The Climate Action Plan Task Force advises the City on issues related to 100% renewable energy goals for community and municipal energy.
The Bellingham City Council formed the Climate Action Task Force in 2018 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
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 in the Mayor’s Board Room, 210
Lottie Street. Scheduled meetings are listed below.
- September 5, 2018
- October 3, 2018
- November 7, 2018
- December 5, 2018
- January 2, 2019
- February 6, 2019
- March 6, 2019
- April 3, 2019
- May 1, 2019
- June 5, 2019
- July 3, 2019
- August 7, 2019
- September 4, 2019
- October 2, 2019
For further information on meetings, see agendas and meeting materials page.
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.
Send us your ideas
The Task Force will develop recommendations to the City Council to achieve 100% renewable energy targets. At the December 5, 2018 meeting, Task Force members will discuss and prioritize renewable energy measures (see list here). Bellingham residents with an interest in or expertise on this topic are encouraged to provide suggestions or ideas here. Ideas on renewable energy options received by November 27 will be compiled and sent to the Task Force before their December meeting.