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 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. 



Join us on December 14 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor for an interactive conversation about the current and future impacts of climate change on MDI. The program features panel presentations by four local scientists, followed by a whole group discussion of personal observations of changes local residents have seen over the years.

Save the Date! January 28!!! for "powering Our Future"

Josh Castonguay, Chief Innovation Executive of Green Mountain Power in Vermont (GMP), will kick off the 2018 ACTT Summit at MDI High School. GMP is a leader in empowering customers to increase energy independence and reduce carbon emissions. Exciting workshops on solar energy, energy efficiency, community building around climate change, music and great food!


FarmDrop & Winter Farmstand Preview

Let’s do more than SURVIVE this Winter. Let’s THRIVE on MDI!  This Friday, December 15, 3-5 p.m., stop by Floret in Somesville (across from the One Stop) and pick up some of your favorite local farmers’ market products, including fresh winter greens and vegetables; enjoy the flowers, hot drinks, and music; and learn about A Climate to Thrive's partnership with Healthy Acadia that's creating a weekly MDI pre-order FarmDrop and small Winter Farmstand, starting in January. 

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.


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?


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.


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.



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 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)