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Geology Walk, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Monday, August 21, 2017 

Leader: Peter Goodwin. At Bowdoinham, August 28, 4:30-6 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Georges River Land Trust marks 30 years
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 20, 2017 

Georges River Land Trust invites members and friends to get out their boat togs and dancing shoes to celebrate 30 years of conservation along the Georges River. At Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard, Thomaston, August 27, 2:45 - 6:30 p.m, $40.
Bird Monitoring, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

Join a marsh-wide survey of birds and help document all present species timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration. At Scarborough Marsh, August 26, 7-10 am, free.
Head Harbor Passage Boat Trip, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

A birding trip to Head Harbor Passage and the surrounding Canadian Islands. At Eastport, August 26, 10 am – 2 pm; Maine Audubon Members $60, Non-members $75.
Don’t let Trump censor climate science
Action Alert - Friday, August 18, 2017 

President Donald Trump may censor a comprehensive and alarming new report written by scientists from 13 federal agencies — research that confirms climate change is real, it’s caused by human activity and it’s already hurting people across the U.S. We deserve to know the truth about climate change — no matter how inconvenient it may be for Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

The Life Happens Outside Festival celebrates Maine's outdoors and its passionate outdoor community. Featuring 6 outdoor villages, 40+ vendors, interactive workshops, exhibits, gear demos, food, and live music. Free giveaways, competitions, outdoor presentations, and the ability to purchase outdoor gear directly from the brands. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25-26.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

Celebrate active, outdoor lifestyles. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25 & 26. Sponsored by Teens to Trails.
Nature Detectives, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 17, 2017 

Join a scavenger hunt, make your own nature notebook, and learn how to use the tools of the trade. At Scarborough Marsh, Augoust 24, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Exploring Nature Through Art, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Through various art forms children (age 6-10) will discover some of the secrets of Scarborough Marsh; August 22, 10:30 am – 12 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Sierra Club Maine Climate Action Conference, Sep 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

The theme of this year's event is "Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions." At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Campus, September 16.
Project WILD Educator Workshop, Aug 21
Event - Posted - Monday, August 14, 2017 

This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. At Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton, August 21, 9 am – 3 pm; Maine Audubon Members $23, Non-members $25.
Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Maine-Wabanaki REACH offers an interactive learning experience, "Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History," a participatory presentation for adults and teens. At Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville, August 20, 4-6 pm.
CREAtive Walk, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

For more than a year, poet Gary Lawless and photographer James McCarthy have guided monthly walks that inspire conversation among participants about nature. David Reed, a dragonfly/damselfly expert, will join Gary and Jim on this final CREAtive walk. At Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Aug 20, 9-11 am.
Kayak Scarborough Marsh, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. At Scarborough Marsh, August 20, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Members $13, Non-members $15, deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak, must be 16+.
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Editorial: Building a better house
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 29, 2008 

85 percent of new homes in Maine do not meet the minimum standards of an energy building code used in 40 states, including the other five New England states.
EPA completes cleanup of Freedom warehouse
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, February 28, 2008 

BOSTON — EPA has completed the successful removal of thousands of 5-gallon-or-smaller sized containers present at 28 Skidgel Lane in Freedom. A total of $368,000 was spent to identify and properly dispose of a variety of substances, leftover from a family-run retail operation. Solvents, thinners, pesticides, herbicides and adhesives were found stored in significant quantities in a warehouse.
Nobel Prize-winner for pioneering ozone research to give annual environmental lecture at Bates College
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

LEWISTON — F. Sherwood "Sherry" Rowland, who shared a 1995 Nobel Prize for his ozone-layer research, discusses his work in atmospheric chemistry and environmental advocacy in a Bates College event at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave.
From Trash to Treasure
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

The fine art of turning trash to treasure has become more than just a quirky pastime. In this age of reduce, re-use and recycle, the “trash to treasure” concept has real value.
Some people recycle so-called “junk” because they have no other choice. Economic constraints dictate that they use and re-use. Other trash-to-treasure practitioners have always recycled because they just naturally felt that it was a good thing to do. And now, everyone, regardless of status or income, will benefit by getting on the trash-to-treasure bandwagon.
Opinion: Governor, keep your hands off DIF&W
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

It’s time to recognize the critical role this department plays in Maine’s economy and heritage and give it the funding and modern tools it needs to serve what is now widely recognized as our state’s principal asset: our quality of place.
Editorial: CFLs and safety
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

Last year, DEP staff broke 45 CFLs in small- to moderate-sized rooms and tested mercury vapor levels and cleanup techniques to create the recommended response report.
Maine to consider tracking toxins in toys, products
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 

Maine would become one of the first states to track toxic chemicals in toys and household products under legislation proposed by Gov. John Baldacci and a Democratic leader in the Legislature.
Kid-Safe Products Bill: News Conference And Public Hearing set for Thursday
LivingGreenMaine.com - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

