Our Vision for Maine’s Sustainable Community in 2020
SMMC envisions a sustainable community in the not-so-distant future. Here is our vision for Kennebec Valley in 2020:
We, the people of the Kennebec:
- We invest in the best available strategies for energy generation, distribution, and use, giving priority to local, renewable resources whenever possible.
- We have reduced our carbon footprint and our use of fossil fuels by more than 50% since 2009 through practices of energy conservation, generation, and efficiency.
- We are a strong regional community that works with all levels of government and collaborates in making wise energy and environmental choices.
- We make public and private decisions in terms of their environmental, social, and economic impacts, including quality of life and employment opportunities.
- We have full employment at a living wage through green services and green manufacturing.
- We educate people of all ages in our community about sustainability, whether at home, in schools, or in the workplace. The youth in our communities grow up safe and healthy, and are engaged in the process of achieving sustainability.
- We have increased the prosperity of the region.
- We have revitalized area farms and reconnected our rural and urban economies. Now, there is an abundance of food, 80% of which is grown on local farms and gardens.
- We have learned to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle, and aim to eliminate waste completely. Recognizing that the open-ended generation of “waste” is not sustainable, we have eliminated most landfilling.
- We have transformed the way we move goods and people: fewer than half of our journeys are made in fossil-fueled vehicles. Our infrastructure is geared toward public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian use.