Climate Action Committee

On December 3, 2019 the City Council adopted a City Council Resolution declaring a climate emergency and committing to ongoing actions to restore a safe environment. On January 7, 2020 the City Council approved the creation of a Climate Action Subcommittee. The Climate Action Subcommittee will include a cross-section of community members from all sectors working together to create a recommendation to the City Council on specific actions.

At thier meeting on February 10, 2021, their name was formally changed to Climate Action Committee.

The Climate Action Committee will consist of eleven (11) to thirteen (13) members from the following backgrounds:

- One City Councilmember                                                                     - Rights of nature background
- One Planning Commissioner                                                              - Climate background
- One Member of City Staff (Planning Director or designee)        - Reside within Sebastopol city limits
- Youth (ages 17-23)                                                                                   - Reside outside Sebastopol city limits within the 95472-zip code
- Sebastopol business owner                                                                 - Sebastopol Climate Action or other local climate group representative 
- Environmental justice/equity background

Duties of Climate Action Committee:

- Formulate a Work Plan for the committee                                                  - Prioritize Climate Emergency Resolution Attachment A
- Research composition and duties of other cities committees               - Create Climate Calendar
- Develop a Climate Action Framework for the City                                     - Create Volunteer Appreciation Events/Climate Events

The Climate Action Committee (also known as the CAC) meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You can reach Climate Action Committee members through the City of Sebastopol Planning Department (707-823-6167) or by email at

Current Climate Action Committee Members

Committee Members
Gerald Glaser Sunali Shanti Sikand
Alex Goodman Woody Hastings
Dena Allen Jesenia Garcia
Josho Somine Diana Rich, Councilmember
Kenna Lee Kathy Oetinger, Planning Commissioner Liaison
Liselotte Pierce Sarah Gurney, Councilmember (Alternate)
Deborah Burnes  


Climate Action Committee Working Groups

Education/Outreach Working Group
Alex Goodman (L) (
Dena Allen, Sarah Elliot, Kenna Lee, Sunali Sikand
Energy Working Group
Gerry Glaser (L) (
Kenna Lee, Lisa Pierce, Tor Allen*, Steve Pierce*
Equity Working Group
Kenna Lee (L) (
Woody Hastings, Diana Rich
Finance/Funding Working Group
Lisa Pierce (L) (
Woody Hastings, Steve Pierce*
Research Working Group
Diana Rich (L) (
Jesenia Garcia, Sarah Glade Gurney
Sequestration Working Group
Josho Somine (L) (
Dena Allen, Jesenia Garcia
Transportation Working Group
Alex Goodman (L) (
Woody Hastings, Zeno Swijtink*
(L) = Lead
*   = Non-Committee Participant

Staff Liaison
Kari Svanstrom, Planning Director

Past Meetings (Click to see details)