Mainers are not waiting to act on climate change
On December 1, Governor Mills launched an ambitious statewide climate action plan, Maine Won't Wait. Regionally, Portland and South Portland have launched implementation of their joint One Climate Future plan, which will prepare the cities for their shared climate future. The targets and actions outlined in these two plans will profoundly change Maine's energy and transportation infrastructure, revitalizing Maine's economy in the process.
GPCOG is joining the effort by launching a municipal climate action planning program to support the development of local plans that align with state and regional goals. GPCOG will provide technical assistance, support community engagement, source and analyze data on emissions and vulnerability, and guide towns in detailing climate action strategies. Additionally, we will convene expertise, facilitate collaboration, and ease coordination regionally and with the state.
Collaboration and coordination at a regional level will lighten the load of a long-term planning for climate change. Participating in the regional program for climate action planning will provide the following benefits: