Climate Change

Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Review Update

 

April 2021 Project Update: Climate Action Committee Meeting and Climate-Centered Community Events

The four jurisdictions will be deciding on topics for policy research and discussing expectations. Check out some other community events and opportunities from our regional climate action partners.

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Thank you for your interest in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and for signing up for climate mitigation plan updates. We are excited to inform you about progress on Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater’s strategy to reduce local contributions to climate change.

On Monday, April 26, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thurston Regional Planning Council will host the second Climate Action Steering Committee meeting. Click here to access the meeting webinar registration link, and click here to access the meeting page and agenda

The committee will continue their discussion from the previous meeting to select and scope up to four climate action policy research papers. The committee will also discuss expectations for public outreach and monitoring tasks, as well as expectations for a long-term governance agreement between the four jurisdictions. 

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the start of the meeting – if you wish to provide oral comment during the meeting, please check the box to indicate this when registering. Written comments may be emailed to [email protected], and must be received by noon on April 23, 2021 to be provided to the Committee prior to the meeting. 

In addition to Climate Action Steering Committee work, there are many events and opportunities for area residents to engage in regional climate action.

  • The City of Lacey is hosting an online Open House through April to gather community input on their climate implementation priorities. Lacey residents will be able to provide feedback through two surveys available to online attendees. 
  • Intercity Transit is running a Green Transportation Challenge for the month of April. Youth who use a green transportation option six times in April can win a prize! Intercity Transit is one of the supporting partners of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, and this program supports action T5.4 of the plan (school drop-off alternative modes).
  • The City of Olympia is displaying a Climate Quilt in the front windows of City Hall as part of month-long Spring Arts Walk events. This exhibit shows off quilt squares from over 100 community members to “tell a story about climate action in Thurston County.”
  • Olympia Community Solar is currently offering great discounts on solar group purchasing  Through September 1, 2021. Up to 50 Thurston County residents and businesses will be able to  access solar at prices more than 25 percent below market rates thanks to the solar group-purchasing program Solarize Thurston. To get involved, visit SolarizeThurston.org, and sign up for a public workshop or a virtual solar consultation.

We are excited to keep you informed about this latest phase of climate action planning, and will continue to use this newsletter to provide occasional updates on the region’s work. As always, we welcome your feedback! If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Allison Osterberg or Les Tobias at [email protected].

 

March 2021 Project Update: Climate Action Steering Committee Meetings Begin

All four partnering jurisdictions have adopted Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan resolutions and are ready for Phase 3 climate change mitigation implementation.

On Monday, March 22, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Thurston Regional Planning Council will recommence Climate Mitigation Steering Committee meetings and will move forward as the Climate Action Steering CommitteeClick here to access the meeting registration link, and click here to access the meeting page and agenda

The committee will review and approve the Climate Action Steering Committee Charter which outlines expectations for the group. They will also review the schedule, expected tasks, and deliverables for the Phase 3 ILA

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the start of the meeting – if you wish to provide oral comment during the meeting, please check the box to indicate this when registering. Written comments may be emailed to [email protected], and must be received by noon on March 19, 2021 to be provided to the Committee prior to the meeting.

We are excited to keep you informed about this latest phase of climate action planning, and will continue to use this newsletter to provide occasional updates on the region’s work. As always, we welcome your feedback! If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Allison Osterberg or Les Tobias at [email protected].

The committee will review and approve the Climate Action Steering Committee Charter which outlines expectations for the group. They will also review the schedule, expected tasks, and deliverables for the Phase 3 ILA

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the start of the meeting – if you wish to provide oral comment during the meeting, please check the box to indicate this when registering. Written comments may be emailed to [email protected], and must be received by noon on March 19, 2021 to be provided to the Committee prior to the meeting.

We are excited to keep you informed about this latest phase of climate action planning, and will continue to use this newsletter to provide occasional updates on the region’s work. As always, we welcome your feedback! If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Allison Osterberg or Les Tobias at [email protected].

 

February 2021

Announcement from the Thurston Regional Planning Council

 

All four jurisdictions have adopted Resolutions accepting the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, after the Steering Committee approved a final draft on December 10, 2020. A big “Thank You” to the many people in the community who provided public comment supporting the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan at these public meetings, and over the course of the plan’s development.

