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Developing a Local Climate Action Strategy: Approaches for Washington Local Governments

Monday, November 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Credits: CM (see below)



This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording.

Webinar Overview

This is the first of three webinars in MRSC’s Local Climate Response Project training series. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at potential tools and approaches for local climate action in Washington State, building off the experiences of our presenters and the planning process that culminated in the adoption of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan earlier this year.

Educational Objectives

Presenters will provide insights from their involvement with the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, a robust regional climate action plan that includes Thurston County and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater. They will describe the community planning process, highlight key features of the plan (including greenhouse gas reduction strategies specific to the building sector), and offer lessons learned to other jurisdictions interested in developing a local climate response. Deepa Sivarajan from Climate Solutions will conclude by sharing tools available to local governments in their climate action efforts and some innovative approaches being used around Washington State.

Who Should Attend?

  • Policymakers and staff interested in learning more about climate action at the local level


  • Dr. Lisa Parshley, Olympia City Councilmember and Chair of the Thurston Climate Action Steering Committee. Lisa currently serves on Olympia City Council in position #5 and as the chair of the Thurston County Climate Action Steering Committee. Regionally, she helped develop and pass the Thurston County Climate Mitigation plan. She has also served as the Olympia City Council representative during the development of a regional Sea Rise Level plan and is currently working as the alternate to the Phase III Sea Level Rise Committee.  
  • Dr. Pamela Braff, Climate Program Manager, City of Olympia. Dr. Pamela Braff is the Climate Program Manager for the City of Olympia, Washington, where she leads the City’s climate mitigation efforts. Her work focuses on developing internal staff capacity to address climate change and mainstreaming climate action across all levels of city policy, planning, and decision-making. Before joining the City, Pamela served as a Coastal Policy Fellow for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a Climate Extension Specialist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Melinda Hughes, Executive Director, Thurston Climate Action Team. Melinda is the Executive Director of Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), the leading grassroots organization working on climate change issues in the South Sound. Melinda has over 25 years of experience working on various environmental issues for organizations including the National Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI), and as a cofounder of Nature Abounds.
  • Chris Van Daalen, Chair, South Sound Chapter, NW EcoBuilding Guild. Chris is an Energy Specialist with CapStone Solar, based in Olympia, WA. He has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, along with leadership positions in the Guild’s South Sound Chapter. He also serves on the Board of the Thurston Climate Action Team. Chris was a member of the Climate Advisory Workgroup for the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and co-chairs TCAT’s Buildings as Climate Action Group.    
  • Deepa Sivarajan, Washington Policy Manager, Climate Solutions. Deepa is the Washington Policy Manager at Climate Solutions, where she works to advance policies that will facilitate an equitable and just shift to clean energy in Washington, with a focus on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. She also currently serves on the Seattle Green New Deal Oversight Board and the Seattle Parks District Oversight Committee. 
  • Jill Dvorkin, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Jill is the moderator for this webinar.


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