On November 8, 2021, Mayor Seth Fleetwood proposed to City Council that the City seek a source of continuous revenue for implementing critical elements of the 2018 Climate Action Plan and achieve these goals:
- Reduce carbon pollution as quickly as is feasible to meet Bellingham’s emissions reduction targets;
- Adapt to a changing climate including extreme weather events;
- Serve our most vulnerable populations first;
- Create climate-focused jobs to fill our local labor needs.
Technological and programmatic tools exist and are readily available for Bellingham to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate, but funding for these initiatives is not yet available. A Climate Action Fund would help fill gaps in local, state, and federal funding, enabling Bellingham to meet its goals more quickly and effectively.
To meet Bellingham’s ambitious goals, we need solutions with big impacts. City staff propose investments in the following areas:
Learn more about the type of work a Climate Action Fund would support on the City’s Climate Action webpage.
Feedback from the community is essential to help the City determine how best to utilize funding to maximize community benefits. Since February 2022, the City has:
- Hosted two virtual public feedback forums
- Hosted six focus groups with community organizations, representatives working with vulnerable communities, businesses, local government
- Given various community presentations
- Accepted online feedback through Engage Bellingham
A summary of public feedback is available on Engage Bellingham.
If the proposed Climate Action Fund is approved in the future, there will be opportunities for the community – especially vulnerable communities – to provide feedback on program development.