E2Tech Forums & Events

E2Tech provides a monthly forum series (Sept-June) that seeks to provide timely information about Maine's clean technology sector. E2Tech also hosts periodic networking events to foster business-to-business opportunities within Maine's clean tech economy. Additionally, preceding each forum, a 45 minute block of time is reserved for networking. We hope you can join us. 

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 19, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook Street, South Portland

    She Blinded Me With Science!
    The Role of Science in Public Policy

    We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge- from climate change to vaccinations- faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.
    Joel Achenbach, Washington Post Science writer

    Science and technology are foundations of good environmental, public health, and other public policy initiatives, but they can also be twisted to achieve predetermined results. Politics increasingly plays a role in "selecting" scientific data to fit an ideology and confirm what is already believed. History is awash with flat-earth advocates and Washington, DC and Augusta both have their fair share of scientific skeptics. True science is subjected to rigorous experimentation, peer review, and reproduction of results. While absolute certainty is virtually impossible, scientific consensus should always be subject to being overturned by more advanced research, testing, and discovery.

    A contemporary example of the diminishing role of science in public policy can be found in the ongoing climate change debate. While some believe that the threat of global warming is a hoax perpetuated to attack the free market and industrial society and keep fossil fuels in the ground, most scientists believe that human activity is the dominant cause. The “debate” over science extends to mining, forestry, water use, medicine, and many other policy spheres.

    When taxpayer dollars are at stake, should the scientific research process be under more intense scrutiny in setting public policy? Should politics be allowed to stifle, or at least shape, scientific consensus? Is the role of science in public policy paramount in decision-making? And, what about the precautionary principal – should the lack of reliable scientific knowledge hold back developments in environmental, public health, food, and other potential advances?

    Speakers Include:

    • Senator Thomas Saviello, Chair, Environmental & Natural Resources Committee – Maine State Senate
    • Michael Halpern, Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy – Union of Concerned Scientists
    • James Houle, Program Director – University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center
    • Taryn Hallweaver, Climate Project Director – Maine People’s Alliance

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

    • Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    • TBD

    Sustainability in Maine's Tourism Industry

    Tourism revenue in Maine reached a record $5.65 billion in 2015, a 3.2 increase over the previous year (Maine Office of Tourism), with a total economic impact of more than $8 billion and 99,000 supported jobs. Since a clean environment is key to Maine’s tourism “brand,” more businesses are reducing energy and water use; generating less waste and increasing composting; using less toxic products; and buying local food.

    As climate change, environmental toxicity, and water pollution concerns intensify, Maine citizens and visitors alike will be increasingly seeking shelter and sustenance from hotels and restaurants with sustainability programs, renewable resources, and local farm-to-table ingredients. These efforts are becoming more visible in tourism marketing materials and travel packages are being built around Maine’s outdoor woods, water, and winter activities.

    This forum is intended to amplify Maine’s sustainable tourism message and highlight Maine businesses’ innovative approaches to sustainable management practices, from using solar and wind for hotel and inn heating and electricity, to serving sustainable fish in restaurants, to preserving lands and forests for wildlife engagement and enjoyment.

    Speakers and location coming soon, stay tuned!

    Thank you to our sponsors!

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Past events

Thursday, April 14, 2016 Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection- "Taking" Care of Business
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Cleantech Open 2016 Maine Kick-off and Networking Reception
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Don't Make a Scene, Man! Scenic Impacts of Development
Friday, March 11, 2016 New England Clean Energy Procurement – Maine Transmission Proposals
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Winter Waterfront Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Solar Energy in Maine- Where the Sun Does Shine!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Any Fin is Possible - Scaling Up Maine's Aquaculture Industry: E2Tech Forum & Holiday Reception
Thursday, November 19, 2015 E2Tech 2015 Annual Meeting & Forum: Risky Business: Floods, Fatalities, and Fear
Thursday, October 01, 2015 E2Tech Expo
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 "And" Then... Environmental & Energy Legislative Update 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015 State of the Environment – Maine DEP Commissioner & Bureau Chiefs
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Energy Storage: Saving for a (Renewable) Rainy Day
Friday, June 12, 2015 Wicked Cool Networking Mixer at Wicked Joe Coffee
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry + Biobased Maine
Thursday, April 30, 2015 "Current" Events in Stormwater
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Renewable Energy Incentives: Investment or Entitlement?
Monday, March 16, 2015 Cleantech Open 2015 launches in Maine
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Hydropower: A Dam Good Forum
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Portland Greendrinks
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Free Webinar: Opportunities in Mexico for Maine Environmental and Energy Companies
Friday, January 23, 2015 Worker Training & Internship Briefing
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Maine's Energy Policy 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Holiday Networking Event
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Ocean Acidification Forum
Friday, December 12, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, November 20, 2014 E2Tech Annual Meeting - Extreme Makeover: Environmental Remediation Edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Organics & Residuals Separation and Processing in the Solid Waste Stream
Friday, September 12, 2014 Heat of the Moment: Plans from State Officials, Energy Companies, and Maine's Next Governor
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Energy, Cleantech, & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Summer Networking Event at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Thursday, June 26, 2014 The Solid Waste Hierarchy: Waste-to-Energy & the Brighter Side of Landfills
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Navigating the Northeastern Cleantech Cluster Through Wind, Water & Woods
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Energy, Environmental & Economic Policy in an Election Year
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Take a Load Off: Distributed Generation and Microgrids
Monday, March 24, 2014 Cleantech Open Northeast: Maine Info Session & Networking
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Regional Electric Grid & Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Reinventing Maine's Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Industries
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Maine's Offshore Wind Project Update
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Brunswick Landing- Accelerating an Innovative & Renewable Future
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Maine's Petroleum Market-Economics, Technology & Transportation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine's Plants to Products Forum
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Maine's Environmental Policy Update
Friday, September 13, 2013 Perfect Pitch-Accelerating Success Workshop
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Maine's New Energy Policy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Sustainable Food Production in Maine: A Four-Course Primer
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 The Maine Drain: Stormwater Management Strategies and Solutions
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Building & Growing the Clean Tech Sector
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 17, 2013 The Friendly Shark Tank: Financial Resources for Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Thursday, December 13, 2012 In the Loop - Geothermal Energy in Maine's Homes & Businesses
Thursday, November 15, 2012 E2Tech Annual Meeting: Celebrating Member Success Stories
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles: Reducing Maine's Oil Dependence
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 13, 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Debate
Thursday, June 21, 2012 June 21st Forum - Tidal Energy & Maine’s International Growth Opportunity
Thursday, June 07, 2012 E2Tech Networking Evening
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 21st Century Maine: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder
Thursday, May 17, 2012 May 17th Forum - Sustainable Buildings & Site Development Trends in Maine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 April 10th Forum - UMAINE: Clean Tech Innovation Partner
Thursday, March 29, 2012 March 29th Networking Evening
Thursday, March 15, 2012 March 15th Forum - 2012 ME Environmental & Energy Policy (Augusta)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Feb 16th Forum - E2Tech Myth Busters
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Clean Tech Collaborative
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Jan 19th Forum - Financing Maine's Clean Tech Sector
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Dec 15th Forum - Efficiency Maine: A Track Record of Success & the Road Ahead
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Nov 15th - Building Maine's Clean Tech Corridor
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Nov 3rd Event - Explore Brunswick's Future Renewable Energy Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Oct 26th Forum - Maine's Evolving Wind Energy Resource
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Oct 20th Forum - Restoring Urban Impaired Streams in Maine
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