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. The Climate Action Committee includes a cross-section of community members from all sectors working together to create a recommendation to the City Council on specific actions.

The Climate Action Committee has regular monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (3-5 pm – see Meetings Tab)

See also the Special Projects tab and the Sustainability and Conservation Measures page for additional information for resources and additional information!

Current Climate Action Committee Members

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

  • Two City Councilmembers (SCTA/RCPA and ZW Sonoma Reps)
  • One Planning Commissioner – Climate background
  • One Member of City Staff (Planning Director or designee) – Reside within Sebastopol city limits
  • Two Youth members (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- Zero Waste representative/background

Duties of Climate Action Committe

  • Prioritize actions from Sebastopol’s Climate Action Framework Appendix A 
  • Update Climate Action Framework (CAF) as needed, and satisfy responsibilities as assigned to the Committee in the adopted CAF
  • Engage in public education and outreach regarding climate issues 
  • Advise City Council & Planning Commission on meaningful policy options for meeting equity-centered city climate goals
  • Recommend actions to City Council for advancing state, national, and international level climate goals

The Climate Action Committee (also known as the CAC) meets 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3:00 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

Climate Action Committee Members

Emmett Hopkins

Climate/Sustainability Background
Term Ends 12/31/2024

Alex Goodman

Climate Action group
Term Ends 12/31/2024

Dena Allen

Climate Action group
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Josho Somine (co-chair)

Ecological Background
Term Ends 12/31/2024

Kenna Lee (co-chair)

Climate Background
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Liselotte (Lisa) Pierce

Climate Action group
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Deborah Burnes

Business Owner Representative
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Sunali Shanti Sikand

Rights of Nature
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Zeno Swijtink

Climate Background
Term Ends 12/31/2024


Youth Representative
Term Ends 12/31/2023


Youth Representative
Term Ends 12/31/2024

Ambrosia Thomson

Zero Waste/Recology Expert
Term Ends 12/31/2023

Evert Fernandez

Planning Commission Liaison
Term Ends as assigned*

Diana Rich

Vice Mayor, Council liaison (at large)
Term Ends as assigned*

Sandra Maurer

Councilmember, Council Zero Waste liaison
Term Ends as assigned*

*As assigned – terms coincide with
assignment from Council/Commission

Climate Action Committee Working Groups

(L) = Lead
*   = Non-Committee Participant

Education/Outreach Working Group
Alex Goodman (L) (
Dena Allen,  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*

Sequestration Working Group
Josho Somine (L) (
Dena Allen

Transportation Working Group
Alex Goodman (L) (
Woody Hastings, Zeno Swijtink*

Zero Waste Group
Sunny Galbraith
Ambrosia Thompson

Staff Liaison
Kari Svanstrom, Planning Director                                                                  


October 2023

October 10, 2023
3:00 pm

Climate Action Committee Meeting October 10, 2023

Sebastopol Youth Annex


Climate Action Committee Meeting October 10, 2023

Add to Calendar October 10, 2023 3:00 pm October 10, 2023 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Climate Action Committee Meeting October 10, 2023 Hybrid Meeting
October 10 | 3pm - 5pm

Hybrid Meeting


Related Documents

pdfMeeting Agenda