The Maine Climate Council is an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens working to address the effects of climate change on our state. It was created by Gov. Janet Mills and supported with bipartisan support of the Legislature. The Climate Council is tasked with creating concrete recommendations so Maine can achieve its ambitious goals to reduce emissions and become more resilient to a changing climate.
Although the Climate Council's work started prior to COVID-19, it's work has renewed urgency as we strive to understand how the pandemic may affect our climate future, and how Maine can recover from the significant economic disruption it has caused.
As part of the Climate Council, Working Groups were formed to address specific topics around climate issues. One of those is the Transportation Working Group. Transportation emissions account for 54% of Maine's total emissions so there is much to be done.
Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, and Co-Chair of the Climate Council, will discuss how the Climate Council continues to move forward preparing to discuss potential strategies. Joyce Taylor, Chief Engineer for Maine DOT and Co-Chair of the Transportation Working Group, will discuss the Working Group's opportunities and challenges of addressing transportation emissions.