The course was conceived in part at College of the Atlantic, well known for going beyond the boundaries of traditional undergraduate academia into hands-on, place-based fieldwork.
For Samsø, the idea was to create a space where students and Maine islanders can collaborate to solve real energy sustainability problems in their respective communities.
We started our journey on Samsø to draw inspiration from their example. In 2007, Samsø became 100-percent renewably powered and carbon negative through a combination of home efficiency and conversions to biomass, solar, and wind power.
While many of us came to Samsø expecting a technical story, what we came to realize is that the success of Samsø — and also the biggest impediment to replicating their success — is people.