Sustainability Office

829 Sawyer Street (Planning & Development Building)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Phone number: 207-347-4148
Fax number: 207-767-7620

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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 Sustainability Office works directly with all municipal departments, the City's Waste Reduction Committee, the Landcare Management Advisory Committee, and numerous community partners to achieve its mission. 

Climate Goals

The City of South Portland committed to ambitious climate goals that guide the work of the Sustainability Office: 

  1. Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2017 baseline levels by 2050.
  2. Transition to 100% clean renewable energy in municipal operations by 2040.
  3. Build the resilience of our neighborhoods, infrastructure, and ecosystems to prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impacts of climate change.

The Cities of Portland and South Portland developed a joint climate action & adaptation plan that will chart a course to meeting these shared goals. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach that lays out the next steps to achieving aggressive carbon reduction goals, growing a circular economy, building community resilience, and creating more just and equitable cities. The South Portland City Council officially adopted the plan on October 13, 2020.


What We're Working Toward

Waste Reduction: - Minimize waste by changing how our community consumes and disposes of goods.

Buildings & Energy: Use energy efficiently, transition to renewable energy, and encourage high performing buildings

Transportation & Land Use: Design and connect our homes, businesses, and public spaces around an efficient transportation network

Climate Resilience: Ensure our neighborhoods can withstand, respond to, and recover from a disruption

Healthy Environment: Promote the Grow Healthy South Portland campaign to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Encourage a transition to organic land care practices.

Community Engagement: Develop collaborative partnerships that build support for community initiatives and increase awareness about sustainable programs, policies, and practices


Sustainability Department Work Plan for FY23