Conservation and Kegs: How Keeping Land Green is Good for Maine Breweries

Wednesday, September 27 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults

On Wednesday, September 27th, the Sustainability Series program, Conservation and Kegs: How Keeping Land Green is Good for Maine Breweries, will explore the role of Sebago Lake’s surrounding forest in our local beer economy. The event will be held at 6:00pm in the Rines Auditorium and will feature Paul Hunt and Laurel Jackson from the Portland Water District in conversation with Luke Truman from Allagash Brewing and Nathan Sanborn from Rising Tide Brewing.

Paul Hunt and Laurel Jackson of the Portland Water District will present information on our drinking water source, Sebago Lake, where they’ll speak about their new initiative to protect the land around the lake. The land around Sebago, the watershed, does incredible work as a natural filter that eliminates the need for a water treatment plant in our community and provides all of us with high quality water for drinking and for beer making.

Luke Truman and Nathan Sanborn will speak about the beer making process, how they use the water in their processes, and how the quality of Portland water impacts their product and their business. They’ll also discuss the individual sustainability practices of their breweries and some of the challenges that they’ve encountered.

After the presentations, the panelists will be in discussion, answering questions from each other and the audience. Please join us to learn more about the role of land conservation in water quality and its impact on our local economy.

Free and open to the public. There will be a beer tasting after the event for attendees 21+.

About the Speakers

Paul Hunt
Paul Hunt has been the Environmental Manager for the Portland Water District, Maine’s largest water and wastewater utility, since 1999. For the first five years, he thought his job was to protect Sebago Lake, the District’s source. Since then he has been working to protect both the lake AND the nearly 300,000 acres of forests that carpet the lake watershed since they are the critical first step in the treatment process. Paul has geology degrees from the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Oregon. He lives with his family in Cape Elizabeth and really does drink Sebago Lake water every day.

Laurel Jackson

As a Water Resources Specialist, Laurel’s duties revolve around the protection of Greater Portland’s drinking water source, Sebago Lake. She provides assistance to lakefront homeowners, conducts water quality monitoring, and participates in outreach efforts. She also manages PWD’s watershed land conservation program which helps area land trusts conserve land in the watershed. Forests act as a natural water filter, so keeping the watershed green is good for Sebago Lake. Laurel has a biology degree from the University of Southern Maine and has worked at the Portland Water District for eleven years.

Nathan Sanborn
Rising Tide’s beers are brewed by Nathan Sanborn, a Portland native. Prior to founding Rising Tide in 2010, Nathan spent more than a dozen years teaching himself about brewing, experimenting with creative recipes on his home-brewing system, and serving up his beers for feedback from friends and family. Nathan is fascinated by the science and the art of beer-making. He strives to create beers that are informed by traditional styles but with a creative, modern sensibility.
When he’s not brewing and selling beer, Nathan likes to ski, sail, cycle, and cook for friends and family.

Luke Truman

Luke Truman is the Manager of Facilities and Major Systems at Allagash Brewing Company as well as the Sustainability Lead. Luke is a member of the Craft Brewers Association’s Sustainability Subcommittee and spends much of his spare time as a climate activist in Portland, Maine.


About the Series
Sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series is a partnership between Portland Public Library and Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative and presents a diversity of speakers to share various aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. The monthly series is held on the 4th Wednesday* of the month in the Rines Auditorium of the Main Branch. Please join us as we engage in these critical issues and conversations.

(*schedule is subject to change when the date falls near a federal holiday. Please see the event calendar for actual dates:











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