The Alachua County Commission is seeking applications to fill openings for a new Citizen Climate Advisory Committee (CCAC). When, where, and how the CCAC will meet is to be determined. The deadline for applications is August 11, 2020.
The CCAC provides an opportunity for citizen involvement in climate change issues and concerns affecting Alachua County, City of Gainesville, and the surrounding municipalities. The committee will advise the Joint Water and Climate Policy Board on bold and innovative climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies, and target goals. The committee will also engage 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 the development of policy recommendations and action strategies.
The committee will also assist the County, Gainesville, and other municipalities within Alachua County to promote greater community awareness of climate-related issues and involvement in government climate resiliency initiatives. Terms are for three years unless a person is appointed to fill a partial term. The CCAC is a new advisory committee, so all nine at-large positions are currently vacant and need to be filled. The Joint Water and Climate Policy Board is tentatively scheduled to select new CCAC members at their next meeting at 2 p.m. on August 24, 2020. Meeting agenda and back up 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 August 24 meeting.
Interested residents may apply online (click on the Vacancies tab and scroll down the page to the Citizen Climate Advisory Committee).