Climate and Environment Policy Advisory Committee

The Climate and Environment Policy Advisory Commission (CEPAC) shall reflect and represent a wide range of community interests and perspectives. Such interests should include, but not be limited to, climate change and environment, public health, energy efficiency and renewable energy, low and moderate-income households needs, economic development, social equity, and sustainable economic development.

The CEPAC shall be responsible for assisting the City in the following:

  1. Making recommendations on strategies, actions and programs related to the implementation and updating of the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) in furtherance of its climate mitigation and adaption goals and strategies per AMC 9.40, recognizing that the Council may also request advice on other environmental matters from time to time. The issues the Climate and Environmental Policy Advisory Committee shall advise Council on include, but are not limited to:
    • Recommendations for and any updates to the City of Ashland’s the CEAP.
    • Modifications to benchmarks, targets, or actions contained in the climate plan as needed to incorporate the best available science and practices to achieve the City of Ashland’s climate-related goals and targets.
    • The process for considering amendments and updates to the CEAP.
    • Monitoring CEAP implementation progress for the community and for the City operations.
    • Ensuring that the CEAP incorporates long-term social, economic, and environmental goals.
    • Climate education.
  2. Recommending CEAP implementation steps or improvements on behalf of the community and for City operations.
  3. Providing information to staff and the City Council to ensure that benchmarks, targets, or actions develop for, or by the City of Ashland incorporate the best available science and practices to achieve the intended climate or environmental related goals and targets.
  4. Providing recommendations to ensure the City of Ashland’s climate and environmental planning incorporates long-term social, economic, and environmental goals, including social equity for low-income households, persons of color, the young and elderly, and those with disabilities.
  5. Educating and advocating for Ashland’s environmental goals, including its Community Climate Recovery Goals.

Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.

Contact the Climate Policy Commission

EstablishedMeetingsLength of
2023Meets 4th Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00p.m., Community Development Building, 51 Winburn WayThree Years


The Current CPC members
NameEmailTitleTerm BeginTerm End
Bob KaplanPosition 102/18/202004/30/24
Rick BarthPosition 209/05/1904/30/22
Ray MallettePosition 309/05/1904/30/23
Andra HollenbeckPosition 411/16/202104/30/24
Gary ShaffPosition 509/05/1904/30/22
Caitlin GuthriePosition 611/16/2104/30/23
Bryan SohlPosition 712/07/2104/30/23
VacantPosition 8
Tonya Grahamtonya@council.ashland.or.usPosition 9- Council Liaison
Mary McClarymary.mcclary@ashland.or.usStaff Liaison
DateStartEndEvent DescriptionLocation
May 12, 20224:00 PM6:00 PMCommission MtgZoom