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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Portland and South Portland Release Joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, One Climate Future

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The Cities of Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two cities to meet shared climate commitments:  transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy in municipal operations by 2040, reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, and wherever possible, accelerating these reductions through rapid and equitable action by 2030. 

Together, the communities of Portland and South Portland developed One Climate Future. Over an 18-month planning process, thousands of residents completed surveys, attended events, and participated in workshops. These voices elevated One Climate Future to take on the climate crisis in representative and creative ways. City staff, businesses, and local leaders also contributed knowledge, ideas, and experiences to help shape ambitious yet achievable solutions.  

Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of Portland’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee noted that he and his fellow City Councilors have followed the development of One Climate Future with great interest. “Both Portland and South Portland have made commitments to bold climate action to ensure our communities can thrive now and in the future. Our collective work provides an important plan to meet these aggressive goals. Given the common bond between our two communities, it makes sense to join forces to address the challenges we will face in the future such as floods caused by rising seas, more intense storms, and higher temperatures.  It is truly an example of being stronger together.”

"We are immensely proud to launch One Climate Future together” says South Portland Mayor Kate Lewis. “One Climate Future goes beyond climate action and clean energy. It reflects significant goals to improve public health, build a diverse economy, and ensure the vitality of our coastal ecosystems. The progress we make through this plan will positively affect our quality of life into the future.”

This collaborative effort resulted in a transformative plan. One Climate Future includes nearly 70 strategies across four focus areas: buildings and energy, transportation and land use, water reduction, and climate resilience. These strategies will entail local action, regional partnerships, and state coordination. Collectively, the plan lays out a course to meet aggressive carbon reduction and clean energy goals, build community resilience, grow a circular economy, and create more just and equitable cities.

One Climate Future will come before Portland’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee during its meeting on Wednesday, September 16. The South Portland City Council will have a workshop on One Climate Future Tuesday, September 26. Both councils will vote whether to adopt the plan at subsequent City Council meetings. 

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