It's February, which means that winter is more or less half-way over! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day: which means only six more weeks of winter. Whether you are a fan of the white stuff or not, February is full of promise. The days are gradually getting longer, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner we have the perfect opportunity to show some love. Here at the SunriseGuide, we've been thinking about how much we love Maine even during these wintry days of February. Here's a (brief) list of some of the things we love: waking up to a brilliant blue sky the morning after a fierce snowstorm, cross-country skiing out the front door, and catching up on reading and knitting and other cozy indoor pursuits. What would you add to our list? We hope you are enjoying the snow!
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| Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen!|
A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries
Are you a fresh food fanatic? Are you looking for ways to show your love to local farms and fisheries? At the CSA Fair on Sunday, February 27 from 1-3 PM at locations statewide, you can meet the folks who produce our food, buy a share in a local farm (or fishery's) weekly harvest, and share
the joy of the fresh and seasonal with your neighbors! Sponsored by MOFGA
, the events are free and open to the public, with food tasting and live music. Visit our events page
for a full list of locations.
| Starting and Maintaining a Green Team for Your Company|The SunriseGuide
partners with Maine Businesses for Sustainability
to bring you the next Green Tea Breakfast
program tomorrow! Join Jay Friedlander and green team representatives from area businesses for an interactive discussion about ways to tackle the challenges of creating and driving a green team. Share strategies and successes while networking with green team members at other companies and discovering local business resources to help you be more green at your company. Tasty treats from Coffee By Design and Rosemont Market will be provided! Registration
is $10 for MBS members and SunriseGuide advertisers, $25 for all others.
What: Green Team Workshop & Sustainability Fair
When: Wednesday, February 9, 7:30 - 11:00 amWhere: IDEXX Laboratories, 1 IDEXX Drive, Westbrook
Made With the Wind
Businesses Show Their Commitment
to Sustainability with New WindMade Label
As conscious consumers
, we ask a lot of questions about the products we buy. But there's an important question that is often overlooked: Was this product made using clean energy? A lot goes into creating and distributing the products we use in our lives. It's now standard practice to look for the labels on packaging to find out if our soap or new t-shirt is made with recycled, organic, animal friendly, or fair trade materials. The new WindMade
logo helps consumers know quickly which products were made with wind power. Look for the logo and use your consumer power to promote sustainability!
| Love Your Community? Grants for Local Activism Help You Show It|
The Maine State Planning Office is offering grants to Maine communities of up to $500 to support public outreach for Maine municipal recycling programs. Download the application and send it to the State Planning Office by March 11.
If you're part of a grassroots organization that focuses on making your community a just, safe, healthy, and more sustainable place, apply for a grant of $500 to $2,500 through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund
. Applications for this great opportunity are accepted on a rolling basis, with deadlines of February 15 and September 15.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Evergreen Home Performance
won Sierra Club Maine's 2010 award for Business Leader for the Environment! The award honors the Rockland business for their outstanding commitment to energy efficient Maine homes.
Way to go Evergreen!
Portland Trails offers free snowshoe rentals this winter for members. Get out there and explore the scenic beauty of Greater Portland's 50-mile network of trails!Baxter Brewing Company
of Lewiston has introduced their first canned brews to a store near you! Look for the Pamola Xtra Pale and the Stowaway IPA throughout the state of Maine.
Roots, Coops & More in Augusta is hosting a Name That Coop Contest! Enter your brilliant idea to win your own mid-size coop kit!
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
Included below, you'll find a sampling from the complete event list on our website. Consider it an appetizer. For a complete list of local events, please click here
.Maine State Legislature's Environmental Protection Listening Sessions2/9
, South Portland; 2/10
, Bangor; 2/14
, AugustaEnergy Efficiency Workshop February 9
, City of Bath Council Chambers; February 16
, Curtis Memorial Library in BrunswickValentine's Day Collage Card WorkshopFebruary 10
, 6-7:30 pm, F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies, BrunswickPechaKucha Night Midcoast MaineFebruary 11
, doors at 6 pm, program at 7 pm, Watts Hall, ThomastonJoycott!February 12
, All day, Portland Public Market HouseFull Moon Sculpture TourFebruary 17
, 5:30 pm, Gilsland Farm Audobon Center, FalmouthMeet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and FisheriesFebruary 27
, 1-3 pm, CSA Fairs statewideFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
|Save the Date|Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar HivesMarch 5-6
, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, The Morris Farm, WiscassetSustainability & the Arts: A Focus on the Creative Economy March 10
, 7:30-9:00 am, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, PortlandLasagna GardeningMarch 26
, 9 am - 12 pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, FreeportCitizen's Action DayApril 5
, 8:30 am - 2 pm, Natural Resources Council of Maine headquarters, AugustaHave a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.
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