Climate Impact Advisory Committee Additional Information

Meeting Information


Meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and are currently being held remotely (see agenda for web meeting details).  Check the calendar for up-to-date meeting information.

The Climate Impact Advisory Committee is excited to release the draft Climate Action Plan for a 30-day public review period (till July 30).  Please submit comments to Chris Elder, celder@co.whatcom.wa.us by 5pm on July 30, 2021.

Draft 2021 Whatcom County Climate Action Plan

The tentative schedule is to revise the plan in August based on the comments we have received and present the final document to the County Council in September. We welcome comments and suggestions from the County Council and members of the public.  

This Climate Action Plan is an advisory document based on the latest science and the committee’s knowledge of climate strategies and available technologies to reduce the impacts of climate change. County staff and Council members will decide which actions are implemented. The plan draws heavily from the 2019 Community Research Project report, a community outreach effort that interviewed stakeholders in the County on their recommendations for addressing climate change. Many of the strategies are also aligned with the 2021 Washington State Energy Strategy, as well as best practices from other counties and cities.

The Climate Action Plan is long, but thorough in explaining the need for specific climate actions:

Section 1: “Climate Change in Whatcom County” presents the climate impacts, terminology, our greenhouse gas assessment, and the guiding principles in establishing climate strategies and actions. It is basically a summary of the background information used to develop our recommendations.

Section 2: “The Built Environment” covers the main sectors responsible for emissions, Electricity, Buildings, Industry, Transportation and Waste. We also included Land Use in this section which influences the amount of emissions and provides opportunities for adaptation.

Section 3: “The Natural Environment” includes Water Resources, Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry and Ecosystems. We highlight both the impacts of climate change on these areas and suggest how these areas can play a large role in climate resilience.

Section 4: “Implementation” – the best approach to accomplish our goals and strategies and the need to be able to measure the effectiveness of our actions.

Section 5: “Appendices” The detailed actions and benefits by strategy for the areas covered in Sections 2 & 3.

Climate Planning Documents

Committee Documents

Date Agenda Minutes Supporting Documents
July 1, 2021 Agenda    
June 3, 2021 Agenda    
May 6, 2021 Agenda    
April 1, 2021 Agenda Minutes  
March 18, 2021 Agenda   Natural Resource Management Strategies Presentation Part 2
March 4, 2021 Agenda Minutes Natural Resource Management Strategies Presentation Part 1
February 4, 2021 Agenda    
January 7, 2021 Agenda    
December 3, 2020 Agenda Minutes Community Engagement Presentation
      Electricity and Buildings Strategies Presentation
      Electricity and Buildings Working Group Presentation
November 5, 2020 Agenda   Natural Resources Work Group Presentation
October 1, 2020 Agenda Minutes Transportation Work Group Presentation
      Overview of BP NetZero
      Industrial GHG Emissions
September 3, 2020 Agenda Minutes Washington State Policy Update
August 6, 2020 Agenda Minutes Pathway to Public Power presentation
July 2, 2020
Agenda Minutes Energy Supply 2020 Update
June 11, 2020 Agenda Minutes Draft Municipal & Community GHG Inventory
May 7, 2020 Agenda Minutes Memo GHG Emissions Targets
April 2, 2020 Agenda Minutes Vulnerability Assessment, GHG Inventory, Strategies & Actions Project Update
March 5, 2020
Agenda Minutes Government Operations 2017 GHG Inventory & Project Update
February 6, 2020
Agenda Minutes Climate Action Plan & Vulnerability Assessment Update
January 9, 2020
Agenda Minutes Government Operations 2017 DRAFT GHG Emissions Inventory
December 5, 2019
Agenda Minutes  
November 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
October 3, 2019 Agenda Minutes Climate Action Plan & Vulnerability Assessment Overview
September 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes Community Research Project presentation
August 1, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
July 11, 2019 Agenda Minutes Wind Energy Permitting - Spark Northwest
      Utility-Scale Wind Energy Potential
      PSE Wind Energy Opportunities
May 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
April 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
March 7, 2019 Agenda n/a  
February 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes Supporting Documents
January 16, 2019 *SPECIAL* Agenda n/a Forest GHG Overview
January 3, 2019 Agenda Minutes  
December 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes Supporting Documents
November 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
October 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
Sept 9, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
July 5, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
June 7, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
May 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes  
March 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes