Window Dressers Community Workshop Success!


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350 Maine partnered with several organizations to support two Window Dressers workshops this winter. These workshops reduce oil use in Maine, in addition to help residents save money and be more comfortable. 

Machias Workshop

350 Downeast, in partnership with Machias Savings Bank and funded in part by the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, hosted a Window Dressers workshop in Machias this past December. In just a few days, volunteers built 183 insulating window inserts. According to Machias Valley News, these “window inserts will go into 26 local homes for a collective savings of roughly 1,900 gallons of oil.” Additionally, over half of them will go to low‑income families with the help of grant money from New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Machias Savings Bank. These inserts will not only help reduce these homes’ carbon footprints, but will also lower their heating costs and keep the homes warmer. Workshops like these are a great way to promote climate justice in Maine and build community. To read more about this workshop, check out The Quoddy Tides’ article on it.


Machias Workshop, December 2018

South Portland Workshop

One goal of 350 Greater Portland and The Sierra Club is to build community engagement and support for climate action efforts in South Portland. They hosted, in partnership with the South Portland Energy & Recycling Committee and SMCC, a Window Dressers Community Workshop for South Portland residents January 5-10, 2019. 317 inserts were made at this workshop. 350 Maine provided volunteers for several shifts and lunch for 2 of the 5 days. 



South Portland Workshop, January 2019