Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC)

Our mission is to create a sense of urgency and mobilize the community to catalyze climate action in the Bay Area.

The Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC) is a social impact initiative made up of 14 community leaders from Hamilton and Burlington. BACCC's vision is for the Bay Area to be a thriving and resilient zero carbon community by 2050.

The mandate of BACCC is to provide strategic leadership and function as an ongoing forum for advice, feedback and guidance to the Bay Area Climate Change Implementation Team(s) (BACCITs) via the independent Support Team of coordinators in the Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO). 

To date, BACCC has supported the City of Hamilton and Burlington's climate change emergency declarations and consulted on both community's climate energy plans. In 2020, the BACCITs will tackle climate actions on the areas of:

  • Smart transportation policies and solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Deep energy retrofits for homeowners and property owners
  • Food policies and programs that support local food and protect agricultural lands
  • Progressive municipal policies that support climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience

BACCC continues to hold community consultation and engagement at the core of its activities. A Climate Change Forum was held for the community to provide an update on the BACCC activities, share its ambitious workplan for 2020, and engage the public in understanding the climate change priorities of the Bay Area community.

Council Members

The BACCC is a non-political, independent advisory committee. The inaugural BACCC consists of the member organizations listed below, although the composition of the Council will evolve over time as regional priorities and Council requirements change.

  • Chair - Richard Koroscil
  • Burlington Economic Development Corp - Anita Cassidy
  • Burlington Green - Amy Schnurr
  • Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee - Carolyn Barnes
  • Burlington citizen - Anna Pautler
  • Clean Air Hamilton - Bruce Newbold
  • Conservation Halton - Kim Barrett
  • Environment Hamilton- Lynda Lukasik
  • Hamilton Chamber of Commerce - Richard Allen
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority - Scott Peck
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - Victoria Brzozowski
  • Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association - Karen Logan
  • Sustainable Hamilton Burlington - Rafiq Dhanji 
  • United Way Hamilton Halton - Mike Mikulak


Council members are guided by Terms of Reference and members were selected based on community input received during the stakeholder engagement process.

    Council Advisors

    The following CCCM Partners assist the Council in an Advisory role:

    • City of Hamilton – Trevor Imhoff, Andrea McDowell, Shelley Rogers
    • City of Burlington – Lynn Robichaud
    • Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College – Kate Flynn BACCC.png


    Illustration of the Burlington Bay Area