June 01, 2020
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Student-led group seeking signups for Sustain Maine license plate

Community Author: Alicia Oberholzer
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University of Maine Office of Sustainability | BDN
University of Maine Office of Sustainability | BDN

ORONO — The Maine Community Energy Advocates group is a UMaine student-led initiative with the purpose of advancing community energy in Maine. Community energy projects can broadly be described as any action, taken by a group of community members, which results in the production of renewable energy or an improvement in energy efficiency.

They are achieving their goal by raising awareness about community energy, as well as striving to establish a specialty license plate that would raise funds for Maine community energy projects. On average, each Maine specialty plate generates approximately $240,000 for its cause each year. This project has been approved by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, but before they will begin producing the plate we must collect 2,000 pre-orders within two years to prove that there is sufficient interest in the idea.

The MCEA is asking people to help them reach this goal by ordering a Sustain Maine license plate and passing on the word about this initiative. By ordering a plate today for $25, participants will help them raise money and awareness for programs that bring communities together, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help Maine families save money while meeting their energy needs.

The group’s website: https://sustainmaineplate.org/ contains more information about the specialty license plate process, as well as about community energy. You can also follow on Facebook: @MaineCommunityEnergyAdvocates.