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January 26, 2015
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Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee Meeting
  Jan 28, 2015
Green Purchasing Vendors' Fair
  Jan 29, 2015
2015 Getting to Zero National Forum
  Feb 1-3, 2015
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TPB Approves Projects to Enhance Transportation for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Nine projects to receive $2.7 million in funding through federal program.
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TPB Releases for Public Comment the Draft Long-Range Plan Project Submissions
At its January 2015 meeting, the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was briefed on new projects being proposed to be included in the 2015 update to the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), such as proposals to toll portions of I-66 in Virginia and expand the bike lane network in the District of Columbia. The proposed additions and changes to projects have been released for a 30-day public comment period, which will close on February 14.
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Annual Homeless Enumeration to be Held Later this Month
Every year since 2000, COG has helped coordinate and report on the enumeration of the region’s homeless population.  In 2014, the region counted 11,946 homeless people during the one-day snapshot, or “Point-in-Time” count.  This year’s count is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, and COG and local governments are seeking volunteers.
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William Euille Elected Chairman of the COG Board of Directors
Alexandria Mayor Euille has served on the COG Board of Directors since 2006. The COG Board also elected its 2015 Vice Chairs-- Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner and District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.
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Officials Promote Infrastructure Report on Kojo Nnamdi Show, News Stories & Social Media
District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who proposed COG’s focus on infrastructure while serving as Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2014, has helped promote the effort through a variety of media appearances and interviews as well as a COG video podcast.
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COG Report Details D.C. Region’s Infrastructure Needs, $58 Billion Funding Gap
2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report covers transportation, water, energy, public buildings, and public safety communications systems. Throughout 2014, the COG Board of Directors held discussions with experts from across the infrastructure provider spectrum.
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Transportation Planning Board Elects New Leadership for 2015
During its December meeting, members of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted unanimously to elect its officers for 2015. District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will serve as TPB Chairman. Alexandria City Councilman Timothy Lovain and Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will serve as Vice Chairs of the TPB.
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COG Recognizes Todd Turner for Leadership on Regional Transportation Initiatives
At its Annual Membership and Awards Luncheon, COG honored Prince George’s County Council Member Todd Turner with its highest honor for an elected official, the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award. COG also honored former Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin with COG’s first Ronald F. Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership and the Summit Foundation of Washington with the Regional Partnership Award. U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez delivered the keynote speech. Members also elected Corporate Officers, including District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser as 2015 COG President.
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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes COG and Area Governments for Leadership in Shaping a More Sustainable D.C. Region
White House officials announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s selection of the National Capital Region as one of 16 national Climate Action Champions, recognizing local and regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience. The region’s application for this competitive process was submitted by COG in collaboration with its local government members.
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Commuter Connections Program Offers Cash Incentive for New Carpoolers on Soon-to-Open 95 Express Lanes
As the 95 Express Lanes open this month, providing faster, more predictable travel for ride-sharing motorists on I-95, Commuter Connections is offering an extra cash incentive for those who sign up for a new carpool or vanpool through the ‘Pool Rewards program.
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Council of Governments Response to Newly Proposed EPA Ozone Standard
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is carefully evaluating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to strengthen standards to address ground-level ozone pollution. These proposed standards would better protect the health and welfare of residents of the National Capital Region. Although this region has made tremendous progress in improving its air quality over several decades, the proposed regulations will require additional steps to control harmful emissions.
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COG Leaders Talk Air Quality and Transportation on Comcast Newsmakers
On Comcast Newsmakers, Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder (pictured left), who serves as Chairman of the Metropolitan Air Quality Committee at COG, discusses air quality progress as well as ways the region and its residents can further reduce pollution and enhance public health. On a separate show, Nicholas Ramfos, COG's Director of Alternate Commute Programs, discussed Commuter Connections and alternative ways to commute in the region.
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Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton premieres our Region Shaping Leaders Series
Metropolitan Washington is home to Activity Centers and engaged local leaders. Hear Rockville, Maryland Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton speak to the vibrancy of Rockville Town Square and the future of land use and transportation planning for her city.
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