amount of waste they produce.

The entries were judged by a panel that included sustainability experts from the Ferry Beach Ecology School, Bowdoin College, Pine Tree Waste and ecomaine. The prize money must be used to implement the plans to reduce waste or to attend an environmental education program at Chewonki.


Climate experts will hold conference Thursday at USM

Maine climate adaptation experts will gather to discuss the likely effects of climate change and planning that's needed to address it.

The forum will be held Thursday at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus.

Topics to be addressed include anticipated changes in sea levels, challenges of floods and storms, and solutions to address risks from sea level changes and severe weather.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a report in 2010 that contained 60 recommendations to adapt to and mitigate climate change effects. Lawmakers are now considering legislation to resume that study and submit a plan by February 2015.

Thursday's conference is organized by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, a nonprofit trade association.


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