Climate Advisory Committee

 

Climate Advisory Committee Nominees will be discussed at the September 16th Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting. The webcast can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who applied--there were more than 40 highly qualified individuals who applied for the 10 appointments.

The purpose of the Climate Action Advisory Committee is to advise the Lane County Board of Commissioners (Board) on policy decisions regarding climate change. The CAC may provide input to the Board on agenda items or may propose new policy directives.

The CAC is charged to assist the County in developing the County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and implement actions to meet Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions targets. The CAC’s charge includes:

  • Advising the Board on all matters relating to Climate Action Plan development and implementation.
  • Coordinating with other community groups throughout Lane County.
  • Proactive communication to Initiative sponsors to improve the coordination of work efforts, align resources, and connect interested parties with technical advisors.
  • Community outreach and marketing of CAP Community Mitigation and Adaptation Actions to community members and neighborhood associations to encourage efforts to complete additional actions.
  • A CAC Annual Report to the Board of Commissioners that includes CAP Initiatives that were submitted and completed, as well as progress made on Community Actions outlined in the CAP.
  • Proactive research on funding opportunities for climate related activities.

 

Background

In February 2020 the Lane County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that ordered the following actions:

  1. Conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and develop an internal plan(Climate Action Plan - Phase 1) for County operations to establish greenhouse gas reduction targets and implementation plans to meet County targets; and
  2. Develop a comprehensive countywide plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 2) with community engagement to outline aggressive goals and strategies, aligned in partnership with local cities climate actions, to establish countywide community targets and high priority areas of action; and
  3. Develop a resiliency plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 3) to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change anticipated for Lane County; and
  4. Develop Action Initiatives supporting green jobs, clean energy projects, and climate-friendly industries in Lane County; and
  5. Provide open and transparent public communications to monitor and evaluate progress toward climate action goals; and
  6. Establish a Climate Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advise the Board of Commissioners on the County's ongoing climate action work.

In addition, the Board acknowledged the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change and endorsed the principles contain therein as developed by the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment.

Recognizing part six of the resolution the Climate Advisory Committee (CAC) has been formed in response.

Role of the Lane County Climate Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise the Lane County Board of Commissioners (Board) on policy decisions regarding Climate Change. The CAC may provide input to the Board on agenda items or may propose new policy directives.

The CAC is charged with helping Lane County develop the Lane County Climate Action Plan (CAP) and implement actions to meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) targets. This work includes:

  • Advising the Board on all matters relating to Climate Action Plan development and implementation.
  • Coordinating with other community groups throughout Lane County.
  • Proactive communication to Initiative Sponsors to improve the coordination of work efforts, align resources, and connect interested parties with technical advisors.
  • Community outreach and marketing of CAP Community Mitigation and Adaptation Actions to community members and neighborhood associations to encourage efforts to complete additional actions.
  • A CAC Annual Report to the City Council that includes CAP Initiatives that were submitted and completed, as well as progress made on Community Actions outlined in the CAP.

CAC meetings will be organized to allow member participation, debate and decision as well as manage conflict and problems. The CAC will address potential Climate-related issues through education, research, advocacy and/or intervention while working to be a good community partner. The CAC will work with County staff to anticipate and provide the information needed for Board decisions.   The CAC  will provide an annual written report of its findings and recommendations to the County Board of County Commissioners.

The first year of its inception, the CAC will focus on a pre-approved work plan, which will include three to five priorities identified by the Lane County Climate Action Team and approved by the County Administrator. In subsequent years, the Advisory Board will develop an annual work plan in consultation with the County Administrator. The CAC will advocate for and take positive action toward the execution of the work plan. The Advisory Committee will work to develop measureable, time specific objectives to achieve the goals outlined in the work plan. The CAC will designate an annual meeting for planning its goals and objectives and reviewing its prior year performance. 

The CAC will retain flexibility and maintain the ability to respond to incidents as they emerge.

The CAC will have eleven (11) members and no fewer than seven (7) members. Each Commissioner will appoint one (1) member with five (5) at-large appointees suggested by staff and approved by the Board. One County Commissioner shall be appointed as a voting member of the Committee.

Expectations and Time Commitment of Advisory Board Members

  • Attend and participate in regular Climate Advisory Committee meetings
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Climate Advisory Committee’s mission
  • Promote the mission and work of the Climate Advisory Committee to the community

The term of office will be two years. Each member may only serve two terms or four years, except the initial five members appointed by the Commissioners.

The initial five (5) members appointed by the Commissioners will serve a one-year term in order to stagger the terms. These initial members will be eligible to serve up to three terms, or a total of five years if reappointed by the Commissioner.

The Advisory Board will hold one regular meeting each month, not to exceed two hours in length. There will be no fewer than nine meetings per year. In addition to regular meetings, members may be asked to attend special meetings and/or participate on ad hoc (special purpose) committees or task forces. Ad hoc committees and task forces may be formed to fulfill a specific function that can be completed in a finite period of time.

Mission/Purpose

The CAC is charged with helping Lane County develop the Lane County Climate Action Plan (CAP) and implement actions to meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) targets. This work includes:

  • Advising the Board on all matters relating to Climate Action Plan development and implementation.
  • Coordinating with other community groups throughout Lane County.
  • Proactive communication to Initiative Sponsors to improve the coordination of work efforts, align resources, and connect interested parties with technical advisors.
  • Community outreach and marketing of CAP Community Mitigation and Adaptation Actions to community members and neighborhood associations to encourage efforts to complete additional actions.
  • A CAC Annual Report to the Board of Commissioners that includes CAP Initiatives that were submitted and completed, as well as progress made on Community Actions outlined in the CAP.
  • Proactive research on funding opportunities for climate related activities.

Membership Qualifications

Membership will be selected from groups, including the following, seeking to represent diverse identities and experiences:

  1. Representatives from community groups advocating for underrepresented populations or are a part of an underrepresented community (LGBT community, racial and ethnic minorities, mental health community, economically disadvantaged communities, people experiencing disabilities, etc.).
  2. Rural Lane County with geographic representation from the Willamette Valley, the Coast, South Lane County, and Cascade foothills.
  3. Eugene/Springfield metro-area representatives.
  4. Tribal Governments representatives.
  5. Youth representatives (under the age of 25 years old.)
  6. Representatives from major employers or industries (i.e. wood industry, health services, construction, education).
  7. Representatives from small businesses.
  8. Representative with a background in physical/climate science.

Membership Requirements

Advisory Board members must live within the geographical boundaries of Lane County.

Contact Information
Mark Nystrom, Lane County Climate Strategist
Email

Phone
541-682-1224

Address
Waste Management Division 
3100 E. 17th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403

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