Rise Up! – Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Our Future

On May 13, 14 and 15, Halcyon String Quartet will present Rise Up!—a series of multimedia performances in North Haven, Rockland, and Vinalhaven—that explores the impacts of sea level rise on these communities and coastlines through a combination of live music and projected film.

Island Institute Fellows Program: Past, Current, and Future Roles in Supporting Coastal Resilience

The preparedness of coastal communities in Maine to major weather and climate threats is being tested by increasing physical and economic damages, social justice implications among mitigation and adaptation choices, and interrelated challenges for community wellbeing. On Thursday, March 31st, Session 4 of the 2022 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference will bring together exemplary projects… Read more »

Cooperative Maine Business Alliance Principle Six Conference

The Cooperative Maine Business Alliance (CMBA) will hold its 8th annual Principle Six Conference on April 2nd at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The event will help cooperatives, their staff and supporters build business skills while also inspiring democratic community action and provide networking opportunities for Maine’s co-op community. This year’s theme… Read more »

Climate Strong Islands Network Spring Gathering

Join Climate Strong Islands Network (CSIN) members and allies for a virtual spring gathering, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. ET. During this online briefing, the Climate Strong Islands Network’s leadership team will share the CSIN National Policy Framework and elaborate on seven key issue areas including: Clean Energy Watershed Planning Food Security… Read more »

Sea Level Rise Lecture with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Sea level rise is a reality that will test Maine’s coastal communities and economies. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) will host Island Institute Marine Scientist Dr. Susie Arnold for a virtual lecture on sea level rise and its current and projected impacts on the Maine coast.

Navigating Change: Strategies and Structures to Increase the Resilience of the Coast of Maine

Join Island Institute Chief Community Development Officer Suzanne MacDonald for this special event, hosted by the University of Maine’s Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, on Monday, February 28th, from 3-4 p.m. Learn how we collaborate with coastal communities to build resilience and help communities to adapt in a time of increasingly rapid change.

Accountability for Costs of Climate Change—Who Pays?

Join MDI’s A Climate to Thrive and the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) to learn more about CCI’s work supporting communities across the country as they hold corporate polluters accountable for the impacts of climate change and explore how this type of action might help MDI communities alleviate the cost of resilience and repair. Speakers… Read more »

2021 Maine Broadband Summit

Join the Maine Broadband Coalition for the third annual(ish) Maine Broadband Summit, November 18-19, 2021. The broadband landscape in Maine has evolved since the last summit, and it’s time we convene to share and learn together as we continue forward toward statewide reliable internet access. Through two, half-day virtual sessions, the Summit will cover complex… Read more »

Digital Equity: The Great Imperative of Our Time

The income gap is widening at an alarming rate, and nothing short of revolution is likely to turn the tide. At the same time, the nation’s digital access gap, though equally distressing, is a source of hope. Technology provides the means to level the playing field. Being offline today means missing out, not just on… Read more »

Islands on the Front Line: Transition Lessons and Opportunities from Remote and Rural Communities

Rural, remote, and island communities are on the frontlines of climate change. Innovative partnerships, community-driven planning, and informed clean energy investments have now become more crucial than ever in their efforts to navigate the transition and support energy and economic resilience for local populations. In this session during the 2021 NASEO Annual Meeting, panelists will… Read more »