Whether you love to play in the snow or not, we all tend to spend a bit more time indoors (with the windows shut) this time of year. So we shift our focus this month to some elements that have an impact on indoor air quality -home furnishings--and some things we can do to keep our air as healthy as possible. And because we know that near-zero temperatures don't stop Mainers, you'll also find an abundance of events this month throughout the state.
(And be sure to check out our e-coupons this month for some sweet ideas for your sweetie...or yourself!)
|This Month's FREE E-coupons|
Click on the logos below to print this month's exclusive offers.
20% off tickets to the Portland Symphony Orchestra's "A Night at the Movies"
50% off a spa day pass at the Spa at The Portland Regency Hotel
your purchase of $25 or more at any Goodwill store
Get two FREE truffles when you purchase the SunriseGuide at Dean'sSweets
|This Month's Expert Conversation|
with Michael Earnheart from The Clean Bedroom
The Clean Bedroom is an independent retailer of organic mattresses and bedding. Their focus is to help people make informed purchase decisions as they create a sustainable, green bedroom and organic nursery. They have showrooms in seven states, with one in Kittery and one at Furniturea in Portland. Learn more about what they offer and why you may want to consider greener options in your bedroom.
| Houseplants for Indoor Air Quality|Using an air purifier is not the only way to improve the air quality in your home. Houseplants are a natural, inexpensive and beautiful way to clean the air of common toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Learn more about which plants have the skills for the job!
|"Musings from the Floor: My Experience with an Off-Gassing Couch"|
by Heather Chandler, Owner & Publisher of the SunriseGuide
Over the years, we've provided readers with information about indoor air quality, ways to green your home, and why it's important to consider "nontoxic" options when shopping. Recently, Heather had these important lessons reinforced as she learned first-hand how purchasing a couch could affect both her short-term and long-term health. Read more.
| Efficiency Maine Adds More Household Appliances to Its Rebate Program!|Efficiency Maine works with retailers throughout the state to provide homeowners with rebates and reduced prices on energy efficient appliances and lights. High efficiency electric water heaters, and Energy Star® certified room air conditioners, room air purifiers, and freezers have recently been added to the list of residential appliances that could earn you up to $300 in rebates! Learn more.
|Like Our GHM Page on Facebook!
Although it may feel like summer is a ways off, we have already begun working on the 2nd annual Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide. Part magazine-with inspiring stories and local profiles-and part travel guide, Green & Healthy Maine provides a vehicle to connect Maine visitors with the many green gems of our state.
To officially kick-off the 2013 edition of this publication, we've created a new Facebook page! Please take a second to "like" it if you're a fan of the magazine and if you want to be kept in the loop about info and events of interest to green and healthy travelers in Vacationland! Know a business that might like to be included? Please let us know.
| Upcoming CSA Fairs around Maine|
Meet your farmers and fishermen and learn about your many choices for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Fisheries in Maine at the CSA Fairs! Events will take place at the following locations:
Auburn: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street | February 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm
Augusta: Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street | March 1st, 1-5pm
Bangor: Unitarian Universalist Society, 120 Park Street | March 2nd, 2-5pm
Belfast: Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street | March 3rd, 1-3pm
Hallowell: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 20 Union Street | March 3rd, 1-4pm
Newcastle: Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill | March 2nd, 5-7pm
Norway: Fare Share Commons, 443 Main Street | March 2nd, 10am-2pm
Portland: Woodford Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street | March 3rd, 1-4pm
Rockland: First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway | March 3rd, 1-3pm
Waterville: Barrels Market, 74 Main Street | March 2nd, 11am-1pm
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Maine Standard Biofuels is teaming up with Garbage to Garden to launch the first ever Residential Fats and Oils Recycling Pickup Program! Click here to how you can turn your used cooking oil into biofuel.
Congratulations to Baxter Brewing Company, who celebrated just celebrated their 2nd Anniversary!
Green Clean Maine just added an all-electric, zero-emission car to their fleet and joined a widening group of Portland businesses to do so, including ReVision Energy and Green Design Studio.
El Rayo Taqueria has started an English/Spanish Conversation Group for people who want to improve their skills in either language. Contact the restaurant for dates and times.
Elements in Biddeford is currently accepting donations of used books as it prepares to open its new café. Learn more.
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. For even more events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
Beers & Bikes, 5:30-7:30pm
Feb. 7, Seadog Brewing Co., Topsham | Feb. 12, Rivalries, Portland | Feb. 20, Bear Brew Pub, Orono | Feb. 28, Charlamagne's, Augusta | Mar. 5, Portland Pie, Scarborough
2013 Energy Efficiency & Indoor Air Quality Seminar
Feb. 9, 8am-4:30pm, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
Feb. 9, 10am, Skillins Greenhouses, Falmouth, Cumberland & Brunswick
Indoor Air Quality & Health
Feb. 11, 12-1pm, Camden Public Library, Camden
Gluten-free Cooking Class
Feb. 13, 5-7pm, Belfast Area High School, Belfast
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Feb. 15-18, Various Locations, Statewide
23rd Annual Maine Home, Remodeling & Gardening Show
Feb. 16 & 17, 10am-6pm, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland
Winter Wildlife Day
Feb. 21, 10am-2pm, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells
Rockland Green Drinks
Feb. 21, 5-7pm, Amalfi on the Water, Rockland
Introduction to Homescale Permaculture Gardens
Feb. 27, 6-8pm, Gray/New Gloucester High School, Gray
Building & Growing the Clean Tech ClusterFeb. 28, 7:15-9:30am, University of Southern Maine Wishcamper Center, PortlandFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
|Save the Date|
Portland Flower Show
Mar. 7-10, 10am-6pm, The Portland Company Complex, Portland
Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Mar. 21, 7:15am-12pm, Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
NRCM's Annual Citizen Action Day
Apr. 2, 9am-2pm, The State House, Augusta
20th Annual Maine Garden Day
Apr. 6, 7:30am-3pm, Lewiston High School, LewistonHave a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.