What You Can Do

In every crisis is an opportunity!

The Chinese created the character for it. Albert Einstein and President Kennedy invoked it. We need to invoke it again. As the wise Joda said in a Star Wars saga, “a crisis, it is.”

We call the crisis climate change but it is more than just climate.

The world is changing under our feet (and gills). Arctic ice is melting, exposing sea lanes and food chains previously unavailable.
Greenland and Antarctica ice are also melting, threatening coastal communities and islands with rising seas. Some global regions in need of water are burning up, while others are drowning in record rainfall events.

We are in the midst of a sixth extinction event, according to some experts. The number of animals living on Earth has plunged by half since 1970. Entire ecosystems are in danger of collapse from broken food webs.

The atmosphere is heating up. And the world continues to burn fossil fuels to fuel a carbon-based economy. In fact, 2018 was a record year for human-generated CO2 emissions. As bleak as conditions seem, it is not too late to turn things around. We are the CEO and Board of Directors of Planet Earth; we are in a “turn around” situation loaded with opportunity for a better future.

We have the opportunity to transform York into a clean energy community. Each clean community helps the globe go green. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is done one molecule at a time. The challenge is not too big for us. And the time is now.

We have the opportunity to work for our grandchildren and their children to create a sustainable, healthy, profitable environment.

We have the opportunity to carve out natural safe zones around the globe to save threatened species and maintain the security of rich biodiversity in our ecosystems.

We have the opportunity to build a smart infrastructure that will move energy around on demand in all directions fueled from renewable, zero carbon emission energy sources.

We have the opportunity to build a green economy with good paying skilled jobs: from engineering to hands-on grid building to material handling, manufacturing and machine driving jobs (green machines, of course).

Our green economy will not happen by itself; it needs to be built. Its construction will require all kinds of leadership roles from planning to operations to project management, communications, public relations, and sales/marketing of course. The carbon economy needs green economy jobs to ensure employment security through the transition.

There is plenty of work to be done. Will you join us with your experience to fuel the “turn around”? Please contact us for more information or come to our next gathering (see the “planned events” page). York is ready for 100% clean energy; be part of the opportunity to make it happen.

Our specific campaign goal is to secure a commitment from the citizens of York to use electricity generated by 100% renewable sources by 2030, with the conversion of heating and transportation sectors to 100% renewable energy sources by 2050.

If you support this goal, please let our town leaders know.

Here is their contact information:

Board of Selectmen
Todd A. Frederick, Chair
Term Expires: 2021 Town Meeting

Elizabeth D. Blanchard
Term Expires: 2020 Town Meeting

Michael L. Estes
Term Expires: 2022 Town Meeting

Robert E. Palmer Jr.
Term Expires: 2020 Town Meeting

Marilyn McLaughlin
Term Expires: 2021 Town Meeting

Planning Board
Alfred J. Cotton Jr. – Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
P.O. Box 737
Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Kathleen Kluger – Vice Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
P.O. Box 1450
York Beach, ME 03910

Peter Smith – Secretary
Term Expires: June 30, 2020
8 Kestrel Circle
York, ME 03909

Wayne Boardman
Term Expires: June 30, 2021
31 Barrell Lane
York, ME 03909
207-408-6430

Kenneth Churchill, Alternate
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
1 Churchill Court
York, ME 03909

Gerry Runte
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
PO Box 32
York, ME 03909

Energy Steering Committee
Rozanna Patane
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
29 Sentry Hill Road
PO Box 592
York Harbor, ME 03911

Wayne Boardman
Term Expires: June 30, 2021
31 Barrell Lane
York, ME 03909
Phone: 207-408-6430

Gerry Runte
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
PO Box 32
York, ME 03909
Phone: 207-361-7143

Harry Mussman
Term Expires: June 30, 2021
3 Cycad Avenune
York, ME 03909
Phone: 207-363-6819

Elizabeth Kinzly
Term Expires: June 30, 2021
2 Thunder Hill
York, ME 03909
Phone: 207-752-2005

Susan Covino
Term Expires: June 30, 2020
20 Field Avenue
York, ME 03909

Len Loomans
Term Expires: June 30, 2020
154 Ogunquit Road
Cape Neddick, ME 03902

York Ready for 100%
Bob Brisebois; bob0326@aol.com
Carrie Mayo; carrie@mayodesigns.com
Diane Kleist; dkleist@maine.rr.com
Fred Weston; fweston@maine.rr.com
Gail Gilchrest; gxg1@psu.edu
Len Loomans; Lenergy@maine.rr.com
Mac McAbee; macmcabee5@gmail.com
Stephanie Ketchum; stephketchum@gmail.com
Susan Covino; susan.covino@gmail.com
Susan Glick; sglick@maine.rr.com
Victoria Simon; vsimon@maine.rr.com

Volunteer Opportunities

ACTIVITIES DESCRIPTION
Communication Do you enjoy writing and speaking to others about issues that you are passionate about? We will need individuals to work with the media, write letters to the editor, and communicate with our members.
Social Media Do you have social media skills or interest? Currently we have a Facebook page and are building a Web Page. We would like to be able to use other social media formats to reach out and engage as many people, of all ages, as possible. Individuals are needed to add content, manage and monitor these sites.
Marketing Can you help us effectively get the campaign message out to the public, businesses, organizations and local and regional leaders? If you have interest and skills to organize this process, we need your help.
Graphic Design  Create graphics for flyers, posters, brochures and electronic media.
Education / Lecture Series On a quarterly basis, plan community education events. Arrange meeting location; set-up for the meeting to include audio-visual equipment and other materials that might be needed for the event.
Implementation Research (Technical) Interested in the technical aspects of researching and communicating the latest ideas and developments in renewable energy with our members and the public?
Technical and Political Fact Checking Research Are you a stickler for factual information and enjoy research? We need to present factual information to the public and to respond to beliefs and inaccurate assumptions that challenge climate change and the benefits of renewable energy. Research information will be shared to support YRF100 members.
  Business Promotion Meet business leaders and owners to seek their endorsement of our goals and to provide them with information to help support their efforts to move their businesses towards renewable energy. Create ways to strengthen the partnership between the businesses and YRF100.
Campaign Presentations Are you willing to present YRF100s Renewable Energy Campaign to various organizations, such as, the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, social clubs and religious organizations? Gaining the support of these organizations will help spread the word of our goals to their membership.
Social Justice Do you want to make sure that no one is left out of benefiting from the change to renewable energy? We need volunteers who are willing to work with community service organizations to insure social equality and to improve the lives of all members of our community regardless of income levels.
School Participation Engage school administrators, teachers and students to partner with YRF100 and to provide opportunities for students to be involved with the community. Encourage the students to participate in the listed activities to gain more experience and to assist us with our goals.
Government Relations & Education Monitor executive and legislative activities in State and local government. Work with our legislators in communicating our intentions and organize support for their activities that relate to climate change and renewable energy.
Financial Insure that sufficient funds are available for expenses for our campaign.
Neighborhood Canvasing Do you have interest in building community support? Meet and dialogue with the public by door-to-door visits and neighborhood coffee gatherings.  Distribute educational material. Conduct a petition drive to ensure support for our goals.
Hands-on Activities Any interest in the following? *Home Energy Efficiency *Weatherization *Window Dressing *Mailings -List to be determined
Outreach to Neighboring Communities Connect with regional environmental organizations, partnering to help broaden the message of each organization and to assist each other in meeting our goals.