Energy Efficiency Projects in Schools, City Buildings Will Reduce Emissions by 17%

The City of South Portland announced today that it will achieve environmental improvement goals this year  -- six years early -- with a series of ambitious energy efficiency projects and policies in the schools and several city buildings.
 “I am delighted that the decisions we made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy expenditures are paying off so soon,” said City Manager James Gailey.  “The citizens of South Portland get a cleaner environment and the municipality gets lower energy bills.”
 The cost of the project will be paid for with the savings on utility bills.  The City expects to save $115,000 per year in energy costs.
 The energy savings are being accomplished by the installation of a multitude of projects including:
• Upgrades to energy management control systems.
• Installation of energy efficient lighting.
• Advanced lighting control systems.
• New, energy-saving windows.

Scarborough-based company expands on success of custom reusable bag website

Scarborough-based company expands on success of custom reusable bag website

SCARBOROUGH, ME - Fun Management Group announced the launch of Bulletin Bottle [.com], a niche website for companies and nonprofits wanting to place logos and messaging on custom-printed water bottles.The website expands on the success of Bulletin Bag [.com], which does the same on custom reusable shopping bags.

“I strive to deliver product-specific websites that include a wide variety of practical, environmentally-friendly products,” said Suzette Bergeron, owner of Fun Management Group. “Most of all, I wanted to provide all of this in easy-to-navigate sites that simplifies our clients’ decision-making process.”

“For most of our clients, true environmental concern and ethical practices are no longer just an afterthought—they are principles at the core of their organization,” says Bergeron.

New Season Brings New Opportunities – Learn How USDA Can Help You!

Scarborough, ME – May 13, 2011 – Agricultural producers and private woodland owners who are interested in learning about USDA and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) programs and services are invited to attend an informational workshop on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Buxton.  Hosted by the Cumberland and York Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the workshop will be held at the Buxton Town Office, 185 Portland Road in Buxton, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The meeting is designed to inform new or beginning farm and private woodland owners who have had little or no participation in USDA or Conservation District programs.  Speakers from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development, and the Cumberland and York SWCDs will provide an overview of available programs and services.  They will also give participants information they need to access those same programs and services.
The USDA Farm Service Agency ser

Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release

This month, students from nine schools will bid adieu to their aquatic classmates in the highlight of the Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release.  Before releasing their Brook trout fry, students will determine if the location is clean or polluted through various tests.  Students will test the stream for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, turbidity, flow, and temperature and collect aquatic insects which are indicators of water quality.

Classes have spent the winter nurturing baby Brook trout eggs in chilled incubator tanks while learning the basics of water quality protection.
The TroutKids Program combines hands-on learning with study of a range of subjects, including ecosystems and biodiversity, water quality and pollution, habitat protection, trout anatomy and life cycle, data collection and analysis, and watershed protection. Many students have experience fishing for Brook trout; a species native to Maine.

Trail Run - With a View

Trail Run - With a View

I'm running a trail race at the end of May and thought Robinson's Woods would be a good practice run. It didn't disappoint, if you've never been, it's a great place to walk or run, and dog-friendly. Not to mention, there is a beautiful view of the ocean if you cross Shore Road.

For more information, check out http://www.capelandtrust.org/trails.html



A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

It may be April Fools' Day...but this is no joke!

In honor of the Nor'Easter happening outside, Red's Dairy Freeze is offering a more appealing Nor'Easter for a discounted price!

On April 1, 2011, you can buy a Small Nor'Easter for just 3 dollars! This is a one day only event! Print off the coupon and head (carefully) down to Red's!

Site walk at Winnick Woods

The Cape Elizabeth Conservation Commission will hold a site walk at Winnick Woods (Sawyer Rd) on Saturday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. to consider trail improvements with volunteers.