Partners in Sustainability
ReVision strongly supports and encourages other businesses and organizations in Maine and New Hampshire in their efforts for sustainability.
This includes partnerships with other green-minded businesses, as well as support to environmentally-oriented nonprofit organizations.
Here are some of our allied businesses and organizations we support or are a member of:
Trade and Member Organizations
Member groups that ReVision Energy is part of.
Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates.
ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies in the U.S.
They publish the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, organize and present the ASES National Solar Conference and lead the ASES National Solar Tour – the largest grassroots solar event in the world.
Learn more about American Solar Energy Society
The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Our vision is to create a sustainable built environment in Maine.
Learn more about Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
The New Hampshire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council promotes, educates, and advocates for green building in New Hampshire based on standards embodied in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program with the intent of transforming the built environment to one that supports a healthy community built on social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity. ReVision’s staff are active volunteers of the Chapter and help coordinate the monthly Green Eggs sustainability breakfast forum.
Learn more about New Hampshire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
As part of our long-term commitment to building a sustainable future, ReVision Energy is part of Maine Audubon’s Corporate Partnership program.
We are proud to support Audubon’s dynamic education programs for all ages and their science based approach to conserve Maine’s natural resources.
With that said, ReVision Energy’s Co-Founder, Phil Coupe serves as the Corporate Partners Chair and is working with Maine Audubon to bring solar energy demonstration projects to the Gilsland Farm visitors’ center and state headquarters in Falmouth. Audubon has additional locations in Holden, Scarborough, Bremen, Elliotsville and Rockland. The organization offers a wide array of programs each year for children and adults.
Learn more about Maine Audubon
The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. E2Tech acts as a catalyst to stimulate growth in this sector by facilitating networking, serving as a clearinghouse for objective information, and leading efforts to promote the sector.
E2Tech is a member-based organization comprised of businesses and organizations that seek to build Maine’s environmental and energy technology economy and include renewable power companies, environmental engineers, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, as well as government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations and businesses that see the economic promise of clean tech for Maine.E2Tech membership is for organizations and individuals engaged in Maine’s environmental and energy sectors interested in the growth of Maine’s clean technology economy. ReVision Energy’s Co-Founder, Phil Coupe is proud to serve as a member of the E2Tech board.
Learn more about E2Tech
Garbage to Garden is a volunteer-driven, curbside composting service that makes it possible for our community to recycle its food scraps. Our goal is to not only reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills and incinerators, but to raise awareness on the amount of food wasted in this country everyday and lessen it. We are community-focused and hope all will participate so we can have the greatest positive impact as possible on our environment! To encourage all to participate we offer a volunteer option in lieu of payment.
Here’s how it works. We give you a compact, 6-gallon bin with a snap-tight lid to fill with all of your organic waste: your food scraps, coffee grounds, yard waste, even eggshells, meat and bones. Then on your regular trash day just place your bin at the curb, and we’ll replace it with a clean one. We then compost all of the collected waste.
So what happens to the compost? It’s yours to have! When you need compost to replant your favorite houseplant or spruce up your garden, just head to our website to request it, and it will be delivered on your next pickup day.
Learn more about Garbage to Garden
A variety of organizations we have worked with on projects, collaborations, or just generally suppot!
The Chewonki Foundation has evolved into one of Maine’s most highly respected institutions with their innovative programs that put young people in touch with the outdoors and create lifetime stewards of our natural world.
Each year they touch the lives of nearly 40,000 young people in programs that wilderness camps for boys and girls, outdoor classrooms, traveling natural history programs, and semester schools.
Learn more about The Chewonki Foundation
Startup Portland is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and creative misfits who love building scalable companies in Portland, Maine.
We are dedicated to strengthening Portland’s startup community and connecting the city to other startup hub cities around the world. The purpose of their website is to to uncover and communicate the critical mass of Portland’s startup ecosystem.
Learn more about Startup Portland
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s mission is to build and support a network of businesses committed to adopting socially responsible business practices, recognizing that people, principles and profits are inseparably linked.
As an ever growing number of businesses discover the integral link between social responsibility and the bottom line, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is the business organization driving the social responsibility agenda in New Hampshire.
Learn more about New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility
Shelter Institute is committed to working with our clients to create effective homes. We offer accredited classes in home-building, fine woodworking tools, timber frames, and real estate. At Shelter, we have been evolving durable, adaptable, energy-conscious building techniques since 1974.
Learn more about Shelter Institute
The Maine Innkeepers Association represents nearly 600 lodging properties of all sizes and types across Maine. The Association’s mission is to improve, promote and protect the welfare of the lodging industry in Maine.
Solar hot water and solar electricity are extremely important technologies for the hospitality industry, where consumers are continually more demanding of sustainability, and businesses can enjoy huge decreases in fossil fuel use by switching to solar.
Learn more about Maine Innkeepers Association
The Citizens for a Green Camden is local Mid-Coast organization founded by a small group of concerned property owners who believe Camden should eliminate the use of harmful chemicals on the lawns in their town.
