We are Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and municipalities working together to make our community a model of environmental sustainability and economic vitality.

A Climate to Thrive is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization committed to achieving energy independence by 2030 with decentralized, local, clean energy solutions. Join us to create a positive future for Mount Desert Island (MDI) by helping us improve building energy efficiency, reinvent our local food systems, develop climate-friendly transportation, move toward zero waste, and influence public policy. 

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First interns experience a sense of community and civic engagement

Involving youth in our work is key to realizing our bold vision. Two MDI high school students pioneered a new ACTT Internship program this summer. Each led a self-designed project and both helped expand our LED lighting efficiency project. The highlights of this internship were unexpected ...

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Solarize MDI Campaign Doubles island's Solar Capacity 

In April, when we launched our Solarize MDI campaign with our partner ReVision Energy, Mount Desert Island had a total installed capacity of 646 kW of solar photovoltaics - representing incremental growth over a few decades.  By August 15, just four months later, we had secured 76 solar installation contracts ...

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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." 


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.

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Weatherize MDI will build on the success of ACTT's solarize MDI in January 

In January, MDI homeowners will be able to sign up for bulk discounts on energy assessment, air sealing, and insulation projects to make their home more energy efficient.  A BPI certified energy expert will perform the work in late winter or spring with lLots of rebates! Interested in an energy assessment or in learning more?

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ACTT began with a big community event in January 2016!

We've grown in our capacity to help MDI become an epicenter of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality ... and now we're inviting you to help us take it to the next level at another big community event at the MDI High School in January 2018. What would inspire you to come ...


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)