• To develop a draft comprehensive climate action plan/sustainability and resiliency plan for Bellingham Public Schools.
  • To define and refine actionable and measurable sustainability priorities within three subcommittees: facilities & operations, teaching & learning and habits & culture.

Basis for Establishment: 

  • To continue the work initiated by the Sustainability Task Force of 2022, including acting upon the Foundational Statement recommended by the Task Force:
    Sustainability should inform everything that we do. It is imperative we invest in actions that protect our students, staff and families. We pledge to take bold steps to build a bright and healthy future for our community through a systemic commitment to sustainability.
  • To align Bellingham Public Schools with community efforts to address the climate crisis, including the City of Bellingham Climate Action Plan.
  • The Washington State Superintendent has established Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards for K-12. Environmental education is a mandatory area of study in Washington, required by WAC 392-410-115.

Decision-Making Process: 

  • The Advisory Committee will utilize processes of consensus and input/feedback. We will engage in clear communication among team members and with stake holders regarding the work.
  • The group will be a recommending body to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • October 2022-June 2023: The Advisory Committee will meet to build background knowledge regarding sustainability in schools. Background knowledge will include reports from tactical subcommittees focused on facilities & operations, teaching & learning and habits & culture.
  • April-June 2022: The Advisory Committee will draft a Climate Action Plan as a way to guide decision-making.
  • June 2022: The Advisory Committee will review and submit Climate Action Plan to the Superintendent.


Members from the Sustainability Task Force have the option to continue serving on the Sustainability Advisory Committee in the 2022-23 school year.


  • Jessica Sankey, Executive Director of Operations
  • Mark Peterson, Director of Facilities & Sustainability


  • Rachel Meyer, Peak Sustainability & RM +Co


  • Bill Palmer, Director of Teaching & Learning (Science & Technology)
  • Margaret Gude, Communications Specialist
  • Amanda Ingram, Human Resources Coordinator
  • Gretchen Pflueger, Grant Writer
  • Patrick Durgan, Executive Chef & Director of Food Services
  • Mike Copeland, Deputy Superintendent
  • Janis Velasquez-Farmer, Director of EDI
  • Sam Stoner, Middle School Teacher
  • Curtis Lawyer, Director of Capital Projects
  • Malory Lahti, Head Custodian, Sehome High School
  • Carissa Jangard, Dean of Students, Carl Cozier Elementary
  • Mylo Allen, Elementary School Teacher
  • Lindsay MacDonald, High School Teacher
  • Kerry Hermann, Elementary School Teacher
  • Erika Thornsen, High School Teacher
  • Grace Schamber, Student
  • Andrea Reiter, Parent
  • Sam Humphreys, Peak Sustainability
  • Joshua Cloud, OAC
  • CJ Huxford, Northwest Rain Solutions
  • Zack Wopat, BPS Alumni
  • Emily Larson-Kubiak, Sustainable Connections
  • Laura Johanson, Community Member
  • Charlie Barnhart, WWU
  • Grace Wang, WWU


  • Attend all Advisory Committee meetings and engage in reflective conversations
  • Participate in educational activities and readings
  • Gather and share feedback from stakeholder groups
  • Interact collaboratively and respectfully with all advisory committee members.


Meetings will be held approximately five (5) times throughout the 2022-23 school year from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Budget Implications:

  • All anticipated budget expenses the advisory committee will be covered through the 2022 sustainability bond fund.


  • In addition to representation on the advisory committee, relevant groups will be targeted to solicit input and provide feedback through focus groups.

Sustainability Framework

Sustainability Timeline 2000 through present

Sustainability Progress Report, Sept. 2022 submitted to Superintendent Greg Baker in September 2022