Climate Action Around Maine

Communities around Maine are taking decisive action on climate change, from electrifying transit and school buses, to weatherizing public buildings, preparing climate action plans and improving vulnerable infrastructure.

There are many different ways to get started. Some communities start with cost-saving “no-regrets” projects like converting indoor lighting and streetlights to LED bulbs or installing energy efficient heat pumps in public buildings. Other communities start with robust public dialog and organization that culminates in a call for action. Still other communities will pursue a comprehensive climate action planning process that lays out a clear path forward. All of these are examples of viable and useful starting points from actual communities in Maine.

Learn more below about climate actions that communities are taking with support from the Partnership’s grants. Then read more Maine Stories of community climate action at MaineWontWait.org.  

To use the maps below: toggle between maps using the arrows at the bottom of the visualization. Hover over circles on the maps to see more details, and drill down further by clicking categories in the legends. 

Community Action Grant Awards (Spring 2022)

Community Project Award
Bangor Electrifying Bangor's Transportation Network and Addressing Community Vulnerability and Resilience $50,000
Bar Harbor,
Mount Desert & Tremont
Climate Action Plan Community Engagement and Public EV Charger implementation $91,722
Bath Resilient Bath and update of City’s Climate Action Plan  $50,000
Biddeford, Kennebunk, 
Kennebunkport,
& Kittery

Local Climate Action Planning Cohort

$99,600
Bridgton Town of Bridgton Open Space Plan  $50,000
Camden Electric School Bus Purchase for MSAD #28 Transportation Fleet $50,000
Carrabassett Valley Installation of EV Charging Stations $40,159
Deer Isle Deer Isle Plan for Climate Action $50,000
Dover-Foxcroft A Plan to Reduce Public Health Risk for Vulnerable Populations during Extreme Temperature Events $50,000
Falmouth Strategic Watershed Plan: Geomorphic Data Collection and Assessment and Educational Campaign $50,000
Limestone Purchase and Maintain a Solar Power Generation System $50,000 
Machias Upper Machias Bay Resiliency Plan  $45,000
Norway Laying the Groundwork for Comprehensive Climate Action in Norway $50,000 
Orono Town of Orono’s Multi-tiered Approach to Baseline Data and Community Education on Greenhouse Gas Emissions $50,000 
Portland Climate Resiliency Zoning Project $50,000 
Rockland Climate Ready Infrastructure for Rockland’s Downtown Waterfront  $50,000 
Saco Saco Climate Adaptation Action Plan $50,000 
Scarborough Climate-Ready Infrastructure: Building a Resilient Route 1 and Pine Point Road $46,240
South Portland Street Design Technical Manual $50,000 
Topsham Municipal Complex LED Upgrades $46,000
Vinalhaven Downtown Project Stormwater Management Design $50,000 
Waterford Town Hall/Fire House Heat Pumps and Center of Refuge & Community Garden & Education Program $48,440
Whiting Complete Maine Flood Protection Checklist and Develop Community-wide Communications System $26,750
Windham Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Emission Reduction Targets $20,000

Service Provider Grants (Spring 2022)

Organization Communities Award
Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments Carthage, Jay, Chesterville
Greenwood
$47,000
Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System Dixmont, Old Town $22,500
Center for an Ecology-based Economy South Paris, Otisfield Woodstock, Bethel $50,000
Greater Portland Council of Governments Freeport, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cumberland
Brunswick
$50,000
Island Institute Chebeague Island, Long Island, Monhegan Island $37,458
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments Fairfield, Randolph, Skowhegan, Unity
Waterville
$62,500
Resilience Works, LLC Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville
Penobscot, Sedgwick
$62,475
Resilient Communities, L3C North Haven, Islesboro $17,850
Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission Eliot, Berwick, Fryeburg
Old Orchard Beach
$42,500
Sunrise County Economic Council Jonesport, Lubec, Danforth $37,500
University of Southern Maine Arrowsic, Georgetown, 
Phippsburg, Westport Island, Woolwich
$62,500
Window Dressers Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point,
Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township,
Millinocket,
Eastport
$50,000