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This Month's E-coupons
Celebrate Earth Day!
The "Walking School Bus Initiative"
Portland Children's Film Festival
NRCM's Earth Day Challenge for Kid Artists
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date


 April 2013
Greetings!  Spring Daffodils

With longer days, warmer weather, and Earth day happening in a couple weeks, April is looking to be a pretty great month. We hope the following exclusive offers from four local businesses and events happening throughout Maine will help make your first full month of spring even better!
This Month's FREE E-coupons

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Portland Symphony Orchestra logo20% off tickets to Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Totally Awesome '80s"



$25 off the 2013-4 school year application fee at Cheverus High School



$10 off your purchase of $50 or more at Mexicali Blues 



50% off a Day Spa Pass at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!

Even though we believe every day is Earth Day, the holiday on April 22nd is an opportunity for us to come together, celebrate, learn and inspire each other to reduce our impact on the environment all year long. We're dedicated to helping our readers and supporters live more sustainable lives in order to protect our planet, and hope you feel inspired by these tips and suggestions to take new green steps this year. In addition to these ways of celebrating Earth Day in your home and personal life, there are several events happening throughout Maine for you and your family to enjoy.


Earth Day Photo Scavenger Hunt!

We're happy to announce our Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! With this annual contest, you get to be an "Eco-Sleuth" and look for green items, like solar panels, community gardens, clotheslines, CFL lightbulbs and more! Here's how it works: Photograph examples of eco-items from our list that you find around your home and community, post your pictures to our Facebook page throughout April, and you could win a 4x4 raised cedar bed from Roots, Coops & More! Learn more.


The "Walking School Bus Initiative"

Bicycle Coalition of MaineThe Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a statewide partnership between the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation that promotes safe walking and bicycling routes for Maine's school children. Since the program began in 2005, they have worked with hundreds of Maine schools to create "walk & bike" activities and projects for students designed to increase outdoor activity, address childhood obesity, boost academic performance by increasing exercise, and decrease carbon emissions and air pollution. Learn more.


The "Walking School Bus Initiative" is a SRTS project that will be launching in two Portland schools this month, incorporating approximately 500 children. Students who live more than a mile from school will get off the bus to walk the final mile along a designated route with an adult volunteer. Read more about this new initiative.

The Portland Children's Film Festival, April 4-7
The 2nd Annual Portland Children's Film Festival is happening at various venues throughout the city from April 4-7. The Festival was created by parents and teachers from East End Community School, who wanted to bring community together, create and celebrate art, and provide people with a way to enjoy quality films that are appropriate for the whole family. Visit their website for more information and a full schedule of films.
NRCM's Earth Day Challenge for Kid Artists
In celebration of Earth Day, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is once again inviting elementary school students to create original images of a pollution-free world. All artwork will be featured on the NRCM website and considered for use as the t-shirt image for NRCM's annual 5k and kids' "fun run." Additionally, the Maine school that has the most participating students will receive a $100 gift card for art supplies. Learn more.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Whole Foods announced in March that they will require all their suppliers to list genetically-modified ingredients on their labels by 2018! Learn more.


GMRI The Gulf of Maine Research Institute recently launched the Sustainable Seafood Culinary Partners program for restaurants. Each Partner commits to sourcing at least 20% of their seafood items from the Gulf of Maine and setting sustainability goals. Learn more


Two more businesses are joining the solar power grid! Wells Reserve at Laudholm is installing solar panels on their Maine Coastal Ecology Center building and Aikido of Maine has started the process of powering their dojo with the sun. 



Happy Anniversary to Portland's Hammond Lumber (5th), ReVision Energy (10th), and Maine Island Trails Association (25th)! 
 ReVision Energy Logo  Maine Island Trail Assoc LOGO

Sustainable Living Event Highlights 
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the Local Events section on our website for even more events.

"Earth" Opening Reception and Costume Ball

Apr. 5, 5-8pm, Waterfall Arts, Belfast


20th Annual Maine Garden Day

Apr. 6, 7:30am-3pm, Lewiston High School, Lewiston


Vegetable Gardening Workshop - Gardening in Small Spaces

Apr. 7, 2-3pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick


Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Apr. 13, 9am-1pm, University of Southern Maine, Portland


Great Maine Bike Swaps

Apr. 14, 10am-2pm, University of Maine, Orono | Apr. 28, 10am-2pm, University of Southern Maine, Portland


Beach Clean-Up at Laudholm Farm

Apr. 18, 1:30-2:30pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells


Earth Day Clean-Up at Scarborough Marsh

Apr. 20, 9am-12pm, Maine Audubon Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough


Urban Runoff 5K & Green Neighbor Family Fest

Apr. 20, 9:30am-2pm, Deering High School, Portland


Earth Day Celebration Extravaganza

Apr. 20, 10am, Shift, Brunswick


Earth Day Clean-Up of Back Cove

Apr. 20, 10am-12pm, Back Cove, Portland


Earth Rite: An Interfaith Observance of Earth Day

Apr. 20, 4:15pm, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland


Earth Day Celebration at Inn by the Sea

Apr. 22, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth


Happy Trails: Big Bash and Silent Auction for Portland Trails

Apr. 26, 5:30-9pm, Portland Club, Portland


Feathers Over Freeport

Apr. 27, Bradbury Mountain, Pownal & Apr. 28, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport


For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.

Save the Date

Kennebunk's May Day Festival

May 4, Downtown Kennebunk


Food and Climate Change: Global Challenges and Maine Responses

May 4, 9am-5pm, First Congregational Church, Camden


Renewable Energy & Efficiency Fair

May 4, 10am-4pm, SMCC, South Portland


Maine Yoga Fest

Jul. 13-14, East End Community School, Portland

Have a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.

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