Education & Community Outreach

Team Leader: Bonnie Sammons

To promote and enhance initiatives that further the ecological sustainability of Mid-Maine.

The ECO Team organizes and hosts educational events with the goal of increasing public awareness and action in areas related to sustainability.  We recognize that our changing planet is in crisis on many levels and that in order to respond in a meaningful and effective way, we must first understand the nature of the crises, seek sustainable solutions and opportunities to create a viable and desirable future.  Our approach acknowledges that fundamental change in our world views is necessary to achieve this goal. 


The First Annual Drive Electric Earth Day event - April 27, 2019  (10am to 2pm)

Event to be held at Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville, Maine 04901 (Watch for signs)

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Help us celebrate the environmental and cost-saving benefits of electric vehicles!
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EVs already signed up to be present include Toyota and Chrysler hybrids along with Chevy EVs (courtesy - Central Maine Motors Auto Group) and two Teslas. Other participants will also be bringing their own vehicles.

Speakers at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00 include:
· Steve Kahl, Thomas College Professor of Science, Prius PHEV owner
· Ryan Wheaton, Professor of Business, Honda Clarity EV owner
· Vaughan Woodruff, InSource Renewables, Volt and Bolt owner
· Ben Plaisted, Sales Associate at Central Maine Motors
Kenneth Copp, Kia Soul EV Owner
· Michael Tabone Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Owner

Tables by:
· Sustain Mid Maine Coalition
· Central Maine Motors Auto Group
· ReVision Energy
· In Source Renewables
· SunDog
· Club Green Thomas College
· Natural Resources Council of Maine
· Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Food offered by The Highlands & Gracie’s Food Truck, providing farm-to-table cuisine

NRCM’s survey found that 96% of people found their electric car to be reliable; 89% said it was easy and affordable to maintain (only 2% said it wasn’t) and 92% would recommend electric cars to their friends, family, and colleagues. We will bring several copies of this report to share with attendees.
I also encourage you all to check out NRCM’s Electric Vehicle webpage:
-From Todd Martin

Drive Electric Earth Day Event co-sponsors:
· Sustain Mid Maine Coalition
· Central Maine Motors Auto Group
· Thomas College Club Green and Toward a Sustainable Society class at Thomas College
· ReVision Energy
· In Source Renewables
· Natural Resources Council of Maine

In case of rain, this event will be canceled. Check or Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Facebook page to verify.

Educational Outreach Events

ECO events have included book discussion groups and film screenings, recycling and composting workshops,  hands-on workshops on lowering energy bills by improving household insulation, and using low impact supplemental and alternative energy, outdoor events to reconnect with our local environment and develop outdoor skills.

Sean Birkel (with the Climate Change Institute of UMO & inventor of the Climate Reanalyer) presenting at the Climate Adaptation Facts: A Briefing for Kennebec River Valley Communities at KVCC

Educational Ink

We promote the message of sustainability and conservation through a variety of mediums, including local publications. We have over 20 educational articles published in The Central Maine Morning Sentinel and The Kennebec Journal that address climate change, efficient heating options, weatherization, leaf composting, benefits of permaculture, and more.

The audience at the Climate Adaptation Facts: A Briefing for Kennebec River Valley Communities at KVCC

Past Public Awareness Events

The Education Team holds a variety of public events geared toward all members of the community.  We arrange the programs and secure the speakers. Here are just a few of our past events:

  • ADAPTING TO A CHANGING PLANET SERIES (spring 2015):  Colby's Professor Herb Wilson:  Climate Change and Bird MIgration Patterns; Jesse Watson, Midcoast Permaculture:  A Vision For Regenerative Food Systems; Michael Douglas and Colby Smith, Maine Primitive Skills School:  Forage and Fire
  • “Sharing Sustainability: Building Resilient Communities” event with speakers from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Kennebec Valley Community College, Portland Transition Town, Maine Rural Partners, Opportunity Maine, and Sustainability Solutions at UMO
  • Climate change briefing for the Kennebec Valley (in collaboration with Running Start Institute and UMaine Climate Change Institute)
  • Speakers included Paul Mayewski, Director; George Jacobson, State Climatologist; and Sean Birkel, inventor of the Climate Reanalyzer
  • Tabling at Women's Wellness sponsored by Inland Hospital annually
  • Earth Day celebrations 2009-2012
  • Paul Kando of Al Gore Institute in 2011
  • Green Bean Movie Scene in 2013book discussion group in 2013
  • Meet and Greet the Farmer at the Waterville Farmers' Market in 2013
  • Creation of a garden at the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter in 2014

For more information (and to volunteer or donate), contact us today!