Decorations and lights adorn the streets, snowflakes are starting to flutter, and the nights are getting longer...December is here again! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and hope you have a wonderful end to your 2012. May the news and events below will bring you some additional cheer at this festive time of year.
|From craft projects to sleds to green home goods, there's something for everyone on your shopping list...even those hard-to-buy-for men and your favorite furry, four-legged friends. Save with great offers from some of our favorite local Maine businesses. That's what we call a win-win! Check out our Gift Guide here.
Consignment Shopping & Charitable Giving
It probably won't surprise you to hear that we are big fans of consignment and resale stores. Consignment shopping is a sustainable way to shop, helps to cut back on the amount of unwanted items that end up in the trash, gives new life to your "gently used" items, supports local economies, and saves shoppers money. And if that's not enough reason to love them, some consignment stores are part of nonprofits, so your purchases help support charitable work in your community. This holiday season, consider buying clothes, toys, home goods, and other gifts for the people on your shopping list from a consignment or resale store - you'll find coupons for ten of them in your new SunriseGuide. Learn more.
| Meaningful and Sustainable Holidays|Love the holidays, but could do without all the waste? We've compiled a list of tips for making your holidays a little more meaningful and sustainable at the same time.. From hand crafted gift ideas to creative wrapping, click here to learn some tips for greening your holiday season.
| This Month's Expert Conversation|
with Jan Robinson from EcoHome Studio
After more than 20 years as an interior designer, Jan Robinson recently opened EcoHome Studio; a showroom featuring eco-friendly and affordable furniture and home decor for the public. Jan has joined us this month to talk a little bit about eco-friendly alternatives for home products and furniture and why it matters. Learn more.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Dahlia's Delights in Biddeford is now open for business! Stop in at 137 Main Street (with your 2013 SunriseGuide coupon!) for some yummy vegetarian and vegan fare.
Congratulations to Rosemont Market for winning Portland Development Corp.'s Small Business of the Year Award for their significant economic contributions and impact, and building a strong sense of community! Learn more.
Gorham Bike & Ski has started offering indoor spinning classes for the winter, to keep all you cyclists riding! Learn more.
For the four weeks leading up to Christmas, Horny Toad will be donating 20% of all purchases to a different nonprofit every week! Learn more.
ReVision Energy just completed their installation of the largest solar array in Maine - 700 solar panels at Thomas College! Learn more.
Every Thursday and Saturday from 6-8pm, Savory Maine in Damariscotta will feature the live music of various musicians from around the midcoast. Learn more.
Give the Gift of Sustainable Savings!
The SunriseGuide makes a great gift for just about anyone on your holiday list; introducing people to the best of what's healthy, local and green in Maine, while helping them save money. With hundreds of valuable offers, it's truly the gift that keeps on giving all year. Click here to learn where you find them in your area, or visit our Gift Guide to enjoy our "buy three books, get FREE shipping" offer!
Employee & client gifts
Ask us about our corporate gift program. Save 20-50% when you order ten books or more...and we can even customize your books with your company logo!
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
In addition to all the events listed below (and many more on our website), there are a ton of holiday theater, dance and music performances throughout Maine this month. Click here for a list!
Outlook for Maine's Environment in 2013
Dec. 6, 12pm, Portland City Hall, Portland
Rachel Carson Celebration & Panel Discussion
Dec. 6, 7:15-9pm, Portland Public Library, Portland and broadcast at the York Public Library
"Betting the Farm" Documentary Screening
Dec. 7, 7-9pm, Waynflete School, Portland
Wassailing for Wildlife
Dec. 11, 4-5:30pm, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells
Dec. 11, 5:30-8pm, The State Theater, Portland
OneTable Midcoast Energy Forum
Dec. 12, 5:30-7pm, The Boathouse, Belfast
Geothermal Energy in Maine's Homes and Businesses
Dec. 13, 7:15-9:30am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland
Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 15, 4:30pm, Casco Bay, Portland
Winter Hiking Workshop
Dec. 17, 6-9pm, Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center, Falmouth
Rockland Green Drinks
Dec. 20, 5-7pm, Amalfi on the Water, RocklandFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
|Save the Date|
5th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash
Dec. 31, 10am-1pm, East End Beach, Portland
Beginning Women Farmers Class
Jan. 6, KVCOG, Fairfield
2013 Maine Agricultural Trades Show
Jan. 8-10, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
Butcher & Cure Workshop
Jan. 19 & 20, 10am-5pm, Public Market House, PortlandHave a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.