The Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC) is a volunteer group established for the purpose of identifying measures that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases. CPAC was initiated to impact climate change, but now also serves as the City's unofficial environmental clearing house, focusing on air quality, energy conservation, water conservation and recycling/waste reduction.

The committee's initial focus was internal to City government and is now also focusing on community outreach and education programs to encourage others to take action to live greener.


Click here to read the by-laws.


There are nine (9) council appointments. The Mayor and City Council each
appoint one (1) member. City Staff will appoint one (1) member.
Term of office is three (3) years with one (1) reappointment.
All applicants must reside in the corporate limits of the city.


Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at 
Public Works, 2910 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Committee Members:

Term Ends
Zach Laprise1
April 2022
Bob PetrulisFebruary 2023
Lori Ziolkowski1
May 2022
Deborah Stirling2
January 2024
John Epting2
March 2022
Mary Pat Cothran1
May 2022
Louis Dessau2
March 2022
Gretchen Lambert1
 December 2022
Marty White1December 2022
(#) Denotes number of term 

Contact Info:

Ms. Mary Pat Baldauf
Sustainability Facilitator
 City of Columbia
2910 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 545-2722