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Posted on: October 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Executive Somers Launches Climate Action Advisory Committee

Kent Patton                                 Lisa Dulude
Communications Director           Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager   
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Executive Somers Launches Climate Action Advisory Committee

EVERETT, Wash., October 9, 2019 – In his budget address on September 24, 2019, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced the formation of a new Climate Action Advisory Committee. The new Advisory Committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to protect public health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), address climate change, and preserve the natural environment in Snohomish County.

“Snohomish County is committed to taking meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support climate change resiliency” said Executive Somers. “Our health and way of life depend on us doing our part. We believe the Climate Action Advisory Committee will help us mitigate climate change impacts and be better prepared for what is coming. I appreciate the leadership Councilmember Wright has shown to make this important Committee a reality.”

The three primary responsibilities of the new Climate Action Advisory Committee are to advise the county on: 1) the county’s internal sustainable operations action plan (SOAP) and a new countywide climate action plan; 2) maintaining equity and fairness across the county’s diverse communities regarding environmental protection efforts; and 3) strategies to engage Snohomish County residents and businesses on sustainability and climate change.

"Steps we take now to reduce our impact on the environment will determine what kind of world we leave for future generations," said Councilmember Stephanie Wright. "The county's new Climate Action Advisory Committee will have an important role in identifying local solutions to address climate change."

Membership on the Committee will include representatives from environmental advocacy groups, local businesses, youth, educational institutions, and underserved community members who may be disproportionally effected by climate change impacts.

For more information on the Climate Action Advisory Committee, please go here.

 To apply to become a member, go here.

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