GrowSmart Maine Forums

GrowSmart has a long and consistent history of hosting quality forums covering a broad array of Smart Growth topics affecting Maine Communities. We are currently in the process of recasting our 2020 line-up of forums to an online format. While this change was necessitated by COVID-19, we are excited by the potential to better extend the reach and accessibility of our forums across Maine. Follow GrowSmart Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on this and other forums.

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“Open Street: How to Hangout Again”

Wednesday, August 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us for this exciting webinar!


Communities around the country have closed streets to vehicular traffic to create space for outdoor dining and other socially distanced interactions. GrowSmart Maine will host a webinar discussion on these COVID-19 open streets strategies with Mike Lydon, Principal at Street Plans, and creator of The Open Streets Project, and David Gogel, Executive Director of Rockland Main Street. Rockland was the first Maine city to close a section of its downtown to assist businesses. The discussion will focus on the long-term viability of pandemic open streets projects, equity and access concerns, and expanding open streets projects beyond mobility.


Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans

Mike Lydon is a Principal at Street Plans, and leads the firm’s New York City office. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities. NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Salon, Next City, Wired, and Monocle have featured his work, among many other publications. Having delivered more than 250 keynotes, workshops, trainings, and lectures since 2009, Mike has exerted a global influence on how people think about city transformation. In 2018, Mike was named by Planetizen as one of the top 100 most influential urbanists of all-time.

David Gogel, Executive Director, Rockland Main Street

David Gogel is the Executive Director of Rockland Main Street, Inc. A non-profit focused on the revitalization and economic development of downtown Rockland. David was hired at the beginning of the year to lead the organization into its second decade, having previously served in senior-level positions in management consulting and advertising.


Please consider donating to GrowSmart Maine to support this event.

Link to register.


Energy Efficiency/Weatherization Workshop

These workshops have been suspended but we are working on moving forward with either virtual or in person workshops soon.

Learn how to help yourself and members of your community save money, stay warm, and reduce their energy usage by weatherizing their homes

We will discuss:

  • Why weatherization is important
  • What it means to weatherize your home and how it is done
  • How you can finance the weatherization of your home
  • Starting a weatherization campaign in your community

Presenters will include:
-Erik North, Free Energy Maine
-Bridget Doxsee, Efficiency Maine

Past Events

For more information about past forums listed below please email- info at

  • Rethinking Commercial Strip Development to Strengthen Your Community | Topsham
  • Housing Choices for a Well-Rounded Community | Kennebunk
  • Getting from Us & Them to We: A Conversation about Midcoast Maine | Belfast
  • Rising Water: Adapting Maine Communities | Augusta
  • Forum on Commercial Corridor Redevelopment | Falmouth
  • Getting from Us & Them to We: A conversation about Midcoast Maine | Rockland
  • Growing Farm Friendly Communities | Bowdoinham
  • Growing Farm Friendly Communities | Windham
  • The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development, and Sustainability | Bangor
  • Developers’ Secrets to Small Projects: Tricks of the Trade to rehab Main St | Lewiston
  • Reimagining our Rivers: Restoration & Dam Removal in Maine | Falmouth
  • Maine’s New Forest Economy: Biobased Power, Products, and Fuels | Hallowell
  • Sea Level Rise: Practical Tools & Community Implementation | Rockland
  • The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft Summer Tour and Cookout | Dover-Foxcroft
  • Public-Private Partnership: Passive House Workforce Housing | Brewer
  • A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap? | Portland
  • The Benefits of Street Trees
  • 21st Century Transportation: Shared Vehicles, E-Bikes and their Implications for a Smart Growth Economy in Maine
  • A Changing Climate: How Municipal Government Can Be Part of the Solution
  • A Look Into Maine’s Renewable Energy
  • Making Connections, Building Community
  • Arts, Culture, and Economic Prosperity in Maine
  • The Portland Company Forum
  • Summit 2014 – The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth! 
  • Thompson’s Point
  • Brownfields: Albatross to Economic Driver
  • Aging in Place: 8 to 80
  • Using the Historic Preservation Tax Credit for Small Projects