Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Committee

Formed in November of 2006, the committee was originally called the Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, with a mission to “promote ways for the government and residents of Kennebunk to reduce fossil fuel use, resulting in lower energy bills and greater use of sustainable energy sources.” 

On August 30, 2022, the Committee changed its name to the Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Committee as some of the committee's focus has shifted to sustainability and climate change initiatives.

New Mission Statement

To assist Town officials in addressing the challenges presented by climate change.  This would include, but is not limited to, supporting the Town in reaching carbon neutrality and mitigating the effects of sea level rise on infrastructure and natural resources.  It will also support efforts that educate and engage residents on how they can reduce their own carbon footprint.  CONSERVE, CHANGE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND RETHINK are the Committee’s guiding principles.

This advisory committee would also be responsible to the Select Board to:
  • Advise the Select Board on energy programs, projects, and policies which will reduce the community’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the community’s carbon footprint and promote renewable energy;
  • Make recommendations for ordinances, policies, projects and objectives to address actions to make Town properties more energy efficient;
  • Provide community education and outreach and be a community resource to help homeowners and businesses understand sustainability issues and make decisions that can reduce their energy consumption;
  • Research, evaluate and recommend projects that result in energy cost savings, return on investment, and environmental benefit;
  • Promote capital projects that are designed to take into consideration climate change and future environmental challenges in order to minimize destruction from natural disasters and preserve both natural and financial resources; and
  • Support community efforts that promote resilience and economic security of our aging and working community.
The committee has sponsored guest speakers including University of Maine faculty, offered workshops on energy efficiency for homes and businesses, worked with local businesses to distribute free curbside single-stream recycling bins, promoted a town-wide curbside compost collection system, pursued the elimination of throw-away plastic shopping bags, distributed reusable bags for residents and local businesses to use instead and spoken with state legislators about policies to promote energy efficiency and savings on energy bills. 
The Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Town Hall unless otherwise noted. All meetings are posted in Town Hall and on the Meeting Calendar.

Committee Members

Title Term Expires
Anthony Dater Chair 2023
Margaret Bartenhagen Secretary 2024
Wayne Berry Member 2024
Scott Negley Member 2025
Vacant (3) Member 2024
Vacant Member 2023
Vacant Member 2025
Vacant Youth Member 2023
Todd Shea Kennebunk Light & Power District Rep. Ex-Officio
Lisa Pratt Select Board Liaison  

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