Saren Peetz, 22, and a recent graduate of College of Atlantic in Bar Harbor, stands for a portrait in front of an array of solar panels on the Peggy Rockefeller Farms on Mount Desert Island, Maine, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Peetz, who graduated this year with a BA in Human Ecology, will spend the summer on Mount Desert Island, home to College of the Atlantic (COA), the town of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, as a COA Energy Fellow, where she will work to expand the solar array to serve the energy needs of the farm and surrounding community. The growing number of solar arrays, along with providing energy audits and housing upgrades, is part of the College of the Atlantic's larger mission  to tangibly link classroom curriculum that advances sustainable living practices with the surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island.

“As universities and other institutions grapple with ways to fight climate change — whether by divesting from coal companies or installing wind turbines on their grounds — the College of the Atlantic is nudging its students to reach outside the school’s boundaries and start changing the real world.” By DIANE CARDWELL JUNE 30, 2015 BAR HARBOR, […]

Illustration by Ryan Higgins

BAR HARBOR — Children’s book author and illustrator Ryan Higgins is the featured guest at College of the Atlantic’s next Coffee and Conversation event. Higgins, a 2006 COA graduate, is the creator of “Wilfred,” “Twaddleton’s Cheese” and other colorful, whimsical books featuring kind-hearted monsters and unlikely friendships. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Higgins will join COA […]

Susan Rockefeller film, farmer-field-photo-byPeter-Zander

BAR HARBOR — A piercing look into America’s agricultural system and profiles of those working to make positive changes to it highlight “Food for Thought, Food for Life,” a short film by Susan Rockefeller to be screened at College of the Atlantic on Monday, Aug. 3. Susan and her husband, David Rockefeller Jr., who is […]

"Beth" 2007 by Sam Wustner

BAR HARBOR — Legendary art collector and gallery owner Allan Stone made a big impact on the modern art world through the course of his career, supporting such well-known artists as Willem de Kooning, Richard Estes and John Chamberlain. Now, nine years since his passing, Stone continues to impact the art world in many ways, […]

King, Lily 1 courtesy Winky Lewis

BAR HARBOR — Award-winning author Lily King, whose novel Euphoria was named one of the 10 best books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, will visit College of the Atlantic on Thursday, July 23 to discuss her work. King will sit down for a frank conversation with COA President Darron Collins as […]

COA art 2 Kanzler, Clay

BAR HARBOR — Sculptor Katie Bell and painter Clay Kanzler might have about as opposite an approach to art as two artists can have. Kanzler’s detailed, scripted work begins with a specific group of ideas and proceeds through painstaking, detail-oriented work. Bell, on the other hand, begins and ends with her hands. Her figurative sculptures […]

Thorndike, Will

BAR HARBOR — The author of what Forbes magazine called “one of the most important business books in America” will present his views on investing during an intimate conversation at College of the Atlantic July 21. Will Thorndike, author of The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success will join COA […]


From Maine Biz: A foundation honoring a late Mount Desert Island summer resident has given $1.5 million to a Bar Harbor startup incubator that provides opportunities for College of the Atlantic students. College of the Atlantic said Monday that the $1.5 million endowment grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation will provide the college’s Sustainable […]