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Inspired by the Samsø Energy Academy, this year COA opened a Community Energy Center

Almost two years ago a group of students from the College of the Atlantic (COA) in Maine and islanders from five Maine islands stayed on Samsø at the Energy Academy most of September, learning about the Samsø transition to renewable energy. They toured the island, talked with locals and spent time learning the spirit of the Samsø community. Once they returned to Maine, participants in the program worked on energy projects in their own communities.

Inspired by the Samsø Energy Academy, this year COA opened a Community Energy Center to help local residents and businesses with sustainable projects, which will reduce their use of fossil fuels while helping to support the local economy. Some of the Community Energy Center projects are building on the very same initiatives that were started by participants in the Samsø course nearly two years ago. These projects include collective purchasing of home energy audits and insulation, community solar arrays and electric vehicle charging stations.

This week, a new group of students from COA, joined by students from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. are on Samsø to once again learn from the Samsø community. COA is a very small, interdisciplinary college based on learning through action. It is located on a bridged island in Maine that is also home to Acadia National Park. Our island is about the same size as Samsø with 10,000 year-round residents and over 2 million summer visitors!

Trinity Washington University in DC is located in the heart of Washington DC and has a rich history dedicated to educating women.

The group will be on Samso making short documentary films about the culture, landscape and community and their own perspectives of how their communities can learn from Samsø’s experiences. On Friday the students will share their documentaries at an open house at the Energy Academy from 17:00 – 19:00. Light refreshments will be served – everyone is welcome.

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