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MARCH 2016 
Spring Daffodils

Spring is right around the corner and we're getting a head start on celebrating the season. With some great tips for spring cleaning and plenty of events happening around Maine, we hope this newsletter puts a little "spring" to your step and adds to your enjoyment of the longer, warmer days that WILL be here soon!

Can your dinner help fight climate change?

Maine Farmland Trust logo Don't miss this exciting "Food for Thought" forum  tomorrow (Wednesday) night!

Portland Food Co-op and Maine Farmland Trust have teamed up to produce an exploratory series for inquisitive eaters. Do you care about where your food comes from? Join the discussion!
We can shrink our climate footprint with every meal. Local experts -- land and sea farmers, researchers, and food system advocates-- will highlight ways we can each push back against climate change with our forks and support innovative ways of producing food that aims to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here for more information about the event.
Spring c leaning

spring_cleaning_sponge.jpgSince March weather and temperatures often keep us indoors more than we'd like, it's a great month to tackle cleaning projects around the house. Not only is it a remedy for cabin fever, but you'll be ready for outdoor fun...because who wants to spend time inside cleaning once the days are warmer and longer?! Here are a few tips for your spring cleaning projects. 

Clean your home without exposing you and your family to added chemicals with these easy recipes for making your own green cleaners. Have clothes that need to be professionally laundered? Consider getting them wet-cleaned in order to avoid the harsh chemicals used in dry-cleaning. And speaking of clothing...after you clean out your closet and have a whole pile of clothes you no longer wear, re-purpose them with one of these do-it-yourself projects: turn old dresses into throw pillows, make your own draft door stopper, and make felted mittens from old sweaters. (And then donate the rest to a local consignment store!)

Coming soon: The Spring/Summer edition

Celebrate our second year in print as we release the Spring edition of Green & Healthy Maine Homes on March 30th!  Created as a resource for Mainers interested in fostering 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. From energy audits to air sealing, solar panels to heat pumps, indoor air quality to urban homesteading; we explore the options and share how they're being implemented in Maine. Subscribe today!

Free home energy fair in Saco this weekend

Learn how to save energy dollars while reducing your environmental impact. Local companies and nonprofits will be exhibiting solar energy, heat pumps, pellet boilers, biofuels, energy efficiency, natural gas, green grid power, and more. And we'll be there with SunriseGuide books and mobile editions. Door prizes, children's entertainment, and workshops. From 10am-3pm on Saturday, March 12th at Thornton Academy in Saco. Hosted by the Greater Portland Sustainability Council and other local partners. Can't make it this weekend? No worries, there's another in Brunswick on the 26th! Click here for full details.

Schedule your spring fundraisers today

Just in time for Earth Day, a spring fundraiser with the SunriseGuide is a great way to raise money for your school or organization.  SunriseGuide fundraisers are simple and quick. They produce high returns  AND they provide a valuable Maine-made product that you and your supporters can feel good about. 
Your group earns the funds you need.  Your supporters save money. And Maine businesses grow and thrive. Contact us today to arrange your next fundraiser! 
SunriseGuide Partner News
Rosemont Market logo

Rosemont Market Productions is now offering cooking classes. They are conducted in the inviting, intimate space of Rosemont's own kitchen. Click here for details. 

Congratulations to Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, for being awarded the Penobscot Bay Chamber's Small Business of the Year!

Apothecary By Design is now Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness ! While their retail business will be operating under this new name, expect to see the same friendly folks at your pharmacy.
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.

March 8, 5-8pm, Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor

March 8, 5:30-7:30pm, Portland Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland

March 8, 6-8pm, Scarborough High School

March 9, 6:30-8:30pm, Maine College of Art, Portland

March 12, 10am-3pm, Thornton Academy, Saco

March 17, 12-4pm, Christ Church, Gardiner

March 19, 10am-12pm, UMaine Extension, Falmouth

March 24, 7:15-10am, Congregation Bet Ha'am, South Portland

March 24, 12:30-4:30pm, Wells Reserve, Wells

March 26, 10am-3pm, Harriet Beecher Stowe School, Brunswick

March 27, all day, various locations

March 30, 5:30-8pm, SPACE Gallery, Portland

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!

April 11-12, all day, Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

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

April 23, 9am-12pm, Deering High School, Portland
Have an event we can help you promote? Please email us the info.