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SunriseGuide Releases November 18th!
This Month's Expert Conversation
The Truth About the Costmetics Industry
Home Efficiency Rebates & Incentives
EWG Releases New Dirty Dozen
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date


November 2013
Nov 2012 Greetings ImageAutumn is in full-swing here in Maine, as the leaves continue to fall, nighttime arrives earlier, and our scarves and wooly socks reemerge. We hope this finds you enjoying the abundant fall harvest and giving thanks for the many special things this month has to offer.
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The NEW SunriseGuide Releases November 18th!

We're excited to announce that the 2014 edition of the SunriseGuide releases November 18th. For veteran readers, you'll notice some exciting changes including a new vertical format, a "Kids" coupon section and more in-depth articles. The 2014 edition features great new offers from Vena's Fizz House, Beansprouts Childcare Center, RÍve Cycling, A Gathering of Stitches, Old House Parts, and Portland Flea-For-All (to name a few). Plus, you'll also find offers from many of the old friends that you've come to know and love. 


We love bringing you the best of what's healthy, local and green in Maine, while helping you save money at some of Maine's best businesses.


Do you know a school group or youth group that is looking for a fundraising partner this fall? Contact us to learn more about selling The SunriseGuide to raise money for your group. 

This Month's Expert Conversation
Solar PV with Suzan Elichaa from Solaris
Solar energy production has grown rapidly and exponentially over the last several years, providing residential and commercial buildings with a renewable, clean, and sustainable source of electricity. We recently caught up with Solaris owner Suzan Elichaa to learn more about the options available to Mainers who want to utilize this technology in their homes. Read our full conversation with her here.
The Truth About the Cosmetics Industry
While many consumers believe that all cosmetics on the market have been tested and deemed safe, this is unfortunately not true. Because of a law that dates back to 1938, the cosmetic manufacturers regulate themselves; and the 70,000+ cosmetic products sold today (many of which contain ingredients known to be harmful) are tested and determined to be safe by the companies that make the products. There are some basic tips you can follow to protect you and your family from harmful chemicals in these products. Click here to learn more. 
Home Efficiency Rebates & Incentives 
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Efficiency Maine is offering a 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 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. (And if you'd like to learn more about how heat pumps save green while treading a little more lightly on our planet, Efficiency Maine has put together this great informative video.)
EWG Releases New Dirty Dozen: Endocrine Disruptors
The folks who bring us the "Dirty Dozen" most pesticide-contaminated produce have just released a new list for consumers. This time, the Environmental Working Group is sharing the Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors. Learn all about the 12 worst hormone-altering chemicals (BPA, phthalates, mercury, flame retardants, and more); where you'll find them, how to avoid them, and why it's so important to limit your exposure to them. Learn more.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Congratulations to Mexicali Blues for recently being named Maine's "Retailer of the Year!" 


Shift logo We're sad to announce that Shift will be closing soon. They're currently having an "everything must go" sale, so there's still a little time left to stock up on your sustainable home goods needs and thank them for all they did for the local, green economy in Brunswick.


The Holy Donut's second location on Exchange Street in Portland is now open!


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Congratulations to GrandyOats for being named "Maine Food Producer of the Year!"



And congratulations to Rosemont Market & Bakery, Garbage to Garden, Coffee by Design, Running with Scissors, Portland Museum of Art, and all the other recent winners in Portland Buy Local's Indie Biz Awards! See the full list of winners here.

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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.


Sustain Southern Maine: Interactive Sustainability Event

Nov. 7, 1:30-6:30pm, North Dam Mill, Biddeford



Nov. 8 & 17, 10:30-11:30 am, Children's Museum & Theater of Maine, Portland


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Nov. 9, 4pm, USM Abromson Center, Portland


Portland Greendrinks

Nov. 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Old Mariner's Church, Portland


Slow Money Maine Day-Long Gathering

Nov. 14, 8:30am-4:30pm, UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast


The EPA's New Climate Change Standards: The Stakes for Maine

Nov. 14, 10:30am-12pm, SMCC, South Portland


Sustainable Heating to Save the Planet & Invigorate Our Community

Nov. 14, 6-7:30pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells


"Food As Medicine"

Nov. 16, 2:30-3:30pm, Patten Free Library, Bath


Maine Harvest Festival: Celebrating Farm Fresh

Nov. 16, 9am, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor


GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting

Nov. 20, 9am-5pm, Bates Mill Atrium, Lewiston


"Pioneers of Maine's Next Economy" with ReVision Energy

Nov. 20, 7-9am, The Clarion Hotel, Portland


"The Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development" with E2Tech

Nov. 21, 7:15-9:30am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland


Frozen Turkey Hunt

Nov. 23, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

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

Save the Date

5th Annual Picnic Holiday Sale

Dec. 15, 11am-6pm, The Portland Company Complex, Portland


4th Annual Portland Brewer's 5K Holiday Dash

Dec. 15, 11am-3pm, RiRa Irish Pub, Portland

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

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SunriseGuide is a resource for learning about, supporting, and living in a healthy and sustainable way in southern and coastal Maine. 

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