Climate Action Planning

SMPDC is supporting southern Maine communities through the Climate Action Planning Process. A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a strategic plan that lays out policies and programs for reducing a community's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. The State of Maine as well as several local communities have already created CAPs.

Example Climate Action Plans:


Southern Maine Climate Action Planning (CAP) Cohort

The communities of Biddeford, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Kittery are developing their Climate Action Plans through a cohort process. The communities are all working with SMPDC and the other project team members as well as each other to develop their climate action plans concurrently.

Visit the project website to learn more.


City of Saco Climate Action Plan

SMPDC is working with municipal staff to develop a Climate Action Plan for the City of Saco.

Visit to learn more.


Climate Action Planning Resource Materials

SMPDC has developed a set of resource materials (templates, plan development resources, and example materials) for Maine communities to utilize for their climate action planning activities. These materials were developed under the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Grant and with input from SMPDC’s CAP Cohort. Visit the webpage to learn more.