The Bellingham Climate Action Plan

Top: View of Bellingham bay. Bottom: heavy equipment and smokestacks.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the The Bellingham Climate Action Plan.

Climate Mitigation Strategies for Mid-Sized Cities

Huxley Speaker Series

Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Speaker Charlie Barnhart was a member of the City of Bellingham Climate Action Plan task force, which drafted recommendations to the mayor and city council in December 2019. The ambitious goal of the task force is to achieve neutrality in municipal and residential greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2035. In this talk, Charlie will share the findings and quantify actions or measures that may reduce the greatest amount of GHGs. Charlie calculates and reports marginal abatement costs of carbon dioxide for several measures and make recommendations for actions we can take as a city that reduce GHGs, save money, or both. These measures are not unique to Bellingham and can serve as an example to inspire other cities to mitigate climate change. 

More information about the speaker series is available here.

We are excited that we will be live-streaming from a WWU classroom for the webinar for our off-campus audience. Due to the pandemic, only WWU students will be in-person for the presentation but we look forward to welcoming you all to class virtually. 

Charlie Barnhart

Charlie Barnhart


Charlie Barnhart is an associate professor of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. As a member of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies, he teaches courses in and conducts research in energy systems analysis, greenhouse gas mitigation and life cycle assessment. Charlie was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project. He holds a Ph.D. in planetary geophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2010), a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Washington (2004).

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Huxley Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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