Hannah Pingree


Climate challenges facing Maine range from extreme weather to sea-level rise to warming waters.

We'll discuss how climate science informs policy and real action, as we learn about the new state climate action plan.

It focuses on areas such as transportation, renewable energy and agriculture, and sets bold goals for greenhouse gas emissions.


Maine state leaders have developed a four-year action plan for addressing climate change, and they're now seeking public input on it. We’ll learn how the plan aims to address: greenhouse gas reduction; renewable energy goals; fostering innovation and new industries; and building community resilient in the face of a changing climate. We'll also discuss the pandemic's impacts on these elements.

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Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced efforts to bar a class of chemicals used in refrigerators and air conditioning that are a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Government scientists told the state's climate council Wednesday that Maine has been reducing its overall emissions of climate-warming pollution over the last several decades. And they say that the carbon-absorbing capacity of Maine's vast forests could ease the road to meeting ambitious goals set by Gov. Janet Mills and the Legislature.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says a new report from the United Nations that is calling for unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions is unlikely to change the state's own climate change goals.


We will learn about the newly created Office of Policy Innovation & the Future, which Governor Mills chose Hannah Pingree to lead. Pingree’s role forges new territory beyond what was the scope of the state planning office, including future-oriented areas, such as climate change and children’s issues. Pingree will explain the challenges and goals of the office, and her hopes for what she can achieve in this uncharted role.


In advance of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) conference on housing opportunities and solutions in Maine, we’ll learn about the issues facing developers and buyers when it comes to affordable housing and get the latest on Maine’s housing market.

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is appointing former House Speaker Hannah Pingree to lead the governor's new Office of Innovation and the Future.

Your Vote 2014 Profile: Emily Cain

May 9, 2014
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Maine has a reputation for sending trailblazing female politicians to Washington. Two of those women, Republican  Senators Margaret Chase Smith and Olympia Snowe, first entered national politics by winning election to Maine's 2nd Congressional District.  This fall, another promising female politician from Maine hopes to take this same route.