2019 Session in Review
Dear Friend of Maine’s Environment,
We are so happy to share this environmental scorecard with you!
The first year of the 129th legislative session was momentous. Together with Governor Janet Mills, the Legislature made groundbreaking progress to tackle climate change and transition Maine to 100% clean energy by 2050.
The Legislature enacted three major climate and energy initiatives including increasing renewable energy to 100% by 2050, reducing carbon pollution by 80% by 2050, and expanding solar power for Maine people and businesses. The Governor’s Climate Council will also address the impacts of climate change on marine resources and our communities.
This progress is a welcome change. Mainers are seeing the effects of climate change firsthand and want their leaders to take action.
Thousands of you from across the state urged your legislators to support climate action through phone calls, in person lobbying, events, and online petitions. Your actions made a difference!
Other major successes include banning polystyrene food containers and single use plastic bags, phasing out the dangerous chemicals PFAS and phthalates from food packaging, and cleaning up pollution in Maine rivers.
The many successes of this year’s legislative session show the power of people coming together to elect forward-thinking leaders who will act to protect our health and environment, tackle climate change, and build new economic opportunities for our state.
We thank Governor Mills, House Speaker Sara Gideon, Senate President Troy Jackson, and legislators from both political parties who made action on climate change and clean energy a priority this year.
Maureen Drouin, Executive Director
Jennifer Burns Gray, Board President