Gardening party folks learn about Bayscaping

Over a decade old, PEAT has…

  • hired Holbrook Engineering to produce an energy modeling study or possible building envelope modifications and heating system replacement options at Peaks Island Elementary School, and for the Island branch library’s anticipated renovation project.  The grant has also paid for materials being used in a hands-on grade 4-5 science unit exploring energy at P.I.E.S. and a poster designed by Marty Braun which illustrates the process the library used to make energy efficiency decisions.
  • helped found the Community Garden and create the native plants demonstration garden on Seashore Avenue
  • collaborated with the City on the acquisition of artist-decorated recycle containers, “No Butts” containers and Big Belly solar trash compactors.  Our volunteers empty these containers.
  • annually organized and recruited for the spring Earth Week and fall Coastal Clean-ups

    PIES students head out for coastal clean-up
  • cleared invasive plants from the slope to the beach by the turnaround down front
  • sold milkweed plugs to island gardeners in an effort to deal with the migration crisis facing monarch butterflies
  • tested the Island wind resource in 2010-11
  • sold 1,100 LED light bulbs at below store prices to Island residents
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Loading LED bulbs destined for Peaks
  • completed a $10,000 air sealing and insulating project during the winter of 2016 at Peaks Island Elementary School paid for by a grant from the Peaks Island Fund (click on blog tab for photos of this project).
  • collaborated with the Island Institute to weatherize 116 homes in 2013, saving on average $303 per home annually in energy costs, and 9 more homes in 2016.
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Identifying air leaks in an island home
  • cosponsored (with Window Dressers and Brackett Memorial UM Church) four annual “community builds” of 1,200 energy efficient storm window inserts for about 80 island households
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Volunteers wrapping insulating window inserts
  • created two heat pump purchase groups resulting in the installation of 65 units in 2014 and 2015
  • presented numerous free public programs on environmental issues and opportunities
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PEAT is working to make the island school more energy efficient
  • participated in climate change rallies and presentations 
PEAT made the banner – Jan.26, 2013

a lighter footprint on the Island environment