Now the four jurisdictions are working toward an agreement for continuing coordination on climate action. This “Phase 3 Interlocal Agreement” outlines next steps for enacting “regionally coordinated” pieces of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan: Olympia and Thurston County have approved this Phase 3 Agreement, while Tumwater and Lacey will consider approving them at meetings soon. In addition, individual jurisdictions have begun looking at ways to address actions identified in the plan through their own policies and programs.

 

 

Good News!!  in the form of an article from the Thurston Climate Action Team  By Barbara Scavezze 

I was thrilled to watch the City Council meetings of Tumwater, Lacey, and Olympia as they each voted to accept the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). And on Tuesday, February 9th we expect the County to do the same.

City Council members listened intently as community members spoke up for strong climate action at their meetings. We also signed petitions, wrote letters, spoke to individual council members, and created artistic messages through the Chrysalis Project. TCAT’s Tom Crawford and Lynn Fitz-Hugh inspired and supported our community action by building public awareness and providing us with excellent resources.

 

January 2021 Project Update: Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Approved

Work continues after the Steering Committee approves final version of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan.

After nearly two years’ work the Steering Committee unanimously approved the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan during their December 10 meeting. Now, we are happy to announce that the final version of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan is posted on the newly updated climate mitigation project website. The climate mitigation plan includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from different sectors across the Thurston region and build local capacity to address climate change.

While a climate mitigation plan has been approved, work is far from over. In the coming months, the partnering jurisdictions will present the finalized plan to their policymaking bodies for formal adoption. By accepting the finalized version of the climate mitigation plan, jurisdictions agree to continue collaborating on regional mitigation by implementing strategies tailored to their communities’ needs, abilities, and resources.

While the plan has been finalized, you can still comment to individual jurisdictions on whether you support them taking action to accept the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and address climate change. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

  • The Tumwater City Council will review the plan at a work session on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and will consider a Resolution to accept it at their regular meeting on January 19, 2021. Oral comments are accepted during regular city council meetings using an online platform (see agenda once posted for instructions). Written comments may be sent by email to [email protected] by 5pm on the day before the meeting.
  • The Lacey City Council will consider a Resolution to accept the plan at their regular meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Oral comments are accepted during regular city council meetings using an online platform (see agenda once posted for instructions). Written comment may be sent by email to [email protected] by 12:00 pm on the day of the Council meeting.
  • The Olympia City Council will consider a Resolution to accept the plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Oral comments (via Zoom) are accepted during City Council meetings and written comments can be emailed to [email protected].
  • The Thurston County Board of Commissions is in the process of scheduling a date to accept the plan. Oral comments are accepted in person or over the phone during BoCC meetings. Written comments can be emailed to [email protected].

 


CLIMATE MITIGATION IN THURSTON COUNTY

While the Thurston County League of Women Voters does not have a position on Climate Change, it is an area of concern for our members.  In addition, with the support of the Climate Change Position of the League of Women Voters of Washington, we have taken actions consistent with that position.  For example, we have been an active participant in the Thurston Climate Action Team and have supported several Climate Summits held by this group.

We are soon going be asked to weigh in on a number of actions that may be taken to address climate change locally.  This will be done in the context of development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan by the Thurston Regional Planning Council. Due to the COVID-19 concerns and interruptions of many activities, the process of developing this plan has been delayed.  It is possible, however, to get an idea of what may be happening later this summer by reviewing a fact sheet that was produced last year.  Click here to see that sheet. 

Members of an ad hoc Mitigation Plan Review Group, comprised of Jody Disney, Katherine Ransom, Joel Carlson, Shelley Ferer, Sandra Herndon, and Peggy Smith, read the draft plan and considered the implementation strategies to meet plan goals.  The group then requested that the LWVTC Board approve a position in favor of plan adoption.  On September 9,, 2020, the Board approved the Position that can be read by clicking here.

