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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    Daniel Sze: Bold and coordinated efforts will help us meet our climate goals

    February 6, 2019

    Last year was the fourth hottest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization, and the negative effects of climate change are being felt...

  • Frozen Pipe (Jim Clark/Flickr)

    Protect Your Pipes this winter and year round

    January 16, 2019

    Protecting household plumbing from clogs and other damage requires year round effort, but your wallet and the region’s water supply will benefit.

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