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The Village Green: Sustainability and Community at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show

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For immediate release - June 27, 2012
The Village Green: Sustainability and Community at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Good Work Leads to Good Times
ROCKLAND, Maine— Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, through the sponsorship of Green Homes of Maine, is pleased to dedicate a new section of the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show called "The Village Green." In recent years, a growing number of exhibitors at the show have been businesses that are involved in the sustainability disciplines of the home building industry. "These companies do not work in a vacuum, but are part of an inter-connected community, and it occurred to us that this community deserved its own identity within the show," said John K. Hanson, Jr., publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine and show producer. "We are very fortunate to be collaborating with Samuel Strickland who is intimately involved with this growing and increasingly important sector of the Maine economy," continued Hanson. Strickland is the founder of the Freeport-based, an online resource that delivers information and education for consumers who wish to learn how to build efficient and sustainable structures. "Aiming to magnify the importance of efficiency and material selection when building or renovating is one of my main goals," said Strickland. "Everyone has the choice to search out the absolute best selection for their project and budget, and I want to help simplify that process." More than 20 Maine companies will comprise The Village Green, giving attendees the chance to assess a wide spectrum of energy-efficient options. These exhibitors will demonstrate the latest thinking about how to adapt to increasing challenges, from higher fuel costs to a greater awareness of the need for healthy homes. Some exhibitors, such as Downeast Energy of Brunswick, will showcase improvements to existing oil, propane, and solar technologies. Others, such as ReVision Energy of Portland, Sundog Solar of Searsport, and EOS Solar of Rockland will highlight the newest ways to harvest energy from the sun. Lyman Technologies, the research and development division of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, will have a Regenerator alternative energy system on display. Maine Green Building Supply will be on hand to talk about the hardware and the how-to of the sustainable lifestyle. There will be innovative residential and commercial designs from the likes of David Matero Architecture, and the experts from the Woolwich-based Shelter Institute will be available to discuss timber-frame construction and their own educational program that teaches students how to build their own homes. Black Bros. Builders will relate first-hand knowledge gleaned from a recent "Net Zero" house built in Rockland's South End and offer interested show goers a walking tour of the residence. This sampling reflects the overall mix of specialties that attendees will find at The Village Green. "The level of work being done in these fields by Maine companies is extraordinary," said Hanson, "and we are thrilled that the show can also be a platform for education." Strickland agreed, adding, "Maine's architects, builders, and suppliers are at the forefront of American innovation in the sustainability field, and the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in August is a terrific time and place for to get together, catch up with each other, and display our wares to an audience that really cares about the fine things in life." Many of those fine things will be gathered at one five-acre location on the Rockland waterfront August 10 through 12. In addition to The Village Green participants, there will be high-end furniture and home goods, art, marine gear, and, of course, lots of boats, ranging from kayaks to poweryachts and cruising sailboats. Please Note: NO PETS will be allowed on show grounds (except the pre-qualified Boatyard Dog entrants on Sunday morning and legitimate service animals). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors is pleased to acknowledge the following sponsors who have generously shown their support for the 2012 show: Awlgrip North America, Bangor Savings Bank, The Bark, Custom Float Services, Fixtures…Designer Plumbing Showroom, Jaret & Cohn Real Estate, Knight Marine Service, Loyal Biscuit Co., Sea Bags, and Yachting Solutions/Cannell, Payne & Page. IMAGE CREDIT: A Rockland "Net Zero" home built by Black Bros. Builders. Image courtesy Samuel Strickland. Media Contact: Marnie Read Maine Boats Homes & Harbors 207-266-9381 High-resolution images are available for download at