The City of Bellingham is seeking members for a Climate Action Plan Task Force. The Task Force will advise the City on issues related to 100% renewable energy goals for community and municipal energy use.
The Task Force will consist of no more than 12 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Membership will include
- Up to six community members; these individuals may have experience in relevant fields such as renewable energy, energy conservation, land use, energy/resource economics, community engagement, transportation, or finance; and
- One member to represent the energy utilities; and
- One member to represent public transportation; and
- Up to six members representing City of Bellingham departments. The Task Force will be supported by Mayor-designated staff and City Council-designated staff.
The City of Bellingham recognizes that while it is desirable and beneficial to set aggressive targets and transition to 100% renewable energy quickly, there are numerous financial, technological and societal challenges that need to be addressed. To inform the Council on the various impacts that will accompany aggressive targets the Council is creating a limited term community and staff Climate Action Plan Task Force with 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; and
- Identify policy considerations to attain accelerated targets.
The Task Force will deliver a final report to Council by the 4th Quarter of 2019. Meetings will occur monthly beginning in July. Times and dates to be determined.