Annual Meeting 2015


Community Solutions to a Changing Climate

The GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting 2015

Tuesday, October 20th
9am – 6pm
Pepperell Center,  40 Main St, Biddeford, Maine

If you saw a threat, would you avoid it? If you saw an opportunity, would you take it?  Learn from inspired speakers on the language that connects Mainers to climate change and translating business thinking to community action, with successes to inspire us from Maine and Denmark, a world leader in reducing use of fossil fuels.

We Mainers are reluctant to call ourselves leaders, and yet, as Denmark leads the world in reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, there are communities leading the way here in Maine. Join us as we find Community Solutions to a Changing Climate that you can share in your neighborhood.

Thank you to all who participated!

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Professor Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at the College of the Atlantic and Catherine Lee, Lee International and Chair of the Maine Climate Table


Rep. Martin Grohman
Sue Inches – Denmark 2015 tour leader
Tyler Kidder – Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs,USM
Sen. Roger Katz
Sen. Lynn Bromley – SBA Office of Advocacy
Donna Larson – Solarize Freeport
Brooks Winner – Community Energy Associate, The Island Institute
Sam Saltonstall – Peaks Environmental Action Team (PEAT)
John Egan – Senior Vice President, Loans & Investments, CEI
Carl Eppich – Senior Transportation Planner, GPCOG & PACTS
Kate Dempsey – Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy

Panelist Bios

Materials from the day:


Climate Tour Denmark 2015 Summary Report (pdf)


Annual Meeting 2015 Panelists Contact Information

Sam’s GrowSmart Panel talk

Peaks heat pump RFP.15

Heat Pump Purchase Process copy

Peaks Storm Window Inserts handout copy


Optional Morning Program

9:00am Optional Tours of Biddeford
10:30am Optional Tours of Biddeford
12:00pm Optional “Unlunch” downtown

Afternoon Program

1:00pm Network with Exhibitors, Pepperell Center
1:30pm GrowSmart Maine Business Meeting – Election of new and returning Board Members, Emeritus Board change to bylaws, Financial Report
2:00pm Welcome from Sen. Angus King and Executive Director Nancy Smith
2:10pm Engaging your Community in the Climate Change Conversation featuring Cathy Lee and John Piotti
2:30pm Denmark:World Leader – Stories from Denmark Energy Tour 2015 featuring Rep. Martin Grohman, Sue Inches, Tyler Kidder, Sen. Roger Katz and Sen. Lynn Bromley
3:00pm Network with Exhibitors
3:15pm Dirigo: Maine Leaders – Stories from Maine Communities: Renewables, Building Efficiency and Bike/Pedestrian featuring John Egan, Carl Eppich, Donna Larson, Sam Saltonstall, Brooks Winner and Kate Dempsey
3:45pm Turning the Triangle Upside Down: Focusing on What Communities CAN Do
4:15pm The Abundance Cycle, Professor Jay Friedlander
4:40pm Closing Reflections, Sen. Roger Katz and Rep. Martin Grohman
5pm Networking Reception featuring selections from local eateries, wine and Banded Horn beer – connect with several statewide organizations that assist in designing and creating citizen action committees.

MGP_EventGreening_ClingGreen electricity for this event was made possible courtesy of the Maine Green Power program.



Tour Descriptions:

Natural Connections Tour: Discover Biddeford’s RiverWalk, the nation’s first 7-Minute Workout Station, and cross the mighty Saco on the new RiverWalk bridge. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Saco River and the incredible mills, including the dams. All locations accessible, level of difficulty low. Tour limit: 20.

Manufacturing Tour: Until recently, hundreds of thousands of square feet of mill space were vacant. Now you can visit manufacturers of clothing, outdoor gear, craft beer and gin on this exciting tour of the Pepperell Mill Campus. All locations accessible, level of difficulty low. Tour limit: 20. Some stairs and fast walking required.

Historic Mill Tours: Biddeford’s textile mill doors are open once more, with access to the unique underground canals! Tours are guided by former mill workers who are passionate about Pepperell and know the history of these incredible buildings and the mill workers who worked in them from the 1840s to 2009. Tour limit: 20. Difficult stairs included in the tour. Closed-toe shoes required.

Cultural Connections: Visit Biddeford’s legendary City Theater, designed by Maine architect, John Calvin Stevens. Designed in the colonial revival style, complete with horseshoe balcony, this historic theater drew famous Vaudeville shows. Also, find out more about Engine, the gallery and 3D printing lab that’s building Biddeford’s creative economy. Tour limit: 20. Accessible.

Discover Downtown: Visit destination retail stores and culinary delights in Biddeford’s downtown. Meet the owners of six of Biddeford’s newest businesses — plus a few classics —  to find out what drew them to the downtown or what makes them stay. Tour limit 15. Some businesses require climbing a few stairs.

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