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CBHS Students Hold Climate Change Symposium

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CBHS Students Hold Climate Change Symposium
Posted on 02/05/2015
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More than 40 Casco Bay High School juniors presented to panels of experts at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, Feb. 5 about how to transition away from fossil fuels and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Another 45 students were slated to make similar presentations on Friday, Feb. 6, starting at 8 a.m. in Luther Bonney Hall’s Talbot Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The students were holding a Climate Change Policy Symposium. Students presented public policy proposals on such topics as divestment from fossil fuel industries; carbon sequestration; cap-and-trade schemes; alternative transportation; green building and design; and visions for preventing coastal flooding.

Students presented to and fielded questions from experts including university professors, environmental professionals, and sustainability entrepreneurs.

The list of experts who listened to presentations, asked questions and gave feedback included Tim Balunis, U.S. Coast Guard; Hugh Bealka, land use consultant; Jason Dionne, educator; Jeff Edelstein, Greater Portland Sustainability Council; Jennifer Hatch, Revision Energy;

Adam Lee, Lee Auto Mall; Chelsea Malacara, environmental planning and policy student; Russ Pierce, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Alex Pine, Maine Standard Biofuel; Jennifer Puser, Greater Portland Council of Governments; Ed Suslovic, Portland City Councilor, District 3; Heather Thompson, Thompson Johnson Woodworks; and Ryan Wynne, conservation biologist.

The USM Department of History and Political Science hosted the event.