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The Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC) is a volunteer group established by the City of Columbia (COC) for the purpose of identifying measures that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases. CPAC was initiated to impact climate change, but now also serves as the City's environmental clearing house, focusing on air quality, energy conservation, water conservation and recycling/waste reduction.

 


Mission: To develop and advocate a vision and a strategy for becoming a sustainable community in partnership with key stakeholders and other communities.

Purpose: To recommend and oversee the development and implementation of mission-based programs and projects.
 

CPAC consists of two groups:

  1. Appointees: Each City Council member makes an appointment, and the appointees meet as a group every other month and serve as CPAC leadership. Appointees serve in an advisory role and help vet information as requested by City Council.
  2. Advisory members: A larger group, most of whom are involved by way of their position or affiliation with agencies, governments, environmental non-profits or other groups with an interest in sustainability. Advisory members meet quarterly to share ideas and information and to receive updates on City sustainability initiatives.
     

CPAC was organized shortly after the City of Columbia signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Resolution in October 2006. So far, more than 1000 Mayors have signed the agreement. The committee's initial focus was internal to City government and is now also focusing on community outreach and education programs to encourage others to take action to live more sustainably.
 

In 2006, CPAC created a Climate Action Plan which provides measures to reduce emission levels of the City of Columbia consistent with the commitment made in the US Conference Mayors Climate Protection Resolution. This plan guides the work of CPAC and can be accessed here.


CPAC is now evaluating the City's sustainability initiatives with the STAR Community Rating System TM (STAR), the nation’s leading sustainability framework and certification program. Built by and for local governments, STAR is a catalyst for local action and is transforming the way that communities address their social, economic and environmental progress. CPAC expects to complete the STAR evaluation in 2017.


Meeting Schedule


CPAC Appointees meet on fourth Thursday on alternating months at 9:30 a.m. (2016 meetings will be held in January, March, May, July, September and November.) Because the November meeting falls on Thanksgiving, that  meeting will actually be held on Thursday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the City's Public Works Facility, 2910 Colonial Drive.


All CPAC Meetings are open to the public. Because meetings are occasionally postponed, please contact Mary Pat Baldauf to confirm the meeting before you attend.

 

City Council Appointees

  • City Council District One (The Hon. Sam Davis)
    Chris Goodman, USC School of Medicine
  • City Council District Two (The Hon. Ed McDowell)
    Hernan Villalba, Colonial Life 
  • City Council District Three (The Hon. Moe Baddourah)
    Andrew Epting, SCCEBA
  • City Council District Four (Vacant)
    OPEN
  • City Council At-Large District (The Hon. Howard Duvall)
    John Epting, Brown and Caldwell
  • City Council At-Large District (The Hon. Tameika Devine)
    Louis Dessau, USC Moore School of Business
  • Mayor's Appointee (The Hon. Stephen K. Benjamin)
    Susan Carson Lambert, Geographer
  • Staff Appointee
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  • City Council Liasion
    The Hon. Moe Baddourah
  • Staff Liaison
    Mary Pat Baldauf, Sustainability Facilitator

 

Subscribe to Speaking Sustainability, our monthly e-newsletter.

 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
2910 Colonial Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29203

Sustainability
Mary Pat Baldauf, Sustainability Facilitator
(803) 545-2722 (CPAC)
[email protected]

 

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