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Building Climate Resiliency Community Town Hall

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for the Lake Forest Park Community Town Hall on Building Climate Resiliency.

It was a wonderful event with a large and engaged community committed to making positive change for our climate and achieving our ambitious climate targets. To learn more and inform your next steps, we have assembled a variety of resources for you.


We have posted several videos of sessions from the climate town hall on our YouTube Channel for you to revisit as desired and to share with others. Find the Third Place Commons YouTube Channel here. 


Third Place Commons invites you to continue the conversation by joining us for Going Green: A 3-Part Series. Register and join us for each of the three upcoming event:


We have assembled a list of relevant resources and links that were shared during the event.

Climate Town Hall Resources List


Join us on Saturday, April 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM for a Lake Forest Park Community Town Hall on Building Climate Resiliency. Listen, ask, and learn about climate change and the challenges and actions we can take as a community to make a carbon reduction a reality right at home.

Drop in and out of sessions as your schedule allows. There will be full group presentations and breakout discussions with new sessions beginning each hour.


Program Schedule

10:00    Opening: Tracy Furutani
Welcome: LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson

10:05    Vicki Stiles: Historical Environmental Change in Lake Forest Park

10:30    Brian Saunders: Climate Change Past, Present and Future

11:00- 11:30 Breakout Session 1 – Choose your own room/topic

  • Steven Lough, Electric Vehicles – Bikes and Cars
  • Natalie Caulkins,  Rumors and Realities of Recycling
  • Denise Draper, Carbon Footprint for Small Organizations

11:30-12:00 Breakout Session 2 – Choose your own room/topic

  • Sam Lai, Energy Efficient Homes
  • Stacy Strickland and Stephanie Wall, Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle

12:00-12:15 Break with Short Climate Videos

  • A Net-Zero makeover in Marymoor Park
  • Thousands of Seattle students join worldwide movement against climate change
  • NHL Seattle Announces Climate Pledge Arena

12:15-1:15 Panel Presentation: Wise Climate Voices: The Next Generation

  • Moderator: Brian Saunders
  • Panelist: Bella Tancreti, Shorecrest HS Sunrise Movement
  • Panelist: Regina Fletcher, UW Bothell Freshwater Stream Habitat-Lyon Creek Park
  • Panelist: Ian Price, Fridays for Future Seattle

1:15-1:30 Taking the Next Steps Community Conversations

Select a breakout room with your topic of interest

1:30 Conversation Report-outs

2:00 Adjourn



Speaker Bios

Tracy Furutani, Emcee

Tracy is a tenured science faculty member at North Seattle College, where he currently teaches about natural disasters and their social and economic impacts. He obtained his PhD in Geological Science at the University of Washington. He has served on the Lake Forest Park Water District Advisory Committee, and currently sits on the Board of Shorelake Arts, thinking about the next film he’s not going to make.


Vicki Stiles, Historical Environmental Change in Lake Forest Park

Vicki has been the executive director of the Shoreline Historical Museum since 1992 and has an MA in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the University of Washington. Ms. Stiles has done extensive research and published numerous articles on the history of Northwest King County and the Lake Forest Park area, including the changing historical environment. She is a past president of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club and served as the president of the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO).


Brian Saunders, Climate Change: Past, Present, Future

Brian is a faculty member at Shoreline and North Seattle College in the Math and Science Department as well as a long time LFP resident. He received his BS in Biology and MS in Marine-Estuarine Sciences at WWU. His thesis focuses on the intertidal ecosystem and the adaptations of marine invertebrates. He is a strong advocate for conservation and preservation of sensitive habitats, especially in and around the Salish Sea. He has been an instructor at the college level since 1996. He has taught Biology for majors and non-majors, Zoology, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Marine Biology. He is also on the board of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation. Brian, and his wife Ellyn, have two children attending Shorecrest High School.


Steven Lough, Electric Vehicles: Bikes and Cars

Past President of the Seattle Electrical Vehicle Association (SEVA)

Steven’s family GM Dealership sold Electric Vehicles in the 1980s. He lobbied for favorable EV legislation in Olympia and aligned SEVA with Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition and other environmental groups. Steven is knowledgeable about EV cars and bikes available today and various options to keep them charged. He owns EV cars and bikes, loves answering questions about them, and lets people know that anytime is a good time to buy an EV.


