January 30, 2024

Conversations for Action: Strengthening Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Storms

In the aftermath of three major storm events, one in December and consecutive occurrences in January, conversations across the state are now focusing on planning to enhance community resilience in anticipation of future storms. Residents are now actively seeking information and connections to prepare their communities to weather the anticipated challenges ahead.  On January 24, Island Institute, the Gulf of Maine Research Institution (GMRI), and A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) collaborated on a resilience workshop tailored for the towns of Bar Harbor, Tremont, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, and the Cranberry…
Abby Roche & Brenna Cohen, Community Development Officers
January 30, 2024

Webinar Recording: Storm Science | Understanding the New Normal

On January 30, Island Institute hosted a webinar with Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Co-chair, Science and Technical Subcommittee, Maine Climate Council; Director of Center for Climate and Community, Island Institute, Hannah Baranes, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Gabe McPhail, Founder, Resilient Communities, L3C, and moderated by Jennifer Seavey, Chief Programs Officer, Island Institute.
January 30, 2024

Homework without High-speed Internet

Imagine being a math teacher, but only half of your class has access to calculators at home. Or imagine being an English teacher, but only a fraction of your students are able to take the book home. How would you adapt? This isn't far from reality for many students in Maine who lack internet access at home. As part of Island Institute’s work supporting digital equity planning in Waldo county, my colleague Zuzy and I recently visited Belfast high school, to hear from students and teachers about the impact the digital divide on education.  
Amber Blum, Associate Community Development Officer
January 30, 2024

Reflections on Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition

I had my first day at Island Institute on a Monday, and by Wednesday I was boarding a train to Rhode Island to attend the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (NACE). The Amtrak was buzzing with excited chatter between industry acquittances, old friends, and colleagues, excited to connect in person and not at a virtual conference.
Phoebe Walsh, Community Development Officer
January 30, 2024

Raising a Glass to New Partnerships

We’re thrilled to share the exciting news: Island Institute has been named a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an honor made possible by a thoughtful nomination from our friends at Maine Beer Company.
Julia Cole, Philanthropy Advocate
January 30, 2024

Island Journeys after the Storm

Three days after back-to-back storms that pummeled Maine’s coast in January, Maine Seacoast Mission welcomed Island Institute to join them aboard the Sunbeam to get a firsthand look at storm damage, connect with island residents and businesses, and lend a hand with clean-up efforts.
Stephanie Welch, Public Policy Director
January 19, 2024

January 2024 Storms: Frequently Asked Questions

On January 16, 2024, Island Institute hosted a webinar to share information and resources to help community members navigate the devastating impacts of the January 2024 storms. During the webinar, many questions were submitted into the Q&A, and we're following up here with further information about the most frequently asked questions.
January 16, 2024

Webinar Recording: Storm Recovery and Resources

On January 16, Island Institute hosted a webinar with Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and Department of Economic, Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson, and Maine Emergency Management Agency Director, Mitigation, Planning and Recovery Anne Fuchs.
January 11, 2024

January 2024 Storms: Resources

In the wake of the recent storm, our Island and coastal communities are grappling with the devastating impacts of severe flooding and storm damage.  To support the families and businesses through this difficult time, we want to share resources to access the help they need to recover from this storm and prepare for the next.
December 15, 2023

Stonington Talks Climate

125 community members joined the conversation in the first of a new series sponsored by Island Institute.
On Wednesday, December 6th, The Town of Stonington kicked off the first of a three-part series called “Talk of the Towns,” at the Stonington Opera House. Island Institute is sponsoring the series. The first talk: “Sea Level Rise, Warming & Storming: Navigating for Climate Resilience in Fishing Communities” featured a panel with Island Institute’s Dr. Susie Arnold.
Kate Klibansky, Community Development Officer