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This Month's Expert Conversation
Earth Day 2014
Cycling in (and across!) Maine
The Northeast Biomass Heating Expo
Get Your Garden Ready!
The 2014 SunriseGuide
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date


April 2014
yellow-tulip-field.jpg According to the calendar, it's officially spring...and it seems Mother Nature is finally starting to get that memo! With longer, warmer days, and Earth Day right around the corner, April is looking to be pretty stellar. We hope the articles, tips, news, events, and coupons that follow will help to make your first full month of spring even better!
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This Month's Expert Conversation
With Hazel Onsrud from Maine Green Power
photo of Hazel from Maine Green Power We recently caught up with Hazel Onsrud from Maine Green Power to learn more about this voluntary, renewable energy program sponsored by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Learn more about Maine Green Power and how you can sign-up to have 100% Maine-made renewable electricity power your home. 
Celebrate Earth Day 2014

Blue marble photo of the Earth Even though we believe every day should be 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 thank you for joining us. In addition to these suggestions for ways to celebrate Earth Day in your home and personal life, there are several events happening throughout Maine for you and your family to enjoy.


And we're happy to announce our Annual Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! Photograph examples of eco-items from our list that you find around your home and community, post your pictures to The SunriseGuide Facebook page 
throughout April, and you could win a 4x4 raised cedar bed from Roots, Coops & More! Here are the full instructions and the list of eco-items you're looking for.
Cycling in (and across!) Maine

While there are some hardcore Mainers who bike outside year-round; for the rest of us, spring is the time to tune-up our bicycles, dust off our helmets, and get our cycling on! If you're feeling a little rusty after this long winter, we have all the info you need at; including tips for bike commuting, instructions for changing a bike tire, suggestions for family-friendly bike rides in Maine, ways to map your bike route, and more.


30th Anniversary Trek Across Maine And 2014 is a particularly special year for cycling, because this June marks the 30th Anniversary of the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine. If you've never experienced this annual event, you can read this personal account from someone who's participated in the Trek since year one and learn why almost 2,000 cyclists come from all around the country to ride across Maine.
The Northeast Biomass Heating Expo
NE Biomass Heating Expo logo We're proud to sponsor the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo at the Cumberland County Civic Center April 9-11. This 6th annual event will unite a diverse audience from the biomass fuel, supply chain, development, manufacturing, and government sectors, and features 320 different businesses and organizations. With exhibitors, panel discussions, and workshops, the expo will emphasize practical learning and real project case studies. 
Get Your Garden Ready!

garden beds Now that spring is officially here, it's time to get your garden ready! Whether you're an expert or novice, you will find a ton of information about gardening on; including articles on how to start your own veggie garden and then preserve the food you grow, and where you can find food growing workshops and expertise around Maine. And if you're interested in giving greenhouse growing a whirl, check out these "3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for under $300" from 


Want to turn your food scraps into compost for your garden? Now's a great time for you to start; towns around Maine are selling composters and rain bins as part of the annual sale sponsored by the Maine Resource Recovery Association. Contact your town hall to see if your town is participating.
Farm-to-Table Lecture Series
Portland Museum of Art logo

Next month, the Portland Museum of Art is partnering with Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) for a series of lectures about the farm-to-table experience in Maine.



Friday, May 2: Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director

Saturday, May 10: From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard

Sunday, May 18:
Healthy Soil, Healthy Food

Have you picked up your copy of the 2014 SunriseGuide?

In addition to awesome articles (such as Our Changing Climate, The Furniture We Breathe, Community Acupuncture, etc.) and helpful tips and resources (like Houseplants to Improve Air Quality, Buy Local Read Local, EV Charging Stations in Maine, etc.) in the 2014 SunriseGuide, you'll also find:

  • 8 FREE cups of coffee
  • 8 yoga passes
  • 4 trips to the hardware store
  • 17 dinners out
  • 4 home efficiency measures
  • 11 grocery discounts
  • 20 boosts to your wardrobe
  • 7 rides on buses and boats
  • 13 ways to spruce up your home interior
  • 11 classes & workshops
  • 2 bike tune-ups
  • 6 massages & spa treatments
  • 3 nonprofit memberships
  • 7 gifts for your favorite four-legged friend
  • 2 months of FREE curbside composting

And that's just the tip of the ice burg...the 2014 SunriseGuide has more than 200 coupons, valued at over $4000 in savings. You can order the book through our website, or pick one up at any of our local retailers.


SunriseGuide Partner News
Roost House of Juice logo

Roost House of Juice has transformed into a yoga studio! And you can still get fresh juices and smoothies there after your yoga class.


Vena's Fizz House logo

Vena's Fizz House is now selling its own line of natural mixology products (syrups, cocktail sugars, infusion kits, etc.)


Portland Symphony Orchestra logo The Portland Symphony Orchestra is once again offering their KinderKonzert series; introducing children to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians.


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens logo Congratulations to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for being chosen as one of the Top Ten Best Public Gardens in the U.S. by USA Today!


Goodwill logo Goodwill of Northern New England will now be offering a variety of "100% Neighbor-Made" products; selling new products in their stores from local and regional companies.


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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.


Yarmouth Wellness Fair

Apr. 5, 10am-3pm, Rowe School, Yarmouth


Portland Greendrinks

Apr. 8, 5:30-7:30pm, The Asylum, Portland


Climate Change: The challenge of our time & and an opportunity for Maine to lead the way

Apr. 9, 7:30-9am, Colby College, Waterville


Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

Apr. 9-11, 9am-5pm, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland


Healthy Chem-Free Lawns Made Easy

Apr. 9, 6-8pm, Scarborough High School, Scarborough


Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Apr. 12, 9am-1pm, USM, Portland


Solar Energy 101: How You Can Save Money & the Environment

Apr. 12, 9am-12:30pm, Shelter Institute, Woolwich


Great Maine Bike Swap

Apr. 13, 10am-2pm, UMaine, Orono | Apr. 27, 10am-2pm, USM, Portland


2014 Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference

Apr. 16 & 17, 7:30am-5pm, Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland


Distributed Generation & Microgrids with E2Tech

Apr. 17, 7:15-9:30am, USM, Portland


USGBC Maine Chapter Presents Dr. George Jacboson

Apr. 17, 5:30-7pm, Portland Public Library, Portland


Fee Free Days at Acadia

Apr. 19 & 20, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor


Urban Earth Day 2014

Apr. 20, 8am-8pm, Congress Square, Portland


Earth Day Celebration at Wells Reserve

Apr. 22, 10am-1pm, Wells Reserve, Wells


Earth Day Celebration at the Children's Museum

Apr. 22, 10:30am-4pm, Children's Museum & Theater of Maine, Portland


Urban Runoff 5K & Green Neighbor Family Fest

Apr. 26, 9:30am-1:30pm, Deering High School, Portland

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

Save the Date

Meet & Greet with MOFGA's New Executive Director

May 2, 5:30pm, Portland Museum of Art, Portland


Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods

May 18, 2pm, Portland Museum of Art, 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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