ALL IN for Climate Action Week events will be posted on the City’s webpage and calendar and will receive additional promotional support such as social media posts, print and digital advertising. This is an opportunity to showcase all the work that is already happening in our community as well as generate new interests and reach diverse audiences through multiple entities.
Host an Event
The City of Bellingham is inviting community organizations, governments, businesses, academic institutions, arts/music organizations, individuals and other interest groups to participate in our first ALL IN for Climate Action Week by hosting an event during the week of September 21-27, 2020. Community engagement through events such as panel discussions, lectures, concerts, exhibitions and more are essential to continuing to build awareness and further our community’s commitment to climate action. The ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2019 events brought in more than 1,500 participants!
Individuals or organizations who would like to host an event must complete an online event registration form, submit a COVID-19 health and safety plan (if the event has in-person components) by September 4, and agree to the ALL IN for Climate Action Week Terms & Conditions. The event registration form must be submitted by August 14 to ensure that the event will be included in the City’s promotional materials.
How will COVID-19 impact ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2020?
We cannot predict what the world will look like in September, but we need to ensure that each of the events adheres to current local and state requirements and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Whatcom County Health Department. Each event will need to plan for physical distancing if needed, including possibly being entirely virtual. Any event with in-person components must include a health and safety plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19, which will be due by September 4. It can be submitted with the event registration form or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fortunately, one thing we have all learned in this time of physical distancing is that there are still many creative ways to engage the community in events such as seminars, workshops, art exhibitions, panel discussions, film showings, trivia, concerts and more! Local organizations are already adapting their events to be consistent with current health guidelines. Now more than ever, we need events that will bring our community together and give us all a sense of purpose.
The following resources from the CDC provide guidance on how to host large events while preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Considerations for Events & Gatherings
- Event Planning FAQ
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces Guidance
- How to Protect Yourself & Others Guide
Please note, Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood signed an Executive Order in April 2020 that postpones or cancels all City-sponsored summer events through December 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City is also not issuing Special Event permits or allowing facility reservations in City parks or facilities through December 2020. Event hosts will be very limited in planning any in-person events.
Where can I find ideas for my event?
Looking for inspiration for your event? Check out the list of events from 2019 for inspiration for this year. You can also look at recent events on the Bellingham Events Calendar for examples of events that are being hosted in our community digitally, or view events hosted during the fully digital London Climate Action Week hosted in July 2020.
Who can register for an official ALL IN for Climate Action Week event?
Community groups, governments, businesses, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, tribes, faith groups, youth organizations, other non-profit organizations and individuals are all invited to host events. The more events we can offer, the greater the reach and impact we will have! All events must align with the City’s climate action goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See the City’s Climate Action Plan to learn more.
How, when and where will my ALL IN for Climate Action Week event be hosted?
ALL IN for Climate Action Week events will take place all over the Bellingham area between September 21-27, 2020. Event hosts are responsible for finding a venue and organizing all other details of their own events.
How do I register my event as an official ALL IN for Climate Action Week event?
Events can be registered by completing the online ALL IN for Climate Action Week Event Registration Form.
The deadline for submitting an event to be included in all promotional materials is Friday, August 14, 2020 but events can be added to the webpage up to one week in advance of the event.
What are the benefits of hosting an official ALL IN for Climate Action Week event?
Once your event is approved, it will be added to the event webpage and the City’s event calendar, in addition to any cross-promotion your organization may plan. If you register prior to August 14, your event will also be promoted with print and digital advertising. Examples of places your event may be promoted include the City’s social media pages, a City press release, e-newsletters, Cascadia Weekly, KGMI radio, printed posters and brochures, and more.
Here is the 2019 poster that was shared digitally and posted around Bellingham.
Is there a cost associated with registering my event?
No, registering your event is free.
Are there any terms and conditions of being an event host?
Yes, all event hosts must accept these Terms & Conditions in order to register their event.
- 2020 Event Terms & Conditions
- 2020 Online Event Registration Form
- ALL IN for Climate Action Week Event Page