May 18, 2021
Access to reliable high-speed internet in Maine has been an issue from the first day that the first Mainer was provided an internet connection and their neighbor was not. So, how does it affect our ability to sustain ourselves and to thrive—now and post-pandemic—if we are unable to afford the subscription cost or equipment required to connect?
April 22, 2021
Our collaborative climate action work is rooted in the resiliency and sustainability of the Maine coast
This Earth Day, we’re celebrating the important strides we’ve taken in a partnership rooted in the resiliency and sustainability of the coast of Maine. Hear from Ben Conniff, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Luke’s Lobster, on the work that is being done to address climate change and support coastal communities.
April 19, 2021
With Earth Day around the corner, I would like to highlight a nascent industry on the Maine coast that is not only a boon for Maine’s marine economy, but is also good for the Earth. Kelp farming has emerged as a solid way for those making a living from the sea to earn supplemental income during the winter kelp growing season.
April 16, 2021
Maine Service Fellows program will help address unmet needs for rural communities and provide opportunities for next generation of Mainers
At the Island Institute, we have seen firsthand the tremendous impact Island Fellows have when partnered with an island or coastal community. The Maine Fellows Service is an exciting opportunity to connect the next generation of Mainers who are eager to serve to the places they’re needed most.
April 8, 2021
In my 25+ years working in nonprofits and philanthropy, I have been a part of creating more than my fair share of annual reports. You might even say that I’m…
March 25, 2021
Part of our ongoing series of Archipelago artist profiles, this profile looks at Archipelago artist Alison Thibault of WindHorse Arts on Vinalhaven. The Island Institute’s Lisa Millette first traveled to the…
March 24, 2021
For 15 years, the Fishermen's Climate Roundtables have brought key groups together to discuss challenges facing Maine's fisheries
My favorite work event of the year just happened. It was the Fishermen’s Climate Roundtables. Fishermen’s Climate Roundtables is an annual opportunity for fishermen and scientists to come together and…
March 18, 2021
In more ways than one, it has been A YEAR. It has been a year since we cancelled the 2020 Artists & Makers Conference, and a year since life changed…
March 11, 2021
With intentionally designed policies and programs, islands can make practical progress on energy challenges and inspire communities everywhere
Energy can be expensive and unreliable for island communities everywhere. Through our work over the last decade and our collaborations with communities in Maine, New England, and across the globe,…
March 8, 2021
Along with our friends at Luke’s Lobster, we wanted to celebrate International Women's Day by highlighting a few of the courageous, talented, and smart women who are making huge contributions to our oceans and our planet every day.