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Talk – Who’s On First? Focusing on the Importance of Relationships in Climate Action

January 30, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.

  • Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information.
  • In-person attendance: Masks are required for all Mitchell Center talks.

Speaker: Nathan Robbins, Climate Change Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Maine’s 2020 Climate Action Plan is a blueprint for immediate action, requiring transformational changes in the way climate change principles are incorporated into day-to-day decision-making. With its adoption, Maine continues to build on its decades-long legacy of climate action within the state.  Like most plans, implementing a climate action plan requires efforts by many individuals. Fortunately, Maine has a long history of many dedicated champions who have made previous successes possible. A common denominator for climate successes in Maine has been, and continues to be, trust among the parties involved. At Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), there is a cross-departmental approach underway to incorporate climate change principles into all of DEP’s programs, and the department prioritizes partnership with others to deliver consensus-based solutions that are sustainable into the future. At its core, the Climate Program at DEP serves to galvanize action, coordinate players, and add capacity to move the state’s climate initiatives forward.

Nathan Robbins is the Climate Change Specialist at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, where he has worked to advance climate solutions in the state since 2015. A systems developer and relationship builder at heart, this most often includes climate-focused support to agency programs, representing the Department on organizational bodies, and assisting communities develop and implement their own climate plans. Robbins currently manages content of the Maine Climate Hub, supports DEP’s work on the Maine Climate Council, and is the co-coordinator with the University of Maine of Maine Climate Change Adaptation Providers Network. He is a native New Englander and is happiest when hiking, skiing, or paddling somewhere in the region with his family.



January 30, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, and Online
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469


Senator George J. Mitchell Center
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