Energy independence will be the topic of the Human Ecology Forum at College of the Atlantic on Nov. 15. A Climate to Thrive will outline its vision for Mount Desert Island. PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

A Climate to Thrive to outline vision



BAR HARBOR — Members of the grassroots organization A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) will join College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 4:10 p.m. to talk about bringing energy independence to Mount Desert Island by the year 2030. The event is free and open to the public.

ACCT members are deeply concerned about the well-being of MDI communities and are striving to secure energy independence locally in order to create jobs, cut energy costs and find long-term, sustainable answers to the question of energy needs.

Members hope to achieve those goals by working with local businesses and town governments, said Lisa Bjerke, a graduate student and discarded resources coordinator at COA.

“Our work,” Bjerke said, “is to be a catalyst and facilitator on MDI that networks and engages local businesses, individuals, nonprofits and towns.”

Four ACCT members will be present at the forum to explain how their group is going to use its vision to create a positive impact on the health and sustainability of the MDI economy and community.

Joe Blotnick, a recently returned Maine resident and the group’s new project coordinator, has a master’s in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts.

Bjerke, Dennis Kiley and Johannah Blackman are members of the ACTT board. Bjerke is a 2013 graduate of COA, current master’s candidate and chair of school’s zero waste committee. Kiley is the committee chair of the ACTT transportation committee and has a master’s in integral counseling psychology. Blackman is the chair of the ACTT food committee, assistant artistic director at The New Surry Theatre and has a master’s in integral counseling psychology.

The Human Ecology Forum is a weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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