Next steps will include advocating for adoption of the TCMP by City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Lacey, and Thurston County Commission.  Information about the plan process and content will be posted here.  As the Review and Comment period approaches, we may provide suggestion that members can make as individuals, as well as prepare input that will be made by the LWVTC Board. 

 

 

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LWVTC Board Approves Position to Support Adoption of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

 

League of Women Voters of Thurston County Position on the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

LWV position (2018-2020), endorsed by LWVWA position (2019-2021):  The League believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and our planet.  The League believes than an interrelated approach to combating climate change—including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources—is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem.  The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations.  Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decision, at all levels—local, state, regional, national, and global.

              In light of the forgoing League Position, The Thurston County League of Women Voters (LWVTC) believes the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP), drafted by the Thurston Regional Planning Council, presents a solid foundation for continuing regional collaboration on reducing local contributions to climate change.

  Our League’s TCMP Review Group has undertaken a review of the Draft Plan and the associated Draft Implementation Strategy.  They have noted that development of this plan has been a complex and extensive undertaking.  Further, they understand that there are many steps each of the four partner jurisdictions (Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater) will need to take to address climate change. The Review Committee has made it clear to the LWVTC Board that meeting the vision and goals contained in the TCMP will require the attention, buy-in, and creativity of people in many different areas of our community and economy.

 

Accordingly, LWVTC supports adoption of the Draft Plan put forward by the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Steering Committee.

 

             The League understands that no one organization can address climate change.  This is reflected in the inclusion in the TCMP of climate mitigation efforts already underway in Thurston County.   We will encourage our members to participate as individuals or join with others to build on successes.  We will work collaboratively to foster ongoing interactive relationships with other groups to effectively influence climate mitigation policies.  We will also urge members and allies to be aware of the periodic reviews and revisions of goals and targets that will be needed as new information expands the understanding of the best routes to address climate impacts.

 

LWVTCV TCMP Review Group Draft  9/4/2020

LWVTC Board of Directors Approval   September 9, 2020

Members of an ad hoc Mitigation Plan Review Group, comprised of Jody Disney, Katherine Ransom, Joel Carlson, Sandra Herndon, and Peggy Smith, read the draft plan and considered the implementation strategies to meet plan goals.  The group then requested that the LWVTC Board approve a position in favor of plan adoption.  On September 9,, 2020, the Board approved the Position that can be read by clicking here.

BACKGROUND

On June 3, the LWVTC Executive Committee approved and to the Board for adoption.

Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Review Group -- Proposed by Peggy Smith, June 21, 2020

Proposal That the LWVWA Board of Directors establish an ad hoc group of members to follow, review, and draft comments related to the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, under the auspices of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

Background While the Thurston County League of Women Voters does not have a position on Climate Change, it is an area of concern for our members. With the support of the Climate Change Position of the League of Women Voters, we have taken actions consistent with that position.*  For example, we have several members who have been active participant in the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), and we have supported several Climate Summits held by this group. During the LWVTC Program Planning Meeting in January, climate change was identified as the number three priority.

Although the development of this plan has been slowed down by factors related to the COVID-19, there will be enhanced activity soon.  This will provide the opportunity for LWV TC to weigh in on actions that may be taken to address climate change locally. 

Process Upon board approval, members who have an interest in climate change or are looking for a way to get more engaged in League activities will be asked to join an ad hoc Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Review Group. This group would be responsible for coordinating their work with that of TCAT.  As TCAT focuses on mobilizing to get the word out asking folks to sign pledge cards and urge their elected officials to support the plan, the LWVTC group will take more of a public policy advocacy approach.

The group’s tasks will involve:

  • monitoring the development of the plan and reading drafts as they become available
  • providing information about the plan process and content to the membership
  • providing suggestion about what members may do as individuals to influence the plan to align with League positions
  • preparing draft input that may be made by the LWVTC Board.

It is also possible that the work of this group will result in increased lobbying on climate change issues during the next legislative session.

  • Climate Change: Support climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. (LWVUS)

 

On August 13, 2020 the LWVTC Board Approved

Motion to form ad hoc group to support adoption of Thurston Mitigation Plan

The formation of a Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan ad hoc review group was approved :  to follow, review, and draft comments related to the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, under the auspices of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

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