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Islesboro Conference sparks community energy thinking

Sep 20, 2019

Islesboro — The Islesboro Energy Team's fifth annual Islesboro Energy Conference Sept. 7 drew a broad range of presenters and guests from Islesboro and across Maine to exchange ideas that explored this year's conference theme, "Developing Community Energy."

Conference presenters included Joe Blotnick and Jill Higgins of A Climate to Thrive, Mount Desert Island; Mark Brown of 350 Downeast, Machias; Rep. Vicki Doudera of Camden, D-Dist. 94; Casey Hess of Maine Campus Coimpact, Unity; Kathy Kerr and Bill Thomas of the Islesboro Community Center; Sharon Klein of the University of Maine, Orono; John Luft of ReVision Energy, Liberty; Toby Martin of the Islesboro Energy Team; Janet McMahon of the Watershed School, Camden; Kathleen Meil of Maine Conservation Voters, Augusta; Craig Olson and Emma Wendt of The Island Institute, Rockland; Janis Petzel of Islesboro; Jim Roberts of the Islesboro Energy Committee; and John Van Dis of Islesboro Central School.

Toby Martin of the Islesboro Energy Team challenged participants to generate ideas and actions for change, commit to ending actions that contribute to environmental erosion, and "to set a higher standard for ourselves, the groups we represent, and those who represent us."

In light of environmental developments over the last year, Martin said, "... We need to rethink what we mean by energy, redefine it, and then become individual activists for the changes we each need to make in our daily lives, take responsibility for the things we can control, and become examples for others who are looking for answers and direction."



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