Achieving sustainability through community

Looking at an Icelandic eco-village to examine environmental responsibility
Dec 28, 2012

St. George — Margaret Hoyt of St. George has recently returned from living at Sólheimar eco-village in Iceland, and will be leading a talk to share her experiences and discuss some of the crucial environmental issues humanity faces. This event will be held in the large community room at the St. George Town Office Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Hoyt traveled to Iceland through CELL (Center for Ecological Living and Learning) a Maine based study abroad organization that focuses on environmental, societal and political issues.

She lived at Sólheimar, a community making conscious efforts to be as socially and environmentally sustainable as possible. Her group examined many aspects of today’s environmental crisis and possible solutions including climate change, over-consumption, government corruption, community gardens and individual lifestyle changes. She has been greatly influenced by this experience and is excited to share some amazing pictures and lessons with the community.

Hoyt hopes to have a meaningful discussion about the crucial environmental issues we face and asks us each to analyze how we might begin to live differently.

Hoyt is in her senior year at the University of Maine majoring in ecology and environmental sciences. She is a graduate of the St. George School, Trekkers and Georges Valley High School. Her work experiences include lobster fisherwoman, landscaping and University of Maine Tanglewood 4-H Camp summer staff.

All are welcome to this free event sponsored by the St. George Conservation Commission and the Friends of St. George. Students are especially encouraged to attend and join in the conversation.


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