Energy & Climate
To reduce municipal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 17% by 2017 through energy efficiency projects, conservation measures and renewable energy initiatives.
History & Commitment
In 2007, the City of South Portland signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging to reduce its carbon footprint 17% by 2017. The City established a three phase approach to climate action, beginning with municipal operations.
Programs & Policies:
Building efficiency improvements
- Transitioning to fewer and more efficient appliances, equipment and lighting
- Installing efficient boilers and hot water heaters
- Transitioning from oil to natural gas
- Rooftop solar array on the Planning & Development Department
- Solar thermal hot waster at South Portland High School
- Solar array on the City’s closed landfill (in progress)
Greening our vehicle fleet
- 4 new electric Nissan Leaf sedans have been added to the municipal fleet of vehicles.
- Assessor’s Office
- Parks & Recreation
- Planning & Development
- 5 electric vehicle charging stations have been installed to charge these vehicles, including a rapid charge station at the South Portland Community Center.
Green Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
The City added a sustainability section to its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The "Green CIP" will function as a yearly list of priority municipal sustainability & energy efficiency projects.
In 2016, it funded:
- Replacement of all City streetlights with LEDs
- Leasing 2 new Nissan Leafs
- Purchase of an energy use tracking system for network IT devices.