Harvest at Bangs Island Mussels in Summer 2015
October 6, 2015

Announcing the Aquaculture Cohort

Aquaculture in Maine—primarily mussels, oysters, and kelp—has huge economic potential. The area covered by all of Maine’s current aquaculture leases could fit inside Rockland harbor, but don’t let the small size fool you: it is a growing industry and the established producers can’t keep up with demand. Maine’s cold, clean, waters can produce a superior product, and when combined with the Maine “brand,” sales are ready to expand throughout the Northeast and beyond.
Nick Battista|Briana Warner
September 15, 2015

Update: Peaks Island CEAT

Peaks is one of a number of Maine islands to have formed Community Energy Action Teams with financial support from the EPA through the Island Institute. Our team has named itself the Peaks Energy Action Club (PEAC), and looks forward to addressing some of the energy challenges identified here on Peaks Island. Our mission is to provide informational resources to our community about energy efficiency and renewable energy options. The Island Institute has provided us with educational materials and state-of-the-art tools to help us investigate local energy projects of our own choosing.
Paul Fox
KK and other team members build interior storm windows
September 15, 2015

Update: Vinalhaven CEAT

The Vinalhaven Energy Club seeks to improve energy and resource efficiency for residents of the Fox Islands. Energy education and awareness are essential if we are to maintain affordable, warm, and well lit homes and buildings. We have helped promote energy efficient projects such as utilizing smart grid technology, encouraging use of electrical thermal storage units, weatherizing, and installing interior storm windows. Our members are Bill Alcorn, Patrick Trainor, Naill Conlan, Karol Kucinski, and Del Webster.
Karol Kucinski
The Frenchboro students tend their basement garden this spring.
September 8, 2015

From school basement to sunny yard: starting a garden on Frenchboro

Island Fellow Luke Milardo worked with the Frenchboro school students to start a garden under grow lights this spring, then shared the seedlings with the whole community.
Maren Granstrom
Ben Algeo explains the eMonitor to Monhegan students during Energy Day in January
September 8, 2015

Monhegan CEAT Uses Classroom Education to Make a Real-World Impact

The Monhegan Community Energy Action Team (CEAT) was created to serve a simple purpose: help people in the community lower the cost and environmental impact of their energy use through education about energy efficiency and conservation, and renewable energy.
Ben Algeo
Long and Cliff Island students pose for a thermal camera photo during the Energy Day on Long Island.
August 25, 2015

Update: East Casco Bay CEAT

An update on the work going on with the East Casco Bay Community Energy Action Team (CEAT), one of five teams pioneering intergenerational education and leadership around energy issues in seven year-round island communities in Maine.
Erin Love
A cartoon from CJ
August 25, 2015

Update: Islesboro CEAT

We formed the Islesboro Community Energy Action Team back in January, 2015. Our team consists of CJ, a senior in high school and our cartoon artist extraordinaire; Tres, also a teenager, homeschooler and an expert seaman; Kendra, our fantastic Island Institute Fellow; and the two wise elders, Paula Mirk and Toby Martin. Islesboro is the long (it used to be called “Long Island”) narrow island just below Verona Island at the mouth of the Penobscot River. We have a year-round population of less than 1,000, and a summer population of more than 2,000.
Paula Mirk
From left: Brooks Winner
August 24, 2015

Welcome from the Community Energy Team

The Island Institute’s Community Energy Program supports island communities in reducing their energy costs and increasing the reliability and sustainability of island electricity and heating infrastructure.
Harry Podolsky
Internet-based learning
August 20, 2015

What's the deal with island internet?

I spoke with economic development associate Stephenie MacLagan about the importance of high speed internet access on Maine’s islands and what the Island Institute is doing to help.
Maren Granstrom
Island Institute staff in 2014
August 19, 2015

Welcome to our blog

Welcome to the Island Institute’s blog. We’ll share interviews, photos, and stories from our staff, partners, and program participants about the issues facing our islands and coast and what we are doing to address them on a day-to-day basis. We’ll keep it informative and varied. Check back every week or so for new posts.
If you’re wondering about an aspect of our work, want to suggest a blog post, or have any comments, please contact us
Maren Granstrom