Citizens Needed for Citizen Climate Advisory Committee

Press release from Alachua County

The Joint Water and Climate Policy Board is seeking applications to fill four openings for the Citizen Climate Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CCAC currently meets via Zoom and in-person at the Grace Knight conference room on the third Monday of each month. The deadline to apply is June 24, 2022.

The CCAC provides an opportunity for citizen involvement in climate change issues and concerns affecting Alachua County, the City of Gainesville, and the surrounding municipalities. The committee advises the Joint Water and Climate Policy Board on bold and innovative climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies, and target goals. The primary task of the CCAC is to advise on the creation of a Countywide Climate Action Plan that will guide policy and decision-making in multiple jurisdictions. The committee also engages with relevant stakeholders, agencies, non-profits, and the community to ensure that neighborhoods and communities most impacted or disadvantaged by climate change are taken into account in developing policy recommendations and action strategies.

The committee also assists the County, Gainesville, and other municipalities within Alachua County in the promotion of greater community awareness of climate-related issues and involvement in government climate resiliency initiatives. Terms are for three years. The Joint Water and Climate Policy Board is tentatively scheduled to select new CCAC members at their next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on July 11, 2022. The meeting agenda and backup materials, including information on candidates up for selection, will be available online through the City of Gainesville’s website. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide their input on candidates during the Public Comment portion of the July 11 meeting.

Interested residents may apply online (click on the Vacancies tab and scroll down the page to the Citizen Climate Advisory Committee).