BAR HARBOR — Wade Lyman of Bar Harbor, a student at College of the Atlantic (COA), will go to Samsø, Denmark, in September to study and implement sustainable energy systems.
As the first Fund for Maine Islands project, COA faculty and students, five island residents and Island Institute staff will engage in a yearlong energy leadership course.
“I spent my formative years developing a deep appreciation for the natural world and a deep fear of the possibility of ecological collapse,” Mr. Lyman said. “A pivotal year for me was 2006, when I saw Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ This movie exposed me to concepts of anthropogenic climate change – in my mind the ultimate ecological catastrophe – and sparked a burning desire to make a positive difference.”
During the trip, Mr. Lyman will study how Samsø, a farming and tourist community, became carbon negative through efficiency upgrades, wind and solar power production, biomass heating and other elements of a renewable energy portfolio. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will help Mr. Lyman develop and implement projects that can help transform island energy futures.