Environment

  • Local pair wins climate awards

    BAR HARBOR — Sirohi Kumar and Ania Wright of Bar Harbor are among the six winners of the 2020 Brookie Awards, presented by NRCM Rising, a program of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to honor “young changemakers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant impact in Maine’s environmental movement.”  The Brookies are named for brook trout, which the NRCM describes as “strong, mighty and captivating to

  • Voters asked to order zero-carbon plan

    Voters asked to order zero-carbon plan

    MOUNT DESERT — Voters at this year’s Town Meeting – whenever it is held – will be asked if they want to direct the Board of Selectmen to develop a plan for bringing the activities of town government to zero–carbon emissions by Dec. 31, 2030.  Achieving that would require a reduction or modification of energy consumption by the Town Hall offices,

  • MDI High earns national ‘green’ award

    MDI High earns national ‘green’ award

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School is among 55 schools nationwide and one of only two in Maine to be named a 2020 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).  The designation recognizes schools for “reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and offering effective sustainability education.”  The DOE said

  • Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    ELLSWORTH — In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection denied a request by Black Bear Hydro Partners for a water quality certification (WQC) under the Clean Waters Act.  The certification is critical to the company’s pending application for new licenses to maintain and operate the two Union River dams — one at the lower end of Graham Lake and the other forming Leonard Lake — known as

  • Compost bins available

    Compost bins available

    BAR HARBOR — The Zero Waste Committee of A Climate to Thrive, in cooperation with the Maine Resource Recovery Association, is sponsoring a compost bin sale for Mount Desert Island area residents.  “It’s spring and time to plan to make compost for your garden!” a statement from the group said. “Towns on MDI already recycle many disposables, and now

  • Earth Day celebrations to combine action, reflection

    Earth Day celebrations to combine action, reflection

    BAR HARBOR — The return of single-use shopping bags to grocery stores notwithstanding, the current pandemic emergency is not stopping the local movement to combat another global emergency, that of human-caused climate change.  There are reports of a drop in air pollution as much of the economy has paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean the climate movement isn’t important

  • Application period for organic certification open

    Application period for organic certification open

    UNITY — MOFGA Certification Services (MCS) is currently accepting applications for organic certification for the 2020 growing season. Applications are accepted through June 30 for organic certification of crops and most livestock products. Interested producers can find forms, materials and resources at www.mofgacertification.org. Applications for processors — the category covering many value-added food products —

  • Fully Decarbonizing the New England Electric System

    Fully Decarbonizing the New England Electric System

    BAR HARBOR — Policymakers in Maine and elsewhere who are concerned with the threat of climate change are increasingly adopting goals that require economy-wide net zero carbon emissions within several decades. Bruce Phillips ’78 joins the College of the Atlantic Human Ecology Forum on Thursday, Feb. 20 to explore what these goals mean for the

  • National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park

    BAR HARBOR — The National Park Service (NPS) is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Teachers will be selected to work on Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic Point. Acadia National Park invites full-time, K-12 public classroom school teachers to apply online by Feb. 21.  The Acadia Teacher Fellowship