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.
May 9, 2014

$500,000 grant to help fund technology for island, coastal schools to collaborate, use distance learning

Bangor Daily News' Abigail Curtis writes about the USDA grant, which will be used to purchase video conferencing devices and hub equipment for distance learning opportunities in 15 island and coastal schools.
Merlin Jackson
February 10, 2014

UK Fishermen Offer Maine Counterparts Offshore Wind Advice

MPBN's Jay Field reports on commercial fishermen from Great Britain offering their Maine counterparts advice on protecting their interests, as the state's first offshore wind development moves forward.