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June 13 | Environment and Energy Updates

Join the University of Maine for their Maine Innovation Exchange on Thurs. June 13 from 11am - 5 pm at the IMRC center in Orono. The event is designed for businesses to learn about ways to innovate and grow their impact, register here!

Through the Future Sustainability Leaders Internship Program, the University of Maine and the Maine DEP (two E2Tech members) have been looking at coastal resilience and shoreline erosion. It's a nice example of how our members are helping build the workforce. E2Tech has been working with GEO and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships on the ReMaine internship program, and we are looking for a few more towns, non-profits, or firms to have an intern. Our interns earn about $5,000, and ReMaine covers half of the cost and all of the administrative overhead. 

Join Junior Achievement of Maine for JAM Fest, their annual celebration of volunteers, on Thurs. June 13 from 4:30-6:30 in Freeport. Register here to enjoy networking, celebrating volunteers and meeting the team (you do not have to be a volunteer to attend). In the coming decade, our state will be creating about 20,000 enviro and energy-related jobs, and JAM offers in-school programs around the state to introduce the next generation of Maine workers to careers in our sector.

Join the Roux Institute and held on June 20 from 5:15-9:30 pm for their Future Female Entrepreneurship Event! Register here to get expert advice on an entrepreneurship framework, business plan, and problem solving.

This week the Maine Technology Institute has approved a $50,000 award to an E2Tech member. It hasn't been publicly announced, so we can't share the name yet, but we're pleased to share that yet another member has been successful in securing financial support to enhance their enviro-related product line. The MTI application process is not complex, and their website provides examples of many projects that have been funded in the past.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has technical committees that set standards for many things including environmental management systems (ISO 14000) or energy management systems (ISO 50001). The UN Convention on Biodiversity was signed in 1992 (at the same event as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), and in 2020 ISO established a technical committee to produce standardization in the field of biodiversity so businesses and organizations can enhance their contribution to sustainable development. TC 331 has 41 countries as members (through their respective national standards organizations); 22 more are observers. For details on the initiative visit ISO/TC 331 - Biodiversity

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