When Philip Conkling and Peter Ralston founded the Island Institute in 1983, they recognized our island and coastal communities' legacy of innovation and resiliency. Explore our history to find out all that we've accomplished together.
Electric Boat Course
Level 1 Now Live!
As part of our work to decarbonize Maine’s Blue Economy, the Island Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the first level in our Electric Boat Course series. This free, online course is intended for a general audience, ages 15 and up.
Seeks Next President
The next president will join the Island Institute at an important inflection point in the organization’s history, as it accelerates its work to create resilience for Maine’s island and coastal communities.
To Lift All Boats
Building off a legacy of innovation,
we are partnering with community and business leaders to envision
and create a working waterfront that is resilient, sustainable, and accessible to all Mainers.
A Climate of Change: Clean Energy Solutions for the Working Waterfront
The sixth film in our ongoing climate-related documentary series, A Climate of Change: Clean Energy Solutions for the Working Waterfront follows Sam Belknap of the Island Institute as he travels the Maine coast to meet with innovators on the working waterfront.
Too Broad, Too Rapid, Too Uncertain
If you’ve turned on the radio or watched the news lately, you may have heard about the proposed regulatory changes to the lobster fishery here in Maine. This blog post outlines the Island Institute's response to the recent federal court ruling surrounding the National Marine Fisheries Service and right whale protection.
From the Sea Up — Working Waterfronts
From the Sea Up shares stories of sustainability from Maine’s coastal and island communities. The current season dives deep into specific working waterfront communities, their significance to the coastal economy, and the challenges they face now and into the future.