Don't miss our keynote and exciting line-up of workshops at the ...      ACTT Summit: Powering Our Future, Mount Desert Island High School   Sunday, January 28, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.


ACTT's Next big Community climate summit "powering Our Future" is shaping up

Josh Castonguay, Chief Innovation Executive of Green Mountain Power, the first utility in the country to help its customers go off the grid with renewable energy and storage, will kick off the 2018 ACTT Summit on:

Sunday, January 28   2:30 - 5:00 p.m.  MDI High School.

Come to learn and get engaged in making MDI a model of community action on grid-scale solar, weatherization, electric vehicles, community building around climate change, and more. We've got a growing list of great workshops, local music and delicious food!

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Rethinking Plastics program highlights growing crisis of plastics

Madelyn Woods, Marine Research Coordinator, Marine and Environmental Research Institute discussed the results of micro-plastics sampling in Blue Hill Bay and the sources, fate, and impact of plastics on human health and the food chain to a packed audience at Southwest Harbor Library on January 9. She stressed that plastics, which never breakdown, (only get smaller) are in our air, water, food, and bodies posing very serious health threats.

Carey Donovan of the Zero Waste Committee explained why single use plastic packaging, a problem we can no longer avoid since it makes up a quarter of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that flows into our oceans each year. are a useful area of focus for local action. 

Weatherize Now for Energy Savings and Comfort

ACTT just  completed the biggest Solarize project in Maine, through which homeowners saved 10% off solar panels through bulk purchasing.  Through Weatherize MDI, New England Energy Consulting will provide free energy consultations and a 10% discount on air sealing, insulation, and energy efficient heating units and water heaters. 

Big rebates and low interest financing through Efficiency Maine will be available to all. Families who receive heating assistance or live in mobile homes can get even greater rebates -- up to 95% !!

Educational programs at MDI libraries and open houses will be held in February and March.


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A Climate to Thrive is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving energy independence by 2030 . We are Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and municipalities working together to make our community a model of environmental sustainability and economic vitality. Help us create a positive future for MDI by helping us promote clean energy, improve efficiency, reinvent local food systems, develop climate-friendly transportation, move toward zero waste, and influence public policy. 


Get Involved!  Join one of our ongoing projects to help make real progress toward a sustainable future for generations to come.

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Doubling Solar Capacity in 2018 and 2019 through Grid Scale Solar Photovoltaics

Our volunteer team is investigating suitable sites on MDI that can support a large solar PV array with minimal impact on the environment, the community, and scenery. Grid-scale solar will increase our energy security, reduce the export of energy dollars off-island, and support our local economy. Join us.

76 NEW SOLAR INSTALLATIONS LIGHT UP all four towns on MOUNT DESERT ISLAND 

Click on the map above to see the locations that collectively doubled our solar energy generating capacity since this past April when we launched our Solarize MDI campaign with ReVision Energy. MDI had a total installed capacity of 646 kW of solar photovoltaics then. We now have 643 kW more! And ACTT has plans to double that again each year in 2018 and 2019.


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Mini-Grants for Climate Change Service Learning Projects

Thanks to a grant from the Fisher Foundation, grants of $50-250 will be offered to support student and teacher initiated service learning projects that address climate change and sustainability issues, increase environmental literacy, and empower students to take action. Applications available here online.

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Island BUSINESSES TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE and PLASTIC POLLUTION

Many MDI businesses are working hard to reduce fossil fuel use, add solar energy, eliminate disposable plastics, and/or use local and sustainably grown food. Read about what Peekytoe Provisions, Galyn’s Restaurant, Old Dog Baking Company, West Street Cafe, Thrive Juice Bar and more businesses are doing ...

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Local Couple Offers $25,000 Challenge Pledge to A Climate to Thrive

A local couple who grew up on MDI have made a five-year, $25,000 matching pledge to A Climate to Thrive which would be the largest tax-deductible gift in our 20-month existence. "We enthusiastically support the mission of ACTT and envision its expansion to communities across the State." 


Our projects featured above and below ...

will create jobs, preserve the beauty of this island, and establish MDI as a resource and leader for communities around the world.

  • Solarize MDI - Celebrating our success in November!
  • Municipal Energy Benchmarking
  • Expanding Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
  • Winter FarmDrop with Healthy Acadia
  • Youth Community Catalysts with MDI Schools 
  • Plastics in the Ocean Education
  • Best Sustainable Business Practices

Do you enjoy passionate discussions about clean energy, local food systems, zero waste, public policy, new transportation? Get involved in one of our exciting projects that arose from our six committees. Join us to help create the future that you envision for your family, your grandchildren, and future generations.

Contact us at joe@aclimatetothrive.org to find out how you can help us or click here to see how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.  What a source of power!  I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Edison (1931)