Rockport Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 2/15/2023
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Title: Taking Action on Climate Change: What Can Rockport Do? PART 1 - Soil Health: A Key to Climate and Community Resiliency
Contact: Julia Pierce, 207-236-3642
Location: Rockport Room

The Rockport Conservation Commission announces a 2023 speaker series, entitled, “Taking Action on Climate Change: What Can Rockport Do?” The talks will be held at the Rockport Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month from February 15th to June 21st from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. Refreshments will be provided.


The series is part of the Climate Action Grant awarded by the Maine Governor's Office on Policy, Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) to the Rockport Conservation Commission to fund a climate vulnerability assessment, a greenhouse gas inventory and a public outreach campaign. 


Taking Action on Climate Change: What Can Rockport Do? The series is part of the project’s community engagement goals, which aim to educate residents on local climate change topics and resilience strategies. This series will feature local experts discussing how to promote resilience within our community. Speakers will be discussing adaptation strategies such as using  native plants to mitigate impacts, energy efficiency improvements for local residents and businesses, and the role of soil practices in climate resilience. These experts will illustrate how individuals and communities can take action towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 


Speakers include:


February 15th: Soil Health: A Key to Climate and Community Resiliency - Aaron Englander, Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

March 15th: Building Climate Resilience with Native Plant Species - Rebecca Jacobs, Program Manager, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

April 19th: Efficiency Maine Residential Offerings - Lily McVetty, Program Manager, Efficiency Maine

May 17th: Electrification of the Working Waterfront - Emma Wendt, Community Development Officer, Island Institute

June 21st: Plastics, Climate and the Circular Economy, Matt Prindiville, CEO, Upstream


The first talk of the series will feature Aaron Englander, who has been working in Rockport for Maine Coast Heritage Trust as the Erickson Fields Farm and Program Manager since 2014. He will discuss how supporting land conservation, local food systems and regenerative agriculture can help build climate resilience. Englander will share soil building techniques utilized at Maine

Coast Heritage Trusts’ community farm preserves, Erickson Fields and Aldermere Farm, where they offer community agriculture programs.


The Rockport Conservation Commission believes that empowering community members with sound information will help create meaningful and sustainable responses to global climate change and ensure that future generations of Rockporters can thrive.         207-236-3642