Sustainability Office

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​What We Do

The Sustainability Office undertakes initiatives designed to make Portland a vibrant, environmentally friendly community now and into the future. We collaborate with all departments to increase the efficiency of City operations and seek innovative approaches to improve municipal services. We partner with community organizations, citizens, and businesses working to conserve energy, reduce waste, and preserve our natural resources. We promote actions that will make Portland resilient in the face of a changing climate.

News - Council Declares a climate emergency

On Monday, November 18 the City Council voted unanimously to support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.  It commits the City to work to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.  Young people who participated in the international climate strikes on September 18 brought the resolution to the Sustainability and Transportation Committee on October 16. Committee members recommended it to the full council with a unanimous vote of 3-0. This means that our One Climate Future plan will identify opportunities to implement aggressive community wide greenhouse gas reductions within the next ten years. 

Current key Initiatives

Climate Action

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. Learn more about the many projects completed and underway to achieve these goals. Climate Action Initiative.

Smart City Initiatives

Smart city technologies enhance services for city residents and visitors, and lead to a more sustainable city. Projects include intelligent traffic signals in select locations, EV charging stations, and environmental sensors that can provide information about noise levels and air quality. Learn more.

Pesticide Use Ordinance

The City Council passed a pesticide ordinance designed to protect public health and the environment by reducing chemical inputs used for maintaining landscapes. Get more information on the new pesticide use guidelines.

Small changes can make a big impact.

5 Things You Can Do

  1. Reduce waste and recycle. Check out the EcoMaine Recyclopedia App.
  2. Weatherize your home. Learn more from Efficiency Maine.
  3. Walk, ride your bike, or take the bus to your destination. Learn more from Metro.
  4. Maintain a Bay Friendly yard. Learn more from Friends of Casco Bay.
  5. Support local businesses.  Learn more from Portland Buy Local.
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