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Live Broadcast from Europe

January 17, 2011


Fritz Wochinger

The Environmental Studies Speaker Series committee and the Center for Rural Sustainable Development office would like to invite all UMFK faculty, staff and members of the public to a live broadcast presentation, entitled “Sustainable Energy Perspectives for the Upper St. John Valley,” from Europe by Fritz Wochinger. The broadcast will be held in Nadeau Hall teleconference room on Wednesday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. The presentation is free.

Fritz is a graduate student from Aalborg University in Denmark currently working on his Master’s thesis. He worked as an intern for CRSD and the Town of Fort Kent during the fall of 2010. His goal was to develop sound solutions based on broad investigation and evaluation of the region’s current energy situation and the potential to develop a sustainable regional energy system. Fritz will share the results of his findings on the various options for meeting regional energy demands. 
“The Town of Fort Kent partnered with the University of Maine’s Center for Rural Sustainable Development to develop an energy usage model for the community and surrounding areas. The town worked with Mr. Fritz Wochinger to derive and provide useful demographic data, information regarding the town’s infrastructure, and information on renewable resources in the area. The town is hopeful that the results from the model will be instructive in developing a long term energy plan for the community, noted John Bannen, Town of Fort Kent’s director of office of planning and economic development.
The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.
For more information on the presentation or the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Steven Selva at (207) 834-7617 or by e-mail at: