Climate Action Plan
At the urging of local students, the Bangor City Council made a commitment to address Climate Change in early 2021. The Council approved a Resolve to that effect and the City sought to develop a regional approach to the matter that would benefit our area as a whole. We began by inviting neighboring communities and others to join us in our efforts. This effort will start in earnest the spring of 2022 and continue into 2023.
As a result, the City of Bangor is working closely with, and under the umbrella of, BACTS (Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System), along with the Town of Orono, the University of Maine, and Husson University to embark on a regional climate action planning effort.
The effort has been broken in two phases: Phase 1 includes a greenhouse gas emission inventory and climate vulnerability assessment and Phase 2 will propose actions to achieve climate goals and carbon neutrality, along with strategies to implement those actions. A large part of phase 2 will include public participation, so be sure to check back for updates.
Separately from the official Climate Action Plan, the City is applying for a Community Action Grant from the State of Maine to help implement actions now that can reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions and/or make the City more resilient to impacts from climate change. This funding will help us make immediate change while our climate planning process unfolds. More information on this effort can be found here.