Sustainability Updates

One Climate Future Vulnerability Assessment - Released in 2019

Climate Emergency- Declared on October 8, 2019

Food Waste Recycling Program - Available to all residents July 2018

Pesticide Use Ordinance / Grow Healthy South Portland - in effect May 1, 2018   

Energy & Water Benchmarking Ordinance - in effect May 1, 2018

Landfill Solar Array - online in October 2017

Reusable Bag Ordinance - in effect March 1, 2016

Polystyrene Ban Ordinance - in effect March 1, 2016


Upcoming Events

Please check back for upcoming events. More coming soon.

Past Events

One Climate Future Lunch & Learn- Friday, November 15th 

Family Fun Day at Bug Light Park - Saturday, September 29, 2018

Drive Electric Event - Sunday, September 16, 2018





Sustainability Office

City Hall - 25 Cottage Road
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Phone number: 207-347-4148
Fax number: 207-767-7620

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @soposustainability


The mission of South Portland's Office of Sustainability is to guide the development of policies and practices that simultaneously promote economic well-being, strong community connections, and a healthy environment. The Sustainability Office works directly with all municipal departments, the City's Energy and Recycling Committee, the Pest Management Advisory Committee, and numerous community partners to achieve its mission. 

Climate Goals

The City of South Portland committed to ambitious climate goals that guide the work of the Sustainability Office: 

  1. Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2017 baseline levels by 2050.
  2. Transition to 100% clean renewable energy in municipal operations by 2040.
  3. Build the resilience of our neighborhoods, infrastructure, and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.

One Climate Future: The Cities of Portland and South Portland are developing a joint climate action & adaptation plan that will chart a course to meeting these shared goals. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach that lays out the next steps to achieving aggressive carbon reduction goals, growing a circular economy, building community resilience, and creating more just and equitable cities. 


What We're Working Toward

Waste Reduction- to minimize waste by changing how our community consumes and disposes of goods.

Buildings & Energy - to use energy efficiently, transitioning to renewable energy, and encouraging high performing buildings.

Transportation & Land Use - to design and connect our homes, businesses, and public spaces around an efficient transportation network. 

Climate Resilience - to ensure all our neighborhoods can withstand, respond to, and recover from a disruption.

Healthy Environment - to make South Portland a healthy community by reducing the use of pesticides and promoting a transition to organic land care practices.

Community Engagement - to develop collaborative partnerships that build support for community initiatives and increase awareness about sustainable programs, policies and practices.


Sustainability Department Priorities 2019-2020