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​Photo courtesy Kyle Szegedi

Climate Action Plan Task Force

​​The Climate Action Plan Task Force advises the City on issues related to 100% renewable energy goals for community and municipal energy.

Directives

In May of 2018 The Bellingham City Council passed Resolution 2018-06 to create the Climate Action Plan Task Force to develop recommendations to achieve accelerated 100% renewable energy targets, taking into account financial, technological and societal challenges resulting from such a transition. This limited-term Task Force has the following directives:

  • Adopt a triple bottom line, plus technology philosophy
  • Determine feasibility, costs and impacts of the 100% renewable energy ambitions
  • Develop 100% renewable energy targets
  • Identify funding mechanisms and develop a plan to achieve the Task Force's recommended 100% renewable targets
  • Develop accelerated greenhouse gas emissions targets for the Council to consider for adoption
  • Identify policy considerations to attain accelerated targets

For more information on how the Task Force is doing its work, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Meetings 

The Task Force will deliver a final report to Council by the end of 2019. Meetings occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Meetings are at City Hall, 210 Lottie Street -- note dates and rooms below.

      • September 5, 2018 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • October 3, 2018 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • November 7, 2018 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • December 5, 2018 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • January 2, 2019 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • February 6, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • March 6, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • April 10, 2019 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • May 1, 2019 (Mayor's Board Room) 
      • June 5, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • July 17, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • August 7, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • September 4, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • October 2, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • October 16, 2019 (Council Chambers)
      • November 6, 2019 (Council Chambers)

    For further information on meetings, see agendas and meeting materials page.

    New: On December 9, 2019, the Task Force presented its report to the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, at 1:00 PM. See this link for the Dec. 9 meeting agenda.

    Final Report

    New: The Climate Action Task Force Final Report, December 2, 2019, is linked here.

    Members

    The Task Force membership includes community members with experience in relevant fields such as renewable energy, energy conservation, land use, energy/resource economics, community engagement, transportation, or finance; representatives from the energy utilities and public transportation; and staff representing City of Bellingham departments. The Task Force is supported by Mayor-designated staff and City Council designated staff.​

    Resources

    Climate Action Resources - General

    Energy Supply/Renewable Energy

    Buildings

    Transportation and Land Use

    contacts

    ​Public Works Natural Resources
    Renee LaCroix
    2221 Pacific Street
    Bellingham, WA 98227​
    Phone:  (360) 778-7900
    Email: rlacroix@cob.org​