Winter in Maine is time to hunker down, regroup, reflect and refresh. Maybe you're taking a class to learn a new skill or hobby, or just catching up on reading time. Whether your interest is making home a bit more comfortable this winter or getting out of the house to mix, mingle and learn a thing or two, you'll find plenty in this issue to pique your interest.
| Great Maine Outdoor Weekend|
March 2-4, 2012
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. The goal of the weekend is to connect Mainers with the natural world and to promote fun, physical activity & good health. Activities are taking place statewide and many are free and at an introductory level.
| This Month's Expert Conversation|
With Dana Fischer of Efficiency Maine
Baby, it's cold outside. If winter has got you thinking about making your home a little more comfortable, read on. We caught up with Dana Fischer of Efficiency Maine to learn a little more about Maine's energy efficiency goals and available resources to help homeowners pay for improvements. Read interview.
| CSA Fairs Statewide|
Once again, Maine will host a series of events organized to help us meet the farmers and fisherman who bring us our food and learn about the Community Supported Agriculture model, or CSA. Events
take place statewide Feb 24-26. Admission to the events is free. Farmers will bring products from their farms to sell in addition to their CSA shares. Light refreshments featuring local seasonal foods will be served.
| DEP is Resurrecting the Governor's Awards|
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is resurrecting the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
. The awards honor businesses, nonprofits and public entities that have demonstrated innovations in sustainability while investing in infrastructure and creating good jobs. They are given in six categories including four for businesses (various workforce sizes) and one each for nonprofits and public entities. Applications are due by Friday, February 17, 2012 and awards will be announced in late April.
| Mythbusters 2012|
An E2Tech Forum
takes on common myths and misconceptions we've all heard regarding environmental issues and gives us the science to set the record straight. It promises to be enlightening and informative, addressing myths such as "Making your house too airtight is dangerous--houses have to breathe," "Industrial chemicals can never be eco-friendly," and "Why recycle? There's no market for it." Myths are costly to business and consumers, while facts inform good decision-making and enable wise use of resources. Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:15-9:30am, Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland.
|SunriseGuide Partner News |
The Awake Collective has moved to a new location, at 222 St. John Street, in the old railroad building in Portland.
Summerfeet Cycling just launched a brand new human-powered bike tour. Guests will bike, hike, and paddle their way from Port Clyde to Bar Harbor, without ever needing to step foot in the transport van.
The brand new El Rayo Cantina has opened, next door to El Rayo in Portland. Yum!
We are sad to share the news that Bathras Market, the South Portland neighborhood grocer committed to sourcing local and natural foods, has closed citing stiff competition and challenges of seasonal fluctuations.
Rippling Waters Organic Farm has been given a challenge grant. If they raise $3000 by the end of March, it will be matched by an anonymous donor. Learn more here.
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
February GreendrinksFeb 7,
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Mariner's Church, PortlandFebruary GreenDinnerFeb 7,
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, The Salt Exchange, PortlandGood Night NatureFeb 7,
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Gilsland Farm, FalmouthNational Toboggan Championship CamdenFeb 10,
7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Camden Snow BowlRaw Food Fundamentals Course with Alissa CohenFeb 12,
10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Girl Gone Raw, PortlandBangor GreendrinksFeb 14,
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Bangor location TBDE2Tech Mythbusters ForumFeb 16,
7:15 am to 9:30 am, USM Wishcamper Center, PortlandPechaKucha NightFeb 17,
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, RockportCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) FairsFeb 24-26,
11:00 am to 6:00 pm, 11 Locations StatewideNew Farmer Workshop SeriesFeb 28,
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, USDA Service Center, LewistonFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
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