Sustainability News

Food Waste Collection Pilot Program - Starting May 8, 2017

Pesticides Use Ordinance - In effect May 1, 2017 on public property; In effect May 1, 2018 on private property  

Reusable Bag Ordinance - In effect March 1, 2016

Polystyrene Ban Ordinance- In effect March 1, 2016


Sustainability Office

City Hall - 25 Cottage Road
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Phone number: 207-347-4148
Fax number: 207-767-7620

Creating a Sustainable South Portland

The mission of South Portland's Office of Sustainability is to guide the development of policies and practices that simultaneously promote economic well-being, strong community connections, and a healthy environment. The primary focus of this office is to implement the City's Climate Action Plan and related initiatives to help municipal departments, schools, and the community become more sustainable.  

What We're Working Toward

1.  Waste Reduction - to increase South Portland's recycling rate to 40% by 2020 through purposeful purchasing, reuse, recycling, and composting.  

2.  Energy & Climate - to reduce municipal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 17% by 2017 through energy efficiency projects, conservation measures and renewable energy initiatives.

3.  Sustainable Transportation - to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles in South Portland, and support the use of alternative transportation options. 

4.  Pesticide Use to reduce toxins in our community by reducing the use of pesticides and promoting a transition to organic land care practices.

5.  Community Engagement - to develop collaborative partnerships that build support for community initiatives and increase awareness about sustainable programs, policies and practices.

Sustainability Program Priorities for 2016-2017