December 8, 2021

Maine's climate action plan—one year later

Looking back at progress made and charting the course for our next steps
What do 40,000 heat pumps, 5,577 electric vehicles, and 2,043 homes weatherized all have in common? If you guessed that they are all highlights from a year of climate action in Maine, you guessed right! December 1, 2021, marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Maine Won’t Wait, the State of Maine’s groundbreaking climate action plan. Mainers from around the state gathered in person and online to celebrate progress and help launch a series of new initiatives to support the plan’s implementation. Read below to learn more about some…
Susie Arnold, Ph.D. | Suzanne MacDonald
December 3, 2021

Maine’s working waterfronts need our help

Why now is the time to address the critical challenges facing our coast
It seemed like a no more than a week would go by and we would be at it again; handling calls or emails from individuals, businesses, and communities about the…
Sam Belknap and Lia Morris
November 30, 2021

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Giving Tuesday 2021

This year on Giving Tuesday, in collaboration with our friends at Luke's Lobster, we’re reigniting our series, “A Few of Our Favorite Things,” highlighting the organizations, people, and places that…
Island Institute
October 28, 2021

Different Bays, Similar Spirit

Photographers connect by documenting those who work on the water
I first discovered Jay Fleming back in 2017 shortly after I became the Island Institute’s multimedia storyteller. My research led me to a contemporary counterpart who has been doing similar work for many years in the Chesapeake Bay region where the fisheries...
Jack Sullivan
Ferry crosses Rockland harbor.
October 25, 2021

A lifeline for island communities

Affordable, reliable transportation to and from Maine's islands is a crucial link for sustainability
Whether you live on an island in one of the Great Lakes or off of the coast of Maine, the commute to and from your community is over water. However, ferry, water taxi, and air services provide more than just transportation to and from island communities. They act as emergency medical transportation, provide school and extracurricular transportation, and deliver mail and other essential freight such as groceries and prescriptions.
Lisa Millette
September 20, 2021

Islands are Rising

New national network highlights challenges and opportunities faced by U.S. islands in building climate resilience
Throughout our nearly 40-year history, the Island Institute has often played a role to help connect Maine’s island communities to other, similarly situated communities in the U.S. and beyond. By participating in networks, learning exchanges, and even research publications, we’ve seen the value in helping Mainers expand their networks and even build their confidence as leaders by providing an avenue for them to share the stories of their hard work.
Suzanne MacDonald
August 31, 2021

Legislative Update: Summer 2021

Investing in Economic and Climate Resilience
We work collaboratively with communities to tackle challenges and build resiliency. While this often means spending time in the places where we live and work, it also means focusing on what’s happening further inland at the State House. This “long” session of the Maine Legislature lived up to its name this year as significant legislative work happened well into mid-July. The policy landscape shifted dramatically during this session, with more than $300 million available to support economic and climate resilience work.
Nick Battista
August 6, 2021

Archipelago Artist Profile: Gail Miller

For the next feature in our ongoing series of Archipelago artist profiles, the Island Institute’s Lisa Millette introduces us to Maine jewelry maker, Gail Miller, whose upcycled scrap metal jewelry has been featured in Archipelago since it opened in 2000.
Lisa Millette
August 5, 2021

Celebrating National Oyster Day

Hear from three Maine oyster farmers about this amazing bivalve and their work on the water
Today, we’re celebrating a delicious bivalve that grows in Maine’s cold, clean waters—the oyster. Oyster farming, and other types of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, offer an array of benefits for our ocean and Maine’s island and coastal working communities. We asked three Maine oyster farmers 10 questions about their work on the water and what it means for our coast.
Island Institute
July 30, 2021

Island student shares semester at sea experience

Islesboro sophomore uses educational support to learn about career on the water
Since 2013, the Island Institute has been able to offer Geiger Scholarships to island students to help them pursue off-island enrichment experiences like summer camp or a semester abroad. Islesboro sophomore Dylan Frank, a Geiger scholar who also received a Compass Workforce Grant, recently spent his Spring semester aboard a schooner with Sailing Ships Maine and gained skills to help him pursue a career on the water.
Robin Chernow and Dylan Frank