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UMFK to host environmental speaker from the Maine DEP

November 2, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host environmental speaker Carole Cifrino on Friday, November 16 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. She will speak on “Achieving Environmental Protection through Product Stewardship.” 

The presentation is part of  the Environmental Speaker Series on campus. The event is free. Refreshments will be provided.  

Cifrino is an environmental specialist for the division of solid waste management at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). She also is coordinator of DEP’s solid waste product management programs, which include:  the lead & asbestos hazard prevention program; the mercury products labeling; notification and recycling program, and the e-waste recycling program.  

Cifrino has worked for DEP for 18 years.  She was principal staff in the development of Maine’s plan for the collection and recycling of household computer monitors and televisions.    

She recently presented a report to the state Legislature on cell phone recycling in Maine, and currently is overseeing implementation of a state law requiring manufactures to pay a $5 incentive for each mercury thermostat returned for recycling. 

Prior to her current duties, Cifrino worked as project manager on several commercial, industrial and municipal landfills for the solid waste facility licensing and enforcement program at DEP. 

She also has professional experience in hazardous waste site clean up, landscape design & construction, and residential energy auditing.    

The event is open to the public, students, faculty and staff. For more information, please call Don Eno at UMFK, 834-7835.