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APRIL 2016

April 22 is Earth Day, and we have a whole spring's worth of Earth-friendly e-news to share with you. We hope that the articles and events listed here leave you feeling inspired and certain that spring  is  coming, contrary to what recent weather may have you believe!

We look forward to seeing you out and about!
Introducing the New  Green & Healthy Maine Homes!

The spring/summer edition of Green & Healthy Maine Homes hit news stands last week. Created as a resource for Mainers interested in healthy, efficient and sustainable home environments, our goal is to inspire higher performing Maine homes that are as healthy for the people who live in them as they are for the planet. In this exciting issue, we explore the state and opportunity of solar; high performing Maine homes; bee-friendly landscapes; and more. Look for the magazines on newsstands statewide or check out the digital edition today! And if you'd like to be kept in the loop about sustainable services and products for your home, be sure to like Green & Healthy Maine Homes on Facebook
Increase Efficiency & Save Money!

Efficiency Maine logo Insulating your home well leads not only to reduced energy demand and increased comfort and noise reduction, but also cost savings for decades. Now, Efficiency Maine is offering up to $2,100 in incentives for home insulation: $700 for the attic, $700 for exterior walls, and $700 for basement. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be insulated from the roof down to the foundation. When insulation is properly installed, heating systems run less frequently, helping to reduce on-going energy expenses while meeting home heating needs. Check out Efficiency Maine to learn more about how you can save money and help the environment at the same time!

If a new hot water heater is on the list, there's now a $300 federal tax credit for heat pump water heaters that can be combined with Efficiency Maine's $500 rebate. That's up to $800 off a water heater with a list price as low as $1,000. For many Mainers, they'll be cheaper to buy than an electric water heater. Plus heat pump water heaters can save up to $3,000 over their lives while providing dehumidification. Some restrictions apply so visit for details. The tax credit may also be applied to other energy efficient purchases.

ecomaine 2016 ecoExcellence Award Winners Announced

Every year, ecomaine honors top-performing businesses and organizations at their annual ecoExcellence Awards. Congratulations to all of this year's winners, including Scarborough High School's "ECOS" Club and Portland's East Brown Cow Management. Read on to learn who else is leading our community in sustainable initiatives.  

Crofter's and Maker's Market Coming to Portland!

This month--as the Portland  Farmer's Market winds down and moves out of its Winter location on 84 Cove Street in East Bayside and over to Deering Oaks Park--Lauren Pignatello of Swallowtail Farm and Creamery is heading the opening of a new Crofter's and Maker's Market in that space. A crofter, says Pignatello, is anyone who works the land in various ways, producing goods through cottage industries like soap-making and fiber crafts. Everything at the market will be produced by the vendor, and goods will range from goat-milk caramels to seaweed body-care to beeswax and wool craft. The market holds its grand opening this Sunday, April 10 from 10am-3pm and will be open Sundays year-round . Click here for an article on the new market that was published by Bangor Daily News.
"No Child Wet Behind"

baby_playing_upside_down.jpg The SunriseGuide is proud to sponsor the 1st Annual "No Child Wet Behind" Diaper Drive and 5k with Family Fun Run! Presented by the Maine Doulas, the event brings awareness to the need for diaper donations.  The event takes place on May 21, 2016 from 8-11am at the Back Cove in Portland.   Click here for volunteer information or to register.
2016 Trek Across Maine: June 17-19

The SunriseGuide is also excited to be sponsoring the 2016 Trek Across Maine. The Trek is a 3-day, 180 mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. And there's still time to get involved as a cyclist or volunteer for this epic event! As the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association, the Trek has raised more than $22 million in the past 30 years. Join more than 2,000 cyclists and 750 volunteers on this one of a kind journey on Father's Day Weekend. Registration fills quickly, so be sure to sign up today!
Eat-Drink-Shop for Marilyn

"EAT-DRINK-SHOP FOR MARILYN!" is part of "MARI-THON", a citywide 72-Hour fundraiser for our friend and Maine artist Marilyn Blinkhorn. Let's help her kick cancer in the butt. From this Friday, April 8th until Sunday, April 10th, various local businesses will be offering discounts at their establishments or donating to a silent auction to be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Friday night. Click here for more information. 

If you'd like to help by volunteering or by making a donation to the silent auction, please contact Abby Blinkhorn or Andy Verzosa
SunriseGuide Partner News

 The Natural Resources Council of Maine is hosting Aveda Earth Month. NRCM is Aveda's partner in Maine, so funds raised through their environmentally friendly salons will be donated to them in support of their work to protect Maine's beautiful clean waters. 

Sustainable Living Events
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the Local Events section of our website for even more events.

April 7, 5-7pm, ThinkTank Co-working, Portland


Make Native Seed Bombs

April 7, 6:30-8:30pm, The Resilience Hub, Portland


Artist Panel on Art-making & Environmental Responsibility

April 8, 6:30-8pm, Maine College of Art, Portland


Home & Business Energy Fair

April 9, 10am-3pm, Ocean Ave Elementary School, Portland


Spring Festival

April 9, 10am-1pm, The Friends School, Cumberland


Potluck, Silent Auction & Dance for Marilyn Blinkhorn

April 9, 6-10pm, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland


Orono Bike Swap

April 10, 10am-1pm, UMaine New Balance Student Rec Center, Orono


Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference

April 11-12, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland

Wake Your Body After Winter; Good Health Starts in the Spring

April 12, 5:15-6:45pm, FARMS Community Kitchen, Damariscotta

Portland Greendrinks 

April 12, 5:30-7:30pm, TBD, Portland


Portland Food Co-op Annual Meeting

April 14, 6-9pm, 72 Federal St, Portland


E2Tech Event - Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection: "Taking Care" of Business

April 14, 7:15-10am, Congregation Bet Ha'am, South Portland


Cultivating Community & Environmental Health: the 34th National Pesticide Forum

April 15-16, USM Abromson Community Center, Portland


Second Annual Farm & Fish CSA Fair

April 17, 1-5pm, Morris Farm, Wiscasset


Lewiston-Auburn Greendrinks

April 20, 5-7pm, Baxter Brewing Co., Lewiston-Auburn


"Catching the Sun" Filmscreening
April 21, 7-9pm,  Frontier Cinema, Brunswick

April 21, 6-9pm, Gisland Farm Maine Audubon, Falmouth

April 22, 3-5pm, Whole Foods Market, Portland

April 22, 10-5pm, The Children's Museum & Theater of Maine, Portland

April 23, 9-12am, Deering High School, Portland

April 23, 10-5pm, Portland Public Library, Portland

April 24, 12-4pm,  Congress Square Park, Portland

April 25, 7-8:30, First Universalist Church, Yarmouth

April 28, 5:30-8pm, Arabica, Portland

April 30, 8:30am-5pm, Viles Arboretum, Augusta


For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming sustainable living events!

May 1, 10am-1pm, USM Sullivan Center, Portland
May 6, Stay tuned for information about our celebration!


Splash! Spring Party with the MITA

May 18, 6-9pm, East Coast Yacht Sales, Yarmouth


"No Child Wet Behind" Diaper Drive & 5k

May 21, 8:00am-11am, Back Cove, Portland


Have an event we can help you promote? Please email us the info.