Edmonds 2010 Climate Change Action Plan: Where are we, four years later?

599px-Blue_MarbleSustainable Edmonds is hosting a presentation, “Climate Change in Edmonds: Reviewing our 2010 Edmonds Climate Action Plan Four Years Later” on Wednesday, April 30, from 6-9 p.m. at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.

Here’s the background: In February 2010, the Edmonds Citizens Committee on the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement issued a 17-page “Climate Action Plan” calling for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the Edmonds community. The plan recommended adjustments in transportation and land use, liifestyle, buildings, local environment and local economy.

The presentation will include a look at where we are with greenhouse gas reductions in Edmonds, four years later.

Keynote speakers are Richard Gammon, professor emeritus of chemistry and oceanography, and adjunct professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, and attorney T.C. Richmond, vice chair of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee.

Other expert panelists include Edmonds City Councilmembers Strom Peterson and Joan Bloom, State Sen. Marko Liias, Pete Mills from the office of Congressman Jim McDermott and energy efficiency activists Kellie Stickney and Todd Cloutier.

Audience participation is encouraged and the discussion will be moderated by Linda Lyshall, a former Edmonds resident who current serves as district manager at the San Juan Islands Conservation District, where she leads the newly formed Islands Energy program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Gammon was a co-author of the first Scientific Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1990. As chief of the carbon dioxide program, he directed the U.S. program to globally monitor the atmospheric concentration of CO2. His research has emphasized the measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change. He lives in Seattle.

Richmond, of Edmonds, is vice-chair of the committee charged to advise and assist in the preparation of the National Climate Assessment, which analyzes the latest science and information about the current and projected effects of climate variability and change across the U.S. She is a lawyer in the Seattle office of Van Ness Fedman LLP, where her practice focuses on environmental law, land use, water law and climate change.

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