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NEHF Sustainability

The NEHF Green Team, concerned about climate change, the state of the ocean, and littler on our beaches, was founded in 2017.  We have updated  our sustainability initiatives for the 2022 season.  Please take a moment to review them HERE


Our Goals:

Pack it in – pack it out.   If you bring it to the Fleet, take it home with you.  And when on the water, nothing goes        over the side. Bring your food in reusable containers with responsible cutlery.  No more plastic waste.Reusable water bottles only.  Please use the water stations at the Fleet & Clifton Dock. Ride your bike or arrange to carpool when coming to the Fleet. Recycle or redeem your beverage bottles and cans.   Proceeds from Clynk redeemables deposited at the Fleet will benefit the Sailing School. Use our compost bin for food waste. Use only non-toxic cleaners. Use only environmentally friendly bottom paints. And please: no plastic straws or styrofoam anywhere!

 

We ask you as a member of the Fleet to embrace these initiatives for the benefit of all.


OUR GREEN INITIATIVE STRIVES TO INSPIRE ALL FLEET MEMBERS, YOUNG AND OLD, TO PROMOTE AND EMBRACE A CULTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. THE WATERS OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND AND GILPATRICK COVE NEED OUR PROTECTION.


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2022 GREEN TEAM


Gordon Beck - Co-Chair

Barbara Meyers - Co-Chair

Wells Bacon - Secretary


Fran Charles     Pancho Cole     Bill Dowling     Stacey Gummey     Sophia Hack     Auria Mauras     Bettina Richards

John Roberts, Jr.     Sydney Roberts Rockefeller     Alison Schafer     Kelsea Squires     Nick Steenberg     Mia Thompson


Please contact any member of the Green Team with any questions you might have.  Thank you!



We wish to thank all of our members and friends of the Fleet for all of their generous donations over the years.  We need your support and donations to help promote our Green Team work for this and future seasons. Please consider joining us in supporting a sustainable set of Fleet operations, mindful boating practices, and a cleaner, healthier environment for all who use the water -- humans, birds, animals, and fish alike.


Send a check payable to The NEH Fleet with the memo line Sustainability Initiatives.  

Mail to:  PO Box 462, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662



We have achieved GOLD LEVEL certification from Sailors For The Sea 

five years in a row!


          2017  |  2018  |  2019  |  2020  |  2021



Check out Sailors for the Sea Green Boating Guide HERE

Read the Mount Desert Islander article about the Baker Island Cleanup HERE

RESOURCES

Recycling

The Town of Mount Desert: Recycling has gotten easier! The recycling center on Sargeant Drive is open, with two containers:  one for cardboard, and one for everything else, co-mingled. 

 

·      Plastic containers, metal cans, glass, newspaper, junk mail, food boxes, egg containers all go in one container (but no plastic wrap or bags or small pieces like bottle tops, straws, wood, etc.)

 

·      Corrugated cardboard, like Amazon boxes, flattened shipping boxes, etc. (but no plastic-coated cardboard like milk cartons, coffee cups, etc.) go in the cardboard container.

 

Take all of your recyclables to the recycling center located at the highway garage at 307 Sargeant Drive and follow the directions on the signs.

 

For more information, check out this poster:  http://casella.com/sites/default/files/Recycle Better/POSTER-ZeroSort-IncludingNotAccepted-BlueBin-8.5x11_v08.pdf

 

 

Bar Harbor:  The Bar Harbor recycling center is at 9 White Spruce Road (next to the Transfer Station) and offers the same services as in prior years.  For detailed information, use this link:  https://www.barharbormaine.gov/147/Solid-Waste-Recycling-Division

 

Southwest Harbor & Tremont:  The EMR Recycling facility is at 47 Long Pond Road (the Southwest Harbor dump) and information & hours are here: https://acadiadisposal.org/emr-inc-eastern-maine-recycling-inc/

Clynk

Whenever you buy beverages in bottles and cans in Maine, you pay a deposit fee of 5 cents for bottles & cans, and 15 cents for wine or liquor bottles.  CLYNK is a system to return the empty bottles and cans and collect your deposit fee. 

 

The Fleet has set up a Clynk account to support the Sailing School.  Deposit your empty bottles and cans in the collection bins at the Fleet house, and the Green Team will handle the rest.   Every empty is a contribution to the Sailing School.  Only empty beverage bottles and cans go in the bins!

 

You can set up your own Clynk account for use at home at any Hannaford supermarkets. Clynk kiosks allow you to print out bag labels for your account, and you buy the Clynk bags to be filled with your empties.  When the bag is full, you drop it off at the Clynk collection center at Hannaford and your account is credited.   For full information, click here: https://www.clynk.com/

 

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