Building a Brighter Future: Stepping up to the Climate Change Challenge

Over 200 people from around the state joined us at MDI High School on February 10 for our Summit event, “Building a Brighter Future: Stepping up to the Climate Change Challenge”. A variety of community members shared their own success stories and what they are personally doing to take action towards a more sustainable MDI. From high school students who implemented a plastic bag and styrofoam ban, to a local hotel manager aiming to adopt more sustainable practices, it was great to hear from MDI residents who are passionate about conserving our island!

Chloe Maxmin shared the journey that has taken her from a youth activist to the Maine House of Representatives, and highlighted the importance of getting people involved in local politics. UPSTREAM executive director Matt Prindiville helped us to envision a future where the world is no longer dependent on plastic, using historical anecdotes to show us what this paradigm shift could look like. Workshops facilitated deeper conversations about possible solutions, creating a great space for an exchange of ideas. Delicious local food also brought people together as they browsed exhibits hosted by local businesses and organizations.

We're very excited about the positive energy that this year’s event helped to create, and look forward to continue working together towards a more sustainable future!

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mount Desert High School

ACTT accomplished a lot in 2018! Exciting new possibilities are developing. What we've been doing is getting noticed,
and we've begun to take statewide leadership.

Come hear inspiring local success stories and help us chart the course to keep this exciting momentum going! Check out our list of workshops on a range of topics related to ACTT projects.

Keynote Speakers


Chloe Maxmin, recently elected to the Maine House of Representatives, became a climate activist at age 12. She co-founded Divest Harvard and grew the campaign from a group of 3 into a movement of over 70,000 people. Maxmin is the lead sponsor of a bill to create a Green New Deal in Maine.


Matt Prindiville is the Executive Director of UPSTREAM, a non-profit "think/do tank" aimed at advancing sustainability, ending plastic pollution and reducing climate disruption through product-focused environmental policies.

Program Schedule

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Registration, Exhibits, Slideshow, Music

2:30 - 3:20 p.m. - Welcome, Keynotes, Q&As

3:20 - 4:05 p.m. - 2-Minute Community Success Sharing

4:10 - 5:00 p.m. - Workshops

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Food, Exhibits, Music & Networking

Engaging Workshops

  • People Powered Politics: A Green New Deal for Maine

  • Next Steps For MDI in Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

  • Don’t Start at Square 1! Tips, Lessons Learned and Support for Getting Sustainability Projects Underway in YOUR Town/Region

  • Parenting & Climate Change

  • Solar Energy To Power and Heat Your Home or Business

  • Driving Electric in Maine

  • Delicious Plant-Rich Local Food Meals for a Healthy Planet

Enjoy local food at the Summit from:

  • Sassafrass Catering

  • Milk & Honey Cafe

  • Bar Harbor Farm

  • Open Table MDI

  • Clark Point Catering

  • Blue Ox Blueberries

  • Peekytoe Provisions

  • Garden Side Dairy

  • Old Dog Baking Co.

  • Gather

Need a ride to the Summit? Have room for another person?

Try Ride Share and Carpool MDI

COA: Contact Rebekah about vans

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We ask that you please bring your own water bottles if you can to help make this a zero waste event!

Admission is free.  Donations are welcome!

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors!