Environment

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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  • Chesapeake Bay
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    Daniel Sze: Everyone wins when we work together for clean water

    April 20, 2017

    Regional Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts are making metropolitan Washington a better place to live, work, and play, according to COG’s Chesapeake Bay and...

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    Regional plan outlines recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    March 29, 2017

    COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) developed a plan to meet the region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals. The third...

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    Karen Pallansch: Making sustainability a priority in the wastewater sector

    February 2, 2017

    Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), wastewater utility to the City of Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, and a member of the Chesapeake Bay and Water...

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    Regional group proposes recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    January 18, 2017

    A Multi-Sector Working Group (MSWG) of subject matter experts from local governments and regional and state transportation, planning, and environmental agencies...

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    Heart of COG: Leah Boggs

    January 4, 2017

    Senior Environmental Planner Leah Boggs joined COG 17 years ago looking to make an impact at the local level. Now, she is guiding a major initiative to bring...

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    Locals in metropolitan Washington plan for a sustainable future

    December 16, 2016

    Local planners gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for a Sustainability in Comprehensive Plans Workshop on December 5 to share...

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    Council of Governments honors region's climate and energy leaders

    November 10, 2016

    COG presented Climate and Energy Leadership Awards to the District of Columbia, Fairfax County Public Schools, the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Energy...

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