Sustainability & Energy Action Taskforce

Purpose

To seek input from the Citizens of Grants Pass and develop a Sustainability/Energy Action Plan to document and guide City policy as it relates to sustainable practices and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). The Taskforce will look for opportunities to improve City operations, manage energy consumption and promote education within the community. The Taskforce will also explore opportunities to create a permanent standing committee to advise City Council on potential actions relating to climate change, sustainability, resiliency, enhanced sequestration, tree canopy development and reduction of GHGs.

Ideal membership would include: 

  • a local energy efficiency engineer, 
  • a solar professional, 
  • a contractor or developer, 
  • Grants Pass High School Student, 
  • Rogue Community College Student, 
  •  A person with forestry experience
  • a person with local agriculture/horticulture/arborist/landscape architect experience 
  • 3 persons at large with an interest in energy action efforts
  • 1 – ex-officio member from Energy Trust of Oregon 
  • 1 – ex-officio member from Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Members

  • Josh Berger, Energy Trust of Oregon               
  • Karen Chase, Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Dorothy Swain, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
  • Robert Allen, Local energy efficiency engineer
  • Tom Bradbeer, Co-Vice Chair - Contractor/developer
  • Emily Berlant - Solar Professional
  • Clair Highfield - Forestry experience
  • Kayle Palmore - GPHS student
  • Catherine Vawter - RCC student
  • Vacant - Agriculture/horticulture/arborist/Landscape
  • David Bartlett, Member at Large
  • Matthew Rosen, Member at Large
  • Jan O'Hara, Chair - Member at Large
  • Jason Canady, Staff Liaison
  • Vanessa Ogier, Council Liaison

Contact Us

  1. Committee / Commission Application - fill out and submit online.

    Open Positions

    Apply for Urban Area Planning Commission - Applications are being accepted for two positions. Special qualification: Applicants are required to have their principal residence within the City Limits or the Urban Growth Boundary. Fill out and submit online by January 13, 2023

    Apply for Historical Buildings and Sites Commission - Applications are being accepted for one position. Special qualification:  a representative who is either an owner of a property located within the Historic District, the owner of a property located within a Conservation District, or the owner of a Historic Landmark as defined by Section 13.312 of the Development Code and Designated under Section 13.420 of the Development Code. Fill out and submit online by December 2, 2022

    Apply for Committee on Public Art (CoPA) - Applications are being accepted for three positions.  Fill out and submit online by December 9, 2022

    Apply for Budget Committee - Applications are being accepted for four positions. Special qualification: A resident and elector of the City of Grants Pass who seeks diversity of philosophy and representation of divergent views of the community. Fill out and submit online by November 25, 2022

    Apply for Sustainability and Energy Action Taskforce  - Applications are being accepted for one positionSpecial qualification: At Large Member  Fill out and submit online by December 9, 2022