Ahead of Earth Day, City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, is offering a resolution for Council consideration, supporting the goal of achieving 100% clean energy for municipal City operations by 2040. The Committee will amend and revamp the 2008 Municipal Climate Action Plan for the City in order to create a plan to achieve the 2040 goal. Councilors Thibodeau, Duson, and Ray will take up the matter at the Committee’s next meeting on April 25 in Room 24. The public is invited to attend.
Councilors Thibodeau, Ray, Duson, Mayor Strimling, the Sierra Club, and interested parties will join today at a 1:00 PM press conference at City Hall to announce the resolution and goal in recognition of the City’s desire to promote the public health and safety of its residents, including their access to clean air, clean water, and a livable environment.
“I believe this is an attainable 'moonshot.' This resolution will guide our work of updating the climate action plan as well as setting the City of Portland on a path to a sustainable future," said Councilor Thibodeau. “We must be willing to set goals and adopt measures that address climate change in order to enhance the well-being of current and future generations.”
"I'd like to extend my deep appreciation to Councilor Thibodeau for his focused leadership in moving this Council and the City towards our 100% Clean Energy by 2040 goal," said Mayor Ethan Strimling. "Protecting our long term environmental health will take hard work, collaboration, foresight and creativity. It will also mean never taking 'no' for an answer because when it comes to ensuring a sustainable future for all of Portland, it's not a choice, it's a necessity."
"By committing to power City operations with 100% clean energy, Portland will be joining the growing movement of U.S. cities and towns who are taking leadership to protect our climate, our health, and environment," said Glen Brand, Sierra Club Maine Chapter Director.
Portlanders are already feeling the effects of climate change locally through increased temperatures, changes in water systems, extreme weather events like drought and flooding, sea level rise, threatened fisheries, and other disruptions that threaten our economy, our residents, and our overall quality of life.
Emissions from electricity generation and transportation are the largest component of community carbon inventories for Portland. Transitioning to a low-carbon community reliant on the efficient use of renewable energy resources and electrified transportation will provide a range of benefits including renewed air quality, enhanced public health, increased national energy security, and the creation of more local green jobs.