The group was instrumental in crafting a town policy to eliminate the use of pesticides on town owned property. Since then the organization has succeeded in receiving pledges from the 26 inns, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in town, to only use safe products on their lawns.
Since 2008 they have hosted a “Green Fair,” which fair focuses on the environment and GREEN sustainability. There are lectures, wildlife exhibits, gardening displays and children’s activities. Each year the fair grows to include more of the community.
Learn more about Citizens For a Green Camden
The Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals (MABEP) has been established to represent and advance the interests of energy auditors, energy retrofit contractors, energy efficient green builders, insulation contractors, weatherization professionals, installers of wind turbine, geothermal, heat pump, and solar technologies, installers of energy efficiency materials and equipment, installers of non-fossil fuel generating devices, manufacturers and suppliers, home inspectors, architects, engineers, interior designers and all other persons and businesses who seek to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings and to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels.
Learn more about Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals
Cultivating Community’s mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all.
We are growing sustainable communities through utilizing organic, sustainable practices to grow food in our community, school gardens and at partnering farms that feeds those among us who are most vulnerable. Cultivating Community is based in Portland, Maine.
Learn more about Cultivating Community
Since 1926, Kieve has evolved from a small summer camp for boys, nestled on the shores of pristine Damariscotta Lake, into a highly acclaimed and wide reaching, year-round educational organization. With the addition of Wavus Camp for Girls 8 years ago, Kieve-Wavus Education is able to help and reach out to many more kids, parents and adults.
Kieve-Wavus Education offers both a boys and girls summer camp, Leadership School, Bridge Year School, Environmental Stewardship programs, Veterans Camps, and even writer’s Conferences. Their camps and programs reach out to over 8,000 youth, students and adults each year, building leadership skills and an appreciation of the environment.
A sense of environmental responsibility is maintained throughout Kieve-Wavus’ operations, with campus renovations that include super-insulated, low-energy use buildings, extensive use of natural ventilation and daylighting, water conservation and solar assisted hot water. You can see an example of their existing solar hot water array installed by ReVision Energy.
Learn more about Kieve-Wavus
The Animal Refuge League’s mission is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes. The Animal Refuge League also works to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals and to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering.
The ARL is first and foremost an adoption agency. Every year we take in more than 4,000 stray, abandoned or owner surrendered animals. We are committed to providing the best possible care for these animals by ensuring they receive the love, dignity, respect and medical attention they deserve. Each animal is given the time it needs to find a home regardless of its age, color or medical condition until the time it is reunited with its family or adopted into a loving and responsible home. Our motto, “Everyone deserves a happy home” is our guiding principal, and our commitment to treat each animal as an individual allows us to save hundreds of lives
Learn more about Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
For over a century, the Halcyon Grange has served the community both through the active volunteerism of its members and through its vital role as a community gathering space for meetings, suppers, educational events, and other social functions.
Chartered in 1898, the Halcyon Grange is a local chapter of the National Grange, the oldest agricultural advocacy group on a national scale. The National Grange was formed in 1867 to unify farmers from the north and south in a spirit of mutual cooperation. State and local Granges played a major role in advocating for rural communities on issues such as railroad transportation regulation and free rural mail delivery. The Grange is nonprofit and non-partisan, and was unique from the outset in providing equal opportunity to women and men, with women encouraged to serve as officers.
At a time when Grange membership has dwindled nationally, a resurgence of interest in local food and farming has attracted new members to the Halcyon Grange, including young farming families and their supporters. There has also been renewed community interest in the Grange Hall as a valued space for social, economic, and educational activities and interactions. The Halcyon Grange is well- positioned to revitalize its role as a vibrant community center and vehicle for the economic development of local food producers. The capital campaign proposes to realize this vision through a needed renovation of the Grange facility that will render it handicapped accessible, energy-efficient for year-round use, and more functional through an expansion of its community kitchen for both social and commercial uses.
Their campaign seeks $150,000 to develop a community kitchen, to upgrade insulation and windows, and to improve the facility’s accessibility. So far the Grange has received several grants, but needs more charitable giving to realize their vision for the facility.
Learn more about The Halcyon Grange
Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. We organize winter farmers’ markets, co-produce Seacoast Harvest, sponsor workshops and events, and provide information through our email newsletter, blog and website.
Learn more about Seacoast Eat Local
There are many ways to describe Preble Street: drop-in centers, soup kitchens, food pantry, shelters, social work services, supported housing. These descriptions only tell part of the story of who we are, though.
We are a community at Preble Street. The “We” means everyone involved: staff, board, volunteers, donors, and especially those who use our services. Everyone is welcome at Preble Street, everyone is respected and treated with dignity, and everyone is invited to contribute to the effort of meeting our mission:
“To provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and to advocate for solutions to these problems.”
Preble Street is about people.
Learn more about Preble Street
Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food Bank has worked diligently to establish essential partnerships with many others concerned about ending needless hunger here in Maine.