Stacy Strickland and Stephanie Wall, Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle

Stacy Strickland, Director of Community Partnerships.
Stephanie Wall, Chief of Staff at Community Partnerships.
Stacy and Stephanie believe in a world without waste, so they started getting together to talk about how to live with less waste and take care of the environment in June 2016. Seattle Zero Waste was created with the goal of bringing like-minded people together. Today, they empower and inspire people to reduce their waste through meaningful relationships and collaboration. This includes sharing sustainability tips and tricks for how others can implement the zero waste philosophy at home and in the community. In efforts to expand their ideas for reducing waste and have a stronger voice as we all vote with our dollar, they also love to help others work within their local communities to promote the zero waste lifestyle and start their own movements to help our planet. Seattle Zero Waste:


Sam Lai, Energy Efficient Homes

Founder of Green Canopy (GC)
Sam began Green Canopy in 2009 out of frustration that the building industry continued to embrace old building methods and not green technology. GC builds new homes and has done 70 rehabs to be all-electric in Seattle. The homes have solar panels and use Net Zero energy. He will tell us about heat pumps (space and water heating), induction ranges, and solar panels. He will describe an energy audit as the first step for us to increase our home energy efficiency, and give you names of reputable firms if you want one. You may find simple things like better insulation and stopping unnecessary air leakage will save you money.


Natalie Caulkins, Rumors and Realities of Recycling

Natalie is the Recycling Coordinator with Republic Services. She provides education on recycling right, waste reduction, and waste diversion. From giving presentations to leading classroom games, Natalie unites her passion for environmental sustainability with her experience teaching English in Japan. She brings a deep awareness of other cultures from living in Morocco, Japan, and India and incorporates that knowledge in her outreach work. Before coming to Republic Services, Natalie worked at Kittitas County Solid Waste where she gained an appreciation for the challenges faced by local governments in the solid waste sector. She is an active member of the Recycle Right Consortium where she collaborates with other haulers and County staff to simplify and unify recycling guidelines. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Reed College where her thesis concerned plants and biodegradable plastics.


Denise Draper, Carbon Footprint for Small Organizations

Denise is a retired software developer and software development manager. Lately, she has been devoting much of her time to understanding climate issues and options. She recently purchased a small tree farm to do hands-on research into climate-supporting forestry. The practices for understanding and measuring greenhouse gas emissions (aka carbon footprint) are evolving rapidly and sources of concrete information can be hard to find, inconsistent, etc. All of which makes it hard to really understand how you can make the most impact with the options you have. In this presentation, Denise will quickly go over the current state of the art on carbon footprint measurement and how to measure the impact of change. Denise will also share the best resources she has found for doing your own investigations.


Bella Tancreti, Shorecrest HS Sunrise Movement

Isabella (Bella), a Shorecrest High School sophomore, is the hub coordinator for Sunrise Movement Shorecrest. Sunrise Movement Shorecrest is a high school hub of the nationwide youth-led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. As a high school hub at Shorecrest, the group takes action on a local and national level to fight for policies and legislation that align with the movement’s goals. There are currently about 20 active members in the club, and the group is always recruiting for more. They have had a busy, fun, year and are looking forward to next year, when they hope to be able to participate in in-person actions!


Regina Fletcher, Stream Health

Regina is a graduate of Western Washington University where she studied Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Yet post graduation, she kept being drawn to wildlife studies. Years later, as a Mapping Specialist for Google Maps, she currently maps out routing in cities across the globe, including focusing on updating areas affected by natural disasters. A pivotal moment that inspired her to go back to school to study climate change was a 22-mile remote backpacking trip in 2016 through the North Cascades. Her trip was cut short by an unexpected wildfire blocking the trail out, where the only way back out of the Cascades was an adventurous hike through the forest fire led by forest rangers. Regina is now completing her online Masters in Biology through Miami University in Ohio, which partners with Woodland Park Zoo and its professionals. She has returned to some of the forest fire sites she hiked through years ago to study the effects of climate change on wildlife. She is focusing on studying freshwater stream habitats, inspired by Lyon creek in Lake Forest Park. She attributes much of her scientific and historical knowledge of local streams to the highly informed community members in LFP, who let her tag along on volunteer conservation monitoring projects and discussions.


Supporting Organizations

Thank you to the following organizations for their promotional support:

  • City of Lake Forest Park
  • Lake Forest Park Garden Club
  • Lake Forest Park Water District
  • League of Women Voters
  • NUHSA North Urban Human Services Alliance
  • People for Climate Action (LFP)
  • PTA Council
  • Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park
  • Sunrise Movement Shorecrest
  • Stewardship Foundation
  • Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
  • Shoreline Historical Museum
  • ShoreLake Arts
  • StreamKeepers