Climate Action Plan Task Force

Please weigh in NOW on Climate Action in Kennebunk!!

News  TAKE THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN SURVEY Opens in new windowOur community is beginning to observe the effects of climate change, and this situation will require action and investment on the part of the Town and its residents.

Please take this 5-minute survey to help the town understand your concerns and opinions about climate and how we can adapt to and slow climate change. Paper copies are available at the Town Office, Kennebunk Free Library, H.B. Provisions and Cummings Market.  View a printable copy of the survey here. The survey will be open through June 20, 2023.

About the Climate Action Plan Task Force

The Towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery and Biddeford, along with Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission have been awarded funding and work is underway to share resources and experiences in developing community specific Climate Action Plans.  

Kennebunk’s Task Force, consisting of staff and various stakeholders will serve as the lead for the Climate Action Plan process and plan development. Task Force members will work together with the public engagement consultant to involve the community and garner support, provide input on the selection of adaptation and mitigation measures, develop goals for the Town’s Climate Action Plan and serve as a liaison to Kennebunk’s Select Board throughout this process.

Read the Climate Action Plan planning documents here.

Vision Statement

The Town of Kennebunk is unique in many ways, but it shares with the world the detrimental effects of climate change. Climate change is a global problem, but it is being felt on a local level first and with direct consequences. The Town of Kennebunk has been moved to act in response by developing a Climate Action Plan that will chart a course to navigate this complicated issue. This plan will lay out policies and programs to further reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the community's ability to adapt and thrive during these challenging times. Kennebunk will do this by bringing community members and partners together, engaging with the public on how they can make a difference, incorporating existing and future community plans, and working with local, state, federal and international organizations toward a common goal. 

This effort will allow the community to budget future funds and access funding through grants to support our climate goals and build our local economy in a sustainable way that improves community health and livability. This plan will be consistent with the State of Maine's priorities and will allow us to do our part to meet state and national emission reduction and resiliency targets. Climate change is happening and will affect us all, but we as a community have the power to come together and minimize the impact in ways that benefit all of us.

Task Force Goals

To reduce carbon emissions while also increasing household and municipal savings, advancing environmental justice, and improving community health.

View Kennebunk's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories.

View Kennebunk's Vulnerability Assessment.

Committee Members

Name Title
Maggie Bartenhagen Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Comm. Rep, Chair
Chris Osterrieder Director of Community Development
Bryan Laverriere Director of Public Services
Mark Kerr Conservation Commission Representative
Chris MacClinchy Planning Board Representative
Chris Pasciuto RSU 21 Representative
Alison Malmqvist Community Member
Lily Martin Community Member
Elizabeth Smith Community Member
Joshua Tabor Community Member
Yvette Webster
Community Member
Lisa Pratt Select Board Member