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The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, in partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office, Maine Department of Transportation, and Efficiency Maine Trust, have launched a Clean Transportation Roadmap process to help identify necessary policies, programs, and regulatory changes needed to meet the state’s transportation emission reduction goals. In addition to helping Maine achieve its emissions goals, there are market and social benefits of reduced transportation emissions, such as health benefits, associated with cleaner air from reduced NOx and particulate matter.
The transportation sector is responsible for 54% of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making emissions reductions in this sector critical to reaching emissions reduction targets. Reducing emissions from the transportation sector will require implementation of several complementary strategies including strategies to increase the efficiency of existing vehicles, strategies to reduce the number of miles Maine people drive (i.e. expanding telework and teleservice opportunities, expanding public transportation, and supporting development in downtowns and village areas), low carbon fuels expansion, and large-scale electrification of Maine’s transportation system.
This meeting is the first opportunity for the public to engage with GOPIF and members of the Consultant Team who are leading the roadmap. There will be time for questions. The meeting will be recorded and available for viewing for those unable to join us virtually.
E2Tech is teaming up with the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society to host a farm tour and networking event featuring greenhouse and covered agriculture infrastructure at Broad Turn Farm in Scarborough.
Broad Turn Farm is a 9-acre operation and grows cut flowers, mixed vegetables and hosts events. Like many regional farms they have been covering portions of their productive soils under high tunnels. High tunnels are low to mid tech greenhouses that give farmers an extra bit of climate control and insulation for their productive crops. This in turn allows them to extend seasons and maintain cash flow close to 12 months of the year - in some cases year round. Broad Turn's infrastructure specialist John Bliss recently developed a pilot program with three other collaborating soil-based farms and Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District that allows all four farms to share a soil steamer - which help control weeds, pests and pathogens that can build up over time in covered soils.
Broad Turn - along with many regional farmers - are innovating to improve heating and energy conservation in tunnels and across the farm. We are eager to cross-pollinate farmers, engineers, solar designers, HVAC specialists and E2Tech and ME SAS network. Please join us for a farm tour at 5, brief remarks at 5:30 (or so) and networking and cross-pollination until 7 or so. If it rains, we'll be in the barn. We'll have chilled beverages, and light appetizers from the farm. Register today!
Broad Turn Farm
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