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Maine energy savings program to pay $50 for recycled appliances

PORTLAND, Maine — Efficiency Maine launches refrigerator/freezer recycling program that will pay  a $50 rebate for outdated appliances. Efficiency Maine’s new program encourages Mainers using older, extra refrigerators or freezers to consider the many benefits of recycling them. The program offers to pick up the old units at homes, at no cost, in addition to [...]

Tracks in the University Forest – A Snowshoe Trek

OLD TOWN, Maine — Barry Burgason, wildlife biologist, will host Tracks in the University Forest-A  Snowshoe Trek at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28,  at University Forest. Burgason has used tracking to identify animals and their habitats on the winter landscape. Participants will get coaching in finding and identifying tracks, and reading the stories they tell. [...]

Land Conservation Projects in the Works

HOLDEN, Maine — Representatives from the Trust for Public Land, the Forest Society of Maine, Downeast Lakes Land Trust, and Appalachian Mountain Club will describe the land acquisitions they are working on, and the challenges they face with a discussion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The event is co-sponsored [...]

Living Lightly: Transition Towns

HOLDEN, Maine — All over the world neighbors are forming Transition Town groups that unleash the collective genius of their own community to address the challenges of climate change, shrinking supplies of cheap energy, and economic instability. Come hear from Brenda Cartwright and other representatives of Hancock County Transition Towns to learn about local Transition [...]

Author and environmental activist will stream live lecture on climate change Jan. 20

BANGOR, Maine — Bill McKibben, author and environmental activist, will stream a live lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Bangor Public Library. The author will address the issue of climate change from a local level. John Zavodny, Professor at Unity College, will facilitate a discussion before and after the lecture. [...]

DEP seeks nomonations for Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with Governor Paul LePage is relaunching a recognition program to spotlight the state’s stewards of sustainability. Nominations are now open for the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, which will honor businesses in four workforce size categories, nonprofits and public entities for going beyond standard [...]

Camden Conference Discussion Series At the Blue Hill Public Library

BLUE HILL, Maine — The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a four session series, in connection with the 26th annual Camden Conference, “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What It Takes?” Three of the sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7 (before the Feb. [...]

Tom and Kate Chappell Protect Two Kennebunk Farms

KENNEBUNK, Maine –  Green business entrepreneur Tom Chappell and his wife Kate have recently added another item to their long list of significant community contributions, by donating agricultural easements on two farm properties they own in Kennebunk. Their actions will ensure that 154 acres of beautiful and productive farmland will remain forever available for farming. [...]

Chemicals in the Community: A Citizen’s Right to Know.

ROCKLAND, Maine — In 1986, the United States government enacted the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), now known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know-Act (EPCRA). This brought forth a new era in the rights of citizens to be told what chemical hazards may be present in their community. The following year [...]