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Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen!
Starting a Green Team
Made With the Wind
Love Your Community?
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date

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 February 2011

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 snow heartsky 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 farmers marketthe 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.

green business 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 am
Where: IDEXX Laboratories, 1 IDEXX Drive, Westbrook
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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!

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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
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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.Portland Trails Logo 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 logoBaxter 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.

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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 Sessions
2/9, South Portland; 2/10, Bangor; 2/14, Augusta

Energy Efficiency Workshop
February 9, City of Bath Council Chambers; February 16, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick

Valentine's Day Collage Card Workshop
February 10, 6-7:30 pm, F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies, Brunswick

PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine
February 11, doors at 6 pm, program at 7 pm, Watts Hall, Thomaston

February 12, All day, Portland Public Market House

Full Moon Sculpture Tour
February 17, 5:30 pm, Gilsland Farm Audobon Center, Falmouth

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries
February 27, 1-3 pm, CSA Fairs statewide

For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.

Save the Date

Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
March 5-6, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, The Morris Farm, Wiscasset

Sustainability & the Arts: A Focus on the Creative Economy
March 10, 7:30-9:00 am, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland

Lasagna Gardening
March 26, 9 am - 12 pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport

Citizen's Action Day
April 5, 8:30 am - 2 pm, Natural Resources Council of Maine headquarters, Augusta

Have a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.

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