Environment

Climate & Energy

Climate change is a major environmental issue affecting both human health and natural ecosystems. When fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas, are burned carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, where it builds up and traps heat. This will likely increase the frequency and strength of extreme weather events, increase heat-related illness, and worsen air quality. In metropolitan Washington, there has already been a rise in average annual temperature and sea level in the Potomac River and these trends are expected to continue. 

COG's Climate and Energy Program is one of the nation's first initiatives to address heat-trapping emissions on a regional level. The program provides a roadmap and tools to communities seeking more sustainable options for growth and development. Communities in the region are implementing renewable energy, energy efficiency, purchasing green power, facilitating electric vehicle adoption, and other programs to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The region has met its 2012 goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions back down to 2005 levels. COG will continue to work with its regional partners to meet the 2020 goal of 20 percent below 2005 level. In addition, COG’s climate preparedness work supports communities in making responsible decisions to manage future climate risks.

News & Multimedia

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    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...

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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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    Q&A: Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette

    December 14, 2017

    Ten years ago, COG recognized Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette with its highest honor—the Elizabeth and David Scull Public Service Award for...

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    ACPAC seeks D.C. area residents interested in air quality and climate issues

    December 6, 2017

    Community leaders and interested citizens from across the metropolitan Washington region are invited to apply for membership on the Air and Climate Public...

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    Council of Governments honors region's climate and energy leaders

    October 11, 2017

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) presented the Climate and Energy Leadership Awards to the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy...

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    Q&A: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Chair Gretchen Goldman

    July 27, 2017

    Gretchen Goldman is the Chair of the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC), which provides input on air quality, climate, and energy issues to the...

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