We hope your holiday season was filled with joy, you've had a great start to the new year, and you're enjoying all the beauty winter has to offer. We have lots of exciting news and events to share with you in our first newsletter of 2013!
| The Crafting Craze in Maine|After attending some of the fabulous holiday sales last month and with winter hibernation mode setting in, you may find yourself catching the "I want to make really cool things too!" bug. If you find yourself coming down with this common affliction, have no fear - Maine provides a wealth of treatments. Learn more.
| Federal Tax Incentives for Home Energy Efficiency Projects|
The recent "Fiscal Cliff" deal included a federal tax credit for residential energy efficiency projects. A 2011 tax credit (that was discontinued after that year) has been reenacted, extended through the end of 2013. It has also been applied retroactively back to January 1, 2012. Therefore, home energy efficiency projects you completed last year (or undertake this year) may qualify for up to $500 in tax credit. Some of the included improvements: insulation, windows & doors, roofing, wood & pellet stoves, furnaces and water heaters that meet certain specifications. Learn more
| This Month's Expert Conversation|
with Ryan Link from 3Degrees and Maine Green Power
Ryan Link is the Director of Utility Partnerships for the eastern region with 3Degrees. 3Degrees provides green power and carbon offset products and services, including Maine's new 'Maine Green Power' program that allows Mainers to support renewable energy generated right here in Maine. Ryan talks about this new program and how Mainers can participate in the development of home-grown renewable energy. Click here for full article.
| Congratulations to our 2012 Giveaway Winner!|
Congratulations to Scott Harriman of Brunswick who just won a $500 gift certificate to Horny Toad in our 2012 SunriseGuide Giveaway Contest. Scott entered our giveaway by registering his 2012 copy of the guide.
Enter your 2013 copy today (see registration card in your guide) for a chance to win a getaway for two to the Craignair Inn in Spruce Head Maine!
|Rockland Church Receives National Recognition for Global Warming Efforts|
Congratulations to the First Universalist Church in Rockland for receiving recognition in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, a national organization mobilizing a religious response to global warming. The annual challenge gives religious congregations the opportunity to demonstrate the steps they're taking to save energy and respond to climate change. The First Universalist Church was the national winner in the category of "Engaging Congregants and Communities" for their efforts to help low-income Mainers cut heating costs. Learn more.
| Nominate Someone in your Community for their Eco-Excellence! |
ecomaine is now accepting nominations for their 2013 Eco-Excellence Awards. Nominees can be either individuals or businesses in your community that you feel should be thanked and recognized for their green actions and efforts. A winner will be selected from each municipality and recognized at an awards ceremony in March.
Nominations will be accepted between now and January 24th. Learn more.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree stopped into Holy Donut recently to pick up some donuts to bring back to Washington...because (as she said) "Donuts bring people together!"
The Pepperclub will start offering live music in January and is currently seeking local musicians to play. Contact the restaurant for more info.
In addition to selling biodiesel for your cars, Maine Standard Biofuels is now offering Bioheat® for home heating. Learn more.
Congratulations to the following businesses that elebrated their 10th anniversary in 2012: Ferdinand, True North, the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and Island Treasure Toys. We love having you all in our community!
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
The 72nd Annual Agricultural Trades Show
Jan 8-10, 9am, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
Film Showing & Discussion - Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life
Jan 10, 5:30-7:30pm, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium, Portland
It's a Wild Life Winter Film Series
Jan 11, 7pm, The Highlands Coffee House, Thomaston
Public Forum discussing Scarborough's Organic Management of Public Properties
Jan 14, 6:30pm, Scarborough Town Hall, Scarborough
Portland Local Food Networking Breakfast
Jan 15, 8:30am, Local Sprouts Café, Portland
Climate Adaptation for Local Governments Training
Jan 15-17, 9am-5pm, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells
Rockland Green Drinks
Jan 17, 5-7pm, Amalfi on the Water, Rockland
Living Downstream Film Screening
Jan 18, 7-9pm, York Public Library, York
Butcher and Cure Workshop
Jan 19-20, 10am-5pm, SMCC Culinary Arts Center, South Portland
5th Annual Maine Farmers' Market Convention
Jan 25 & 26, Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center, Lincolnville
Container Gardening TalkJan 29, 10am, Camden Public Library, CamdenFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
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