Juneau Commission on Sustainability

Recruitment of Members – June 2022

The Juneau Commission on Sustainability (JCOS) is looking for three new members. JCOS is a nine (9) member advisory board to the Assembly, and also works with CBJ staff on issues related to the long-term sustainability of the Juneau community.  JCOS meets twice a month – a regular action-oriented meeting and if needed a work session.  JCOS works through its committees on energy, solid waste/resource recovery, outreach, and climate impacts.

If you’re interested, JCOS membership offers:

  • an opportunity to learn how Juneau’s local government works.
  • a way to turn your passion and concern about Juneau’s livability and future into action.
  • the ability to advise local elected officials on sustainability issues.
  • the opportunity to build leadership and public process skills.
  • the chance to “dig into” a sustainability issue and offer local solutions for Juneau.

For more information, contact Beth McKibben at 586-0753 (ext. 4128). The City’s boards & commission application is available through the Clerk’s office . Scroll down until you see the blue toolbar with Boards, Members, and Vacancies. Select “Vacancies” and search for “Juneau Commission on Sustainability”.

Apply to be a JCOS Member!

The Duties of JCOS

To coordinate, propose, and promote sustainability initiatives among residents, businesses, government, and non-governmental agencies and educational organizations through education and outreach programs.

To make recommendations to the Juneau Assembly and CBJ Boards and Commissions on policies and programs that promote sustainability.

To research and apply for grants or other funds or gifts from public or private agencies for the purpose of carrying out any of the provisions or purposes of this resolution.

To serve as an advisory group to the CBJ in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to target levels as adopted by the CBJ Assembly.

To act as liaison between the public and the CBJ Assembly on sustainability related issues.

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History, Mission and Members

The Assembly created the Juneau Commission on Sustainability (JCOS) in 2007, with the current governing directives found in Resolution 2755. The mission of the JCOS is to promote the economic, social, environmental, and governmental well-being of Juneau and all its inhabitants, now and in the future.

The 11-member commission consists of nine public members, appointed by the Assembly, plus one member of the Assembly, and one Planning Commissioner.

The current Commissioners are:
Gretchen Keiser, Chair
Steve Behnke
Lisa Daugherty
Anjuli Grantham
Duff Mitchell
James Powell
Danielle Meeker
David Teal
Colin Peacock
Paul Voelckers, Planning Commission Liaison
Carole Triem, Assembly Liaison

The CBJ Staff Liaison is Beth McKibben, Planner, with the Community Development Department. Direct all inquiries about JCOS to her at 907.586.0753 ext. 4128, or Beth.McKibben@juneau.org.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meetings of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability are open to the public. Agenda, packets, and minutes are posted as they become available. Regular meetings are held from 12 noon – 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and worksessions are held the third Wednesday of the month. (Meetings Archive)

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Reports and Other Documents

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Energy Use in Juneau

The majority of Juneau’s energy comes from fossil fuels; however, almost all of Juneau’s electricity is produced by hydropower, a renewable resource.

Pie charts illustrating energy sources and usage in Juneau. Sources = Fossil Fuel/77%, Electricity/20%, Wood/3%; Usage = Transportation/43%, Heating/21%, Mining/8%, Misc./28%

Juneau has recognized that continued dependence upon fossil fuels is not desirable.  As a result, the CBJ has developed a Climate Action Plan and the Assembly has unanimously supported the Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy (JRES) with a goal of moving the community toward 80% renewable energy by 2045.

The Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy

In February 2018, the CBJ Assembly adopted the JRES  through Resolution 2808.  The JRES recommends four primary strategies to achieve the 80% renewable energy goal.  These include:

  1. CBJ Energy Management: Implement a CBJ energy management program to make the organization a leader in energy efficiency and adoption of renewable energy.
  2. Heating: Reduce Juneau’s dependence on fossil fuels for space heating.
  3. Transportation and Electric Vehicles: Reduce Juneau’s dependence on fossil fuels for transportation.
  4. Renewable Energy Supply: Support efforts to provide new renewable energy supplies for Juneau.

