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This Month's FREE E-coupon
Announcing the SunriseGuide Mobile Edition!
Give the gift of sustainable savings!
Meaningful & Sustainable Holiday Tips
Buy local this holiday season
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date


December 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, we wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season and Happy New Year. May the news and events below bring some additional cheer at this festive time of year.
This Month's FREE E-coupon
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FREE Winter Home Heating Energy Assessment from ReVision Heat
This Month's Expert Conversation
Gary Small from Aikido of Maine

Have you ever seen an advertisement for an Aikido school and had no idea what one might do there?Have you been curious about what Aikido is and the benefits it could have on your health and well-being? We recently caught up with Aikido of Maine owner Gary Small to learn more about this form of peaceful martial arts and the studio he co-owns with his wife Ania in Portland.


And if you're equally interested in other forms of peaceful martial arts, like Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qigong, then check out our feature article from the 2015 SunriseGuide "The peaceful martial arts: Using the art of war to create peace."


Announcing the SunriseGuide Mobile Edition!

It's almost time... We are excited to announce that we are launching a SunriseGuide mobile coupon app, making it even easier for you to find and engage with Maine businesses that match your values. And... redeem SunriseGuide coupons from your phone! Imagine never again having to miss out on great offers because you left your SunriseGuide at home! The mobile edition will be sold individually or bundled with the print edition, so you can choose which format best fits your needs - print or mobile. Pre-order the app today and we'll ship a special packet - perfect for gifting or stuffing stockings - the week of December 15th.


Want to learn more? Check out our video about the SunriseGuide Mobile App!

Give the gift of sustainable savings!

The SunriseGuide makes a great gift for just about anyone on your holiday shopping list. By introducing people to the best of what's healthy, local and green in Maine AND helping them save money, the SunriseGuide is truly a gift that keeps giving all year long. And with the launch of the mobile edition this year, you can choose the format that best fits your recipients - print, mobile...or both!


There are four ways to buy the SunriseGuide:

  • Visit the "Buy the Book" page on the SunriseGuide website
  • Purchase it at one of 150+ retailers throughout Maine
  • Buy through a local school fundraiser and support a great cause! The schools that are currently selling the book and mobile edition as a fundraiser include: Lincoln Middle School (Portland), Aucocisco School (Cape Elizabeth), Freeport High School Interact Club, Falmouth Elementary School, and (coming soon) Yarmouth High School Class of 2016. Please contact the schools directly to find out how you can purchase your SunriseGuide through their fundraiser.
  • Need 10 or more copies for tenants, employees or clients? Visit our "Corporate Sales" page to learn how you can save 20-40%. We can even customize the book cover with your logo!
Meaningful & Sustainable Holiday Tips
Love the holidays, but could do without all the waste? We've compiled some tips for making your holidays a little more meaningful and sustainable. From creative gift ideas to crafty DIY projects to low-waste alternatives, be sure to check out these tips for greening your holiday season.
Buy local this holiday season

Here are 10 great reasons to shop locally this holiday season, from our friends at Portland Buy Local:

  1. Keep dollars in the local economy
  2. Embrace what makes your community unique
  3. Foster local job creation
  4. Help the environment
  5. Nurture community
  6. Conserve your tax dollars
  7. Have more choices
  8. Benefit from local owners' expertise
  9. Preserve entrepreneurship
  10. Ensure your community stands out from the crowd

 (Want to learn more?)


SunriseGuide Partner News
Congratulations to Bixby & Co. and Garbage to Garden for being selected for the 2014 MaineBiz Next list.

Portland Food Co-op began their soft opening late last month, and will hold a Grand Opening on December 10th - stop by to see their new space at 290 Congress Street.

Lincoln Canoe & Kayak has closed their retail store in Freeport and has relocated to Amesbury, Massachusetts.

UMaine Cooperative EXtension Logo University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for their Cumberland County 16-week Master Gardener Course that will begin in late January. The application deadline is December 26th.

Congratulations to the following SunriseGuide advertisers who recently won Portland Buy Local Indie Biz awards: Buoy Local, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Garbage to Garden, and Rosemont Market & Bakery.
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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.

Maine Grassroots Climate Action Conference

Dec. 6, 9:30am-4pm, Bowdoin College, Brunswick


Night Tree Event

Dec. 6, 9am-2pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


Health Film Series: "A Winter of Cyclists"

Dec. 9, 7pm, Frontier Café + Cinema, Brunswick


Maine Downtown Institute 2014: Energy Efficiency in your Buildings and in your Downtown

Dec. 10, 12:30-3:30pm, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick


Innovation Engineering Workshop with E2Tech

Dec. 12, 8am-4pm, USM Abromson Center, Portland


Portland Trails' 5th Annual Portland Brewers' Holiday Dash 5K

Dec. 14, 11am, RiRa Irish Pub, Portland


Eyes on Owls: Three Shows

Dec. 14, 10:30am, 1pm & 3pm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth


Ocean Acidification Forum & Winter Networking Event with E2Tech

Dec. 16, 4:30-7:30pm, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland


Portland Greendrinks

Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30, See website for location


Solstice Soiree: Festive Gathering

Dec. 21, 4-9pm, Zero Station / The Resilience Hub, Portland

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

Save the Date

2015 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Jan. 13-15, 9am-5pm, Augusta Civic Center, Portland

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

About Us    
Part handbook, part coupon book, the
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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