Maine is Creating Clean Green Jobs…Lots of them!

By admin | Aug 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Did you hear the latest on the ‘Clean’ Green Economy in Maine?  It’s pretty exciting! Here’s the gist: the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan research institute, found Maine created more clean jobs than the national rate. (4% compared to the nation’s 3.4%). Exactly how many since 2003? Oh, just 12,000. That’s ENORMOUS and encouraging. In my…

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Potatoes and green chemistry: More jobs, safer jobs

By admin | Jul 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

By John Newton and Anthony Zeli, Special to the BDN BANGOR DAILY NEWS | 07.10. 2011 A recent report published by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations, shows that Maine could either gain or lose hundreds of jobs over the next two decades depending on the path that our nation’s…

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Consortium explores bioplastics potential

By admin | Jul 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Goldfine Mainebiz staff writer MAINEBIZ | 02.22.11 A small group in Maine that is trying to turn potatoes and wood chips into plastics met for its first annual meeting last Friday to discuss its future. And while the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine is confident it is ushering in a new wave of sustainability…

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Two New Bioplastics Projects Put FBRI In A Lead

By admin | Jul 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

FOREST BIOPRODUCTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE | 01.28.2010 This opportunity to utilize biomass wood for polymers in leading consumer products is an important new strategic direction for our efforts at the University of Maine. The Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) is now active in two Sustainable Bioplastics projects in collaboration with consortia of private companies and academic collaborators…

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UMaine's Sustainable Bioplastics Initiative, exploring use of potato starch to make polylactic acid plastics

By admin | Jul 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

UMAINE TODAY | FALL 2009 Research by the University of Maine’s Sustainable Bioplastics Initiative continues in collaboration with the Bangor, Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center/Tides Center, which recently received a $500,000 Maine Technology Institute Cluster Initiative Award. This is the third part of a project that started with a seed grant to research the feasibility…

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