In September 2008, the GPCOG Sustainability Task Force held a retreat at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to develop a set of principles on which to base GPCOG’s sustainability planning efforts.  Breakout groups developed individual sets of principles that were later synthesized and adopted by the Executive Committee in October 2008.

Since the development of the Sustainability Principles, GPCOG has kept the concept of sustainability at the forefront of discussions and planning. This board-driven initiative has brought the interplay of the three legs of sustainability (environment, economy and community) into the services and planning efforts of GPCOG.