Is it winter, yet? We've had a taste, but it doesn't officially start until December 22nd. To add some pizazz to the darkening days, we are kicking off a new series on our website featuring interviews with local experts on sustainability topics. These interviews will also be introduced in our monthly newsletter. This month, we address the timely topic of indoor air quality.
Have a topic you'd like to see us cover in a future newsletter? Send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.
| Indoor Air Quality|
Q&A with two local experts
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in our homes is often many times more polluted than the air outside. And with the shorter days and colder temps of winter, we're spending a lot more time indoors with the windows closed tightly.
Many things can contribute to poor indoor air quality including building materials, mold
, radon and household cleaners
We are kicking off a new Expert Conversations series this month with two interviews that help us learn what we can do to prevent indoor air quality issues. Joe Walsh of Green Clean Maine talks about greener cleaning methods
and why we should pay attention to what's in our cleaning products (not to mention why dusting is about more than aesthetics), and Richard Burbank of Evergreen Home Performance introduces us to the topic of home performance
and how it encompasses a whole lot more than insulation. Full interviews can be found on our website.
And while we're at it, be sure to check out our top ten list of plants that can help clean the air
| Winter Farmers' Markets|
The outdoor farmers markets may have come to a close, but have no fear, the winter markets are here! We are fortunate in Maine to have had a great variety of winter markets come on the scene in the past few years. These weekly gatherings offer everything from winter crops and cold storage veggies to meats, cheeses, artisanal crafts and even music. Check these out for a start!
| The SunriseGuide Makes A Great Gift|
The SunriseGuide is truly the gift that keeps on giving. With 300 serious discounts to the best healthy, local & green businesses in Maine - plus a comprehensive collection of articles, tips and local resources for healthy & sustainable living in Maine, the SunriseGuide delivers a year full of smiles to your recipient. Find a local retailer
, order online
and ask us
about discounts for orders of 10 books or more. What a great way to say thank you to employees and clients!
| Holiday Haiku Contest|
It's time for our 2nd annual holiday haiku contest. Up for grabs - a FREE 2012 SunriseGuide, a $25 gift certificate to Bonobo, and a sassy stainless steel counter-top compost pail. To help get the creative juices flowing, here's last year's winning entry... "The red-nosed reindeer; gives the SunriseGuide this year; what holiday cheer." To enter, post your holiday haiku on our Facebook wall
. Including "The SunriseGuide" in your rhyme will increase the chances of winning big time. We'll pick a winner each week from now through Dec. 26. (That's three chances to win!) Good luck and remember 5-7-5.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Bathras Market in South Portland was recently certified as an Environmental Leader by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The Animal House, Damariscotta's source for healthy and natural pet supplies, has moved to the Coastal Marketplace shopping center across from Rising Tide Community Market.
Core3 Massage has a new website! Check it out at: www.core3massage.com
Apothecary by Design is celebrating 3 years with an anniversary sale. 20% off all nutraceuticals through December 15th.
Congratulations to the recent Juice Conference pitch contest winners! Evergreen Home Performance walked away with $25,000 in flexible debt financing and Turtle Love Co. won $5,000 cash/in-kind services.
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
December 2011 Green Eggs - Residential Deep Energy RetrofitsDec 7
, 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, FalmouthEyes on OwlsDec 10
, 10:30 am to 4:15 pm (3 sessions), Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, FalmouthInterior Storm Window WorkshopDec 10
, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Mid-Coast Energy Systems, DamariscottaSweetgrass Farm Holiday BazaarDec 10-11
, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Union3rd Annual Picnic Holiday SaleDec 11
, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Portland Company ComplexPortland Trading Post :: Monthly Swap EventDec 11
, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Portland location disclosed upon registrationBangor GreendrinksDec 13
, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Central Street Farmhouse, BangorGreendrinks Holiday FairDec 13
, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, State Theatre, PortlandVermicultureDec 13
, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Urban Farm Fermentory, PortlandE2Tech Forum on Efficiency Maine: Saving Energy in Homes and BusinessesDec 15
, 7:00 am to 9:30 am, USM Wishcamper Center, PortlandFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
|Save the Date|Permaculture (Not-to-be-Missed) Movie Night: GaslandJan 3
, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, UNE Blewett Hall, Portland2012 Maine Agricultural Trades ShowJan 10
, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Augusta Civic CenterMaking Financial Sense of Small and Medium Community Wind Projects: A Workshop to Help You Understand the EconomicsJan 11
, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, FreeportResidential Construction Training from the Maine Indoor Air Quality CouncilJan 12
, 7:30 am to 11:30 am, Ramada Inn, SacoHave a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.
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