The City of Portland has committed to reducing community wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and transitioning to 100% clean energy for municipal operations by 2040. In addition, the City will need to prepare for rising seas caused by global climate change.
In order to reach this goal we collaborated with the City of South Portland on a climate action and adaptation plan called ONE CLIMATE FUTURE. To inform the plan, we conducted a comprehensive inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions from both communities that includes residential, commercial, and industrial emissions. We used the data to establish a benchmark against which we will measure our progress toward reducing overall emissions 80% by 2050.
Portland City council approved the One Climate Future Plan in November 2020. Since then, the Portland and South Portland Sustainability Offices along with many other City departments and engaged citizens have been working hard to implement the proposed strategies. Check out the progress we have made in the first year of implementing One Climate Future on our progress dashboard!
We also invite you to join the One Climate Future team as we host virtual monthly Coffee & Climate chats dedicated to elements of One Climate Future. Register for Coffee & Climate on our One Climate Future Events page.
The following programs are also underway to help achieve the City’s resiliency goals.
As part of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative Sustainability Series, Troy Moon, City of Portland Sustainability Coordinator, recently gave an update on the City’s sustainability efforts and the One Climate Future climate action and adaptation planning process.
Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Climate Change Risk Assessments
- Bayside Adapts Report
- Portland Presentation Draft Slides_final_FINAL
- Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) Fac
- Slovinsky_Final 2-3-12
- ULI Panel Report - Waterfronts of Portland and South Portland 5-16-14