A Climate to Thrive is an initiative of and for the communities of Mount Desert Island


BOARD of Directors

Gary Friedmann, Chair - Bar Harbor. President of Gary Friedmann & Associates (Nonprofit Development Consultants); Vice Chair of Bar Harbor Town Council; President of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections; Treasurer of Friends of Baxter State Park

Dennis Kiley, Vice Chair - Mount Desert. Therapist in private practice; counselor at College of the Atlantic; member of the Planning Board, Town of Mount Desert; member of the Town of Mount Desert Sustainability Committee

John Craigo, Secretary - Bar Harbor. Physical therapist, Mount Desert Island Hospital; former member of the boards of Healthy Acadia, MDI YMCA, and Kids Corner Community Day Care Center

Johannah Blackman - Mount Desert. Assistant Artistic Director, New Surry Theatre & Performing Arts School.

Ken Colburn - Bar Harbor. Principal of Regulatory Assistance Project; Former Air Director for New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services; Climate/Energy speaker at Kyoto Protocol meetings

Glenon Friedmann - Bar Harbor. Farmer at Bar Harbor Community Farm; former County Coordinator for Women, Work & Community; former Chair of Mount Desert Island School Committee

Bonnie Norwood - Southwest Harbor. Teacher, Pemetic Elementary School

Ruth Poland - Bar Harbor. Science teacher at Mount Desert Island High School.  B.S. in Environmental Studies with experience in carbon footprint and energy monitoring work.  

Richard Sassaman - Bar Harbor. Editor/Journalist; Author and Publisher of Solar Energy Training Manuals




Joe Blotnick - Tremont. Founder of Team New England, Leadership Development Consultants; former University of Maine Extension Agent, Director, University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center, and Peace Corps volunteer.



Jill Higgins - Tremont. Jill has an M.Ed in Human Development and many years experience as an educator, organizational development consultant, organizer and volunteer coordinator.



The bulk of A Climate to Thrive's work takes places through our six committees. Each committee is focused on a component that threads into the general goal of energy independence by 2030. Read about the committees and how to get involved at their individual pages.