Sharon S. Tisher
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Tisher teaches environmental law and energy policy courses, as well as courses in the Honors College “great books” curriculum. Prior to joining the University of Maine in 1994, she was a trial partner in the Connecticut law firm of Day, Berry and Howard. She has served as chair of the boards of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and directed MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee for ten years, focusing on stricter regulation of genetically engineered crops and genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling, and pesticide notification and reduction policies. She served for seven years as a member of the Steering Committee of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, advocating for stricter national and state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. She has served on the Governor’s Task Force to Promote Safer Chemicals in Consumer Products, on the Maine Commission to Study Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, and on a variety of advisory committees to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. She has given testimony in regulatory and legislative hearings related to Constitutional takings law, GMO regulation and labeling, pesticides regulation, and safer chemicals regulation. She is currently primarily involved in advocacy for sounder climate policy. In connection with a course on climate policy, she has developed a 40 page color-coded chronology tracking developments in climate science, international policy, and U.S. policy over the last century. She is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and delivers the current iteration of Gore’s Nobel Prize-winning slide show, supplemented with her own materials, at venues throughout Maine.
Explains the challenge in understanding and assessing the impact of industrial and technological activities on the planet’s climate and ecosystems, as well as responding effectively to the threats posed by that impact. Gives new insights into where we have been, where we are now, and where we may be headed in this formidable endeavor.
Urges action in Congress to address the problem of climate change, and stems from interviews with Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree regarding their climate-related initiatives in 2015.