The Story of A Climate to Thrive

A Climate to Thrive grew out of the concerns and hopes of MDI citizens

During the summer of 2015, a group of MDI citizens concerned about climate change and eager to engage in solutions began meeting on a regular basis. Out of these meetings grew the concept of A Climate to Thrive - a vision of MDI as a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability. This vision is strongly based in the belief, supported by substantial evidence, that moving towards energy independence will improve the quality of our communities, economies, environment and health. 

A Climate to Thrive launched in January, 2016. Over 200 community members attended the event, at which local experts led citizens in planning sessions for taking the next steps. A second community gathering featuring Senator Angus King was held in July 2016.

Since the launch, A Climate to Thrive formalized its organizational structure as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and has been working successfully towards it’s goal of energy independence for Mount Desert Island by 2030 and it’s vision to become an inspiring model of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality.

This Powerpoint Presentation highlights the accomplishments of A Climate to Thrive from its inception in January, 2016 through September, 2019.