Uniting & Engaging the Next Generation of People Who Love Maine

Are you a young professional living and working in Maine? NRCM Rising is a group created by the Natural Resources Council of Maine specifically to engage and connect people in their 20s, 30s, and into their 40s who love Maine’s environment.

NRCM Rising is building a community of young professionals to advocate at the State House in Augusta for environmental safeguards and enjoy fun outdoor adventures around the state. We connect people, policy, and place, with the goal of ensuring that Maine’s young, emerging professionals are equipped with the skills, relationships, and knowledge needed to successfully defend environmental laws established over the past 40 years and to take on challenges of our future.

Maine’s environment exists as we know and love it today thanks to the efforts of people, organizations, businesses, and elected officials who care about protecting Maine’s natural resources.

One generation after another has committed to the mission of cleaning up our waters, promoting clean, renewable energy, adopting more sustainable lifestyles, speaking up for special places and wildlife, and demanding action on climate change.

NRCM understands that Mainers emerging from college and early in their careers want to make a difference—serving in Maine’s Legislature, starting sustainable businesses, working at nonprofits whose mission is to protect the environment, and more. NRCM Rising strives to provide opportunities for Maine’s young professionals to make a difference for Maine’s environment.

If you or people you know would like to get involved with NRCM Rising, please contact Todd Martin, NRCM Rising Director at tmartin@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0115. Thank you for all you do to help keep Maine special, today and for generations to come.

Come to an NRCM Rising Event Near You!

NRCM Rising hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Come join us and meet other young, conservation-minded folks, enjoy some beer and food, tell us what you think about issues facing Maine's air, land, water, and wildlife, and learn how you can get involved.

South Portland solar array

South Portland Solar Tour and Beer Pour
NEW DATE Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Did you know that South Portland is home to Maine's largest municipal solar array?

Please join NRCM Rising, ReVision Energy, and the South Portland Sustainability Office for a tour of this impressive solar array from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. During the tour you'll learn about exciting progress made on solar energy development in the Maine legislature earlier this year. After the tour we will head to Foulmouthed Brewing in South Portland for a pint or two from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. Your first beer is on us. Please join us for a solar tour and beer pour!

Located on the city's closed landfill, the 2,944-solar panel array produces about one megawatt of electricity annually, roughly 12% of the electricity used by South Portland’s municipal and school buildings. Cool!

Parking is available next to the solar array in the South Portland Public Works parking lot.

Gearing Up For A Hike
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Woods + Waters Gear Exchange, 12 Pleasant Street, Brunswick

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Looking for some epic hiking adventures this fall? Need some advice on gear and resources that can help you hit the trail? Come hear inspiring stories from Maine-based hiking enthusiasts about their favorite places to hike and explore in Maine. We'll have free beer from Flight Deck, soda from Green Bee, and bars to munch on from Wild Flours Bakery. We're raffling off two $25 gift certificates; one to the Woods + Waters Gear Exchange and one to Wild Oats Bakery in Brunswick. Invite your friends on Facebook.

You'll hear from these hiking gurus:

  • Megan Thompson, Appalachian Trail through hiker and Backpacker Radio podcast host.
  • Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News outdoor writer and author of three books about hiking in Maine, including "Maine Hikes Off the Beaten Path" and "Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine".
  • Ryan Linn, Co-founder of Atlas guides, a smartphone-based adventure & hiking guide for trails like the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and many more.

Gain access to exclusive events:

  • Fun outdoor trips like hikes in the North Woods and paddles along the coast
  • Engaging presentations on hot issues facing Maine’s environment
  • Eat, drink, and be merry social networking events
  • Trainings to hone your communications and advocacy skills
  • Meet-ups with Maine’s legislative “Youth Caucus”
  • Professional development, including continuing learning credits
  • A “Capitol Day” opportunity to meet your legislators to chat about important  issues you care about that effect Maine’s environment
  • The chance to make fun, social connections with other young people who share your love of Maine

And we want to hear from you!

We want to know about the issues you care about—clean air and water? Vibrant forests? Healthy wildlife habitat? For more than 55 years, NRCM has been leading efforts to keep Maine special. As part of our ongoing efforts, we  look to you, our NRCM Rising membership of young professionals, for your  priorities, your input on our work, your knowledge and networks in Maine, and your feedback on how we can best work together to sustain Maine.

By getting involved with NRCM Rising, you’ll have a chance to build skills and create lasting relationships with other conservation-minded people like you in their 20s, 30s, and into their 40s across the state. Join us for a hike or paddle, and learn more about how you can be part of the new generation of leaders who know that a healthy environment is important for Maine’s economy and way of life. NRCM Rising is led by NRCM’s young professional staffers, with the goal to ensure that our generation is better poised to protect and enhance the nature of Maine and our quality of life.

Sign-up for NRCM Rising Today!

NRCM Rising Staff

We look forward to meeting you soon—either on the trail, at the State House, or at a social event.

NRCM Rising Leadership Team

The NRCM Rising Leadership Team helps provide ideas, energy, and momentum to NRCM Rising