Climate Change

The Sustainability Division works on cross-media issues to address climate change, which poses significant and widespread environmental and economic challenges and opportunities across many sectors, including Energy, Fuels, Transportation, and Land Use. Throughout the State of Maine and at the Department of Environmental Protection there are numerous strategies for addressing climate change within many agencies and organizations.

The DEP is taking action to reduce impacts of climate change and to make preparations for changes in our climate. The DEP evaluates proposals for development, provides technical assistance, issues licenses, inspects operations, and develops rules and policies to reduce human impacts on the natural environment to promote sustainability.

DEP Contact: George MacDonald 207-287-2870


Monitoring, Mapping, Modeling, Mitigation and Messaging: Maine Prepares for Climate Change

Summary and Recommendations from the Environmental and Energy Resources Working Group

September 2014

Environmental & Energy Resources Working Group

Through the creation of the Environmental & Energy Resources Working Group, the DEP is consolidating a summary of the State’s activities which address climate change and discussing mechanisms for cross agency partnerships, information sharing, efficiencies and streamlining. These efforts will provide specific and identifiable tools to assist decision-makers.

State agencies involved in this effort include the Department of TransportationDepartment of Marine ResourcesDepartment of Agriculture, Conservation and ForestryDepartment of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and the Governor's Office of Energy.

Responding to Maine Climate Needs: A Roundtable Showcasing Available Climate Data and Tools

Held October 10, 2014 at USM, Portland, Maine Introduction A group of New England governmental and nongovernmental leaders are collaborating to help communities across the region become resilient to the impacts from global climate change. These leaders are united by a shared determination to offer support and assistance to New England communities as they learn about what climate change will mean for them and as they take practical steps to become better prepared. The genesis of this effort was an invitational Climate Leaders’ Summit organized by EPA New England on November 8, 2013, at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. The 140 attendees from federal, state and local government agencies, regional and local non-profit organizations, and businesses spent the day discussing the challenges to building climate resilience across New England. (more)

October 10 Maine Roundtable Agenda, speaker bios and presentations (pdf file)

Notes and additional resources from this Roundtable (pdf file)

Maine DEP Comments on EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

Proposed EPA Section 111(d) Rule for Existing Power Plants

Brief overview of and how it may affect Maine including Maine's comments to EPA

More information

Reducing Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Climate Preparation and Adaptation