This is the fourth in a series of RI Snapshots dedicated to ESG in key US states. Each will explore the activities of local pension funds, policymakers and the wider investment community. This article focuses on Maine, whose governor recently addressed the UN to announce that her state would be carbon neutral by 2045
ESG developments in Maine are coming fast and furious after a Democratic tsunami took control, at the recent mid-term elections, of the state senate and congress, and the governorship, the attorney general and the state treasurer, taking over from Republican Paul LePage, a mini-Trump figure with similar views on climate change.
Maine shot to the top of climate responsive states when Governor Janet Mills announced at the September United Nations climate meeting that the state would achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
In April, she signed an Executive Order to create the bipartisan Maine Climate Council, which has been o…