Equal Exchange- International Visitor Leadership Program

GrowSmart Maine recently spent time with two mayors from Germany through the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. We shared best practices and lessons learned from our work in community revitalization and economic development for towns and cities addressing diminished growth and an aging population. This visit was coordinated by the World Affairs Council…

Conserving Open Space Promotes Community Connection and Health

by Sally Stockwell, GrowSmart Maine board member The first warm (over 40 degrees) spring night in April, I don raincoat, rain pants and a warm wool hat, and head out onto the dark wet road outside my door to help wood frogs, peepers, and spotted salamanders safely cross the road that runs between the Rines…

Smart Growth so 90s?

By Bryce Hach I joined the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors in 2018.   I remember telling friends and family at that time from outside of the state of my new role, and a frequent response I heard was “cool, smart growth was a big thing in the 1990s.”  To me, that left the impression that…

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…