The Sunrise Guide - The coupon book for healthy and sustainable living
In this issue...
FREE e-coupons
Pledge an Act of Green for Earth Day
Back to Biking!
The Climate Needs YOU
How Do You Like Your e-News?
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date
 April 2011
Every Day is Earth Day


Though the arrival of April was announced this year by yet another snow storm, it really IS spring - no joke! April brings many things to be joyful about. For one, Earth Day is coming up: do you know how you'll celebrate this year? We've put together a huge list of statewide events to help. The weather is getting warmer, and that in itself is something to celebrate - but warm weather also means it's time to get back on those bikes to exercise the muscles you forgot you had while doing the climate a favor. Speaking of climate: read on for an awesome volunteer opportunity with the Signs of the Season Program, perfect for nature lovers like us! Now get out there and soak in the spring.

This Month's FREE E-coupons


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FREE one hour consultation & infrared heat loss scan from Evergreen Home Performance: $100 value  ReVision Energy Logo 


   FREE solar site evaluation from  

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FREE weekly support/education sessions when you enroll in FirstLine Therapy with Susan Fekety at TrueNorth: $75 value    

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$250 off any solar hot water or solar electric

system from Sundog Solar: $250 value   


Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day 2010This year the The Earth Day Network is advocating for A Billion Acts of Green. This effort has inspired over 50 million people so far to pledge an earth-friendly act. This could mean changing all the lightbulbs in your house, getting a home energy audit (the Evergreen Home Performance e-coupon could help with that!), planting a garden, or taking public transportation to work. Choose a pledge that makes sense for your lifestyle - every small act counts!

Read on for more information about Earth Day 2011.

Get Involved
Visit our Earth Day 2011 page for information on how you can add your voice to this year's local and national celebrations. If you're looking for a fun challenge (and a chance for you and your friends to win a pretty awesome prize!), follow this link: Earth Day Scavenger Hunt2

Local Events

Check out our Sustainable Living Event Highlights below, or visit our Earth Day events page for a comprehensive listing of Maine happenings. If you know of an event we've missed, e-mail us and we'll add it to our website!
Back to Biking!  cycling sunset
Statewide events pedal in the new cycling season

At the SunriseGuide we love our bicycles, and can't wait for the cycling season to start - it's almost here! We've found a bunch of great resources and events to inspire and inform you. Read on to learn more.

The Climate Needs YOU!

Become a volunteer with the Signs of the Seasons Maine Phenology Project


The monarch, one of the thirteen indicator species in Maine

A new program, coordinated by the UMaine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, needs community members like us to participate in the process of observing and recording seasonal changes. The phenology data we collect will help scientists to better understand the effects of local and global climate change.


Read on for more information about the Signs of the Seasons program and how YOU can get involved to make a difference in your community. 

How Do You Like Your e-News? 

Each month we seem to come up with
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A Woman Reading a Newspaper - Norman Garstin 1891

more and more newsworthy information to share with you. It's hard to whittle our e-newsletters down to the absolute most important bits. We've been thinking of splitting up our newsletter into two issues per month, so we can provide you with more information in more manageable chunks, as well as offer even more awesome e-coupons.

What do you think? You're one of our many readers, and your opinion is valuable. Please take our on-line survey and share your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

SunriseGuide Partner News

FW Horch LogoFred Horch of F.W. Horch is selling his Brunswick store to spend more time with family and pursue another dream, creating the perfect opportunity for an eco- and community-minded entrepreneur to step in... 
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New Beat Farm has changed locations! They can be found at 55 Morse Road, Knox, ME 04986. 207.382.3400

EventsSustainable 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.

The Green Home Lecture Series Continues

April 5 - May 3, Tuesdays 6-8 pm, ReVision Energy Showroom, Portland 


Grow Your Own Organic Garden

April 6, 6-9 pm, Locations statewide 


Exploring Faith & Sustainibility in an Age of Climate Change

April 9, Maple Hills Farm, Hallowell 


Great Maine Bike Swap - Portland  

April 10, 10 am - 2 pm, USM Sullivan Gymnasium, Portland


Food+Farm Series with SPACE Gallery and Cultivating Community

April 14-17, Portland  


Green Fair

April 16, 10 am - 4 pm, Plants Unlimited, Rockport

Wells Reserve Eco Day

April 16, 10 am - 3 pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Earth Week at Frontier Cafe+Cinema 

April 18-23, Brunswick

April 22, the Earth (and locations throughout Maine)

Urban Earth Day 

April 22, 11 am - 6 pm, Monument Square, Portland

Stop the Madness: The Attack on Maine's Environment

April 27, 7 - 8:30 pm, One Longfellow Square, Portland

5th Annual Organic Workshop

April 30 - May 1, O'Donal's Nurseries, Gorham

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

Save the Date

Great Maine Bike Swap - Orono  

May 1, 10 am - 2 pm, UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Orono
May 16-20, statewide

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

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