Laurie will be a voice for the LGBTQ community in the Maine State House
Laurie Osher is a Town Councilor and business owner.
Laurie studied Soil Science and International Agricultural Development at Cornell and then worked with the SCS (now the NRCS) mapping coastal plain soils. For her MS (NCState) research she studied soils in the Amazon Basin of Peru. She worked for the USDA Forest Service in AK, CO, & CA. For her PhD (UCBerkeley), she researched the role of soils in storing Carbon with the goal of informing policy makers about ways to use land management to lower atmospheric CO2 concentrations.
She moved to Orono in 1999 to work as a research and teaching faculty member at UMaine. In her 20 years as a soil/land use/carbon sequestration specialist there was no action by state or federal legislatures to create policies to incentivise carbon sequestration. She launched her building energy efficiency business to assist individuals to lower their own carbon footprint and served as the President of Maine Interfaith Power and Light, an organization with the mission to energize members of faith communities to address climate change.
Laurie is an advocate for civil rights and social justice. She has served as a citizen advocate at the ME state legislature on many issues, including marriage equality, raising the minimum wage, services for adults with disabilities, earned sick leave, expanding healthcare, and providing funds for building energy efficiency.