Sustainability News

2019 Benchmarking Annual Report 

Vulnerability Assessment Lunch & Learn Slides and Summary

Sustainability Actions You Can Take Lunch & Learn Slides and Summary

GHG Emissions Lunch & Learn Slides and Summary

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NEW Food Waste Recycling Program - Available to all residents July 2018

Pesticide Use Ordinance / Grow Healthy South Portland - in effect May 1, 2018   

Energy & Water Benchmarking Ordinance - in effect May 1, 2018

Landfill Solar Array - online in October 2017

Reusable Bag Ordinance - in effect March 1, 2016

Polystyrene Ban Ordinance - in effect March 1, 2016


One Climate Future Lunch & Learn- Friday, November 15th 

Family Fun Day at Bug Light Park - Saturday, September 29, 2018

Drive Electric Event - Sunday, September 16, 2018





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

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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 use 100% clean renewable energy for municipal operations by 2040, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions citywide 80% by 2050 through energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy initiatives, and plan for resiliency and adaptation.

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

4.  Healthy Environment - to make South Portland a healthy 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 Department Priorities 2019-2020