A week on Samsø
By Anna Demeo, PhD
Director of Energy Education and Management at College of the Atlantic
Almost two years ago I was on Samsø team-teaching a 3-course series for students from the College of the Atlantic (COA) in Maine and islanders from five Maine islands. We worked at the Samsø Energy Academy for most of September, learning about the Samsø transition to renewable energy. We toured the island by bike, talked with locals and spent time learning the spirit of the Samsø community. Once we returned to Maine, participants worked on energy projects in their own communities.
Inspired by the Samsø Energy Academy, this year COA is opening the Community Energy Center to help local residents and businesses with sustainable projects, which will reduce their use of fossil fuels while supporting the local economy. Some of the Community Energy Center projects are building on the very same initiatives that were started in the Samsø course nearly two years ago. These projects include: collective purchasing of home energy audits and insulation, community solar arrays and electric vehicle charging stations.
|Photo by: Sig Eschholz|
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My students and I will be on Samso making short documentaries about the culture, landscape and community and own perspectives of how our communities can learn from Samsø’s experiences. All of the students will contribute to this blog over the next couple of weeks, sharing their insights and impressions.