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Bellingham Climate Action Plan Task Force

Bellingham Climate Action Plan Task Force

Client: City of Bellingham, WA

Case Study: Peak facilitated and provided administrative support to the Climate Action Plan Task Force tasked with developing recommendations to accelerate the city’s 100% renewable energy targets to 2030 and 2035. The resulting report adopted a triple bottom line approach to evaluating each measure; determined feasibility, costs, and impacts of the 100% renewable energy ambitions; developed 100% renewable energy targets; identified funding mechanisms and develop a plan to achieve the recommended 100% renewable targets; developed accelerated greenhouse gas emissions targets for the Council to consider for adoption; and identified policy considerations to attain accelerated targets.

Impact: The Task Force developed measures for transportation, buildings, land use, and renewable energy generation. Bellingham City Council approved the final report and Bellingham departments are now using the resulting report to inform and direct its climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the next ten to fifteen years.

Testimonial: As the Legislative Analyst for the City of Bellingham, I worked with the Peak team for over a year on a large and complicated project to develop a climate strategic action plan for the City of Bellingham. Peak staff helped organize and facilitated all of the meetings of a Task Force selected to create the plan, produced planning frameworks and research to assist the Task Force in its work, and helped write and edit all final products. During this time I was impressed by Peak’s reliability, consistency, and steady commitment to excellence. Particularly toward the end of the project, when we had an overwhelming amount of work to do in a compressed period, not only did Peak cheerfully facilitate the final process of information gathering, writing, and editing, they were continually working to the very end, under tight deadlines, to improve the product. This work above and beyond the call of duty was essential in producing a quality, credible project. There was quite a bit of outside scrutiny of the project, as well as keen interest among local policymakers. In this high-pressure situation, Peak staff exemplified grace under pressure. I would recommend Peak without reservations for similar projects involving work of high analytical and political complexity, and with critical real-world importance. Mark Gardner, City of Bellingham, City Council Legislative Analyst

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