Mayors' Climate Protection Committee


The City of Edmonds is a leader in adapting to climate change and mitigating Green House Gases emissions. As community members appointed by the Mayor, the CPC meets monthly to address the impacts of climate change on the City. It's mission is to:

1. Encourage citizens to be a part of the solution
2. Encourage City staff and citizens to conserve current resources
3. Work with the City Council to implement ideas
4. Effectively address the future impacts of climate change


Former Mayor Dave Earling signed onto the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda; Edmonds is on the map! In taking that action, Mayor Earling stated that "In light of the [President's] decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, I feel it is important for our city to emphasize our local commitment to, and continued effort to improve our environment." [June 6, 2017]

Former Mayor Gary Haakenson formed the Citizens Committee on U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in the summer of 2006. The catalyst for implementing this committee was Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' U.S. Climate Protection Agreement, which Mayor Haakenson signed onto in April 2005. (You can find out more about the agreement and Mayor Nickels' work on climate protection at

The Mayor's column in the Edmonds edition of The Enterprise on July 14, 2006 asked for interested community members to contact him if they wanted to serve on the committee. Several people responded, and the citizens committee was formed.

In addition to the community members, City staff serving on the committee are: Mayor Mike Nelson, Planning and Development Director, Susan McLaughlin, Planner, Tristan Sewell, and Sarah Brinkley, lead Custodian.

Climate Committee

The Mayors' Climate Protection Committee meets the first Thursday of the month from 11 am - 12:15 pm in the Brackett Room ~ 3rd Floor of Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North. Meeting is held in hybrid format. For Zoom information please view the Agenda here.

Mayor's office contacts

Mayor Mike Nelson [email protected]

Carolyn LaFave, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
[email protected]

Phone: 425.771.0247
Fax: 425.771.0252

Committee members


  • Steven Cristol
  • Dawna Lahti
  • Hank Landau
  • Cynthia Pruitt
  • David Schaefer
  • Pam Tauer
  • Angela Winzen
  • Susan Paine ~ Council Rep

City Staff:

  • Susan McLaughlin, Planning and Development Director
  • Tristan Sewell, Planner
  • Sarah Brinkley, Lead Custodian