Be it an individual, church or civic group, small business or large corporation, by partnering together we have made huge strides towards our goal. We must not stop pressing ahead however in our efforts to conquer a problem of this importance and magnitude.
Good Shepherd Food Bank relies on its solid relationships with Maine’s food industry in order to obtain millions of pounds of food each year. Additionally, we secure yet more truckloads for the state of Maine from national food donors through our affiliation with Feeding America.
Whether it’s from a large food manufacturer or a local farmer donating excess produce, there are large quantities of food available, much of which would go to waste if it weren’t for the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Learn more about Good Shepherd Food Bank
Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Families with a child diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, lupus, solid organ transplants, and other life threatening illnesses attend one of the week-long camps.
The camp’s focus is on alleviating the strain that a life threatening illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members. Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges. The Camp Sunshine program is completely free for families, and includes a range of quality services including accommodations and meals, onsite medical services, counseling services, and recreational facilities.
Learn more about Camp Sunshine
Structured as a land trust, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is Maine’s leading force in preserving farmland, often working in partnership with local and regional land trusts. But MFT is equally engaged in keeping farming vital. Programs such as FarmLink place next-generation farmers on land. Their Buy/Protect/Sell program, helps make farmland more affordable for farmers, and their Farm Viability projects help existing farmers prosper, through both direct assistance and innovative community projects.
Since their founding in 1999, MFT has participated in over 139 land transactions that have preserved more than 26,000 acres of farmland. MFT is leading the efforts of farmers, landowners, local land trusts, farm groups, towns and state agencies collaborating to keep Maine’s productive agricultural land available for farming now and in the future.
MFT estimates that as much as 400,000 acres of Maine’s best farmland (or about one-third of the state’s farmland resource) will be in transition in the next 10 years, simply because of the age of the landowners. Much of this land is at risk of not being available for farming in the future unless MFT and its partner groups successfully intervene. MFT’s goal to preserve 100,000 acre is supported by a detailed plan to get there, and by a major fundraising campaign that was publicly launched in late 2010.
Learn more about Maine Farmland Trust
The Tom Settlemire Community Garden is located on agricultural land at Crystal Spring Farm and is accessible via Maurice Drive, off Baribeau Drive. The garden was named in honor of Tom Settlemire, long-time Board Member and Past President of Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s (BTLT), in appreciation of his tireless work to advance land conservation and local agriculture in the Mid Coast region.
The garden offers an opportunity for those without access to land to grow their own food, and to prevent hunger by volunteering in the Common Good bed. It has also stimulated new partnerships that led to, among other things, free winter gardening workshops, therapeutic gardening opportunities for seniors and others, and use of youth volunteers. It is a great example of creative collaboration to enrich the community!
The community garden is just one of BTLT’s many uses of Crystal Spring Farm, which include leasing agricultural land to a CSA farmer, hosting a popular Saturday farmers’ market, and providing 5 miles of public trails.
In additional to collecting solar energy and turning it into tasty veggies, gardeners at the community garden will soon be benefiting from active solar electricity: ReVision Energy is working with Tom Settlemire to design and install a solar water pumping station for the community garden. ReVision will be donating labor and providing parts at cost to the community garden, in an effort to help where we can to support local foods and community agriculture.
Learn more about Tom Settlemire Community Garden at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Adoption Center cares for approximately 3,000 unwanted, neglected or abused animals each year. Each one is provided with a warm bed, loving care and a second chance at a new home. With help from our generous community we are able to place 97% of the animals that turn to us for help.
In addition to adoption services, the NHSPCA offers behavior training for pets, education programs for thousands of children, and cruelty investigations & advocacy.
With all of the amazing animal care going on in their facility, they also need a lot of energy! ReVision Energy was thrilled to be part of a series of projects this spring that added insulation upgrades, a new pellet boiler, and a high-production solar hot water array to their Stratham facilities.
Learn more about New Hampshire SPCA
Maine Energy Education Program began in 1985 with the goal of producing an energy literate citizenry capable of making informed energy choices. To this end, MEEP offers experiential energy education programs for Maine students and teachers. These programs, which are mostly free, help participants to understand the balance between the economic, environmental and social impacts of energy choices affecting our society. MEEP enjoys strong support from Maine’s environmental community, which understands the inextricable link between energy use and environmental consequences.
Their premiere event is the “Solar Sprint,” where middle schoolers are provided a motor and a three volt solar module, and are challenged to gather materials to build a small, solar powered electric car.
While the Solar Sprint and other MEEP activities have enjoyed reliable funding to date from the Governor’s office, the government shutdown and sequester effects on the DOE have put that funding into question.
Learn more about Maine Energy Education Partners
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked for almost 30 years with willing landowners and other conservation groups to protect over 9,000 acres in the western Penobscot Bay region. CMLT strives to proactively and cooperatively sustain the natural and historical values of their land while providing the public with opportunities to explore and learn the values of environmental stewardship.
Learn more about Coastal Mountains Land Trust