About CPAC

The Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC) is a volunteer group established by the City of Columbia for the purpose of identifying measures that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases. CPAC addresses four areas, all of which impact climate change and quality of life: air quality, energy conservation, water conservation and recycling/waste reduction.

CPAC History

  • CPAC was organized in 2006 shortly after the City of Columbia signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, an initiative launched to advance the goals of the Kyoto Protocol through leadership and action.

  • Under the Agreement, Columbia committed to strive to meet or beat Kyoto targets in our community through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns.

  • 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 in a more sustainable manner.

  • CPAC is guided by a Climate Action Plan, which was created in 2006 by City staff and community leaders and has been updated on a regular basis. This plan guides the work of CPAC and can be accessed here.

The Climate Protection Action Committee consists of two groups:

Appointees: Each City Council member makes an appointment, and the appointees meet monthly and serve as CPAC leadership. Appointees serve in an advisory role and help vet information as requested by City Council. Appointees meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the City's Public Works Facility.

  • City Council District One: Chris Goodman, USC School of Medicine
  • City Council District Two: Hernan Villalba, Colonial Life 
  • City Council District Three: Deb Stirling, Infinite Habitat at Innovista
  • City Council District Four: Annette Boette, Retired
  • City Council At-Large District (Duvall): John Epting, Brown and Caldwell (Chairman)
  • City Council At-Large District (Devine): Louis Dessau, USC Moore School of Business (Vice Chairman)
  • Mayor's AppointeeSara Hummel Rajca, Smart Power/Solarize SC

Advisory members: Advisory members are generally involved by way of their position or affiliation with agencies, governments, environmental non-profits or other groups with an interest in sustainability. Advisory members meet quarterly to share ideas and information and to receive updates on City sustainability initiatives.