Climate Crisis Committee




The CCC’s mission is to catalyze actions throughout the Belfast community for a sustainable future while adapting to climate change. We will:


          A. Educate the community by means of expert presentations, imaginative performances or exhibitions, interactive demonstration programs, surveys, and the like;


B. Engage the community by providing citizen-science programs, opportunities to participate in CCC projects, and other means;


          C. Collect local data, giving priority to data about relevant natural        ecosystems;


D. Offer recommendations to the City Council based on such data, so as to assist it in making policy decisions;


E. Collaborate whenever possible and useful with other groups in Maine—or national and international groups—having compatible missions.



CCC Established:

The CCC was established by the City Council on March 20, 2018 with a 1-year term. On March 19, 2019, the Council modified the term of the Committee, in recognition of the long-term goals it is pursuing. Members are now appointed to staggered 2-year terms. For further background, see “CCC Context”, below.

CCC Context:

In 2007, the City of Belfast established an Energy and Climate Committee, which was very active for about 5 years. Among several projects it undertook during that time, it researched and issued Belfast’s first carbon footprint report, 2007 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Belfast, Maine (2008).

Since around 2014, that committee has returned to active status as the City’s Energy Committee, focusing on sustainability and cost-saving measures for our municipal operations and facilities. Its achievements have included approving solar arrays to power City operations, installing LED streetlights, and moving forward on weatherizing City buildings.

In contrast, the CCC has expanded climate-related work into the broader community, networking with other sustainability groups active throughout the state to help tackle the increasing complex impacts of climate change, especially for coastal communities. 


8 to 10 Members (including 2 Council members) with staggered 2-year terms, and a Student Member

  • Eric Sanders (Mayor)
  • Barbara Bell, Secretary
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Jonathan Beal, Chair
     Term Expires: July 1, 2022
  • Elizabeth Sterner
     Term Expires: July 1, 2022
  • Henry Reisner
     Term Expires: July 1, 2022
  • Beverly Roxby
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Fred Bowers
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Gerald Brand
     Term Expires: July 1, 2023
  • Council Seat Vacant
  • Jonah Lovejoy - Student Member – term began November 2020

Contact Us: Any mail for the CCC should be addressed to its Secretary,



--First and third Monday of each month. On months with five Mondays, the committee may use the fifth Monday for work sessions or otherwise conduct extra business, per agenda.           


--by Zoom, until further notice (see current Agenda)








*TBD, check back with updates!











1. 10-7-’19  [Sea-Level Rise]

[Recap of our first report. We don’t have a link for this first one]


2. 11-4-’19 [What has CCC done so far and how can you help?]      


3. 12-2-’20 [Go Solar Now]   



4. 1-13-’20 [Efficiency Maine & Window Dressers]   



5. 2-10-’20 [Climate Emergency #1, student activists from all over]   


6. 3-9-’20 [Climate Emergency #2, Should Belfast Declare a Climate Emergency?]   



7. 9-28-’20 [Climate Change and the Future of Public Health] {Zoom}  OR go to YouTube and search “Belfast Climate Crisis Committee.” 


8. 12-14-’20 [The Maine Climate Council’s Action Plan: What Does it Mean for Belfast?] {Zoom}; [under Belfast Free Library]

Also,  [also under Belfast Free Library]


9. 1-25-’21 [Little River Conversations]{Zoom}  [under Belfast Crisis Climate Cte.]


10. 2-22-’21 [Maine Youth Climate Leaders] {Zoom}  [under Belfast Crisis Climate Cte.]


11. 3-29-’21 [Carbon Neutrality] {Zoom}  [Under Belfast Free Library]


12. 6-22-’21 [Sea Level Rise, Storms and Citizen Science with Gayle Bowness] {Zoom}  [Under Belfast Free Library] 

This program launched the series “All of Belfast Climate Dialogues” (ABCD), sponsored by the Belfast Free Library, co-sponsored by the CCC






Part One (issued September 2018)

                    Description of causes, impacts, risks, quantified, illustrated, current as of summer 2018. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part One: What We Can Expect (PDF)


Part Two (issued December 2018)

                        Cost of October 2017 storm; estimated costs of no action; estimated costs of possible actions. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part Two: Economic Vulnerabilities and Recommended Next Steps (PDF)


Part Three  (issued April 2019)

                        Recommended actions; schedule. Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast Part Three: Ecosystem-based Resilience (PDF)




Belfast Climate Action Plan, Part One—April 9, 2021. Related to 3/29/21 public forum: “After Summit: How Do We Get to Carbon Neutrality by 2045?”



Report Concerning Community Outreach Meeting on the Future of the Little River—February 9, 2021 (PDF) 

Waldo County Climate Change Symposium Report: "Preparing for Tomorrow - Our Climate Future" 







Maine Climate Council (

          State Climate Dashboard


          State Climate Action Plan--“Maine Won’t Wait”

            (            files/MaineWontWait_December2020.pdf)