November 18, 2020

‘There will be a lasting impact’: How the pandemic magnified Maine’s digital divide

The success of remote learning greatly depends on a family’s access to the internet. It's estimated that tens of thousands of households lack internet access.

“My only concern is if we do go red [status] and we’re fully remote, can my internet keep up with all the computers working around the clock?” asked Amy McGee of West Gardiner—a mom of five kids, all of whom are learning from home. “I had some trouble with the hot spot at home trying to work,” said Kim Slawson of Owls Head, a father of four. “I kept having to reconnect to it. Finally, I just had to give up and had to go to a restaurant and connect…
News Center Maine
October 25, 2020

Driving seemed inescapable until it wasn’t

Work commutes have declined during the pandemic, but Maine needs to log even fewer vehicle miles to meet the state's climate goals.

Ask experts about cutting vehicular emissions — the largest source of Maine’s greenhouse gas pollution — and you’re apt to hear how complex the task is. Finding ways to equitably transition from…
The Maine Monitor
October 15, 2020

DOE launches partnership initiative to strengthen remote and islanded communities’ energy resilience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Program (ETIPP), a new partnership that will provide resources and access to on-the-ground support for remote and…
U.S. Department of Energy
October 14, 2020

Protecting Main Street from climate impacts

As the evidence and costly impacts of climate change mount, the need to view climate action as an economic imperative — not just an environmental one — is increasingly clear.…
Bangor Daily News Editorial Board
October 1, 2020

People on the Move: ConnectMaine Authority appoints Nick Battista as board chair

Nick Battista, senior policy officer at the Island Institute, has been appointed chair of the ConnectMaine Authority’s board. ConnectMaine’s mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all…
Portland Press Herald
Tentants Harbor
September 30, 2020

Luke’s Lobster, Island Institute launching e-commerce platform for seafood producers

Luke’s Lobster and the Island Institute have partnered to build an e-commerce platform for wild and farmed seafood producers throughout Maine. The partnership, announced Wednesday, responds to diminished market demand…
Mainebiz
September 30, 2020

Luke’s Lobster, Island Institute pool $2.5M to expand Maine fisheries market

Maine’s seafood industry is getting a $2.5 million investment aimed at making the seafood supply chain more resilient and giving fishermen and aquaculturists a broader online market during the coronavirus…
Bangor Daily News
September 30, 2020

Maine broadband authority’s new head is coastal specialist

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The new chair of an authority that seeks to expand broadband in Maine is a policy specialist from an organization that works on sustainability for Maine’s…
WABI-TV
September 28, 2020

BDN Climate: Coastal resilience and sea level rise

We know that climate change is dangerously affecting our planet. The topic of climate change can seem overwhelming, and our goal is to use these discussions as a jumping off…
Bangor Daily News
September 16, 2020

Island Institute promotes staff to leadership positions

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute recently promoted several program staff to leadership positions within the community development organization. Kendra Jo Grindle was recently promoted to the position of Senior Community Development Officer,…
Penobscot Bay Pilot