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Turning Inputs into Action

What Maine municipalities, small businesses and low-income housing advocates say they need to improve energy efficiency

Beginning in September 2017 the Climate Table offered a series of interactive meetings with community leaders at locations across the state — Hallowell, Fairfield, Lewiston and Brunswick. Each of these five meetings pulled together 15 to 30 municipal and state officials, business owners, business advocates and environmental activists for a discussion of the unique promise of energy efficiency — and the challenges to its implementation — in business, municipal and residential settings.

Increasing energy efficiency represents an unparalleled opportunity for Maine to tackle climate change enabling us to reduce energy expense and simultaneously diminish carbon pollution. The focus of each gathering was on practical steps for accessing resources for energy efficiency. Practical information about available resources was provided by personnel from Efficiency Maine and others who served as Resource Panelists at these sessions. We also heard from participants about the obstacles to increased energy efficiency and concrete suggestions for how to overcome them.

We now have compiled an overview and summary of the five Convenings with recommendations for action and are providing it broadly to Convening participants, to policy makers in Augusta and to community activists. We have completed this project and are glad to be able to share “Turning Inputs into Actions” with you and many other colleagues and change-makers. Please feel free to distribute this document to anyone you think can benefit from it and use it to spur further action in Maine.

Cathy Lee                                                                         Steve Ward
Founding Chair, MCT                                                       Steering Committee Member