Sustain Mid Maine Coalition – Upcoming Meetings and Activities

October Meetings and Activities

9: Public Policy at 6:00 at the REM office on Temple Street

11: Board of Directors Meeting at 9:00 in the Winslow Town Office

15: Food Recovery Committee at 11:00 in the Front Street Conference Room
of Waterville City Hall
A group of people concerned about food insecurity for area residents is starting a gleaning group. Gleaning, or food rescue, is defined by the Maine Gleaning Network as: “gathering of produce after or during an active harvest and donating the produce to humans rather than for compost or for animal feed. The produce gleaned could be used for direct distribution to those in need of emergency food or it could be processed at a soup kitchen.”

15: Permaculture Team at 39 Barnet Ave, Waterville.  5:30 pot luck, 6:30
meeting FMI:

16: Energy Team at 9:30 in the Winslow Town Office

17: Education & Community Outreach at 10:00 in the Front Street Conference

18: Transportation at 4:00 at KVCOG (Main St., Fairfield across from

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition's Energy Team and InSource Renewables invites you to a National Solar Tour.
Sunday, October 7
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Vassalboro Friends Meeting House - 48 S. Stanley Rd. Vassalboro - Rooftop Solar and MSHPs2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Garrett Residence - 202 Eames Rd. Winslow - Solar trackers and heat pumps3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thomas Residence - 3 Big Sky Ln. Waterville - Rooftop solar and heat pump4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Eccher Residence - 62 Axtell Dr. Oakland - Rooftop solar, solar water heating, and heat pumpIn 2016 the Sustain Mid Maine Coalition launched Solarize Mid Maine, a bulk purchasing program that helped reduce the cost of installing solar for local homes and businesses. Solarize Mid Maine is bringing the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour through the greater Waterville area on Sunday, October 7th as solar energy system owners open their doors to the public.  Participants will be able to see firsthand how these systems interact with a building's electrical system, can talk with owners about their experiences with solar, and will be able to talk with local solar professionals about the ins and outs of the technology, local energy policy, and opportunities for utilizing solar for offsetting utility demand, reducing heating costs, and powering electric vehicles.  The tour is designed to allow folks to visit five different sites in the area in one day or to join in at the sites that are most convenient.
For more information, to coordinate carpooling, or to RSVP, contact the local tour organizer - Insource Renewables - at or (207) 659-1054.
The Education & Community Outreach Team invites you:
Before the Flood

Wednesday, October 10
6:30 PM
Universalist Unitarian Church
69 Silver St., WatervilleLeonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace travels to 5 continents and Arctic to witness climate change. A National Geographic production.Before the Flood is a collaborative project between some of the most recognized names in Hollywood in conjunction with National Geographic. Spanning a course of three years, the film follows actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he examines the impact of global warming in various locales around the globe. The film documents the significant effects this phenomenon has on climate change while also discussing mankind’s potential to reverse them.
Snacks provided by ReVision Energy.
Admission is free, but there will be a goodwill offering to continue SMMC’s good work.
The Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team invites you to learn more about
plastic by watching Bag It.

October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby
October 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Beth Israel Synagogue
October 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Muskie Center
October 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Railroad Square Cinema
Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Education & Community Outreach Team member Professor Steve Kahl, of Thomas College, and host of the Power for the People on WERU-FM, will present, "The unequivocal business, economic, and competitive case for the transition from finite energy sources to renewable energy sources" on October 15 at noon for the Waterville Rotary at the Best Western Grand Hotel, Main Street, Waterville.
The Education & Community Outreach Team invites you to
Coffee with the Community: Chat with Colby Environmental Science majors
about their local research

Tuesday, October 30
1:00 - 2:00
Chace Forum of the new Colby building on Main St.
FreeCome and have a cup of coffee and chat informally with Colby Environmental Science majors about their work on Waterville streams. We are examining many different aspects of local streams including topics of microplastics, garbage, pharmaceuticals, biodiversity, and how streams respond to storms. We would love to have a chance to hear your thoughts about the importance of Waterville's stream habitats, and to share some results of our work. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.
For more information, please contact Professor Denise Bruesewitz (
Beginning Worm Composting with Jock Robie

Come and learn how to construct, set up, and maintain a worm bin to compost kitchen vegetable waste in order to recycle it as plant food. Join Jock Robie as he discusses the harvesting of worm castings and vermicompost for gardening and houseplants as well as “worm tea”! Each student will set up their own worm bin with worms to take home.

Jock Robie has over eight years of practical experience designing, building, and using worm bins to compost kitchen waste. He feeds his 40 worm bins close to 35 pounds per week of kitchen scraps. Visit Jock’s blog at for more information about worm composting.

This class meets one time: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:00-7:30
Waterville High School, Adult Ed.  Room 123
Cost: $11.00

Call the office or register online:
Adult Ed Office: 207-873-5754
Online registration:

MEET and GREET Candidates who are Climate Heroes
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville, 69 Silver St.

Come, hear, and speak with a representative of Janet Mills and candidates for the
Maine House and Senate in the area from Northern Augusta through the greater
Waterville area including Unity.Are you an undecided voter?  Are you interested in volunteering for a candidate who is willing to do what it takes to protect our children’s lives?  Come join us!
Slow Money Maine Gathering
Wednesday October 3, 2018  1-4 pm
All are welcome.
Regular gatherings (1-4pm) AND pre-meeting focus groups are free, require no advance notice to attend, and take place in Gardiner at Christ Church, 1 Dresden Ave.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Maine will present a panel discussion on Maine’s changing climate with a focus on winter on Saturday, October 6 at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center at 3 p.m.

  • Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Maine Professor and climate scientist, will talk about what has happened to Maine's climate over the past two hundred years and what scientists are predicting for the next century.
  • Dr. Paul Perkins, formerly on the climate committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will talk about health impacts of climate change in Maine.
  • Jesse Lowell, a former competitive freestyle skier, 2014 Carrabassett Valley Academy graduate and Environmental Studies major at St. Lawrence ’19, will talk about climate change's impact on winter sports and communities.
  • Michael Jones, Emeritus Economist from Bowdoin College, will talk about the most cost-effective and efficient solution to curbing climate change —  A solution that will save lives, improve health, lower carbon emissions quickly, protect a majority of households from price increases and quickly move us to a clean energy economy with little impact on economic growth. A solution we can all get behind.
Discussion will follow brief presentations. Admission is free and open to everyone.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Trespassing across America:
One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and sort of Illegal) Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline
Tuesday, October 9 at 7pm
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building at Colby CollegeKen Ilguanas walked nearly 2,000 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. On his journey, Ken encountered stampedes of cows, charging moose, and climate change deniers. Come learn about Ken's adventure, the world's first modern journey across private property, on which he trespassed over one of the most ignored, yet beautiful, regions of our continent–the Great Plains. He'll talk about the people of the heartland, the right to roam, and the stories that form the basis of his book, Trespassing across America.
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A program of the Public Utilities Commission, MGP allows you to purchase electricity made completely from renewable resources in Maine. If you decide to enroll, please check Sustain Mid Maine Coalition to be the recipient of your donation.
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