Climate Protection Committee


Former Mayor Gary Haakenson formed the Citizens Committee on U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in the summer of 2006. The catalyst for implementing this committee was Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels’ U.S. Climate Protection Agreement, which Mayor Haakenson signed onto in April 2005. (You can find out more about the agreement and Mayor Nickels’ work on climate protection at  

The Mayor’s column in the Edmonds edition of The Enterprise on July 14, 2006 asked for interested community members to contact him if they wanted to serve on the committee. Several people responded, and the citizens committee was formed.

In addition to the community members, City staff serving on the committee are: Mayor Dave Earling, Development Services Director, Shane Hope, Planning Manager Rob Chave, Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher, Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Leach, and Associate Planner Jen Machuga.


1. Encourage citizens to be a part of the solution
2. Encourage City staff and citizens to conserve current resources
3. Work with the City Council to implement ideas
4. Effectively address the future impacts of climate change



Climate Committee

The Mayor's Climate Protection Committee meets the first Thursday of every other month starting in January from 8:45 - 10 am in the Fourtner Room ~ 3rd Floor of Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North.(Meetings subject to change... please contact Carolyn LaFave for meeting schedule.)

Mayor’s office contacts

Mayor Dave Earling

Carolyn LaFave, Executive Assistant to the Mayor

Phone: 425.771.0247
Fax: 425.771.0252

Committee members


  • Sandra Distelhorst
  • Dawna Lahti
  • Hank Landau
  • Graham Marmion
  • Tony Marzano
  • Gary Ocher
  • Larry Pierce
  • Cynthia Pruitt
  • Josh Thompson
  • Barbara Tipton
  • Zen Wolfang
  • Diane Buckshnis ~ Council Rep

City Staff:

  • Rob Chave
  • Steve Fisher
  • Shane Hope
  • Jennifer Leach
  • Jen Machuga