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SunriseGuide Mobile Edition Launch Parties
Free Home Energy Fairs
A Little Love for your Skin
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Sustainable Living Events
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February 2015
snow heart With hearts popping up all around, we are excited to celebrate of the many ways that love manifests this month; our loved ones, the planet, our pets, locally-grown food, and more. We hope the news, articles, and events in this newsletter provide inspiration to express and celebrate this joyous sentiment!
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FREE Winter Home Heating Energy Assessment from ReVision Heat

This Month's Expert Conversation
With Matt Chappell from Gather restaurant
Maine has been developing quite the reputation for its delicious and diverse culinary options, and we are fortunate to have great restaurants that serve locally-source, farm-fresh fare. Gather in Yarmouth is one of our faves. We caught up with the owner of Gather recently and chatted about the food and other offerings you'll find at this neighborhood restaurant. Read what Matt has to say in our full conversation with him.
SunriseGuide Mobile Edition Launch Parties!

To celebrate the launch of the SunriseGuide mobile edition, we are partnering with our friends at Little Tap House, Sebago Brewing Co., Vena's Fizz House and Frontier Café & Cinema to host a series of "H-app-y Hour" events in February and March...and you're invited to them all! The events are free to attend and you can pick up the mobile edition at the events for just $10 (reg $14.95). There will be drink specials and four different "Winter Sunrise" signature cocktails (one at each event). And if that's not reason to attend them all, a portion of proceeds from drink and mobile app/book sales benefits four awesome environmental nonprofits. Tasty win-win!

The SunriseGuide "H-app-y Hour" events:

  • Tues. 2/17, 5-7pm: Benefiting Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) at Little Tap House in Portland
  • Tues. 2/24, 5-7pm: Benefiting Maine Audubon at Sebago Brewing Co. in Scarborough
  • Tues. 3/3, 5-7pm: Benefiting Portland Trails at Vena's Fizz House in Portland
  • Wed. 3/11, 5-7pm: Benefiting Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) at Frontier in Brunswick

    To get the details about each event, keep an eye on our Facebook page and events calendar.


    Free Home Energy Fairs in Greater Portland this Winter
    Learn how to save energy dollars while reducing your environmental impact! Local companies and nonprofits will be exhibiting solar energy, heat pumps, pellet boilers, biofuels, energy efficiency, natural gas, green grid power, and more! Door prizes, children's entertainment, and workshops! From 10am-3pm in Gorham (2/28), and South Portland (3/14). Hosted by the Greater Portland Sustainability Council and other local partners. Click here for full details.

    MOFGA's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs
    Meet your local farmers and fishermen, and celebrate Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries! These events are part celebration and part education, as local farmers, fishermen and other food producers demonstrate how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Each location will have plenty of local flavor, whether live local music, tastings featuring local foods, sales of food and other products from local farms and businesses, film screenings, raffle baskets and more. The CSA Fairs are held at various locations around Maine on February 27th through March 2nd -- visit MOFGA's website to find one near you!

    A Little Love for your Skin

    Cold temperatures and winter winds can do a number on our skin...and as the largest organ in our body, it's important to give it some TLC. But before you grab your lotion, give yourself a facial, or add some color to your cheeks, did you know there's a quick and easy way to find out what's in those products and how safe they are for your skin and overall health? The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database has product safety information for nearly 80,000 body products and cosmetics, so you can find out how your products rank...and with the Skin Deep mobile app, you can even scan products at the store!


    Want to learn more about which ingredients to look out for and how to find safe products? Check out our article "The truth about the cosmetics industry." And actually, one of the best skin care products might be found right in your kitchen. Learn how to make a skin scrub, moisturizer, face mask, and a ton of other things in our article about two dozen uses for coconut oil.

    SunriseGuide Partner News
    At the end of January, Horny Toad rebranded and became Toad&Co. As they said: "Same great toad. More great company."

    Central Street Farmhouse and Maine Cloth Diaper Co. are now offering curbside pickup - order online or call ahead and they'll bring your order out to you so you don't have to venture out into the cold or find parking in the snow.

    ReVision Energy Logo Maine Audubon partnered with ReVision Energy to install a 42 kW solar system at its Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth - the largest solar array installed by a conservation organization in Maine.

    Camden Snow Bowl recently opened their new triple chair lift...just in time for all the snow we've been getting!

    Efficiency Maine logoCongratulations to ReVision Heat for their Outstanding Achievement in Residential Programs award at Efficiency Maine's recent annual symposium.
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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.


    Building and Renovating a Healthy, Energy Efficient Home

    Feb. 6, 12, 26 & Mar. 5, 7pm, The Shelter Institute, Woolwich


    Permaculture Design Gallery Walk and Happy Hour

    Feb. 7, 4:30-6:30pm, The Resilience Hub, Portland


    MABEP Annual Meeting

    Feb. 10, 3-7pm, Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center, Hallowell


    Portland Greendrinks

    Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm, TideSmart Global, Falmouth


    Overview of Home Energy Options: What the frack does it all mean?

    Feb. 11, 6-7:30pm, Scarborough High School, Scarborough


    Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

    Feb. 13-15, Various location, Statewide


    Winter Carnival

    Feb. 14, 10am-2pm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth


    SunriseGuide Mobile Edition Launch Parties

    Feb. 17, 5-7pm, Little Tap House, Portland

    Feb. 24, 5-7pm, Sebago Brewing Co., Scarborough


    Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    Feb. 19, 12:30pm, Portland Public Library, Portland


    Maine Short Film Festival 2015

    Feb. 19, 7:30-9pm, Frontier, Brunswick


    Sowing Seeds for Kids: Peas and Greens

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


    Hydropower: A dam good forum with E2Tech

    Feb. 26, 7:15-9:30am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland


    1849 History Dinner

    Feb. 26, 6-8pm, Gather, Yarmouth


    Full Moon Hike

    Feb. 28, 5:30-8pm, Mt. Abram, Greenwood


    Home Energy Fair

    Feb. 28, 10am-3pm, Gorham Great Falls Elementary School, Gorham

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

    Save the Date

    SunriseGuide Mobile Edition Launch Parties

    Mar. 3, 5-7pm, Vena's Fizz House, Portland

    Mar. 11, 5-7pm, Frontier, Brunswick


    The Internet of Things, Energy, and Future Economies: CEI's 37th Annual Breakfast Meeting

    Mar. 10, 7-11am, Bowdoin College, Brunswick


    Home Energy Fair

    Mar. 14, 10am-3pm, South Portland Community Center, South Portland


    Renewable Energy - Subsidies as de facto energy policy?

    Mar. 25, 7:30-10am, Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta

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

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