We are grateful to all of our 2016 sponsors for their generous support! (Presented in alphabetical order)
Agri-Cycle is a full-service food waste collection company that focuses on removing food scraps from the traditional waste stream and using those scraps to create renewable energy through anaerobic digestion. Our host anaerobic digestion facility, Exeter Agri-Energy, home to one of the first de-packaging machines in New England, can process all types of food waste including produce, meat, seafood, and dairy as well as grease trap waste and other liquids. Agri-Cycle utilizes a fleet of seven collection trucks, four tractors, two 8,500 gallon vacuum tankers, and three 65-yard dump trailers to service our business partners, including supermarkets, restaurants, food processing plants, corporate cafeterias, schools, and hospitals.
From our beginning as a one-person operation in 1995, Allagash has been focused on being an environmentally and socially responsible member of the community. This caring spirit is written into our core values as a company. Allagash has put in place a comprehensive sustainability initiative, with a focus on reducing waste and using less water and power, while engaging our organization in everything we do.
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.
ecomaine is a community-owned nonprofit providing sustainable waste management solutions for 57 member communities from Glenburn to Swans Island to Greenland, N.H. Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling diverts about 45,000 tons of recyclables away from landfills for use in new products every year. ecomaine also reduces more than 175,000 tons of trash to 10 percent of its original volume every year in its ISO 14001-certified waste-to-energy plant, generating enough electricity to power its operations, electric vehicle, and up to 15,000 homes every year. For its member communities, ecomaine employs a full-time environmental educator and many knowledgeable staff members, who collectively engage nearly 8,000 members of the community in waste reduction strategies via tours, school activities, and community events every year. SAVE THE DATES! ecomaine’s Annual Recycling Open House – Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at 64 Blueberry Road, Portland. Deadline for $20,000 in School Recycling Grants is October 31, 2016. Learn more at ecomaine.org.
Environment Maine is a citizen-based, and citizen-funded environmental advocacy project of Environment America. We believe there’s so much that is special about Maine that needs to be protected and preserved for future generations. Whether it’s kayaking along Acadia’s rocky coastline, canoeing on the Allagash or hiking Mount Katahdin, Maine’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the environmental values that so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Maine. Together with thousands of our supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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, Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick and Arlington & Belmont, 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.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England (Goodwill NNE) is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates jobs, delivers needed services for people with diverse challenges, uses environmentally friendly products or processes – all while earning revenue to pay for and expand innovative workforce services in all three states. Goodwill NNE operates retail stores, health care and cleaning services which help fund the innovative workforce programs that empower individuals and families to find personal stability through work.
Hannaford Supermarkets opened for business in 1883 as a fresh-produce vendor on the Portland waterfront. Today, Scarborough-based Hannaford operates 179 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 20 million pounds of rescued food, including 11.6 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, including more than 10 million gallons of Maine milk under the Hannaford brand annually and, in season, all of the broccoli and cauliflower sold at Hannaford stores.
Lee Auto Malls
Lee Auto Malls is Maine’s volume leader in auto sales, selling more than 10,000 cars each year from 19 locations throughout Maine. Lee represents eight popular new car brands including Honda, Toyota and Jeep, and it is the largest seller of used cars in the state. Founded in 1936, Lee Auto Malls is now a four-generation Maine business, and the Lee family feels a responsibility to help protect Maine’s treasured natural environment. Lee Auto Malls is a longtime supporter of leading environmental and sustainability organizations such as Maine Audubon, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust. In addition, the company has been a leader in promoting hybrid vehicle technology and is the largest seller of electric cars in the state. The company’s leadership has campaigned actively for higher fuel efficiency standards, often in opposition to the rest of the automotive industry. Lee’s facilities fully embrace recycling, and new facilities built within the last decade have incorporated environmentally friendly LED lighting and porous pavement to mitigate water run-off. Lee Auto Malls sees a bright future for Maine that protects the natural wonder of our state through improved vehicle technology and responsible environmental stewardship.
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 organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment, today and for future generations. We work to decrease air and climate-changing pollution through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as solar; improve the quality of Maine’s rivers, lakes, and streams; conserve Maine lands, including our treasured North Woods; and promote sustainable communities through initiatives that reduce toxic pollution and the impacts of waste. NRCM was established in 1959 by a handful of people who wanted to protect the Allagash. They succeeded, and today the Allagash is an icon of conservation, for Maine and the nation. Since then, NRCM has grown to include more than 16,000 members and supporters from across Maine and beyond, for the benefit of all who love Maine and the wildlife that rely on clean, healthy lands and waters. NRCM harnesses the power of science, the law, and the voices of our supporters to protect the nature of Maine. Together, we are making a difference.
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.
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.