About 35 people - academicians, activists, environmentalists, grant writers, homesteaders, planners and professionals - gathered at the Crohn Family Conference Center, the million-dollar mansion and retreat on Boyden Lake owned by the University of Maine Foundation. Participants hailed from area communities as well as southern Maine and New Brunswick. Many knew each other through e- mail, but as many had never connected.
None of the ideas - biofuel, solar, wind and tidal power - was new, they acknowledged, but power generation through any of the alternatives would largely be new to coastal Maine and New Brunswick.
The Green Coast meeting was convened in Washington County, but its initiatives aren't limited to that area. The gathering agreed at day's end that the process of seeing how other rural communities have sought creative solutions to energy and economic problems could be duplicated throughout coastal Maine and New Brunswick.
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