Our Mission

Help Sitkans reduce their carbon footprint
and prepare for the effects of a changing climate
through education and community action.


Important Local News: Sitka Power Supply has changed to  RED  - STOP using Electric Heat & Please Conserve WATER in Sitka    For more information see below 


Congratulations to our 2014 Sitka Green Business Award Winners!


Upcoming and Continuing Activities

EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate in our events, presentations, projects, and meetings

You can nominate a Sitka business for a 2015 Sitka Green Business Award!  

Nomination form (.pdf)     or     Nomination form (MS Word)


Reusable Bag "Library" Brings Business, Community, and Environment Together!

The Reusable Bag Libraries at SeaMart and AC Lakeside grocery stores are ready and open for business!  Look for the boxes, look for the "Bag Exchange" signs, and borrow a reusable cloth bag any time you need one, or drop off your extra, clean reusable bags for others to use.  

In collaboration with SeaMart and AC Lakeside grocery stores, SGWG is working to make reusable bags easier to use, easier to remember, and more available to shoppers.  Similar to the library where you borrow books, bags are available at the grocery stores to borrow from the bag exchange and return to the bag exchange during the next visit.  

BAGS are NEEDED at SeaMart!

How many times have you walked into the store, picked up a few items, and ended up at the checkout counter realizing you forgot your reusable bag?  If you are like me, it is more times than you can count!  But with the bag libraries open at the two grocery stores, you can take your purchases home in a borrowed reusable bag and on your next visit, return the clean bag to the bag library at EITHER Sitka store.

How do you use the reusable bag exchange? 

Forgot your reusable bag? 

1)      Borrow one from the Bag Exchange at SeaMart or AC Lakeside,

2)      Then return it, cleaned, to the Bag Exchange at either store on your next visit.   

Have extra reusable bags?

1)      Wash and dry them well

2)      Drop them off at the Bag Exchange at either store and borrow one when needed.  



2014/2015 Climate Actions

-SGWG often takes part in ongoing climate actions - join friends and neighbors in taking action on climate change!

Contact to volunteer

Does your community want to become more sustainable and resilient?

Check out our News, Past Events, and Photos for ideas and contact us at to learn more!    


What is Climate Change?

Quite simply, when we burn fossil fuels like coal and gas,  we pump more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  This build-up creates a blanket effect, trapping in heat around the world.  If nothing is done to halt this process, the planet we leave our children will be hotter, with more violent weather and fewer species.

Can we DO SOMETHING about it?  
SGWG is dedicated to helping every person and community reduce their impact on climate change!


Important Local News:

Sitka Power Supply has changed to  RED  - STOP using Electric Heat 

The signal is "RED"  With the work on Blue Lake Dam, we are using diesel generators to create electricity.  It is certain that significant supplemental diesel generation will be required this year.  Please switch to an alternate heat source (oil, wood, etc.) and conserve electricity.

THANK YOU for reducing your electric consumption during yellow and red lights!!!

To stay up-to-date, be on the lookout for the signs or check out the status on

Please Conserve WATER in Sitka 

With the Blue Lake Dam work underway, water is being purified through a filtration plant at Indian River.  Please conserve water.  The cost of filtration will be significantly reduces if everyone in Sitka can decrease their water usage  For tips on how to save water, please visit


"Compost" float - 4th of July 2012


Climate Change Information You Can Use:

What can I do in Sitka to reduce my carbon footprint?  

What can I do about climate change?

Here are resources to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions:

1) To participate in the Home Energy Rebate Program:  Request a home energy rating. Sign-up at or contact the AK-REBATE Call Center at 1-877-AK-REBATE (1-877-257-3228).

2) Sitka Red-Yellow-Green Light Energy Status program: and energy saving tips:

3) Information about being IDLE-FREE:

4) Information about growing your own food in Sitka :


Sitka Global Warming Group participates in candlelight vigil for climate agreement in Copenhagen, Denmark - December 2009


Local Resources

Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska and Sitka's quality of life since 1967. SCS has been an active supporter of the Sitka Global Warming Group.

Recycle Sitka provides great information on what and how to recycle in Sitka can help you learn about growing your own food in Sitka.

Click on Other Links to see additional resources on climate change

Contact Us:; 907-747-2708