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We are Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and towns working together to achieve energy independence by 2030 and make MDI an inspiring epicenter of citizen engagement, sustainability, and economic vitality. 

Thanks to over 85 supporters who contributed over $8,300 during our A Climate to Thrive 2018 Crowdfunding Campaign helping us surpass our gaol of $8,000!

Get Involved!  Join one of our ongoing projects to help 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. 

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New Sustainable Food Business Pledge

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, June 5, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the YWCA in Bar Harbor

On April 25th, twenty-five owners & staff members of MDI restaurants, cafes, take-outs & catering companies came together with A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) at Havana.  Our quest was to find effective, practical and economical ways to tackle the growing environmental and health crisis of single-use plastic waste.

We’ve developed a simple local pledge program about reducing plastic and styrofoam for the upcoming season. Food businesses that commit to adopt at least 3 of the 6 sustainable practices in the pledge (as soon as old supplies run out) will get decals to display and will be listed in our publicity campaign.

The pledge is open to any business on or around MDI that sells prepared food - including markets that sell food and/or drinks to go. To review or take the pledge, click here.  

We’re also working out group discounts on compostable products and industrial composting services. 

Please consider joining us and help us spread the word! For more info, contact Jill Higgins, ACTT Co-Coordinator  207-664-4040

ACTT EV Symposium, Saturday, June 2   10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 The Moore Center,

A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) will present an EV Symposium: The Future is Here, on Saturday, June 2 at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Open to the public, the electric vehicle event will feature a panel of speakers and breakout sessions discussing all things EV and taking questions from the audience. It is meant to engage and inspire the community in this new generation of cleaner, more efficient, and overall lower cost transportation.

Come learn everything you need to know about EVs from Maine leaders including  Michael Stoddard of Efficiency Maine,  Ben Lake of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Sue Ely of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Gordon Beck of ACTT.

Breakout sessions will include EV 101 – the basics of EVs – for potential EV owners and enthusiastic EV owners who can share their experience and another on building the EV charging infrastructure in Eastern Maine.

 Thanks for your support!

Thanks for your support!

Weatherize MDI provides all Mount Desert Island homeowners with a:

  • Free energy consultation
  • 10% discount on air sealing, insulation, and heat pumps
  • Up to $2,500 in rebates on air sealing & insulation and $750 rebates on heat pumps

Weatherize MDI contracts must be signed by May 31, 2018, so call 207-991-3936 now or click below for a free consult.


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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MDI is Moving Away From
Single-use Plastic Bags


Southwest Harbor residents - Come out and support four eighth grade Pemetic School students who will share their research and concerns about plastic waste and call on the community to increase sustainable practices and consider a single-use plastic bag ordinance at the town meeting on
May 7,  7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  

A local group is meeting to make Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor the 15th and 16th Maine towns to pass an ordinance on single-use plastic bags.  

Wednesday, May 2 , 8:00 a.m.
Acadia Integrative Health
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1049 Main Street, Somesville

Can’t come, want to help? Email Christy Seed

Mount Desert Island – A Small Place with Some Big Environmental Goals

ACTT was featured in the Portland Press Herald. This column by Marina Schauffler appeared in her Sea Change column on March 11, 2018

The A Climate to Thrive group, formed in part to make the island energy-independent by 2030, is thriving. Mount Desert Island is a long way from the corridors of power, and what’s happening in Augusta and Washington holds scant promise of fostering a healthier environment or economy. So a growing number of MDI residents are taking matters into their own hands. Two years ago, they formed A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), seeking to help MDI “become an epicenter of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability and economic vitality.” A big part of that vision is to make MDI energy-independent – relying solely on local, renewable power – by 2030. 

This ambitious goal generated skepticism at first but more people are coming around, particularly after the group’s recent Summit drew upwards of 250 people to partake in 14 different workshops. 


Ecopsychology and Spiritual Ecology: Changing Perspectives, Engaging Hearts, and Inspiring Action

John Craigo and Dennis Kiley, both A Climate To Thrive (ACTT) board members, explored how targeting the ways people think, feel, and relate is essential to catalyzing meaningful environmental action. Their engaging workshop, entitled "Ecopsychology and Spiritual Ecology: Changing Perspectives, Engaging Hearts, and Inspiring Action", dealtthe need to engage the minds and hearts of our community to best realize success.  Dennis and John will drawn on the insights of ecopsychology and spiritual ecology to share a path for doing this.

2018 ACTT Summit: Powering Our Future in January was an inspiration for over 280 participants!

Led by over 20 knowledgeable presenters who are taking charge of our energy future and leading climate change action, we shared success stories, confronted challenges, and left feeling hopeful! Josh Castonguay, VP of Innovation for Green Mountain Power, kicked off ACTT Summit with a compelling case for moving away from large, centralized, fossil fuel and nuclear power plants to decentralized power that places renewable energy production close to the customer.



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 ...


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 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)