Whether we choose to or not, the Western Foothills will become part of a post-fossil fuel economy faced with the challenges of an increasingly unstable climate. By choosing to embrace this transition now, we will move towards a resilient and ecology-based economy that provides for our perennial needs, celebrates the strengths of our communities, and helps lead the movement for climate justice.
Join the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy to realize the dream of healthy, sustainable communities based on renewable resources and resilient to the climate crisis. Through our diversity and collective knowledge, we can realize our greatest potential as a community and help create a future where all can thrive.
To engage the community in developing practical, ecological solutions in the areas of food, shelter, energy, and transportation.
Our goal is local community sustainability, health, and resilience in response to climate instability and resource depletion.
WE FOCUS ON
PRACTICAL, ECOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS
At CEBE we embrace a whole systems approach to resilience building, focused on these four interrelated areas of our economy.
Our vision for a stable, sustainable economy is one that is built on a backbone of clean renewable energy and regenerative agricultural practices. It is an economy that functions within the balance of our ecological "bank account," perpetually replenished by the energy of the sun. It is an economy where everyone has the chance to participate in the creation of prosperous and resilient communities while restoring the earth for future generations and wild nature.
We are committed to providing a broad offering of educational, sustainable, and accessible events to the community. Our keystone events include Earth Day, Foothills Food Festival, Electric Vehicle & Solar Expo, Western Foothills Permaculture Gathering and smaller events like educational talks, workshops, and movie showings. Our 2020 Vision Climate Convergence in March of 2020, headlined by Bill McKibben, brought hundreds of climate activists to Norway for 3 days of events. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter for updates!
CEBE's projects demonstrate ecological solutions to ongoing needs and range in scale. Our Edible Main Street and Community BikeShare programs have become staples of downtown Norway. Our Community Solar projects and Western Maine EV Charging Network aim for a greater regional impact. We strive to implement projects that respond to community needs and have volunteer support.
With just three part-time staff, volunteers are essential to CEBE's work. From participation in our working groups (food, shelter, energy, transport, and climate action) to joining our board of stewards, or simply pitching in for community events, volunteering is a great way to support CEBE and feel the hope that comes in taking action. If you're looking for community service hours for graduation, interested in getting out into the community, or looking to delve deeply into climate action, we have a place for you!