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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    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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    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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    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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