Environment

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the woods with my sister Debi. Something we both look forward to all year round.  Serene, peaceful. Take a few moments to walk with us and leave all your worries behind. See more pictures.

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

You know how law enforcement agencies often use a database of DNA profiles to identify crime suspects? Well, scientists are also building a DNA database of all the different species of plants and animals around the world. If you’re interested, you might be able to help them out this summer — and get to spend some time in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. Read more.

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

 

The Atwood family has a hard time getting rid of stuff. We still have our first computer — an iMac Plus. Yes, we are loyal Apple fans. We took our daughters to DC during April vacation back in the 90s and our computer was already on display in the Smithsonian. By then we’d moved up to a newer version. We still have them both. We also still have the computers we bought the girls when they were in high school — they’ve long since graduated from college. We have them all, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with them. We just put them away with all the other things we’ve accumulated over the years. (Did you notice that container of doll stuff under the computer? It’s full!) Out of sight, out of mind.

Reel Paddling Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival

The Maine Island Trail Association & the Northern Forest Canoe Trail are bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival to Portland on March 29th, 2013. This event will be held at Hannaford Hall on the USM campus at 7:00 pm, and will include the exclusive premier of a new short film celebrating the Maine Island Trail on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

A silent auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association, showcasing high quality gear and original Maine art, will begin at 6:00 pm. A unique collection of auction items will be on hand, including a stand-up paddleboard, gift certificates to local restaurants, a variety of weekend getaways, sailing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting packages, selections from talented local artists, and much more.

"Maine Businesses for Sustainability" Fall Workshop

"Maine Businesses for Sustainability" Fall Workshop

Join Maine Businesses for Sustainability and a group of like-minded individuals to learn about and discuss the triple bottom line of business efficiency, social enterprise and environmental awareness.

Environmental author BILL McKIBBEN at the State Theatre on November 13

Environmental author BILL McKIBBEN at the State Theatre on November 13

Do the Math Tour with

BILL McKIBBEN

and 350.org

STATE THEATRE

609 Congress St.

Portland, ME

www.statetheatreportland.com

November 13 at 7:00pm

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and are available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com

$10 GA Seated, all ages.

 

Do The Math Tour with Bill McKibben and 350.org

 

Acclaimed environmental author and activist Bill McKibben and the leading international climate campaign 350.org are going on tour across America to build the movement we need to face the

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

CNG buses now make up more than 40 percent of the Portland district’s fleet. All of the vehicles have been funded fully or in part by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection through grants from the Federal Clean School Bus Program.

The CNG buses create less pollution and they save the district money on fuel. Prices for CNG hovered around $1.21 per equivalent diesel gallon last winter after federal fuel grants were suspended. That’s a savings of about $2 per gallon.

In 2002, the Portland Public Schools responded to several scientific studies showing that emissions from diesel school buses were possibly causing harm to children riding them. First among these concerns was the effect on students with asthma and other respiratory conditions.