Climate Change Advisory Committee

Regular Meetings
Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (unless otherwise noticed)

Information on Role of Councilmember Liaisons.

Additional Information on the City’s Sustainability Practices.

Current Topic of Interest

City Council Approves BI Climate Action Plan

On November 10th, the Bainbridge Island City Council approved the first-ever Bainbridge Island Climate Action Plan (CAP) - video.  This plan is a culmination of a three-year effort by the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) working with City staff, community stakeholders and the public. 

The CAP has three overarching goals:

Mitigation: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2045 compared to 2014 levels with interim milestones of 25% reduction by 2025 and 60% by 2035 compared to 2014 levels.

Adaptation: Bainbridge Island is climate savvy, and can withstand the impacts of climate change.

 Community Engagement: COBI inspires community action and partners with local and regional organizations to take meaningful and equitable climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. 

The CAP contains over 170 actions and includes 18 immediate actions the CCAC believes are important to initiate over the next 12 months to help kickstart implementation of the CAP. 

Examples of the 18 immediate actions are to: 1) develop a “climate lens” that can be used by the City when making decisions; 2) hire a Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Officer to help in the implementation of the CAP; 3) develop a Clean Energy and Building Fund to provide resources to residents and businesses to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient; 4) develop a plan to transition the City fleet to all electric vehicles; and 5) develop an ordinance to ban single-use plastics. 

The City and CCAC are planning two Community Meetings on Wednesday January 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturday January 23rd from 10:00 – 11:30 am.  The purpose of the meetings is to roll out the actions in the CAP and to answer questions community members have about the CAP. 

The final CAP can be accessed at the bottom right of this page.

Established 
Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Chapter 2.37

The Climate Change Advisory Committee shall consist of experts living on Bainbridge Island who are regarded as qualified scientific experts pursuant to WAC 365-195-905(4) in order to fulfill the purposes described in this section.

The committee members should have expertise in climate science, atmospheric science, engineering, energy management, water conservation, planning, policy, environmental law, economics, solid waste management, forestry, systems analysis, and communications.

Purpose

  1. To, as an initial responsibility, review this chapter 2.37 of the BIMC and report to the city council before October 31, 2017. In this report, the committee shall indicate whether, in the committee’s opinion, this chapter 2.37 is structured in the manner that most effectively creates an advisory body to implement the Guiding Policies and other policies related to climate change within the Comprehensive Plan. If the committee determines that this chapter 2.37 should be amended in any manner, it will recommend those amendments to the city council. Unless and until the city council amends this chapter 2.37, either based on the committee’s recommendations or otherwise, the committee’s duties and responsibilities will be as listed below in this section BIMC 2.37.030.
  2. To serve as a technical and planning advisory committee to the city council, city manager, and department of planning and community development staff on issues related to climate change as directed by the city council.
  3. To assist the city in implementing the climate related goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan by undertaking the following tasks as expeditiously as committee and city resources allow:
    1. Provide advice and/or recommendations to the city council or city staff, as appropriate, on methods of completing a baseline island-wide greenhouse gas (“GHG”) inventory for the city.
    2. To the degree directed by the city council, assist with or manage the completion of a baseline island-wide GHG inventory.
    3. Provide advice and/or recommendations to the city council or city staff, as appropriate, related to city GHG emission reduction targets.
    4. Work with city staff, as appropriate, to complete and recommend to the city council a city climate action plan and implementation strategy.
    5. Provide advice and/or recommendations to the city council or city staff, as appropriate, on how to measure progress toward meeting the city’s GHG emissions reduction targets and adaptation actions.
    6. As directed by the city council, assist the city with participation in regional climate change efforts.
    7. Provide education and outreach to the public regarding climate change and the work of the committee and the city relating to climate change.
  4. Annually, prior to the start of or during the budget process, provide a report to the city council on committee work completed during the prior year and obtain the city council’s approval of a work plan for the following year.

Meetings, Officers, Records & Quorum

  1. The committee shall meet as necessary. Generally, the committee shall establish a regular meeting schedule and announce the specific day and time each month that the committee will conduct its regular meeting(s). Meetings shall be open to the public and held in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 42.30 RCW).
  2. A majority of the members then serving on the committee shall constitute a quorum.
  3. At the first regular meeting of each term, the committee shall select from among its members a chairperson and a secretary for a one-year term.
  4. For meetings consisting of a majority of the then serving members of the committee, the committee shall provide public notice of the meeting and shall keep a record of its meeting minutes. Minutes of each meeting, including a record of attendance, shall be prepared by the secretary and approved and signed at a subsequent meeting. The minutes do not need to reflect the actual discussion, but only the formal actions taken by the committee. The approved meeting minutes shall be posted on the city’s website.
  5. The city shall provide city email accounts to committee members and related training on the use of email accounts, including personal computer privacy expectations while serving on the committee.