On Thursday, Feb. 28 at noon, a broad coalition of Mainers will hold a news conference in support of the Kid-Safe Products bill, LD 2048. At 1:00 p.m., in Cross State Office Building, room 214, the Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing on this bill: “An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products” (LD 2048), which would help protect kids from unnecessary, dangerous chemicals found in toys and other children’s products.
DEP revises advice on cleanup for CFLs
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

Maine environmental officials have revised their recommendations for cleaning up shattered compact fluorescent lights based on new studies that examined the amount of mercury released when the popular energy-saving bulbs break.
Opinion: Corn can't save us: Debunking the biofuel myth
Kennebec Journal - Monday, February 25, 2008 

Dwindling foreign oil, rising prices at the gas pump, and hype from politically well-connected U.S. agribusiness have combined to create a frenzied rush to convert food grains into ethanol fuel. The move is badly conceived and ill advised. Corporate spin and pork barrel legislation aside, here, by the numbers, are the scientific reasons why corn won't provide our energy needs.
Waldo County groups sponsor new Eat Local ChallengeBe a Locavore!
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

BELFAST — Join in the March Eat Local Challenge as we discover what local foods are available during this sparse time of year. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op, Food for Maine's Future, The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Belfast, and WERU, this challenge is intended to open our eyes to Maine's bounty and help us plan better so each year we can increase the amount of local foods we eat. For challenge details visit the Belfast Co-op or go to www.belfast.coop.
Co-operative Maine: News from a new organization
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

Co-op Maine, which is just about a year old, is a diverse group that helps co-ops in Maine to work together on various projects. “Co-op” is defined in the broadest sense as credit unions, lobster co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, electric co-ops, and the like. Among our members are people involved with the Oak Street Housing Co-op in Bath, Maine Feeds Maine, Belfast Food Cooperative, Local Sprouts Cooperative Catering (Portland) and Downeast Credit Union.
DEP study prompts revisions to broken fluorescent bulb clean-up guidelines
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, February 25, 2008 

AUGUSTA � The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released a detailed study of broken compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and has issued revised guidelines for consumers to use in order to properly clean up a broken CFL.
Opinion: Grappling with products that contain potentially toxic chemicals
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

The green nanny state is not sustainable, but it doesn't matter if its advocates are never held accountable for their disastrous policy choices.
Opinion: To protect our children's health and level the playing field for Maine's green economy, we need to fix our broken chemical safety system
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Did you know that the rubber ducky floating in your bathtub can no longer be legally sold in Europe or California? It leaks toxic chemicals known as phthalates that mess with testosterone. Published scientific studies link phthalates to genital birth defects and testicular cancer in lab animals. These same health problems are on the increase in baby boys.
A 'Green Team' home makeover saves energy and is expected to pay off with lower bills
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Jed Wright of Falmouth, who had his house redone as part of a WPXT-TV makeover contest, explains that the solar collector system works in conjunction with his hot water heater. The solar system preheats water to nearly 90 degrees.
Waves of robins, bohemian waxwings spice up winter birding
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 24, 2008 

Were these robins already making their way back north, or were they leaving their northern "forested slopes and valleys," because food resources had been depleted?
Collins Backs Bill To Offer $500 Tax Credit For New Woodstoves
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 22, 2008 

Do you possess an old wood-burning stove, but want to upgrade to a newer one? Help could be on the way in the form a $500 tax credit.
Baldacci names lawyer from Starks as environmental panel chairman
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 21, 2008 

Ernest Hilton, who has served on the BEP for nine years, will serve as interim chairman until the board completes work on several major issues.
Leaching lead found in household product
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, February 21, 2008 

After discovering a blacked out label on a popular outdoor product, one local man took a closer look and discovered that his household garden hose contained harmful chemicals. When Ed Taylor of Warren purchased a Colorite Waterworks light duty garden hose from the Home Depot in Rockland, he planned to use the hose to fill buckets of water to feed his horses.
Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Salmon Protection
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

Several environmental groups in Maine are going to court in an effort to force the federal government to list the Kennebec River's Atlantic salmon population as endangered.
Lobster Fishermen Speak Out Against Federal Rules
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

Maine lobstermen continue to object to new federal regulations set to take effect in October that will require them to switch from floating line to sinking line in an effort to protect endangered right whales. Today more than 150 lobstermen showed up in Brewer for a hearing convened by Maine Senator Olympia Snowe to try to convince federal regulators to delay implementation.
Augusta firm to aid wind project
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

According to the company, the project will generate 357 million kilowatt hours per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 50,000 average households, taking into account the variability of wind speeds.
Lobster catch tumbles by 23% in 2007
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

State and industry officials have said fluctuations are considered normal and that a year or two of declines does not necessarily mean the fishery is in trouble.
Chewonki sets goals to reduce carbon emissions
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

A Maine foundation that operates environmental education programs, including boys and girls camps, announced plans Tuesday to reduce the organization’s carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
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