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 www.seattle.gov/climate.)
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