Sustain Mid Maine Coalition – Upcoming Meetings and Activities

July Meetings and Activities

10: Public Policy at 6:00 at the REM office on Temple Street
12: Board of Directors Meeting at 9:00 in the Winslow Town Office
12: Energy Team at 10:30 in the Winslow Town Office
16: Permaculture Team at 5:30 pot luck at 39 Barnet Ave., Waterville

Our efforts have been recognized by George Smith as he mentioned Sustain Mid Maine Coalition in his column on Wednesday, June 27:


Two Opportunities to Help Us Continue Our Good Work!

1. Collecting organics at The Taste of Waterville Composting at The Taste of Waterville on Wednesday, August 8. Again this year, our volunteers will be collecting the organics at The Taste. Help is desperately need from 11:00 to 2:00 and from 7:00-9:00 PM. If you are available, please let me know. It’s a lot of fun, and I promise you won’t have to touch anything sticky, icky, nasty or gross. (Plastic gloves provided.)

2. Home Weatherization Assessment Volunteers Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Energy Team is looking for individuals who are interested in being trained to conduct Home Weatherization Assessments in the Waterville area. The goal of the weatherization assessment is to determine the home’s need for weatherization work, summarize those specific needs, explain the energy related rebates offered by Efficiency Maine, and assist the homeowner with any weatherization and/or energy related upgrades. We plan to conduct several, concise training sessions for the volunteers. Training will also include a practice visit to one or more homes accompanied by an experienced individual. Once their training is complete, volunteers in teams of two will visit the homes of residents who have requested an assessment. The homeowners will have completed a self-assessment on their energy use before the visit. The assessment will take up to an hour, including any discussions with the homeowner.

Criteria for volunteers:
  • Interested in learning about energy conservation
  • Age 18 or older
  • Must enter homes and engage with homeowners
  • Able to climb stairs and ladders, may have to enter attics and/or basements
  • Willing to attend at least one 3-hour training session
  • Must commit to at least 3 assessments (conducted in pairs)
  • Time frame: training expected to occur in the fall of 2018

FMI: Contact Linda Woods at or 680-4208.

Ecomaine has printable and shareable resources on our website, and that’s why we created the RECYCLOPEDIA. It’s our online and mobile app database of more than 700 items – use it to learn what to do with them when you’re all through using them!

And for the competitive recycler in your life, ecomaine made trash and recycling into a game! The Wicked Smaht Recycler lets players try their hand at sustainable waste management by picking the right bin to put that waste in! Think you’re up for it? (Warning, it’s a lot of fun!) Try it out!

To help you save energy in your home, here are 10 suggestions.

Close your curtains.
Shut your curtains or blinds to keep out the heat during the day. Doing this can cut home heat gain by 45 percent, according to the Department of Energy. Curtains are not as effective as blinds but even a medium-color curtain with white plastic on the back can cut heat gain by 33 percent.

Set your AC higher.
If you use air conditioning, set it at the highest temperature you can tolerate comfortably. You’ll save 10 percent a year on your cooling bill by setting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees higher for 8 hours each day. Also: AC will not cool a space faster if you crank it to the maximum when you get home. Dialing the
thermostat down to 60 won’t get you to 70 any quicker. You’ll just waste extra energy and money.

Get a fan.
If you don’t have a ceiling fan at home, a floor fan will also do a great job of keeping you cool. If you use air conditioning, a good fan will allow you to raise your thermostat 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort, according to, though your personal results may vary.

Make a personal AC.
Put a bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. The fan will blow the cold air in your direction and keep you cool. This uses a lot less energy than air conditioning. And it really is a thing, we didn’t make it up! It actually does work, if only for a
short while.

Close doors and vents.
Don’t waste energy cooling rooms you don’t spend time in. Close the doors to these rooms and shut the vents that supply them.

Plant trees.
If you have a house, plant more trees, shrubs and bushes around the edges. They not only provide shade, they cool the air before it penetrates your walls and windows.

Line dry your clothes.
Clotheslines are making a comeback. And summer, of course, is the best time for line drying. The sun is available and you’ll keep radiant heat from the dryer out of your home. Also: air dry your dishes if you have a dishwasher.

