July 7, 2015

A big shift is coming to the Maine lobster population — and it could devastate the local economy

Fishermen used to go out at 5 a.m. and come home at 3 p.m. But now, Susie Arnold, a researcher at the Island Institute who works with local communities, says that fisherman are beginning to buy larger boats to make longer, even overnight, trips to where the lobsters now live. And while government climate reports recognize moving lobster fisheries as a potential issue, Maine doesn't have any solutions in place to help the fisherman.
Rockland
May 29, 2015

It’s time LePage released bonds Maine’s working waterfronts depend on

In 2010 and 2012, Maine voters approved $14.25 million in bonds to support multiple conservation priorities, including the privilege of fishing communities to pass on critical working waterfront access sites to the next generation of commercial fishermen.
May 19, 2015

WINDExchange Summit Participants Learn More about Wind Industry’s Status, Successes, and Challenges

The U.S. Department of Energy's WINDExchange Summit in Orlando on May 18 provided an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the current status of the wind energy industry. The audience included members of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national lab representatives, Regional Resource Centers, state energy officials, and professional and institutional partners.
April 27, 2015

Diverse alliance wants state wired for fast Internet

The Maine Broadband Coalition takes a pro-active approach on many bills pending this session in Augusta. A collection of Maine businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations has formed the Maine Broadband Coalition to help state policy leaders improve the quality and speed of Internet services.
April 21, 2015

Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning

Our marine programs director Nick Battista and marine programs associate Rebecca Clark guest-authored a post at the influential blog Talking Fish. In it, they argue that the success of the national ocean planning process depends on the inclusion and resolution of community members' opinions and concerns.
April 19, 2015

Sea Change: Dirty-fuel divestment a rising moral choice

When Holly Zadra suggested that Pittsfield’s First Universalist Church divest its holdings in fossil-fuel corporations, she recalls that church councilors responded with awkward silence “as if I’d said something impolite.” People naturally resist discussing their complicity in an energy system that is destabilizing the planet.
January 18, 2015

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

The New York Times reporter Diane Cardwell follows the participants in the CIERA program—the first of many planned collaborative projects between the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic—as they travel from Maine to the island of Samsø, Denmark, which is powered by 100% renewable energy.
Shermie Stanley
October 20, 2014

On the edge: Monhegan Island's year-round residents take charge of their future

James McCarthy's Mainebiz article illustrates Island Institute programming in action, including our highly visible Island Fellows Program. 
September 22, 2014

Humanity's Long Climate and Energy March

The New York Times columnist Andy Revkin, in his Dot Earth blog, looks at the CIERA program currently being run by the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic as part of the Fund for Maine Islands.
July 18, 2014

Innovators, dreamers and doers form foundation of future economy

Alan Caron writes about the small business owners, entrepreneurs, dreamers and doers that gathered on Chebeague Island to talk about Maine’s economic future, brought together by the Island Institute and the many dedicated volunteers who live on the island.