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Kittery
Climate Action Plan

In 2019, the Kittery Town Council established the Kittery Climate Adaptation Committee (KCAC) to advance the Town’s resilience to climate change. KCAC is leading Kittery's efforts to create a Climate Action Plan. Read More

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Why Climate Change Matters to Kittery

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Kittery is the southernmost town on Maine’s coast, and is the gateway community for many visitors, tourists, and regular commuters to and from the greater Boston area and beyond. Like many of Maine’s larger communities, Kittery contains a mix of widespread commercial development, historic downtowns, rural farms and seaside neighborhoods. With approximately 34 miles of shoreline, Kittery is particularly vulnerable to coastal hazards of climate change including coastal and inland flooding.


The Kittery Climate Adaptation Committee (KCAC) is serving as Kittery’s task force to create an action plan that focuses on adaptation and emission reduction strategies that address the real effects of climate change that threaten our coastal community. 

Opportunities

The Coastal Community Resilience section in Kittery’s Comprehensive Plan is guiding the Town’s climate action efforts. Kittery completed it’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory in 2022 and has also begun to address the impacts of climate change and the town’s vulnerabilities. In 2019, the Kittery Town Council established KCAC to advance the Town’s climate change resilience efforts. Kittery also helped create the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission's Regional Sustainability and Resilience Program in 2019 and joined the State of Maine’s Community Resilience Partnership in 2022. Both programs present opportunities for regional and statewide collaboration as the town pursues its climate goals.

Challenges

 

recent regional economic resilience study found that Kittery’s economic centers, tourism infrastructure and destinations, significant travel routes, as well as public infrastructure and residential areas are at significant risk from coastal climate impacts. These community assets include the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Route 1 bridge near the Kittery Outlets, Route 103, and Fort Foster Park.

Climate action at the local level will require behavioral and systemic changes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The largest sources of community-wide GHG emissions in Kittery are natural gas and electricity use at PNSY. This presents a challenge for the Town of Kittery because PNSY is a major community partner and source of economic activity for the region. The second largest source of emissions is passenger vehicle fuel use, followed by residential and commercial heating fuel use and electricity consumption.

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Climate Action Planning Documents

Kittery Vulnerability Assessment - Draft March 2023
Vulnerability Assessment Framework Q&A
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Framework
GHG Emissions Summary - Kittery
GHG Inventory - Kittery
KCAC members

Cameron Wake, Chair, Resident

Judy Spiller, Vice Chair, Town Council

Celeste Bragg, Town Council

Nanci Lovett, Conservation Commission

Robert McDonough, Parks Commission

Debbie Driscoll, Local Business Owner/Resident

Ken Fellows, Resident

David Gibson, Resident

Cameron Hamm, Resident

Erin Kempster, Resident

John McCollett, Fishing Industry

Roland Scott, Resident

Thomas Morley, PNSY Representative

Upcoming Events

Postponed - TBD in April

Cohort-Wide Meeting #2

Resources & Documents

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