Sustainability Committee

The purpose of the Scarborough Energy Committee is to promote energy and environmental sustainability in Scarborough, and to research energy programs, projects, and policies through conservation and alternative energy use.


  • Rick Meinking, Chair - 2021
  • J. Anton Bodor - 2020
  • Sandi Dargi - 2019
  • David Kirstein - 2021
  • Deb McDonough - 2019
  • Ronald Allen - First Alternate -2021 
  • Vacant - Second Alternate - 2020


The Scarborough Energy Committee meets monthly the fourth Wednesday, beginning at 8:00 AM normally in the Town Manager's Conference room at the Municipal Building and occasionally in other Town facilities. The public is invited to attend. Contact for committee meeting dates, times and locations.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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February 26, 2020 Agenda   
January 22, 2020 Agenda   
December 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
October 23, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
September 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
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Increase Recycling In Scarborough

The Energy Committee has been tasked with considering ways to increase the recycling rate and thereby reduce solid waste and costs associated with disposal.  This analysis will include consideration of a Pay-As-You-Throw program to incentivize recycling.

We welcome community input into the process and encourage interested residents to contact us at the email provided below with questions about Scarborough's single-sort curbside recycling program as well as any ideas you may have for improving our recycling rate - and reduce the financial impact of solid waste collection and disposal.

Solar Panel Installation

Technical Screens for Level 2 PV Installations:

Energy Plan

The Comprehensive Energy Plan will guide the Town of Scarborough towards an energy management system that is financially and environmentally sustainable.

Energy Tips

  • Do a Home Energy Audit! Click the links below for instructions and additional information.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use -- TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.


Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Maine helps businesses and residents use energy resources more efficiently, reduce energy costs, and lighten the impact on Maine's environment from the burning of fossil fuels.
Efficiency Maine programs provide incentives, training and technical assistance to residents and businesses to save energy and money. They have special programs to help low-income Mainers and small businesses save energy and money.

Find out for yourself the amount of energy typical home appliance use by borrowing a Kill A Watt meter fromt he Scarborough Library (free to Scarborough residents). Learn what appliances are the "energy hogs" in your home so that you can develop a plan for reducing energy use and cost.

Click the link below to visit Efficiency Maine.


Ever ask yourself, "Can this be recycled"? ecomaine has answers!

Click the link below to visit ecomaine.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Calculate Your Emissions []

How Recycling Impacts Climate Change []

Frequently Asked Questions About Climate Change []


A comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable and energy efficiency in the United States.


Case Studies

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  • Final-Report-Reducing-Municipal-Solid-Waste-02-17-2016.pdf   201k - Feb 19, 2016, 7:22 AM by Colette Mathieson (v1)
  • Tirrell-Case-Study.pdf   34k - Feb 6, 2014, 9:13 AM by Town Webmaster (v1)
  • PACE-and-HESP.pdf   24k - Feb 6, 2014, 9:13 AM by Town Webmaster (v1)
  • McDonough-Case-Study.pdf   63k - Feb 6, 2014, 9:13 AM by Town Webmaster (v1)
  • Fire-Station-Case-Study.pdf   439k - Feb 6, 2014, 9:13 AM by Town Webmaster (v1)
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Contact the Committee

Jami Fitch
Staff Liaison
Phone: (207) 730-4035
Email: jfitch

Jean-Marie Caterina
Town Councilor
Phone: (207) 318-3440
Email: jcaterina