June 2, 2015

Island students receive $150,300 in Island Institute college scholarships

Sixty-eight islanders receive financial awards for education

ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today announced scholarship awards to 68 students through its Island Education Fund. The scholarships, totaling $150,300, benefit island students attending colleges, universities, and technical schools across the U.S. and Canada.

“These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of our donors,” said Karen Burns, the Institute’s community development director. “Because of their generosity, dozens of island students will have help paying for college or other post-secondary education. That’s a big deal for these communities.”
February 5, 2015

Island Institute says ocean acidification report on target

Nonprofit calls on state, federal officials to act

ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today praised the report from the commission studying the effects of ocean acidification on Maine’s marine life and fisheries and called on the state and federal government to respond by enacting the recommendations contained in the report. The report, released this morning, was approved unanimously by a diverse group that included fishermen, aquaculturists, marine scientists, regulators, and other stakeholders.
January 8, 2015

Island Institute Awarded Grant for Energy Efficiency Work

Maine Development Foundation’s Grants to Green program provides environmentally focused knowledge to nonprofits

ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today announced that it has received a grant of $90,285 from the Grants to Green Maine program for energy efficiency upgrades to its headquarters in Rockland. The grant will be used to make energy-saving retrofits to the historic building, including a new, high-efficiency wood pellet boiler. Work on the upgrades is expected to begin in January.
December 11, 2014

Senator King cites TLC in op-ed

Collaborative of outer island school is an example of benefits of connectivity for students

Senator Angus King (D-ME) and FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote an op-ed in Roll Call on December 10th, 2014 advocating for a new, modernized version of the E-Rate program. They credit the current version of E-Rate with bringing internet connectivity to the nation's schools.
October 30, 2014

Island Institute Hires First Economic Development Director

Award-winning small business owner and veteran of U.S. Foreign Service joins Rockland non-profit

ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today announced that it has hired small business owner Briana Warner as its first economic development director. Warner will oversee the organization’s efforts to help Maine’s islands and remote coastal communities strengthen and diversify their economies.

October 23, 2014

Conference to be held on energy challenges for New England islands

Event Will Bring Together Experts & Residents from Year-round Island Communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island to Discuss Community-based Energy Projects

PORTLAND, ME—The Island Institute will host the Fifth Annual Island Energy Conference  on November 7th in Portland, Maine. The event will bring together energy experts and island leaders from New England’s year-round island communities and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address those challenges.
August 14, 2014

College of the Atlantic, Island Institute to unveil Fund for Maine Islands at reception with Bill Moyers

Two coastal Maine institutions join forces to import global sustainability solutions here

BAR HARBOR, ME—Island Institute and College of the Atlantic — two coastal Maine institutions with a history of finding sustainability solutions — will launch a new partnership at a special event at the College of the Atlantic on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m. “An Evening to Honor Polly Guth and Launch the Fund for Maine Islands,” will feature a dinner and reception honoring philanthropist Polly Guth with a special guest appearance by renowned television journalist Bill Moyers.