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

  • News

    COG's Steve Walz talks infrastructure on Kojo Nnamdi Show

    March 22, 2018

    COG Environmental Programs Director Steve Walz was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU where he discussed the state of the region's infrastructure.

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    Vehicle census shows what's on our region's roads

    March 13, 2018

    What kinds of cars and trucks are on our region’s roads? TPB planners are interested in understanding the current characteristics of cars, trucks and buses in...

  • Northern Virginia EV Demo Day
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    Region's leaders strategize for the coming electric vehicle revolution

    February 7, 2018

    Behind the scenes at the Washington Auto Show, leaders from metropolitan Washington gathered to strategize about readying the region for plugging in to a coming...

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