The Triple Bottom Line – Carbon Edition

By David Webster In all the years I have been involved in sustainability and climate change I have never used the term “triple bottom line.” That will change. Wikipedia describes it as: “The triple bottom line (or otherwise noted as TBL or 3BL) is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental (or ecological) and…

What the Top Ten “Hottest” Towns in Maine Say About Maine’s Future

by Carol Morris, GrowSmart Maine Board Member MaineBiz recently ran two articles on a real estate broker who tracks the “hottest” towns in Maine. And no, he is not talking about recent weather patterns. He’s calculating which communities have the highest percentage increase in real estate sales each year. This is in number of houses,…

How Buying Local Does More Than Support Your Local Farmer

By Buzz Lamb We’ve all heard the phrase “buy local.” But what exactly does that mean? And why is it important? “Buying local” – is not just about supporting your local farmer or retailer.  It’s about building the strong economic and social foundations that produce more vibrant communities, particularly when combined with efforts to revitalize…

A Smart Growth Community in Maine?

By Doug Greene. I’m a dreamer, and I’m not afraid to try and put my dreams into action. As a new GrowSmart Maine Board member, I sat at my 1st Board meeting feeling inspired by the goals, energy and effort being put into transforming our state. I wondered, “What if the place where I worked…

GrowSmart. Shrinksmart. Be Strong. Pioneer. Locally.

By Rebecca Casey. We occasionally ask ourselves if GrowSmart is the right name. Initially borrowed from the Smart Growth movement, some question whether it’s stale, while others are not yet familiar with it. I follow many thought leaders including Strong Towns, New Urbanism, Institute for Local Self Reliance and others. On top of that, my summer…

GrowSmart at a Glance – April-June 2018 

We offer to our subscribers this overview of our work across Maine in the second quarter of 2018. If you aren’t already a member, please consider supporting these programs at http://growsmartmaine.org/membership/donate/  The mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. We achieve our mission through community engagement, events and advocacy.  Each…

Broadband for Cranberry Isles & Beyond

Broadband internet is as essential for community resiliency as are dependable roads, electricity and public safety. These services provide foundation for people to live, work and enjoy a basic quality of life. Rural places in Maine are finding creative solutions to a fundamental challenge: lack of density in population reduces the financial feasibility for the…

Does Smart Growth Lead to Sustainability?

By Rachel Bouvier of rbouvier consulting. Sustainability has become a buzzword in certain circles but what exactly does the word mean? In the economic development sector, a sustainable economy is one that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet theirs. Even that definition is full…

Communities at Risk with Proposed LUPC Rule Changes

Earlier this week, GrowSmart Maine was in Brewer for the Public Hearing of the Land Use Planning Commission, which acts as the Planning Board for 10 million acres in the Unorganized Territories.  The public hearing on rules related to adjacency, which dictates that new development must be “adjacent” to similar sites, was nearly four hours…

GrowSmart Maine Weighs in on Proposed LUPC Rule Changes

courtesy of destinationmooseheadlake.com

June 20, 2018 To Members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission, In testimony from the April hearing, attached here, I outlined GrowSmart’s concerns related to proposed revisions to the LUPC adjacency rule. While GrowSmart appreciates the need to improve the current adjacency “one-mile rule” we offer recommendations to minimize development outside of areas not…