Climate decisions reflect who we are as nation

Our government’s decisions project a story to the world about who we are as people. When we step off a plane in another country, we encounter these stories, as the people we meet repeat them back to us. Read more from Island Institute President Rob Snyder on how, when our leaders’ decisions do not represent us, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to tell our own stories.

One Shirt, Two Shirt, Green Shirt, Blue Shirt

Tess Beem, our TLC Project Coordinator, reflects on the past year and what she's learned about the elusive mixing and melding that happens when the TLC island schools get together for at an in-person field trip, and the importance of downtime, free play, or unstructured time — what she calls magical mix time.

Commercial Currents: Top 5 Things to Do to Get that Loan or Grant

Are you looking for funds to try out a new idea or expand your business, or would you like to improve your chances of getting that loan or grant? Whether you’re currently in need of financing or not, these top five actions will help strengthen your business as well as present it as financially ready for investment.

Uncharted Waters: Next Steps for the Northeast Ocean Plan

Two weeks ago, I attended the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) meeting in Gloucester, MA. The purpose of the meeting was to hear from members about how their organizations are using the Northeast Ocean Plan and Data Portal, review the progress of implementing the plan, obtain public input, and decide on next steps.

Guest blog: A “Sense of Place”

Richard Nelson has been a commercial fisherman for over 30 years. He is a member of the Maine Regional Ocean Planning Advisory Group and talks about the recent regional ocean planning meeting in Gloucester, MA.

Marine team joins others to talk ocean planning on Capitol Hill

Early last week Marine Programs Director Nick Battista and I traveled to Washington, D.C., for an ocean planning "fly-in" event hosted by the Ocean Conservancy. Groups from throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic were invited to come to Capitol Hill to talk about ocean planning, including harbormasters, recreational boaters, maritime commerce, and fishermen.

Member Spotlight: Mott Feibusch

As a new member of the Island Institute, Mott Feibusch shares what he loves about living on an island, stories about Monhegan, and what being a member means to him.

BELFAST, ME—The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine. 

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – The Island Institute kicked off its seventh annual Island Energy Conference in South Portland today by recognizing two groups for their work as energy leaders and champions for Maine’s island communities.

May 3, 2017

Energy

Marian Chioffi and Chris Smith of the Monhegan Plantation Power District (center) were joined by representatives of Innovative Construction & Design Solutions, LLC after receiving the Island Energy Innovation Award at the 2017 Island Energy Conference

ROCKLAND, ME – Island Institute announced today that it has received a $240,000 grant through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to fund a collaborative project that focuses on disaster preparedness in Maine’s island and coastal communities and addresses threats faced from environmental change and natural disasters related to sea level rise.