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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City hires first Climate Officer to implement climate goals


City Manager Blair King has selected Autumn Salamack as the City’s first Climate Mitigation/Adaptation Officer to help the City implement the goals of the Climate Action Plan (CAP)

The CAP, approved by City Council in 2020, includes more than 180 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our community for the impacts of climate change. The Council identified implementation of the CAP as its highest priority item for 2021-2022. During the 2021-2022 budget process, the Council added the Climate Officer position to carry out the CAP priorities and provided $500,000 to support CAP implementation.

“This is a key position for Bainbridge Island. As the first Climate Mitigation/Adaptation Officer for the City of Bainbridge Island, Autumn will be establishing precedence in all aspects of this position,” City Manager Blair King said. “I am pleased that Autumn is accustomed to being a trailblazer.  She has the experience and aptitude to help the City move in the direction of less carbon and improved resilience.”

The Climate Officer position will work closely with staff to implement the CAP actions related to code review, green building, utilities, nonmotorized transportation, shoreline management and more. The position will also focus on developing education and outreach materials and programs to promote implementation of the CAP and related programs.

Salamack will also provide technical assistance on climate-related topics to City staff, advisory groups and the community. She will serve as the staff liaison to the Climate Change Advisory Committee, a group of community volunteers who provide recommendations to the City Council on how to implement the City’s climate-related goals.

“I am excited about joining the City of Bainbridge Island’s team. I look forward to implementing an exciting and focused work plan to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable future,” Salamack said. 

Salamack has served as Environmental Services Coordinator for the City of Shoreline since 2019. Her prior positions include Assistant Director of Sustainability for the City of Bloomington, Indiana, Sustainability Coordinator for King County Metro and Sustainability/Resource Conservation Manager for Kitsap County. 

She volunteered with the Peace Corps for two years in rural Mexico, implementing a range of community-based natural resource conservation projects. Salamack has a Bachelor of Arts in biology and economics from Reed College and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Salamack expects to begin her employment with the City in mid-October.

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