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By August 8, 2012Coalition News, Events, Stay Safe

Sappi Fine Paper Hosts 2012 Green Community Day August 11th
Sappi Engages Local Communities on Sustainability

BOSTON, Aug. 8, 2012  — Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced it will be hosting the first annual 2012 Green Community Day, a fun, informative and activity-packed day held on August 11, 2012 at the Sappi Westbrook paper mill. Aimed at educating local residents on how they can positively impact the environment, Sappi’s Green Community Day will invite the community to participate in hands-on activities and interactive displays for the entire family

“As a manufacturing company, it’s important for Sappi to constantly be thinking about ways we can minimize our impact on the environment,” says Laura Thompson, Ph.D., Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America. “We also recognize that our sphere of influence extends beyond our mill gates – with suppliers and customers across the supply chain – and within our local communities. With this event, and thanks to the collaboration of our co-sponsors, we are hoping to share our knowledge and help educate the community on sustainable practices, large and small, that everyone can implement into their everyday lives.”

2012 Green Community Day Highlights

Event Stations




Shredfest Confidential

Bring your waste paper for free confidential shredding of your documents.

Casella (Pine Tree Waste)

Sneaker Recycling

Bring in your old sneakers to have them recycled into running tracks.

The Scarborough High School ECOS Club and Nike

Electronics Recycling Education

Learn what everyone should know about end-of-life electronics.

eWaste Alternatives        


Kid’s Bike Rodeo

Learn the “Rules of the Road” in a fun, safe, informative environment. Kids must bring their own bicycles, helmets, and a parent to sign a waiver.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Tree Seedlings

See how important trees are to the environment and plant your own to make a difference.                                                           

Sappi Forestry

Bone Marrow Registry

Learn about bone marrow donation and how you can help save a life.


ME Chip

Take advantage of this comprehensive child identification and protection tool.                                                                     

The Grand Lodge of Maine

Stream Management & Logging Operations

Understand the effect a stream’s course can have on stream flow, waterfalls and pools by reconfiguring a model stream with miniature trucks.      

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Arts & Crafts

Paper Making and Crafts

Find out how paper is made, and make your own bookmarks and other crafts.

Sappi Fine Paper North America

Bird House Building

Learn how to build a birdhouse for your feathered friends.                                                                                       


Make Recycled Paper Beads

Turn unwanted paper into fun fashion accessories.                                                                                                  

The Girl Scouts


Human Powered Milkshakes

Make your own milkshakes using a human powered bicycle milkshake machine.                                                                          

The Community Bike Center

Food Vendors

Buy lunch and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Center for Grieving Children.

Panera Bread, Hoggy’s Market, and North East Ice Cream in conjunction with The Center for Grieving Children and Kohl’s


Smoke House and Ladder Truck

Discover how quickly a room can fill with smoke and practice crawling out to safety in this demonstration with local firefighters.                

Westbrook Fire Department        


Additional activities include face painting, technology demonstrations, wildlife information, and volunteer opportunities. Free recycling facilities will be available on-site to help keep personal documents, CD’s, used sneakers, eyeglasses and other electronics out of the waste stream and turn them around to be reused or recycled.

Attendees can also enter to win raffle prizes and giveaways including VISA gift cards the day of the event. Collect raffle tickets at vendor and informational booths, which will be drawn at 1:30 p.m.

Admission to the 2012 Green Community Day is free and open to the public with one non-perishable food item. All food collected will be directly donated to local food pantries.

Co-sponsors for the Sappi Green Community Day include: Casella (Pine Tree Waste), Hannaford Supermarkets, Poland Spring Water, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Hoggy’s Market and Panera Bread.

Our employees at Westbrook Mill, South Portland, and The Technology Center have been actively involved in organizing this event and look forward to the surrounding communities to join them and enjoy the day. Please visit for more information.

For media requests please email Joanna Rieke at or Shannon McLoughlin at