Maine Environment Spring 2018: What’s Inside! In this issue of Maine Environment, we feature an important story about big-picture implications of plastic waste, and why we need to shift away from the use of “convenience plastics.” It also highlights the work Sarah Lakeman, NRCM’s Sustainable Maine project director, is doing with local Maine towns to… Continue Reading
Maine Environment Newsletters
Maine Environment newsletters are informative news publications that keep NRCM members up to date on the environmental challenges facing Maine, including ways to take actions to help.
Learn about our work addressing the effects of climate change in Maine, what NRCM is doing to keep Maine's waters healthy, how we protect Maine's forests and wildlife, and ways you can help make Maine communities more sustainable. Get up-to-date information about legislative issues at the state and federal level that may impact the environment Maine people and visitors to our state treasure.
We also produce two special editions of Maine Environment. Our Legislative Priorities highlights proposed legislation NRCM staff will be paying close attention to during each upcoming legislative session, and our one-of-a-kind Report Card for Maine’s Environment appears post-session to show where Maine’s elected officials were successful—or not successful—at protecting land, air, waters, and wildlife Mainers rely upon for a strong economy and healthy lives.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations.
People everywhere are talking about plastic pollution more than ever. Researchers all over the world are studying the unnerving prevalence of plastic in the environment and documenting its devastating impacts on our ecosystems—and their findings are startling. You may have heard the terrifying estimate that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050; or… Continue Reading
Early this year, NRCM accepted applications from Maine middle school educators across the state interested in incorporating more science learning projects into their classrooms. The goal of these projects is to engage students in the nature of Maine and provide them with opportunities to learn more by interacting with their local environment. NRCM chose eight… Continue Reading
The 2018 legislative session is well underway. This is the “short session” of the Legislature, which means the pace is fast as lawmakers attempt to adjourn by the end of April. It is also an election year for every House and Senate seat, and it is Governor Paul LePage’s final year in office, adding an… Continue Reading
Tackling climate change, food insecurity, and economic waste one meal at a time By Ryan Parker, NRCM Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate Licia Goodridge knows just how expensive food waste is. Since food is mostly water, which weighs eight pounds per gallon, and hauling contracts are based on weight, she knew her school district was wasting… Continue Reading
Maine Environment Fall 2017: What’s Inside! School lunch programs are contributing enormously to food waste and the problems associated with it, included climate change. NRCM is tackling the school food waste problem in a growing number of districts around Maine. You can read about it in the article, “Taking a Bite Out of Food Waste,” written… Continue Reading
The Trump Administration has proposed deep cuts to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that reduce pollution in Maine, save the lives of Maine people, and strengthen our communities and economy. As described in our comprehensive new report, Damaging Maine, the Administration’s unprecedented proposed cuts to EPA would cause widespread harm to efforts to protect clean air and water,… Continue Reading
A solar power revolution is underway around the world—last year in the U.S., the #1 source of new power was solar, exceeding new wind and natural gas capacity. However, Maine needs to play catch up. Maine has an excellent solar resource, but we are missing out on the jobs and clean energy it could bring… Continue Reading
Metal mining is one of the most damaging industrial activities conducted anywhere, with a worldwide legacy of environmental contamination. Maine has its own legacy of poor mining at the former Callahan mine in Brooksville. Shuttered 40 years ago, it’s still causing water pollution and has already cost Maine taxpayers more than $8 million in cleanup… Continue Reading