Sustainability Principles

GPCOG has developed a Strategic Plan, which outlines sustainable prosperity for our region’s members and our partners.

Over the next five years, we envision the Greater Portland and Lakes Region to be thriving economically, socially, and environmentally. We have a diverse local economy that builds on the region’s natural assets and traditions, hosts a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and provides opportunities to people in all parts of the region. Communities have diverse housing, transportation, and communications choices to meet the needs of all ages. Our world-renowned rivers, lakes, coast, forests, and farms are protected and continue to be a key part of daily life, drawing many new residents to the region. Residents are prospering and have an inherent sense of regional pride and identity.

We base our actions on the following Sustainability Principles.

  • Use non-renewable resources sparingly, renewable resources at a sustainable rate, and in a continuous cycle.
  • Remain flexible and adapt to changing opportunities and challenges.
  • Maintain and protect Southern Maine’s traditional resource-based industries of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, while recognizing opportunities for sustainable global commerce.
  • Recognize, plan for, and value a diversity of housing, transportation, educational and employment opportunities for a varied and competitive workforce.
  • Analyze development opportunities based on long-term effects on the regional economy, environment and community.
  • Recognize and protect natural, cultural and diverse human qualities that make the region unique and enhance the quality of life/quality of place for current and future generations.
  • Think globally, act regionally, and respect the local interests of its citizens.

All of GPCOG’s work is guided by these principles. We also pursue stand-alone initiatives to advance sustainability,  including the Sustain Southern Maine Initiative and more recently Moving Southern Maine Forward, a short-term transit plan for the region.

If your community is interested in learning more about this effort, please contact Stephanie Carver at 207-774-9891 ext. 222 or