Document Type

Grant Application


Organizing Officer

Steve Kahl


Senator George J. Mitchell



Project Period


Event Location

Mitchell Center

Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

on Friday, October 6,2000 from 10 to 11am in the Maine center for the Arts, the University of Maine will honor the environmental achievements of Senator George J. Mitchell by re-dedicating the Water Research Institute in his name. For more than two decades Senator Mitchell has provided outspoken, national leadership on environmental issues, especially clean air and water. During his years in the Senate, Mitchell played key roles in such environmental legislation as the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Safe Drinking Water Acts. Well-known for his peace work in Ireland, Mitchell is one of Maine's most well-respected public figures as reflected in the demand for tickets for this event described below. The dedication ceremony of the new Mitchell Center will feature an environmental policy speech by the Senator with an introductory speech on the economy and the environment' by Governor Angus King. The themes of the event are: a) the importance of the environment and environmental legislation to the economy and quality of life, b) the role of the University in environmental research and educating the public about the environment, c) the contributions of George Mitchell in environmental legislation. Over 1200 tickets to the event have already been requested as of September 27. The attendees will include members of the University community, the general public, VIP invited guests, and a number of high school classes in the eastern and northern Maine. We have had requests for tickets from locations as distant as Fort Kent, Woodland, Damariscotta, Massachusetts, and Virginia. The event will broadcast live on Maine Public Television and Maine Public Radio.