We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support! (Presented in alphabetical order)
ARCADIA designworks is Maine’s only industrial (product) design, architecture, and planning studio – where creative thinking meets three-dimensional results for corporations, organizations and individuals requiring design services involving manufactured consumer products, buildings & land. ARCADIA has a passion for sustainability and has designed buildings using a significant percentage of recycled materials, and has designed award-winning products using under-utilized but safe manufacturing waste. We combine design excellence with designing smart, we work to use what we have better, and are proud sponsors of Portland Greenfest.
Cumberland County Food Security Council
Garbage to Garden
Garbage to Garden is a mission-based Portland company that was founded in 2012 in order to make composting accessible to everyone. Garbage to Garden offers residential and commercial composting services for households, businesses, schools and events. From humble beginnings in a second-floor Portland apartment, Garbage to Garden has become the most subscribed-to composting company in all of the United States. Garbage to Garden currently services Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick, Bath and Arlington, Belmont & Somerville, MA.
Goggin Energy helps homeowners and businesses cut energy costs with energy efficient solutions including solar PV, heat pumps and insulation. Goggin Energy also offers BPI-certified energy audits, which will provide you with a detailed recommendation of the energy-efficient upgrades that are best for your home or building. Whether you are motivated by your concern for the environment or to protect yourself against rising energy costs, we are here to make the switch easier by thoughtfully guiding you through the process, and helping you take advantage of available financial rebates and incentives.
Hannaford Supermarkets opened for business in 1883 as a fresh-produce vendor on the Portland waterfront. Today, Scarborough-based Hannaford operates 181 grocery stores across the Northeast and is a recognized leader nationally for its commitment to sustainability. Hannaford was the first major grocer in the country to ensure all seafood items throughout the store are sustainably harvested; the first in the world to open a LEED Platinum grocery store (in Augusta); and the first in the country to implement a CO2-only refrigerant system at one of its stores (in Turner) to help combat the release of greenhouse gases. Forty of its Maine supermarkets are among the only grocery stores in the country that send no food waste at all to landfills, and all Hannaford stores are active in donating food to hunger relief. Last year, the company donated more than 23 million pounds of rescued food, including 12.4 million pounds in Maine, and diverts food waste that’s not appropriate for people to composting and bio-digestion. The company is, by far, the largest retail purchaser of Maine produce and other fresh food.
Maine Green Power
Maine Green Power is a renewable energy program that offers every Mainer the option to choose Maine-made energy for their electricity use from sources that replenish themselves naturally — like wind, water, sun or forests. Enrolling in the program helps support renewable energy projects in Maine that not only reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but help grow demand for local renewable energy. Maine Green Power allows residential and commercial customers to match their electricity use by purchasing Maine-made renewable energy in 500 kWh blocks ($8.95/block) each month. When you join Maine Green Power, you’ll join a program committed to the values that reflect who we are as Mainers:
– Sustainable: Make a difference by lowering your electricity-based carbon footprint.
– Local: Support renewable energy sourced from Maine renewable projects.
– Transparent: Enroll without contract or installation hassles. Cancel anytime.
– Affordable: Pay an additional $8.95/block on your monthly electric bill.
Find out more at megreenpower.com.
Natural Resources Council of Maine
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is our state’s leading nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment, now and for future generations. We work statewide for clear air and water, healthy people and wildlife, protected forests, sustainable communities, and clean energy solutions and efficiency. NRCM was created by Maine people, for the benefit of all who love Maine. Since 1959, NRCM has led efforts to keep Maine a special place. NRCM harnesses the power of science, the law, and the voices of more than 20,000 supporters from across Maine and beyond. Together, we are making a difference. Join us today.
