Malcolm Burson

Public Policy Advisor CLF Maine

Malcolm Burson is a Public Policy Advisor with CLF Maine. His focus is on climate change, particularly climate communication. At CLF, he has been leading the effort to sustain climate action on adaptation in Maine in the face of state government’s backsliding from what had been a leadership position in New England.

Malcolm came to CLF in 2011 after twelve years with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, having served most recently as Associate Policy Director. During his DEP tenure, he managed the climate change program, acting as facilitator and organizer of two multi-year stakeholder efforts, and as the principal author of Maine’s mitigation plan, A Climate Action Plan for Maine (2004), and of People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine’s Course (2010), the preliminary climate adaptation plan.

Malcolm also works on transportation and land use, especially in the Portland region. He was appointed in 2013 to the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System’s transit committee, where he facilitated the formation of a multi-community task force to create a unified transit district in southern Maine. He has additional interest and experience in lake and stream water quality.

An avid birder, sea kayaker, cross-country skier, and food / wine lover, Malcolm lives in Portland.

Recent Posts

What Makes the “Climate Conversation” So Frustrating and Difficult?
Let’s face it: for all the fact that CLF has identified climate change as the key issue for the coming decade, and even though we all want to speak out on the issue, bring our advocacy into public view, and make the changes we know have to be made in order to reverse the threat…
Transportation Matters for Maine
Let’s face it, Maine is a big rural state (larger than the five remaining New England states taken together), where lowering greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles has been and will be a continuing challenge. CLF’s Maine office is actively engaged in three different projects with a wide range of partners who are determined to find…
New England’s Changing Environment: Risk, Response, and Adaptation
In the aftermath of the storm called Sandy, there have been weekly calls for the federal government and for states to address how our country might adapt in response to a changing climate. A recent Government Accounting Office report, a petition to FEMA with which CLF has been involved, and the launch of a new…
Expanding Transit Options in a Rural State: An Update From Maine
  Let’s face it: population density is a critical factor in any decision to provide transit services. In CLF’s “northern tier” states, where dense populations are limited to a few metropolitan areas, transportation options like bus services  have been slow to develop, leaving people to drive. In asking for directions from one place to another,…
What Sandy Can Teach Us About Adapting to a Changing Climate
We’re still counting the casualties and costs, but one thing is sure: after a second “hundred year” event in the last two years in New England (last year’s Hurricane Irene and this week’s Sandy), we need to pay some sober attention to building our region’s capacity to roll with the climate punches. “Adaptation,” “adaptability,” “resilience,”…


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