In 2022, the Town of Kennebunk began working together in a four town cohort including Kennebunkport, Kittery and Biddeford, along with Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission to create a local Climate Action Plan for our community.
Resource and planning documents have been developed and are being used in combination with a public outreach and engagement effort to identify priority areas, develop goals, policies and strategies to address these priorities that are supported by the residents of Kennebunk.
The baseline GHG inventory identifies the major sources of emissions in Kennebunk, enabling the Town to identify areas to focus emissions reduction efforts, establish goals and track progress towards those goals, as well as facilitate decision making about future policies and strategies.
The municipal inventory encompasses the 2016, 2017, and 2018 calendar years and was created by mostly following guidelines set by the ICLEI Local Government Operations Protocol.
A Climate Action Plan Task Force has been formed by the Kennebunk Select Board, consisting of various stakeholders and staff, who will serve as the lead for the Climate Action Plan process and plan development.
Task Force members will work together with a public engagement consultant to involve the community and garner support, provide input on the selection of adaptation and mitigation measures, develop goals for the Town’s Climate Action Plan and serve as a liaison to Kennebunk’s Select Board throughout this process.
This effort will allow the community to budget future funds and access funding through grants to support our climate goals and build our local economy in a sustainable way that improves community health and livability. This plan will be consistent with the State of Maine's priorities and will allow us to do our part to meet state and national emission reduction and resiliency targets. Climate change is happening and will affect us all, but we as a community have the power to come together and minimize the impact in ways that benefit all of us.