Leadership Team

In accordance with Administrative Order 289, which established the Alaska Climate Change Strategy, the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is charged with developing a plan of action for the Governor by September 1, 2018, including in its considerations:

  • Mitigation: Actions to reduce, sequester, and offset greenhouse gas emissions to decrease our carbon footprint.
  • Adaptation: Actions to evaluate risks and adopt measures to address or reduce the vulnerability of Alaska’s citizens, environment, and infrastructure to climate change impacts.
  • Research: Actions to support and bolster monitoring, observing, modeling, scientific analysis, data sharing, planning, innovation, and public outreach and education related to climate change and mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Response: Actions to plan and train for timely and robust responses to protect and address near-term threats to Alaska’s communities and regions from current consequences and impacts of climate change, including, but not limited to, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, storm impacts, oil and other toxic spills, and infrastructure damage.

Further, the Leadership Team may consider these and other themes in the context of climate change:

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Social, health, and economic assessment
  • Economic opportunity and technological innovation
  • Infrastructure and the built environment
  • Collaboration and information sharing
  • Risk communication and planning
  • Human capacity building
  • Community engagement and resilience
  • Emergency response and immediate action

The Leadership Team’s efforts include local and regional programs and projects, state and national policy and programs, and international policy and cooperation.

Current Leadership Team Members

Chair: Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott

Special Advisor on Climate: Nikoosh Carlo

Secretariat: Institute of the North – Nils Andreassen

Leadership Team:

  • Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Native Association
  • Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association
  • Lisa Busch, Sitka Sound Science Center
  • Luke Hopkins, former Mayor, Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • Mayor John Hopson, City of Wainwright; NSB Assembly Chair
  • Nicole Kanayurak
  • Mara Kimmel, Municipality of Anchorage
  • Meera Kohler, Alaska Village Electric Association
  • Michael LeVine, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mark Masteller, UAA
  • Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Denise Michels, DOWL
  • Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
  • Isaac Vanderburg, Launch Alaska
  • Janet Weiss, BP Alaska

Ex-Officio Participants:

  • Duncan Fields, Shoreside Consulting
  • Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska
  • Reggie Joule, former Mayor, Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Sam Schimmel, student
  • Lorali Simon, Usibelli
  • Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

State Leads:

  • Larry Hartig, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Mike Navarre, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
  • Andy Mack, Department of Natural Resources
  • Sam Cotten, Department of Fish & Game
  • Janet Reiser, Alaska Energy Authority
Upcoming Activities

Climate Action Leadership Team Policy Group MeetingsThe five policy working groups of the Climate Action Leadership Team (corresponding to each of the five policy statements in the draft climate policy) will meet via teleconference from Monday, May 21, through Friday, May 25, 2018. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Monday, May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM (AKST) – Policy Statement #1, “Coordinate governance, data, and response and adaptation measures to support community risk and resilience planning.”

Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00 PM (AKST) – Policy Statement #2, “Invest in and encourage private sector growth of Alaska’s clean energy and green economy.”

Wednesday, May 23, 3:00-4:00 PM (AKST) – Policy Statement #3, “Maximize carbon neutral growth in Alaska through a rapid transition to clean energy, electrification and energy efficiency”

Thursday, May 24, 3:00-4:00 PM (AKST) – Policy Statement #4, “Implement climate mitigation and adaptation actions using the best available science, economic and risk considerations, and Indigenous Knowledge.”

Friday, May 25, 3:00-4:00 PM (AKST) – Policy Statement #5, “Make, attract or leverage financial investments that correspond to the state’s climate goals and objectives”

The teleconference number for every meeting is 1-719-457-6209 and the access code is 261004.

The draft climate policy is available here: http://climatechange.gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/05/Climate-Policy-Public-Comment.pdf

Climate Action Leadership Team Meetings: The Climate Action Leadership Team (CALT) will meet via teleconference from Wednesday, May 23, through Friday, May 25, 2018 to discuss three different focus areas of the CALT’s work. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Wednesday, May 23, 10:00-11:00 AM (AKST) – Communications and Public Outreach

Thursday, May 24, 10:00-11:00 AM (AKST) – Education and Workforce Development

Friday, May 25, 10:00-11:00 AM (AKST) – Federal Engagement

The teleconference number for every meeting is 1-719-457-6209 and the access code is 261004.

The draft climate policy of the Climate Action Leadership Team is available here: http://climatechange.gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/05/Climate-Policy-Public-Comment.pdf . The team is accepting public comment until June 4.