2015-05-01 / Community

Sustainable SoPo

New recycling goal set and more

On March 18, the city of South Portland’s Energy and Recycling Committee (ERC) unanimously voted to establish a city-wide recycling goal of 35 percent by 2017 and 40 percent by 2019. At the same meeting, the committee welcomed South Portland’s first Sustainability Coordinator, Julie Rosenbach. osenbach brings significant experience developing and implementing sustainable practices at Bates College and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In her new role as South Portland’s sustainability coordinator, she will assist the committee with achieving these new recycling goals in addition to other city-wide sustainability initiatives.

The city of South Portland has been stuck at a recycling rate of 28 percent for the past six years, according to statistics managed by EcoMaine, the region’s municipally owned recycling and waste disposal provider. In an effort to improve this rate and be a leader in the region, the city committee established goals that are similar to rates already achieved by other communities in the region. With the addition of the city’s sustainability coordinator and recent adoption of a Municipal Climate Action Plan, SoPo ERC is working hard to develop new outreach, programs and incentives designed to help the city achieve these goals.

This is the first in an ongoing series of newsletters designed to keep the citizens of South Portland up to date on the committee’s work and progress in the community. Stay tuned to the Sentry every other week for updates from SoPo ERC.

“Sustainable SoPo” is a new column in the Sentry submitted by the South Portland Energy and Recycling Committee. The committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at the South Portland Community Center. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

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