Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park invites the public to celebrate environmental stewardship with former U.S. Senator, George Mitchell. A public presentation and outdoor reception begins at 4:00 p.m. at Rockefeller Hall on the Institute campus on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
“Senator Mitchell is renowned for his environmental and civic leadership, and is an engaging, dynamic speaker,” said Mark Berry, President & CEO of Schoodic Institute. “We are looking forward to his insights on the important work of sustaining environmental stewardship at this critically important time.”
Mitchell has had a remarkable career as a public servant and is highly and widely respected for his bipartisan leadership. He served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. In the Senate Mitchell served on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and Finance Committee. Among his many legislative accomplishments are leading the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act with new controls on acid rain toxins in 1990, authoring the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law, and principal roles in child care, low income housing, civil rights for the disabled, and higher education legislation.
Since retiring from the Senate, Mitchell has taken up a variety of positions in politics and business. He played a leading role in negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, being specifically appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995–2001) by President Clinton and as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009–2011) by President Obama. He was a primary architect of the 1996 Mitchell Principles and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and was the main investigator in two “Mitchell Reports,” one on the Arab–Israeli conflict (2001) and one on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball (2007).
Mitchell has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize among many other honors.
Senator Mitchell’s presentation will focus on environmental stewardship and civic engagement, topics closely related to Schoodic Institute’s mission. Three themes guide Schoodic Institute’s work, each of which is urgent and focused on addressing complex changes and critical needs for people and our environment: 1) understanding environmental change; 2) building science literacy and appreciation; and 3) supporting conservation and stewardship. The Institute is a national and local community catalyst for research and learning.
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