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Coalition will be part of Sappi Paper Mill Green Community Day – Saturday August 11th

By | Coalition 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

Check out the Coalition's Bike Rodeo at the Celebrate Portland Festival this weekend!

By | Coalition News, Events, Featured Posts, Speak up for Biking, Stay Safe

Grab your bikes and join us for the final stop of The 2012 Community Tour at the Celebrate Portland Festival in Payson Park on July 7, 10am-2pm as we say thank you to those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. Admission is free.

You’ll find lots of great on-your-feet activities for the whole family, including a Bike Rodeo for Kids, where they’ll have a blast and learn some bike safety tips, too! 

Be there to welcome our riders as they conclude the 2012 Community Tour to hear about all the twists and turns of the entire 2,300 mile trek, with a thrilling recap of the Tour’s highlights.

Prefer to join rather than watch the riders as they enter their final event?  Grab you bikes and join part of the final ride.  Choose from 3 ride options, including a family friendly Miles of Smiles Ride.  Meet at the corner of Baxter Blvd and Bates Road at 11:15am for a ¼ mile Grand Entrance with our Tour Riders into Payson Park.  Ride options include:

  • ¼ mile Miles with Smiles ride into the grand finale. Meet at the corner of Baxter Blvd and Bates Road at 11:15am
  • 7-miles roundtrip to Payson Park.  Meet at Ocean Gateway Terminal, approx 11:00-11:15 am
  • 15-miles roundtrip to Payson Park.  Meet at Wainwright Sports Complex, approx. 10:15 am
  • 49.9 miles roundtrip, beginning at the Maine Bike Rally in Biddeford, 8:30 am

The "Celebrate Portland Festival" includes a Bike Rodeo!

By | Events, Stay Safe
The Celebrate Portland Festival, on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Payson Park, will include a Bike Rodeo!
Designed to teach and encourage kids from age 4-10 to ride bikes safely, the bike safety rodeo will include a helmet check, a bike mechanical check, and the chance to ride in a closed traffic skills course that teaches the basic rules of the road.  Additional activities like the “slow race”, bike balancing, and straight line riding practice will be included.  
The Rodeo will run from 11-2 pm.  It will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Kids interested in participating must bring a parent, (who can sigh a waiver form), a bicycle and a helmet to the event!
Rodeo Course 
 The bike rodeo will be run by Bicycle Coalition of Maine staff and volunteers.