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Maine Climate Council


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports, 59 pages
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine



Maine Won't Wait Progress Report - Dec. 2022

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  • This report explores Maine's progress in lowering its greenhouse gas emissions, federal and statewide efforts to fight climate change, and the state's sustainability goals for future decades, while the video focuses specifically on Maine's shift towards clean energy and the positive impact this shift will have on the state's economy.
  • Students will learn that Maine's greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 were lower than in 1990, the state has heat pump creation and home weatherization targets for 2025, and moving towards renewable energy will create clean energy jobs and increase Maine's energy independence.
Teaching Tips


  • This report contains multiple high-quality photographs.
  • This report is filled with useful and colorful bar charts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video is on page 31, and when you left-click on it you won't be taken to a new tab.
  • An advertisement may play before the video starts.
  • The report is 59 pages long, so teachers may want to highlight specific sections for students ahead of time.


  • Students could use this report for an argumentative essay on whether Maine is effectively addressing climate change or not.
  • Students could use this report for a research project on what incentives are causing a shift in climate policy from the federal government.
  • Students could use this report for an informative essay on how and why approaches to climate change differ by state.
  • Students could use this report for an argumentative essay on what must be done to increase sustainability efforts in states that currently don't prioritize fighting climate change.
  • Students can use the report to create presentations on the economic benefits of moving toward renewable energies and energy independence.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Maine Climate Council is a midpoint progress report of Maine Won’t Wait, the state’s four-year climate action plan. The resource begins with a greenhouse gas emissions update and clear graphics that show Maine’s progress towards plan goals, which include shifting to more electric vehicles, clean energy, and efficient homes. A more in-depth report on each of the plan’s eight strategies is included and they all feature clear figures, maps, pictures and highlighted text boxes that share stand-out projects. Finally, the report closes with funding and investment opportunities for the state’s climate and energy priorities. This report is thorough, clear, and even includes several links to informative video resources. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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