WSU Vancouver hosts Earth Day Forum to support Climate Action Framework

VANCOUVER, Wash. – As part of Earth Day awareness, Washington State University Vancouver will host a forum of local politicians, staff and activists to discuss the Vancouver Climate Action Framework. An initiative of the City Council, the Framework is a blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts.

The event takes place from 10:35 to 11:50 a.m. April 20, Earth Day, in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129 on campus. Sponsors are the Roots of Contemporary Issues program ( and the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice ( The event is free and open to the public.

Forum panelists are Kim Harless, Vancouver City Councilor; Sue Marshall, Clark County Councilor; Rebecca Small, senior policy analyst for the City of Vancouver and Don Steinke, Sierra Club Beyond Fossil Fuels Task Force. The panel will be moderated by Paul Thiers, professor of political science at WSU Vancouver. They will discuss the Framework’s origins and how it can stimulate cooperation and planning, such as disaster planning. The public is invited to participate in a Q&A session following the panel discussion.

The Framework's purpose is to support a just and equitable transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2040 and to build the city’s resilience to the impacts of climate change, with an emphasis on supporting low-income residents and communities of color that are most affected by those impacts.

After the event, the program can be viewed on Comcast channels 21/321 and 23/323 and on

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Find a campus map at Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4.

WSU Vancouver is in the homelands of Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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