The Sunrise Guide - The coupon book for healthy and sustainable living
In this issue...
Maine Recycles Week
FREE Coupons
Midcoast Community Expo
MBS Fall Conference
Wild & Scenic Film Fest
Partner News
Give the Gift of Green
Sustainability Events
Save the Date


 November 2011 
Greetings! kids in autumn leaves

What percentage of your household waste do you recycle? Maine's statewide average recycling rate is 39%, slightly higher than the national average of 33.8%. While laudable, we've still got some work to reach our state's goal of recycling 50% of our waste. Read on to learn about resources for recycling in Maine. In addition, fall is full of great gatherings like the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and the MBS Fall Conference. We've got the scoop on these events and more. Read on and enjoy the last of the colorful fall leaves.
tin foil whale sculpture Maine Recycles Week, November 8th-15th
Celebrating 25 years of recycling in Maine

There are lots of reasons why recycling makes sense for both our checkbooks and the environment. Among them...
  • Less trash going to landfills means less cost to towns and taxpayers. 
  • Recycling means a reduced need to use virgin materials in new products, thus protecting our natural resources.  
  • And composting, a form of recycling, reduces our trash load while also creating a valuable soil amendment that we can use in our gardens.
  • Here are some more fun recycling facts
Maine's recycling rate has hovered at 39% for the past two years - but we've got a goal of 50%. Here are some ways you can help us all get there.

Photo caption: Kids at Kennebunkport elementary school created this life-sized whale out of aluminum foil salvaged from the dish line in the cafeteria.

This Month's FREE E-coupons

2011 Business and Community Expo Logo 2011 Midcoast Business & Community Expo
Sat., November 5, 10 am-4 pm, Mt. Ararat High School

Expanding on the popular Go Green Expo of recent years, this year's event has been expanded to encompass Health, Wellness, Innovation, Technology, Workforce, and Education categories as well. Activities include recycling of unused computer equipment, flu shots, and free tree saplings to the first 200 attendees. Admission is Free.

MBS Fall Conference features Diane Rehm & Gary Hirshberg
9am to 12pm, USM Abromson Community Center

Join Maine Businesses for Sustainability at  their Fall Conference, featuring guest speakers Diane Rehm, of NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, speaking on "Sustainability Trends in Current  Events"; and, Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, speaking on green  business trends and "How to Make Money & Save the World."
MEBS logo

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
November 5th, USM Hannaford Hall

Wild & Scenic Film FestivalJoin us for a night of entertainment featuring a cast of award winning short films. Get your tickets early - this event sells out! Doors open at 4 pm, films 5-7 pm. Read more.

SunriseGuide Partner News
Art Night Out Celebration
Artascope Studios in South Portland announces their FREE handmade holiday gift demos, Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-2pm through December! Also, keep an eye out for their new online shop coming soon!

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Sustainable Living Event Highlights 

Interior Storm Window Workshop
Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Damariscotta

November 2011 Green Eggs - Big Savings from Energy in Commercial Buildings: Learning from Leaders
Nov 2, 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, Falmouth

Juice Conference
Nov. 4-5, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Camden Opera House

MBS Fall Conference featuring Diane Rehm & Gary Hirshberg
Nov. 4, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, USM Abromson Community Center, Portland

First Friday Art Ride
Nov 4, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Portland

4th Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Nov. 5, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, USM Hannaford Hall, Portland

Symposium on Green Schools In Maine
Nov 10, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, Falmouth

Tour a Green School
Nov 10, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, various locations, Portland and Brunswick
Magic of Making Mozzarella
Nov 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CHRHS Rm 231, Rockport

Air Sealing Basics for Homeowners
Nov 10, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland

Community Thanksgiving Potluck at Morris Farm
Nov 17, 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Morris Farm, Wiscasset

Planning, Designing, and Building a Root Cellar
Dec 1, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, Belfast

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

Save the Date

Kitchen Licensing Workshop
Dec 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Hour Exchange Portland Holiday Bizarre Bazaar
Dec 10, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland

Eyes on Owls
Dec 10, 10:30 am to 4:15 pm, Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, Falmouth

2nd Annual Portland Brewer's Holiday Dash 5K
Dec 11, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland

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

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