Planning Areas

Through its environmental work, the Council of Governments is advancing Region Forward goals for clean water, air, and land, and a more sustainable region. COG and its member governments play key roles in planning and outreach to reduce air pollution. COG supports ongoing efforts to ensure a safe water supply and to revitalize local waterways through wastewater and stormwater planning. It promotes energy conservation, alternative energy sources, and green building and fleet policies to help reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions. COG also promotes recycling and supports efforts to enhance and preserve forestry resources and agriculture.

News & Multimedia

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    Inventory shows region halfway to greenhouse gas emissions 2020 goal

    July 26, 2018

    New greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory results for metropolitan Washington show emissions decreased by 10 percent between 2005 and 2015, despite continued...

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    Year of the Anacostia featured on NBC 4

    July 16, 2018

    COG Department of Environmental Programs Director Steve Walz, Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership Chairman Adam Ortiz, and National Capital Parks - East...

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    Food: An essential of life starts to get the regional attention it needs

    July 12, 2018

    Among life’s most basic essentials – clean air and water, food, and shelter – food and agriculture have been underrepresented in our planning for a more...

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