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Climate Change Committee
  • First and third Thursday of each month. On months that have five Thursdays, the committee will use the fifth Thursday for work sessions or otherwise conduct extra business, per agenda.
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • City Hall, Conference Room A
Members: 8-10 Members(including 2 Council members) Staggered 1&2 year terms
  • Samantha Paradis (Mayor) Term Exp: July 1, 2020
  • Eric Sanders (Councilor) Term Exp: July 1, 2021
  • Barbara Bell, Secretary Term Exp: July 1, 2021
  • Jonathan Beal, Chair Term Exp: July 1, 2020 
  • Sara Bennett Term Exp: July 1, 2020
  • Henry Reisner Term Exp: July 1, 2020 
  • Beverly Roxby Term Exp: July 1, 2021
  • Emma Swartz Vice Chair Term Exp: July 1, 2021
  • VACANCY Term Exp: 
  • VACANCY Term Exp:
*Any email for the committee should be addressed to it's Secretary at

Committee Established: March 20, 2018

Mission Statement:
To catalyze actions throughout the Belfast community for a sustainable future while adapting to climate change.

Introduction to CCC:

The CCC’s mission is to catalyze actions throughout the Belfast community for a sustainable future while adapting to climate change. That means adapting to the reality of the problem, but it also means taking on projects that mitigate the community’s carbon footprint and deliver cost savings as well.   

While the City’s Energy Committee has been working on sustainability and cost savings measures for our municipal operations and facilities, CCC will expand its work into the broader community, networking with other sustainability groups active throughout the state to help tackle the increasing complexities brought about by climate change, especially to coastal communities.  It has been shown throughout the US that when businesses, industries and residents begin addressing climate change the entire community benefits. 

Recognizing that everyone in Belfast is a potential stakeholder, we look forward to engaging both individuals and groups of people in specific local projects that advance our goals.   We also have plenty of resources from which to draw for assistance as we address each new project, from other cities’ experiences to various experts in their fields.  Our agendas and minutes are available on the City’s website (, and we are working to have our webpage here provide useful information to the public. We welcome your suggestions, questions, and comments as we move forward. We reserve time at every regular meeting for the public to speak, or contact the CCC Secretary, Barbara Bell, .  Thank you!    

Committee Membership: 
This committee was established with a 1 year term. The Council has requested to review the success of the committee at the Council meeting to be held on march 19, 2019. If it finds the committee to be successful, the Council may establish other terms of membership.

Upcoming Events:


Committee Draft Documents for Current Project on Sea-Level Rise (SLR):



First phase (done by September)

Description of causes, impacts, risks, quantified, illustrated, current as much as possible.

General model is Camden report, but here expanded.

*[submit to Council in September]*

Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast
Part One: What We Can Expect

Second phase (done by December)

Cost of October ’17 storm; estimated costs of no action; estimated costs of possible actions.

Compile list of various plausible funding sources.

*[submit to Council in December]*

Sea Change in the Gulf of Maine: The Outlook for Belfast
Part Two: Economic Vulnerabilities and Recommended Next Steps
*This document is not available at this time, it is being modified*

Third phase (done by March)

Recommended actions; schedule.

*[submit to Council in March]*