December 8, 2020

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Gifts Inspired by the Sea

As part of our new collaborative series with Luke's Lobster, we're continuing to highlight some of our favorite things about Maine. Maine's scenic coastline, harbors, and waters serve as a constant source of inspiration for artists, visitors, local entrepreneurs, and residents alike. This week, we're thinking about a few small businesses who are using this inspiration to create unique and innovative products that are tied to the sea and this beautiful place we call home. With the holidays just around the corner, we invite you to check them out and…
Island Institute
Maine Won't Wait climate action plan
December 4, 2020

Maine Won’t Wait: Gearing Up to Implement Maine’s Climate Action Plan

Bold and durable plan will accelerate climate-related efforts along the coast and across the state

While much of coastal Maine struggled with power outages and flooding as a powerful early winter storm unleashed strong winds and heavy rain—all on top of a global pandemic—leaders of…
Suzanne MacDonald and Nick Battista
December 2, 2020

How communities are helping to close the digital divide in Maine

Through a community-driven process, we can bring affordable, equitable, and reliable high-speed internet access to everyone in Maine

The Island Institute’s mission and values are strongly rooted in the communities we serve. It is the priorities of these communities that power our work. This is why we believe…
Hannah Barrows
December 1, 2020

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Giving Tuesday

In honor of the holiday season and in the spirit of giving, we’re collaborating with our friends at Luke’s Lobster on "A Few of Our Favorite Things," a series highlighting…
Island Institute
November 23, 2020

Commercial Currents: Four Ways to Find Community this Winter

It seems like there is a general unease as we head into another Maine winter. The days are getting colder and shorter, COVID cases are starting to rise again. Like…
Craig Olson and Claire Donnelly
November 13, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 testing available for island communities

State of Maine and partners work to ensure islands have adequate access to coronavirus testing

Since March, Maine’s island communities have faced a variety of logistical and other unique challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. But thanks to a new state effort to distribute…
Nick Battista
October 30, 2020

A Personal Reflection on Learning to Face Race

Adapted from the opening remarks at the 2020 Island Teachers Conference

Twenty-five years ago, I made a conscious choice to avoid the issue of race. And because I am a white woman, living in a majority white community, I had the…
Yvonne Thomas
Nicole Ouellette
October 26, 2020

Commercial Currents: Getting Your Small Business Ready for Online Marketing this Holiday Season

It might feel early, but right now is a great time to lay the groundwork for the holidays. Here’s how to make your online marketing painless but profitable so you…
Nicole Ouelette, Guest Contributor
Cliff Island Community Hall broadband
September 11, 2020

Spark! grant helps communities tackle energy efficiency projects

During the summer of 2019, I took the Casco Bay Lines ferry to Cliff Island. Upon arrival, I noticed small trenches dug up on the sides of roads and properties,…
Robin Chernow
Deer Isle - Kayak
August 28, 2020

If something is important to you, you should care for it

If something is important to you, you should care for it. As I sit down to write about the Island Institute and the Maine Island Trail Association, this is the statement that comes to mind. In many ways, this idea embodies both organizations and Maine’s coast more broadly.
Nick Battista