Let's Talk About Environmental Issues

Black and white photograph of the Kennebec River
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Freeport Community Center
53 - 57 Depot Street, Freeport, ME 04032
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Join fellow Maine funders and nonprofit organizations for a joint discussion of trends, bright spots, and challenges related to Maine's natural environment.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on December 1 for a great conversations! Keep an eye out for notes from the discussions in the coming weeks. 

Environmental issues are wide-reaching, encompassing climate change and community resilience, food systems and food access, environmental education, environmental justice, economic opportunity, health, and more. Similarly, a whole range of funders and nonprofits are doing work related to the environment in Maine, whether or not they identify as “environmental funders” or “environmental nonprofits.”

Join us to meet fellow funders and nonprofits, discuss the trends and implications, and consider how we can advance our work in light of those trends and implications.

Discussion topics included:

  1. Land conservation including habitat, biodiversity, and community conservation
  2. Water quality and fisheries
  3. New players in the environmental workforce
  4. Transition and economic development in traditionally natural resource-based communities
  5. Climate change impacts: community engagement and resiliency
  6. Renewable energy, energy conservation, and efficiency
  7. Food systems, food access, and food security
  8. Environmental education and outreach, especially youth-based programming
  9. Intersections of health and the environment

We asked those at table discussions to consider together:

  1. What strategies you are using in your work to address these issues?
  2. What trends and learnings are you seeing as a result?
  3. What are potential equity concerns?
  4. If you could make one thing happen, what one thing would you change? 

About the Program

Like last year's successful "Let's Talk About Health" and "Let's Talk About Early Education" programs, "Let's Talk About Environmental Issues" will be focused on fostering dialogue between funders and nonprofit organizations. The program will open with a short introduction to the topic. Next, funders with an interest in Maine’s natural environment will briefly introduce themselves and their funding interest. Finally, attendees will break out into two rounds of small group discussion. Discussion topics are based on funder priorities and the interests of those in the room.

It is MPC's belief that fostering of dialogue among funders and nonprofit organizations helps strengthen the impact of philanthropy in Maine and can lead to better outcomes. 


  • $25 for MPC Members
  • $45 for nonmembers (opens 10/24)

This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Funders Network.

Do you need a special accomodation in order to fully participate in this program? Please contact Vrylena Olney at vrylena@mainephilanthropy.org or 207-780-5039 at least two weeks prior to the event to discuss your specific needs.

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