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NEMO

Our project partner, Maine NEMO (Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials; http://www.mainenemo.org/).  Maine NEMO is the state affiliate of the national program that conducts statewide education and outreach for town officials.  NEMO was funded by Maine DEP and the Maine Drinking Water Program for 9 years.  The Maine DEP portion of the funding was withdrawn in 2012 when the DEP announced that environmental education was no longer part of its mission.  E4Research.org took over NEMO in early 2013 to preserve this excellent example of a solutions-oriented program that makes a difference statewide.  Funding is being sought to replace the DEP funding lost in 2012.  Contact: LaMarr Clannon, Director.   LClannon@roadrunner.com

The Inconvenient Impervious Truth: Stormwater Management in New England and the Opportunities Society is Missing.  Invited plenary talk by E4 Board President Steve Kahl at the November, 2013 Maine Stormwater Conference in Portland.  GrowSmart LID abstract

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Winnipesaukee Gateway

The Winnipesaukee Gateway is a regional planning resource for New England’s second largest lake to reduce administrative duplication and to streamline permitting and facilitate smart development while protecting natural resources and water quality upon which the economy of the region depends.  The Gateway won the New England Planners Association Project of the Year award in 2011.  See http://winnigateway.org

 
Net Zero Energy Retrofit.  In our view, society’s goals for energy efficiency and renewable power are too low and the implementation timeframe is too slow.   A net zero energy retrofit completed with Dept. of Energy funding in 2012 demonstrates that buildings in New England can even generate more power than they consume.  PVWSD Net Zero Energy Retrofit flyer    Moreover, we suggest that society can best reduce atmospheric CO2 through smart energy policy, not regulations BDN Energy Op Ed Nov 7 2012.pdf

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Low Impact Development stormwater practices.  Cost-effective methods for reducing stormwater GrowSmart LID abstract.pdf and protecting water quality UNH SWC Road Salt Fact Sheet.pdf have been around for decades, yet are still rarely implemented.  These methods usually cost less to install, last longer, use less space, and are easier to maintain.  We need policy-based incentives such as Stormwater Utilities (see Rosene and Kahl, 2011. NH Stormwater Commission final report) Stormwater Commission Fact Sheet 2011.pdf to develop momentum for changing cultural norms.  ‘We’ve never done it this way before’ is not a visionary approach to solving problems.  

 
Economic value of Maine lakes.  The concept of ecosystem services – the value of social services (such as clean drinking water) provided passively by the environment – has great potential to convince society that smart sustainable development makes economic sense.  A report commissioned by Governor King’s Great Pond Task Force placed economic value on the water resources of Maine, and helped convince the legislature in the mid-1990s that they should reverse their abolishment of the Lakes Division within DEP.  Boyle et al Great Ponds Play an Integral Role in Maine 1997.pdf

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Seven habits of highly effective science educators.  Public policy should be based on sound science, but it often isn’t because the academic/science community typically doesn’t convey a simple bottom-line message.  This paper, published in the journal LakeLine in August, 2013, suggests ways to convey messages more effectively to policy makers and the general public.   McGarry-Kahl-Shannon in LakeLine 2013.pdf