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FREE E-coupons
New Incentives & Rebates for Home Efficiency Upgrades
Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards
This Month's Expert Conversation
ecomaine School Recycling Grants
Raise Money for your School
Grants for Water Bottle Filling Stations
Your 2013 SunriseGuide Offers
No Impact Week
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date


October 2013
apple-pie.jpg The Harvest Moon, apple cider, homemade soup, sunny days and chilly nights, hand-knit scarves, root veggies, and beautiful foliage - what's not to love about October in Maine?! We hope you're enjoying the many things that make this such a glorious time of year.
This Month's FREE E-coupons
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FREE Winter Home Heating Energy Assessment from reVision heat

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New Incentives & Rebates for Home Efficiency Upgrades!

Efficiency Maine logoEfficiency Maine is rolling out a new suite of incentives to help Maine homeowners reduce heating costs and improve energy efficiency. Qualified homeowners can receive up to $1,500 toward the cost of qualifying energy upgrades to a home's insulation or heating system.  Homeowners may work with their contractor to develop a custom energy-saving project or may select from a menu of eligible measures. Learn more.


They are also offering $500 rebates for residential electric Heat Pumps that are installed between now and June 30, 2014. Click here for more details.

Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards
We're tickled pink that we've been nominated as a finalist for Portland Buy Local's "Environmental Hero" award. The voting is now underway to select the winner. Click here to cast your vote for that award and other "Best of Portland" categories. All winners will be announced at the Portland Buy Local's 6th Annual Indie Biz Awards on October 22nd at Space Gallery in Portland.
This Month's Expert Conversation
Wood Pellet Boilers, with Stefan Apse from reVision heat
With the air getting chillier and temperatures beginning to drop around Maine, it's a perfect time to start thinking about your home heating options for the winter. We recently caught up with pellet boiler specialist Stefan Apse from reVision heat to learn more about replacing your existing boiler (that runs on fossil fuels) with a sustainable and efficient wood pellet boiler. Learn more.
ecomaine School Recycling Grants
maine recycles logo ecomaine is currently offering grants up to $10,000 to help fund school recycling programs. The grant money can be used to start a new program or grow an existing one, and both public and private schools of any grade level are eligible. Schools must be sited in a municipality affiliated with ecomaine to be eligible, and grant requests can be for any amount (up to $10,000).  Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2013. Learn more.
Raise Money for your School with the SunriseGuide
Did you know we offer fundraisers for local schools that produce high returns and involve a valuable Maine-made product that you can feel good about selling? It's a great way to raise big bucks for sports teams, environmental groups, student clubs, special trips & projects, high school classes, and more! Sign up for a fall 2013 or spring 2014 fundraiser by October 18th, and your school group will earn $10 per book sold...regardless of how many you sell. Learn more.
Grants Available for Water Bottle Filling Stations
The Portland Water District (PWD) recently announced a grant program that offers free water bottle filling fountains to local entities. "Response to the water bottle filling fountains has been overwhelmingly positive," stated PWD Board President Guy Cote, "So we have created a progressive program to further encourage easy access to tap water within our community. This is a first, I am not aware of another water utility doing this." Grant applications are due October 31st. Learn more.
Your 2013 SunriseGuide Offers
2013 SunriseGuide Cover - Angled We know this is the time of year when you anxiously await the next edition of the will be here very soon. In the meantime, there are still 89 days left to take advantage of the many awesome offers in your 2013 SunriseGuide! That's three whole months to get seven free cups of coffee, take care of any home projects with help from six different hardware or building supply stores, enjoy FREE yoga at four different studios, ride the bus 31 times, shop at seven consignment stores, become a member of seven nonprofits, dine at 18 restaurants, get five massages, and so much more.
No Impact Week
No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance to see what a difference no-impact living can have on our quality of life. It's not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for us to test whether the modern "conveniences" we take for granted are actually making us happier or just eating away at our time and money. The Portland, Maine No Impact Week will take place on October 13th-20th, 2013. Learn more about how you can be involved.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Family-owned Harbor Fish just released a cookbook to celebrate their 47 years in business, filled with recipes and tips for buying, storing, and cooking seafood. Learn more


Heart of Biddeford recently announced they'll be sponsoring the "Main Street Challenge" again this year; a contest that offers an incentive package (valued at $20,000) for new businesses to open in downtown Biddeford...the same contest that brought Dahlia's Delights and Elements to the area last year! Learn more


Happy 20th Anniversary to Borealis Bread
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.


ecomaine 2013 Open House and Recycling Fair

Oct 5, 8:30-11:30am, ecomaine, Portland


Green Building Open House Tour

Oct 5, 10am, Various locations throughout Northern New England


Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta

Oct 5-13, Various locations, Damariscotta


Foody Food Swap

Oct 8, 5:30-7pm, Rising Tide Brewing Co., Portland


Fall Festival at Wolfe's Neck Farm

Oct 12, 9am-4pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


Halcyon Yarn's Annual Open House

Oct 12, 9am-4pm, Halcyon Yarn, Bath


Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage Harvest Party and Open House

Oct 13, 2-4pm, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, Belfast


Portland No Impact Week

Oct 13-20, Portland


Annual Plants to Products Forum: Growing Biobased Manufacturing Jobs in Rural Maine

Oct 17, 9:30am-4:30pm, Technology and Research Center, Old Town


Maine Made 2013: A Celebration of Maine Food, Artisans & Creativity

Oct 19, 10am-4pm, Samoset Resort, Rockport


Portland Trails Kids' Discovery Trek: Making Art with Nature

Oct 19, 10-11am, University Park Trail, Portland


Permaculture for Kids - A Networking Event

Oct 20, 10am, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


Sowing Seeds: Cold Season Gardening for Kids

Oct 22, 3pm, Children's Museum & Theater of Maine, Portland


Portland Buy Local's 6th Annual Indie Biz Awards

Oct 22, 6pm, SPACE, Portland


Green Building Tour: IDEXX

Oct 22, 11am-1pm, IDEXX, Westbrook


"Maine's Petroleum Market - Economics, Technology & Transportation" with E2Tech

Oct 24, 7:15-9am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland


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

Save the Date

MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

Nov 2-4, Point Lookout Resort, Northport


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Nov 9, 4pm, USM Abromson Center, Portland


Maine Harvest Festival: Celebrating Farm Fresh

Nov 16 & 17, 9am, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

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

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