Wash in cold water.
A whopping 90 percent of the power consumed by your washing machine is used to heat the water for warm-water washing, according to Energy Star. Switch to the cold-water setting and you’ll save a lot of energy. But look for a cold-water detergent next time you’re shopping. They actually are formulated to work better in cold water (the claim is not just marketing).

Turn down your water heater.
Water heating accounts for 15 to 25 percent of energy consumption in the average home, says the Department of Energy. Turning down the temperature 10 degrees Fahrenheit on your hot water heater saves 3 to 5 percent on energy costs, so a drop from 140 F to 120 F saves you 6 to 10 percent.

Use solar lighting outdoors.
Outdoor solar lights have improved markedly from the dim, short-lived lights of years past. Bright LEDs have replaced conventional bulbs and better photovoltaic cells have boosted efficiency. LEDs create light without generating heat, so they run on far less energy and last longer. The lights are simple to
install, virtually maintenance free and provide free light for your yard.

Art in the Park, a program of Common Street Arts is designed to foster creativity and community among residents and visitors to Waterville.Art in the Park is a free, weekly program that takes place inCastonguay Square during the months of June, July, and August. Castonguay Square is downtown Waterville’s central greenspace and serves as a gathering place for concerts, a weekly farmers’ market, among other community social activities.

Art in the Park takes place each Thursday and works with area teaching artists to develop unique arts programming–providing accessible workshops and special family-friendly activities for community members to engage in creative practices
that relate to ongoing exhibitions at Common Street Arts, as well as related programs at the Maine Film Center, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville Public Library and Waterville Opera House.

Art in the Park: Thursdays from 4-6pm–FREE

June 28– Artful seed bombs
July 5– Recycled masks
July 12-Painted Kindness stones
July 19– Mini camera obscuras
July 26– Maggie Libby “River Stories”

Maggie Libby, Voices of the River: Maggie Libby’s public art project uses the Kennebec River theme as content for three 12-foot willow charcoal drawings on paper. Each section will portray a river theme: a glacial and geographical view of
the river’s origin, a logging and factory view (factories which were economically beneficial to the area and also polluters of the river), and current view of the river and its environment. Graphics will encourage audience participation including posing questions like “Do you have a flood or river story you’d like to share? Did you work in any of the factories along the river? What is your favorite spot on the Kennebec? How do you envision its future?” Libby will collect these stories for the duration of the project with the intention of producing a video that will be made available at Common Street Arts and later archived for future generations. Viewers will be asked to erase the drawings with pieces of recycled Hathaway shirts, and will be asked to share their vision for the river’s future over erasures of its past. The resulting ghost drawings and overlaid visions will be installed in storefront windows until the temporary exhibition ends.
Earth Connections

This is a program with Tracy Weber and Ray Reitze about the deep inner working of the Earth and ourselves. In this hand-on, outdoor workshop, we will examine the dynamic life of the Earth through soil, water, and how the Earth’s energy grounds and sustains us.

July 28 (rain July 29) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Canaan
Cost: $75.00
FMI: or 624-1789
August 16-22, 2018

This online course is geared toward individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of solar PV technology. The course content is presented at an introductory level and is an important first step for any student that wants to enter the solar PV industry. Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the NABCEP Solar PV Entry Level exam (SP1-015 or SP1-016). This exam is optional; therefore, students must register to take this exam separately. Successful completion of this course and a passing score on the NABCEP exam will provide a required credential for professionals who want to install systems that qualify for the Efficiency Maine Trust Solar PV rebate program.

FMI: Kennebec Valley Community College

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Building Community One Bite at a Time

Locally made to order, small batch, wicked good homemade baked goods made with love and the spirit of building community. Personal chef services are also available. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to local charities, including Sustain Mid Maine. When you place your order, just let me know that you’d like me to donate 10% of your purchase to Sustain Mid Maine. And, if you’d like to be a matching sponsor that means even more money is donated to this program supporting the really great work they do. Please check out my website at for more information including a menu and specials page. Contact me at 861-4025 or email at

Ostara Farm and Bakery

We offer fresh seasonal produce, duck and chicken eggs, art classes, and bake environmentally conscious treats using available local ingredients with no preservatives or artificial dyes. Vegan and gluten free options are available upon request. We cater for many types of events from graduation parties to meetings and retreats. Please visit our website at and contact us at for questions or to place an order.

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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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