July 31, 2013

Sustain Wayne to feature talk on colleges divesting from fossil-fuel companies

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WAYNE — A pair of Maine environmentalists who want to get colleges and universities to divest their money from fossil-fuel related companies are scheduled to speak Sunday about their work at an event hosted by Sustain Wayne.

Damariscotta native Chloe Maxmin, a 20-year-old Harvard College student who has garnered national attention for her work as co-coordinator for Divest Harvard, and Unity College President Stephen Mulkey, who helped lead the effort to become the first college in the nation to divest its fossil fuel investments, are set to speak at 4:30 p.m. Sunday the Ladd Recreation Center at 26 Gott Road.

The session is free and open to the public.

“Their efforts are part of a growing movement around the world by students at colleges and universities who see their school’s investment in carbon-heavy assets as conflicting with the mission of education and the well being of future generations,” Sustain Wayne Director Margot Gyorgy said in a release.

Maxmin will share her experiences as an environmental activists, from starting Climate Action Club at Lincoln Academy, where she attended high school, to her work at Harvard and creating First Here, Then Everywhere, a network for young environmentalists. Maxmin was listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s New Green Heroes.

Mulkey, a trained biologist, led the Unity College board to agree to become the first college in the nation to divest of fossil fuel assets. Only three others, including College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, have followed suit.

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