WHAT IS THE MAINE CLIMATE TABLE?
Founded in 2013, the Climate Table is a broad, non-partisan partnership that, as of March 2018, includes participation from over 150 individuals and organizations from the business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors in Maine. The Climate Table’s vision is to create a state-based model for climate initiatives that increases broad civic engagement and leads to climate action.
WHAT IS OUR GOAL?
Our primary goal is to engage more people in community-based climate action that will collectively help to reduce climate changing pollution, support adaptation to the changing conditions around us, and promote measures that will increase the resiliency of Maine’s communities and small businesses.
WHO CAN JOIN?
Participation in the Climate Table is open to any organization or individual that is interested in collaborating with us and supporting our efforts. Simply go to the Join Now button below and provide us with your name, email address and any particular areas of interest and you will be added to our mailing list. You are now a member.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CLIMATE TABLE?
As a member of the Climate Table, you will be kept up to date on our ongoing initiatives through our quarterly newsletter and semi-annual meetings of the full Climate Table. You will be invited to make announcements or brief presentations about climate work you are doing or think we should know about in the state. You will also have the opportunity to offer input in response to our work and to contribute to the work of the Climate Table by joining one of our Subcommittees.
HOW ARE WE ORGANIZED?
A Steering Committee comprised of 7-9 member organizations leads the Climate Table and is empowered to make budgetary, administrative and strategic decisions when it meets face to face quarterly and electronically in between as needed. The 2018 Steering Committee is currently made up of the following organizations:
- Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute
- Island Institute
- Lee International
- Maine Farmland Trust
- Maine People’s Resource Center (fiscal agent for the Climate Table)
- The Nature Conservancy
- Unity College
(Maine Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association have previously served on the Steering Committee)
WHAT DO WE DO?
The Climate Table started its work by identifying, with input from community leaders, elected officials, climate experts, economic development specialists and others, the five most pressing climate issue areas for the State of Maine. Our objective is to catalyze and support action in each of these areas as our resources and capacity permit. Our plan is to develop an evidence based Action Plan for each of these areas and engage our members in implementing it. The Action Plans will focus on addressing obstacles and identifying opportunities for increased action in that area. The issue areas are:
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Energy
- Farming and Food Systems
- Dedicated Financing for Climate Action in all of these areas
HOW DO WE DO IT? THE FOUR CS:
The Climate Table recognizes there are many valuable climate initiatives underway in the state and does not, in any manner, intend to replace these initiatives. We support existing work and use the considerable knowledge and strength of our network to identify opportunities to expand climate action in the state primarily at the local level. We do this using the “Four Cs”.
- Convene people who may not be currently working together but who share an interest and/or experience in community based action and/or any of the 5 climate issue areas we have identified as top priorities for Maine (link to What do we do, above);
- Connect them and help to highlight areas of common interest;
- Catalyze drawing on these connections new actions the Climate Table can support that will help meet the Climate Table’s goals; and
- Commission new research, where appropriate