Carl Weimer is currently serving his 3rd term on the Whatcom County Council. His 1st term began January 2006. In 2017, Councilmember Weimer is the Executive Pro-Tempore and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee. He also serves on the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he is appointed to several community boards and committees, including the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, Marine Resources Committee, Opportunity Council, and the Northwest Clean Air Agency.
Besides his work on the Whatcom County Council, Carl is also the Executive Director of the National Pipeline Safety Trust, which came into being after the 1999 Olympic Pipeline tragedy in Bellingham, Washington. He is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the steering committee for DOT’s Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance and is also a member of the Governor appointed Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety.
Carl has testified to both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on pipeline safety issues multiple times, has been called as a witness during pipeline investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board, organized seven national pipeline safety conferences, pushed for stronger pipeline safety legislation on the national and state level, runs the national Safe Pipelines and LNG Safety listservs that include over 800 people from around the country, and regularly serves as an independent source of pipeline safety information for news media, local government, and citizens around the country.
Before his employment with the Pipeline Safety Trust, Carl spent 13 years as the Executive Director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, a regional environmental education organization. In that time RE Sources grew from 6 employees to 42 employees, and won numerous local, state, and national awards for their innovative programs. During his time with RE Sources he was responsible for the opening of The RE Stores in Bellingham and Seattle, and started the North Sound Baykeeper program.
Before RE Sources, Carl was the General Manager of Vangard Northwest in Ferndale, where he helped train and create jobs for people with disabilities. Before moving to Whatcom County, Carl did various stints with natural resource agencies such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Carl has a degree and teaching certificate in Environmental Education and Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and a degree in Industrial Electronics Technology from Peninsula College.
Carl is married and has 2 grown daughters. He and his wife Carol live with their 2 dogs, 2 cats, and chickens alongside a salmon stream east of Ferndale.