Sustainability Office

streetlight installs 6 7 2019
Streetlight installations as of June 7, 2019. Throughout the summer we will be replacing or retrofitting decorative fixtures.
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.


Pesticide Use Ordinance Now in Effect for Private Property

The Portland Pesticide Use Ordinance officially went into effect as of January 1, 2019. This ordinance prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides on all private and public property - with the goal of protecting the health of our waterways, residents, pets, and natural ecosystems. Get all the ordinance facts and tips on how to maintain your lawn and garden without pesticides. Learn more.

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 under consideration include public WiFi in parts of the City, 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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