Calling all Maine municipalities! GrowSmart Maine is pleased to announce our March forum, “A Changing Climate: How Municipal Government Can Be Part of the Solution.” On Thursday, March 24th at 8am, we’ll be exploring the various ways in which Maine communities are meeting the challenge, and share resources that others can learn from. Whether you are a Town Manager, Planner, Selectperson, business or homeowner, this event is one you won’t want to miss! Join us at the Freeport Town Hall for a light breakfast, networking and this informative panel. Stay after the program for a demonstration of solar panels!
Maine’s municipalities are the catalyst in creating community solutions to a changing climate. Within the scope of their energy use, municipalities invest in increased energy efficiency to reduce demand. They exemplify best practices for their energy use and generation. They provide services to business and residential community members ranging from bulk purchase programs to incentives for lower income residents.
These local and regional solutions are created at the municipal level and help Mainer’s achieve their goals for a more sustainable community. Maine currently spends about $5 billion a year on fossil fuels—including oil, natural gas, propane and gasoline, plus coal-fired electricity – almost $4,000 per year for every Maine citizen. None of this fuel is produced in Maine, and we have no control over its price. We can reduce exposure to price swings by using solar, wind, and renewable biomass for fuel. Moving to other fuels is also good for our economy.
Donna Larson — Town of Freeport & Solarize Freeport
Kimberly Darling, Larry Pritchett, & Tex Haeuser — Municipal Street Lighting Group
Dana Fischer — Efficiency Maine
Rachel Bouvier, rbouvier consulting