EPA Region 1 Tribal Environmental Conference

By Bevin P. Engelward

MIT Superfund Program Director

Community Engagement Core leader Dr. Kathleen Vandiver and Research Translation Core leader Dr. Jennifer Kay attended the EPA Region 1 Tribal Environmental Conference in Jackman, ME on October 31-November 1, 2018. Goals of the visit included gaining an improved understanding of tribal environmental concerns, listening to tribal perspectives and histories, and learning about the future of New England climate, ecology, and environmental hazards. Drs. Vandiver and Kay spoke with a variety of New England tribal members as well as representatives from the EPA, NOAA, and UMass Amherst, learning a great deal about the state of New England’s tribal lands. The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township hosted the event, and they graciously opened their maple sugaring facility for the conference attendees to tour, sharing one of their successful environmentally sustainable economic ventures.