Citizens Needed for Citizen Climate Advisory Committee

The Joint Water and Climate Policy Board is seeking applications to fill three openings for the Citizen Climate Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CCAC meets in the Grace Knight Conference Room at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville) on the third Monday of each month. The deadline to apply is September 30, 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 creating 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 that are most impacted or disadvantaged by climate change are taken into account in developing policy recommendations and action strategies.

The committee also assists the County, the City of Gainesville, and other municipalities within Alachua County in promoting greater community awareness of climate-related issues and involvement in government climate resiliency initiatives. Terms are usually for three years. However, two of the vacancies are for a one-year term. 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 October 24, 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 October 24 meeting.

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

For more information, contact County Liaison to the CCAC Stephen Hofstetter at 352-264-6811.

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