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
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.
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
Maine Environment Spring 2017: What’s Inside! This issue of Maine Environment features a 1,100-word story about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. Written by NRCM Senior Director of Advocacy Pete Didisheim, the article provides insider information on how proposed EPA cuts would harm the environment Maine people rely upon, from… Continue Reading
Maine Environment Fall 2016: What’s Inside! This issue of Maine Environment features an exclusive interview with philanthropist and Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, who, along with her family, donated 87,500 acres of land east of Baxter State Park to the National Park Service that has become Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. NRCM… Continue Reading
Maine Environment Spring 2016: What’s Inside The Spring 2016 edition of our Maine Environment newsletter features a big story with a title that says it all: “A Historic Opportunity: A New National Monument in Maine.” Written by NRCM’s Forests & Wildlife Project Director Cathy Johnson, the story shares the inside scoop on what a new… Continue Reading