ORONO – The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk by Jessica Scott of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future on efforts to move Maine toward climate and environmental justice on Monday, March 21 from 3–4 p.m.

The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future has been working with a variety of state agencies, the Maine Climate Council and members of the public to explore opportunities to advance climate and environmental justice for the state. In this talk, Jessica Scott, senior climate advisor with GOPIF, will share recent achievements, highlight ongoing work and discuss opportunities for collaboration with universities and other organizations across Maine to bring the benefits of climate action to all Maine people.

Prior to joining GOPIF, Scott was assistant secretary for the environment for the State of New York, where she developed policy and programs to advance former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s climate goals with a focus on clean transportation, natural and working lands and the inclusion of equity and justice across all policies. She has more than a decade of climate and environmental policy expertise, working with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal governments. 

All talks in the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Talks series are free and will be offered both remotely via Zoom and in person at 107 Norman Smith Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono. Registration is required to attend remotely via Zoom; to register and receive connection information, see the event webpage at https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/talk-equity-and-environmental-justice-opportunities-for-the-state-of-maine/.

Please note that face coverings are required for all persons – students, staff, faculty, visitors, and others – when indoors at a University of Maine System facility. For the latest health and safety guidance, please see umaine.edu/return.

Updates for this event will be posted to the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth at 207-581-3196 or hallsworth@maine.edu.