At TD Bank, we view the world a little differently than other banks. You can see it in the way we treat our Customers – delivering Legendary convenience with a human touch. And you can feel it in the way we treat each other — fostering a diverse and inclusive culture that empowers our people to thrive. It’s why we’re proud to call ourselves the Human Bank. It may sound odd coming from a bank, but we believe banking should be about more than just making money. So we support the causes that matter most to our Employees. We give back to the communities we share. And we work hard to protect the most precious shared resource of all: our planet. And our commitment shows. We were the first North American-based carbon-neutral bank. We’ve been constructing LEED-certified Stores since 2010. We built the first net-zero energy bank store in America. And we are the first U.S. Bank to seek WELL certification, ensuring the health and well-being of our Employees and Customers. At TD, we recognize that it’s not always easy being green, but it is the right thing to do. So we support a variety of sustainable programs, with an emphasis on conserving and creating urban green spaces. And we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty, volunteering alongside our neighbors to plant trees and clean our parks. We also appreciate that green is good business. Not only do we build green, but our U.S. commercial real estate Customers count on us to fund sustainable buildings, and to bring an expertise to the table in constructing and renovating green. And we’ve become a lender of choice for businesses that produce environmentally friendly products and support sustainable practices. In short, being green is not just an afterthought. It’s a vital part of how we operate our business every day. By embracing a triple bottom line that values people, profit and planet, we are proud to ensure enduring prosperity for all.
The Resilience Hub
The Resilience Hub is a collaborative organization based in Portland Maine. Our mission is to build resilience at the personal, household and community levels while creating thriving examples of abundance based on ecological wisdom. We do this by offering a range of events, education, and training as well as resilience-building services and projects. We operate at local, statewide and regional scales. Our work touches on all the realms traditionally encompassed by Permaculture (land use, energy, water, buildings, etc.) but with a special focus on food and creating new economic models. We operate collectively as a team of professionals and we are legally structured as a non-profit corporation in the state of Maine. Visit www.resiliencehub.org for more information.
The SunriseGuide is a mission-based media company that helps Mainers expand their knowledge of sustainability across a broad spectrum of subject matters—food, health, energy choices, home life and more–while fueling the growth of the green economy in Maine. Our titles include The SunriseGuide, the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor’s Guide, and The Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine.
WCLZ has a longstanding commitment to preserving the environment, and to that end, we are Maine’s only carbon neutral radio station. We’ve evaluated our total energy use, including the cost of transmitting our signal, heating and cooling, operating our station vehicle, and lighting our studios, among other ways we consume energy. To offset our impact so we can be carbon neutral, we buy carbon offsets through REVERB, a non-profit organization that works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations. In 2016 we are supporting “Oka Trees of Hope- Part 2”. In 2015 we helped reforest degraded land, near the Oka National Park outside of Montreal, with fruit trees, from which the fruit will be donated to local food banks. This year the project is being expanded by 180 acres. In addition, we run a feature called “The Maine Green Minute”, with information from the Natural Resources of Maine. WCLZ partners on environmental events with The Friends of Casco Bay, Portland Trails, Damariscotta River Association, and Loon Echo Land Trust. We also offer a “Green Team” page on our website with information and resources as to how to live a more sustainable life.
WMPG Community Radio is the place on the dial where free speech radio thrives! We’re the volunteer and student-run independent radio station broadcasting from the University of Southern Maine. WMPG broadcasts the voices and languages… the music and the ideas not heard elsewhere on the dial. WMPG’s programming features a wide range of music, public affairs and talk programming at 90.9 on the FM dial. In addition to traditional broadcast radio, WMPG streams live programming online 24 hours per day at WMPG.org. You can catch WMPG on a mobile device with one of the free listening apps available online. WMPG also archives its programs for on-demand listening at wmpg.org. WMPG preserves public access to the public airwaves, inviting members of the public to learn how make radio… AND offering varied opportunities to do so. Over 300 volunteers, both on air and off, help make WMPG the listener-supported radio voice for the people of southern Maine and eastern New Hampshire.
Yelp is a website and mobile app that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review, and talk about what’s great – and not so great – in your world. There’s also a super social side where Yelpers can enjoy free events, ticket giveaways, and even volunteerism.