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Furniture and Indoor Air Quality
Ways to Pay for Healthcare and Wellness Services
Plants that Clean the Air
The Many Benefits of Yoga
Climate Solutions: Expo, Rally & Summit
Raise Money for your School!
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date

 



 
January 2014
Greetings! 

As 2014 gets underway, our focus this month is a healthy start to the New Year. With information about improving your indoor air quality, creative and affordable ways to pay for healthcare, the health benefits of yoga, and some great events, we hope this newsletter helps you to kick off your month (and year) on a healthy note!

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Furniture and Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside our homes, and in some cases even more so? One of the primary sources of indoor air pollutants are home furnishings. This month we examine how building materials and home furnishings can affect air quality and subsequently our family's health. Learn tips for improving your indoor air quality, reducing exposures, and shopping for safe furniture. Learn more.

New Rules Help Get Flame Retardants Out of Furniture
Starting this month, a new national standard for flame retardants takes effect and manufacturers will no longer be required to treat upholstered furniture with the chemicals. Furniture can now be labeled as treated or not, to assist customers seeking items that are free of the chemicals. Learn more about the new standard. Maine-based Endicott Home has long been leader in providing furniture without flame retardants. They were the only sofa-makers to voluntarily remove the chemicals before the laws were changed, and they're still the only company that offers zero flame retardants in their standard construction.
Plants that Clean the Air
Did you know that houseplants are natural air purifiers? Not only do they improve the aesthetics of your home, but they also clean the air of common toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and tobacco smoke. Learn which houseplants are the best for air purifying here.
The Many Benefits of Yoga

The winter months can make exercising outdoors more challenging, making it a perfect time to develop an indoor exercise practice. Few forms of exercise provide as many benefits as yoga. Not only does it improve posture, flexibility, and joint health, but it also builds muscles and burns calories, decreases body fat and body pain, and supports the cardiovascular, neurological and immune systems...just about every bodily function is better with yoga. To learn about these benefits and many more, click here.

 

If you are interested in relaxing and rejuvenating after the busy holiday season, restorative yoga might be just the ticket. And if you're looking for a way to keep your kids active during these cold days, there are even yoga classes for children of all ages!
 
Creative & Affordable Ways to Pay for Healthcare and Wellness Services
The start of the new year is a great time renew our focus on health and wellness. If paying for healthcare and wellness services poses a challenge for you or someone you know, you may be interested to discover that there are many places throughout Maine that offer creative and affordable payment options to help you meet your health and wellness needs regardless of your financial situation. Learn more.
Climate Solutions: Expo, Rally & Summit
We're excited to be a sponsor for the Climate Solutions: Expo, Rally & Summit on March 12th. The expo is free and open to the public, and will feature exhibits and presentations on efficiency, adaptation planning, renewable energy, farming, fisheries, sustainably education, emergency management, and more. In addition, the summit will be a day-long working session to explore "what we should do together" through public policy. Learn more.
Raise Money for your School!
Do you know of a school or faith group that is looking to raise funds for a project in the New Year? Ask us how the SunriseGuide can help you fundraise for the Class of '14, sports teams, arts groups, Project Graduation, boosters, environmental clubs, special trips & projects, and more! Your group keeps $10 from each book sold. Choose a product you can feel good about selling, while earning big bucks for your school! Click here to learn more about these fundraising opportunities.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Rosemont Market logoRosemont Produce Company on Commercial Street in Portland is converting to a full market and grocery; just like the other three Rosemont locations.

 

Congratulations to Gold Star Honeybees for recently being named one of the "11 Cool Companies" by Green America's National Green Pages! (Look on page 25 here.)

 

Modern Vegan Meal Delivery and Pepperclub have created a tasty new partnership.  The Portland restaurant now cooks and boxes an average of 250 vegan meals per week, that Chris from Modern Vegan delivers. Learn more.  

 

Green Clean ME logo Congratulations to Green Clean Maine for winning the 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award in the Portland area market!

 

U.S. Green Building Council logo Happy 10th Anniversary to U.S. Green Building Council - Maine Chapter!

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.

 

73rd Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Jan. 7-9, 9am-5pm, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

 

Healthy Living Group: Cooking from Forks Over Knives Cookbook

Jan. 8, 6:30-8pm, Whole Foods Market, Portland

 

Green Eggs with the USGBC Maine Chapter: "Energy Modeling As a Design Tool"

Jan. 8, 7:30-9am, Maine Audubon, Falmouth

 

Offshore Wind & Tidal Energy Update with E2Tech

Jan. 16, 7:15-10am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland

 

"In the Limelight": USGBC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting

Jan. 16, 5:30-8pm, Harriman Architects + Engineers, Portland

 

Women in Harmony Concert: "All One Planet"

Jan. 25 & 26, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland

 

Maine Farmers' Market Convention

Jan. 26, 9am, Maple Hill Inn & Conference Center, Hallowell

 

Portland Trails 15x15 and Annual Meeting

Jan. 29, 5:30-8pm, SPACE Gallery, Portland

 

East End Green Building Walking Tour

Jan. 31, 3pm, Portland


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

Save the Date

Climate Solutions: Expo, Rally & Summit

Mar. 12, 10am-6pm, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta


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

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