CBJ Energy Management

The CBJ spends about $8 million per year on energy. Adopting a formal energy management program, including tracking energy use and costs, implementing energy efficiency best practices, and implementing the recommendation of energy audits could result in substantial savings. Consolidating the CBJ vehicle fleet and converting to electric vehicles is another area of potential energy and cost savings. The CBJ could also provide examples and information to the public on opportunities for energy savings. These provide the mechanics for CBJ to lead by example.

Transportation and Electric Vehicles

Transportation is the largest (43%) use of fossil fuels in Juneau. Electrification of transportation provides a major opportunity to transform transportation to renewable energy, and Juneau already has one of the most rapid rates of electric vehicle adoption in the country. Other significant opportunities to reduce fossil fuel use include supporting energy efficient, compact, mixed use development, improving and electrifying the CBJ transit system, and supporting non-motorized transportation.

Electric Vehicle Resources

In 2014, several Juneau businesses began installing electric vehicle chargers.  In 2015, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Assembly passed Resolution 2722 to express support for the advancement of electrified transportation vehicles.  Since then, electric vehicle ownership has increased from less than 5 (in 2013) to over 300 (as of 2018).

To learn more about electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Juneau, including locations of charging stations, local EV incentive programs, and best practices for buying and maintaining your EV, check out the Juneau Electric Vehicle Association, the Renewable Juneau’s Electric Vehicle Information page and the work of the Juneau Economic Development Council’s Renewable Energy Cluster Group.

The Juneau Commission on Sustainability has helped educate and involve the community in the on-going discussion about expanding EV use in Juneau. You can view the video and presentation from the 2018 EV Sustainability Session here. If you would like to learn more about potential actions by the CBJ to advance plans for EV charging stations on CBJ property, see JCOS’s CBJ Electric Vehicle Parking and Charging Scenarios Factsheet.

Non-Motorized Transportation Resources

Juneau has 88 miles of bike lanes and 19 miles of shared-use paths. The city’s adoption of the 2009 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan helped the Alaska Department of Transportation improve bicycle facilities and create a Safe Routes To School plan for all Juneau elementary and middle schools. In 2011, the League of American Bicyclists designated Juneau a Bicycle Friendly Community.

To learn more about activities promoting Juneau as a bike commuter friendly city, including maps, check out Juneau Rides.


Space heating accounts for about 21% of energy use in Juneau. Significant shifts to electric heat have occurred over the years, particularly when fuel oil costs were high relative to electric rates, so today almost 25% of Juneau homes are heated by electricity. In 2012, JCOS created a Juneau Space Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator to help individuals compare options for their home.

Heat Pump Resources

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity in residential, commercial, and public buildings in Juneau due to their ability to decrease energy costs. The City and Borough and Juneau have installed several ground-source heat pumps, and local air source heat pump installation and service companies for residential and commercial buildings have expanded significantly.

Wood Energy and Wood Pellet Stove Resources

Wood is estimated to provide approximately 3% of Juneau’s energy. The use of wood primarily provides space heating although more sophisticated systems are available that can also provide hot water.

District Heating

Beginning in 2013, JEDC’s Renewable Energy Cluster Group began looking at opportunities to bring district heating to Juneau and other communities.  In 2016, plans to develop a district heating facility were announced by Juneau District Heating.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy efficiency initiatives in Juneau exist for public buildings, private businesses, and residential buildings. For more information on energy efficiency in Alaska, check out these resources:

Renewable Heating Suppliers

If your business offers renewable heating options and you would like to be listed, please contact CBJ staff liaison Tim Felstead at Tim.Felstead@juneau.org.

For more information on Energy in Southeast Alaska, check out these additional resources:

  • The Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group: A Southeast initiative sponsored by the Juneau Economic Development Council, with specific renewable energy action initiatives, education, and outreach.
  • Renewable Juneau: A non-profit organization providing information, education and advocacy to support local climate solutions– renewable energy, heat pumps, electric vehicles, and building efficiency – in Alaska’s capital city.