Climate Action Planning (CAP) Toolkit

SMPDC has developed a CAP Toolkit for Maine communities to utilize for their climate action planning activities. These materials have been developed under the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Grant and with input from SMPDC’s CAP Cohort, a regional coalition of communities working together to support the drafting of local CAPs. The resources available on this webpage include templates, plan development resources, and example materials. In providing these materials, SMPDC hopes to support and strengthen local climate action planning efforts in the region.


  • Climate Action Plan Outline: To aid in the construction of an outline and/or table of contents for your CAP.
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Table of Contents: To aid in the construction of an outline and/or table of contents for your climate change vulnerability assessment.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary: Includes an overview of community-wide emissions, business-as-usual forecast, and information about climate targets and emissions reduction strategies.
  • Climate Action Public Survey: To aid in creating a survey to assess public concern about local climate change impacts and inform the strategies/actions that will appear in your CAP.
  • Community Conversations: Guiding information on collecting feedback from community groups on potential climate actions and local climate concerns. 
  • Strategy Matrix: An Excel spreadsheet laying out strategies/actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Plan Development Resources:

  • Vulnerability Assessment Framework: Guide for assessing climate hazards that are projected to
    impact an area as well as the things, people, and places that are vulnerable to those hazards.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Protocol: Southern Maine GHG inventory guide, including methodologies for collecting energy use data and calculating associated GHG emissions across sectors.
  • CAP Best Practices: Lessons learned through the CAP Cohort process.


Example Materials:


This work was supported by the Kittery Joint Land Use Study Implementation Grant and a Community Action Grant from the Maine Community Resilience Partnership. The work by SMPDC was also partially supported by award CZM NA21NOS4190082 to the Maine Coastal Program from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Department of Commerce.