Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers plants a giant sequoia at Lake Stickney in the Lynnwood area on April 22 as part of an Earth Day event. (Noah Haglund / Herald file)

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers plants a giant sequoia at Lake Stickney in the Lynnwood area on April 22 as part of an Earth Day event. (Noah Haglund / Herald file)

Help guide county sustainability policies on a new committee

A new county Climate Action Advisory Committee is accepting applications through Nov. 8.

EVERETT — A new Climate Action Advisory Committee is accepting applications. Created by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers earlier in October, the committee will inform the county’s sustainable operations plan, aid in developing public health and clean energy policies and help reach out to county residents and businesses on environmental issues.

“Our health and way of life depend on us doing our part,” Somers said in a county news release. “We believe the Climate Action Advisory Committee will help us mitigate climate change impacts and be better prepared for what is coming.”

The committee will report to the county executive’s office and work with the county council on any recommendations. County residents had requested such a committee, said council member Stephanie Wright, who pushed to get the group created.

The committee will also advise the county on updating its internal sustainable operations action plan and a new countywide climate action plan.

Those interested in applying must be a Snohomish County resident and have experience in climate change and sustainability issues. The committee will include members who represent environmental organizations, business or commercial groups, education or research institutions and underserved communities. There will also be two students in either high school or college.

The committee will have representitives from all five council districts.

“Steps we take now to reduce our impact on the environment will determine what kind of world we leave for future generations,” Wright said in a county news release. “The county’s new Climate Action Advisory Committee will have an important role in identifying local solutions to address climate change.”

Applications are open now until Nov. 8.

To apply for a position on the Snohomish County Climate Action Advisory Committee, visit the county website at www.snohomishcountywa.gov.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

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