Environment

  • Circular food talk on Zoom Feb. 22

    Circular food talk on Zoom Feb. 22

    The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk about how food waste can be safely recovered and recycled from 3–4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.

  • ACTT celebrates anniversary with Q&A

    ACTT celebrates anniversary with Q&A

    On Jan. 24, a Climate to Thrive (ACTT) reflected on accomplishments, answered questions about current projects and shared ambitious visions of the next decade of action on climate change during a virtual fifth anniversary celebration. 

  • Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    Harvest Truck Campaign a success 

    ELLSWORTH—This summer, Healthy Acadia has been fundraising to purchase a Harvest Truck that will help them bring more local produce to food pantries across the Downeast region and to feed more families in need. They have just announced that, thanks to community, business and foundation contributions, they have exceeded their campaign goal, and have just purchased a

  • Maine DEP grant funding

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is administering $5 million dollars in a single round of grant funding to assist municipalities with stream crossing upgrades and replacements. These monies fund competitive grants that match local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings. The projects awarded will provide public infrastructure benefits

  • Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    Water treatment pilot on horizon 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— A recent notice that went out to residents via mail regarding trihalomethanes is not highlighting a new problem with the town’s water supply; it is just a new way of delivering the news.   According to Water and Sewer District Manager Steve Kenney, the state now requires notices to go out in the mail versus

  • New programs explore nature-based restorative practices  

    New programs explore nature-based restorative practices  

    MACHIAS — Healthy Acadia and Maine Outdoor School announce two new exploratory summer programs.   “Nature-Based Restorative Practices,” a three-day program scheduled for Aug. 18–20, will introduce youthentering grades 7–12 this fall to restorative practices and how they tie into our natural world. Restorative practices are rooted in First Nation and Indigenous community traditions and philosophies and designed to build healthy relationships

  • School’s solar success can help budget shortfalls 

    School’s solar success can help budget shortfalls 

    BAR HARBOR—Creating a renewable energy future for Maine may help schools throughout the state ease their fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, A Climate To Thrive (ACTT), a nonprofit organization committed to making Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030, helped the Mount Desert Island High School (MDIHS) install a solar array that is estimated to save nearly $1.5 million over the next 25 years. Having

  • Seeing red? Phytoplankton blooms not dangerous, DMR says

    Seeing red? Phytoplankton blooms not dangerous, DMR says

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been monitoring several red and brown phytoplankton blooms over the past week ranging from Wells to Penobscot Bay.  These blooms can be extensive, sometimes spanning several miles. The brown blooms have been a combination of common phytoplankton while the red blooms have been composed primarily of

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