State Climate Action Plans: How Maine and Wisconsin Created a Path Toward Resiliency

State Climate Action Plans: How Maine and Wisconsin Created a Path Toward Resiliency

Date / Time: February 24, 2021 1:00 pm


Hannah Pingree and Cassaundra Rose

Maine Won’t Wait: Maine’s New State Climate Action Plan

Maine released its four-year climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait, in late 2020. This four-year Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, is the consensus result of months of painstaking study, dialogue, discussion, and public deliberation to determine the steps Maine must take to combat climate change.

We will review the 15-month process by which the legislatively-created Maine Climate Council developed Maine Won’t Wait. The Council — an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens — was charged with developing this four-year Climate Action Plan to put Maine on a trajectory to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

Backed by the first comprehensive scientific and technical assessment about climate change in Maine in a decade, Maine Won’t Wait outlines the urgency with which Maine must slow the effects of climate change to make a meaningful contribution to global efforts, while also taking bold action to prepare Maine people, communities, and environment for climate-related harms to come. We will discuss implementation plans for the newly released Maine Won’t Wait and lessons learned from the climate planning process.

Maria Redmond and Wenona Wolf

Climate Action in Wisconsin! Transforming the Cheese State to Being More Sustainable and More Equitable

Recognizing the importance of addressing climate change, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes committed to making Wisconsin a champion in innovative, inclusive, and forward-leaning actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change, achieve environmental justice, and create economic opportunity. In late 2019, Governor Evers created the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and charged Lt Governor Barnes with leading the work of the task force. Over the course of a year, the diverse, bipartisan coalition of task force members developed 55 climate solutions that span 9 sectors. Led by science and prioritizing environmental justice and community voice, the task force’s recommendations lay the foundation for the state to better adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, while also seeking economic opportunities in renewable energy and conservation.

This presentation will be led by Maria Redmond, Director of Wisconsin’s Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Lieutenant Governor Barnes. Both co-managed the work of the task force.

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