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. Below are upcoming forums as well as a listing of our past Smart Growth Forums.
 
Recasting our forums to an online format, due to the pandemic, has allowed us to better extend our reach and accessibility across Maine.
 
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February 2022

GSM: Board Meeting

February 25 @ 9:15 am - 11:45 am

Monthly Board Meeting for GrowSmart Maine

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PARTNER EVENT: Dream▪ Play ▪ Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places hosted by Smart Growth Network

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For two decades, James Rojas and John Kamp have been looking to art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up the classic community meeting. Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network as they share their insights into building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups. Their approach, “Place It!,” draws upon three methods: the interactive model-building workshop, the pop-up, and site exploration using the senses. They will offer their lessons learned distilled from workshops held around the world…

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March 2022

GSM & Build Maine: Policy Action 2023 Meeting

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Build Maine and GrowSmart Maine are co-hosting a series of virtual crowdsourcing meetings from March through May to advance critical policies and projects that enhance Maine’s quality places, communities, and economy.

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GSM: Board Meeting

March 25 @ 9:15 am - 11:45 am

Monthly Board Meeting for GrowSmart Maine

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April 2022

Webinar: The Gorham Spur: Spurring Growth Without Spurring Sprawl

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We're hearing a lot about plans for "the Gorham spur" off the Maine Turnpike. Some people are excited, some are concerned. What is it? How far along is it? Why is it proposed and what has happened since the 2012 report related to roadway improvements, land use planning, and transit? What still needs to happen to promote smart growth if this is to happen? Panelists will discuss the project from perspectives of national, statewide, regional, and municipal perspectives and address…

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GSM & Build Maine: Policy Action 2023 Meeting

April 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Build Maine and GrowSmart Maine are co-hosting a series of virtual crowdsourcing meetings from March through May to advance critical policies and projects that enhance Maine’s quality places, communities, and economy.

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GSM: Board Meeting

April 29 @ 9:15 am - 11:45 am

Monthly Board Meeting for GrowSmart Maine

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May 2022

Webinar: Maine’s Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track?

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Maine Climate Action Webinar Series Join Maine Audubon and GrowSmart Maine for a three-part webinar series highlighting climate change actions YOU can take: May 12th  Maine's Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track? Updates on progress made toward critical goals included in the Climate Action Plan in the year-and-a-half since its passage. May 19th A Millennial and a Boomer Walk Into a Climate Meeting: How do we talk about climate change across generations? Boomers view the crisis differently than Millennials and…

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GSM & Build Maine: Policy Action 2023

May 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Build Maine and GrowSmart Maine are co-hosting a series of virtual crowdsourcing meetings from March through May to advance critical policies and projects that enhance Maine’s quality places, communities, and economy.

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Webinar: A Millennial and a Boomer Walk Into a Climate Meeting

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Maine Climate Action Webinar Series Join Maine Audubon and GrowSmart Maine for a three-part webinar series highlighting climate change actions YOU can take: May 12th  Maine's Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track?   Updates on progress made toward critical goals included in the Climate Action Plan in the year-and-a-half since its passage. May 19th A Millennial and a Boomer Walk Into a Climate Meeting: How do we talk about climate change across generations? Boomers view the crisis differently than Millennials and…

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Webinar: Saving Money and the Planet: Climate Action at Home

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Maine Climate Action Webinar Series Join Maine Audubon and GrowSmart Maine for a three-part webinar series highlighting climate change actions YOU can take: May 12th  Maine's Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track?   Updates on progress made toward critical goals included in the Climate Action Plan in the year-and-a-half since its passage. May 19th A Millennial and a Boomer Walk Into a Climate Meeting: How do we talk about climate change across generations? Boomers view the crisis differently than Millennials and…

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GSM: Board Meeting

May 27 @ 9:15 am - 11:45 am

Monthly Board Meeting for GrowSmart Maine

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Past Events

For more information about past forums listed below, please email GrowSmart Maine.

  • May 27, 2022: Saving Money and the Planet: Climate Action at Home hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • May 19, 2022: A Millennial and a Boomer Walk into a Climate Meeting hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • May 12, 2022: Maine’s Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track? hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • April 7, 2022: The Gorham Spur: Spurring Growth without Spurring Sprawl hosted by GrowSmart Maine. Watch on YouTube.
  • March 31, 2022: Policy Matters: Affordable Housing hosted by Portland Press Herald and sponsored by GrowSmart Maine and Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. Read the article | Watch on YouTube | Learn more about Policy Matters
  • February 3, 2022: Exploring the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act | Watch on YouTube
  • Rethinking Commercial Strip Development to Strengthen Your Community
  • July 28, 2021: Seersucker Smartinis held at The Portland Observatory, co-hosted with Greater Portland Landmarks, Portland Downtown, 7.28.2021
  • June 6, 2021: Housing Choices for a Well-Rounded Community
  • March 30, 2021: More Broadband, Less Sprawl with Judy East, Peggy Schaffer, Kendra Jo Grindle
  • February 16, 2021: CEDS Session: Strategies in Smart Growth and How to Engage Your Community with Guest Speaker GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director Nancy Smith
  • Energy Efficiency/Weatherization Workshops Be Comfortable, Save Money from Energy Efficiency and You | Windham
  • Open Streets: How to Hangout Again
  • 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