DC Area Governments Work to “Green Tape” Solar Power

by Isabel Ricker

Solar energy is booming. Just last month, national news outlets ran headlines proclaiming incredible job growth in the solar industry, dropping installation prices, and improved resale value for homes with solar.

The DC area solar market …

February 11, 2015 | Tags: solar, solar resources for consumers, rooftop solar challenge See More Tags climate & energy

ULI-COG Seek TAP Program Participants to Strengthen Area Activity Centers

The Urban Land Institute-Washington and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are encouraging local governments to apply for a new round of Technical Assistance Panels—or TAPs. The TAPs, one of ULI Washington’s signature programs, are like fast-paced brainstorming sessions with a …

January 28, 2015 | Tags: land use, activity centers, health See More Tags

The Worth of Water: Part 1

Shortly after the MCHM spill in the Elk River just outside Charleston, West Virginia, COG sent water quality specialists to the site to observe the response methods to the crisis. This post comes one year after the spill.

In the …

January 13, 2015 | Tags: water quality, West Virginia Spill, MCHM See More Tags Elk River, WV, West Virginia, the National Guard, do not drink advisory, Charleston

2014 COG Series Provides In-Depth Look at Region’s Infrastructure

In 2014, the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments identified regional infrastructure as its focus and held a series on COG’s main areas of expertise, such as transportation, water, energy, and public safety communications. Officials planned …

December 30, 2014 | Tags: energy, infrastructure, stormwater See More Tags wastewater, renewable energy, bridges, airports, drinking water

Are you interested in joining the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee?

A Guest Post by Current Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Vice-Chair, Glenna Tinney

I have served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) for four years.  For the past year, I …

December 12, 2014 | Tags: energy, climate, advisory See More Tags

More Activity in Activity Centers: Coalition Focuses on Public Health and Placemaking

Officials, planners, and stakeholders need to consider public health when making decisions about land use, transportation, and other infrastructure, according to Dr. Mark Fenton, who spoke at the October meeting of the Region Forward Coalition. Fenton, a Tufts University professor, …

November 14, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, Prince George's County, Region Forward Coalition See More Tags Fairfax County, Place + Opportunity, walkable, Mark Fenton, bikable, bike lane, bike plan, PGHD

The PicMe Project: COG’s Newest Foster Care Adoption Initiative

November is National Adoption Month. It is an annual campaign to increase public awareness of the half million children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care across the country.

In the National Capital Region, there is some good …

November 4, 2014 | Tags: Wednesday's Child, PicMe Project, National Adoption Month See More Tags foster care, Annual Report on Foster Care

Officials Highlight Airport Infrastructure, Plans for Future Expansion

Earlier this month, airports joined the ongoing conversation about regional infrastructure and officials highlighted their impact on the economy. The discussion at the October Board of Directors meeting of the Council of Governments also covered air travel trends and how …

October 23, 2014 | Tags: Loudoun County, Dulles, Regional Infrastructure See More Tags MWAA, BWI, IAD, Marshall Airport

Metropolitan Washington Continues to Lead on LEED and Other Green Energy Initiatives

For the past several years, COG has tracked the region’s progress in addressing climate change and meeting the ambitious goals of its 2008 National Capital Region Climate Change Report. In this year’s Climate and Energy Progress Report, COG, for …

October 23, 2014 | Tags: EPA, Roger Berliner, LEED See More Tags USGBC, energy star, Gwendolyn Fleming, EPA Green Power Partnership

Concerted Action Leads to Major Improvements in Region’s Air Quality

Ground-level ozone concentrations in the Washington region exceeded healthy levels on just four days each of the last two summers, down from 43 such “exceedance” days as recently as the summer of 2007, and 67 during the summer of 1998.…

October 15, 2014 | Tags: CLRP, ozone, reduced emissions See More Tags NOx VOC, Code Red, CLRP2014, Air Quality Conformity Analysis, exceedance

Latest Performance Analysis Details Region’s Transportation Future Under 2014 CLRP

An analysis of the latest proposed update of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) details how well the future transportation system laid out in the plan is expected to meet the needs of area travelers in 2040.

The Performance

October 10, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, public comment, multimodal transportation See More Tags CLRP 2014, bicycle trips, Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan

Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region

As the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany gears up this month, the National Capital Region is working on climate change locally. Over the past year, federal, regional, and local agencies have been putting their heads together to tackle one …

October 2, 2014 | Tags: climate change, resiliency, storm events See More Tags sea-level rise, Potomac, NASA Office of Strategic Infrastructure

2014 CLRP Maps Hundreds of Highway and Transit Improvements Planned Through 2040

More than 300 regionally significant improvements to the Washington region’s highway and transit system through 2040 are detailed in the final draft of this year’s update of the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), available for public comment through October …

September 26, 2014 | Tags: VRE, Purple Line, road-widening See More Tags streetcar, Silver Line Phase II, Metrorial, Corridor Cities Transitway, Dulles Airport, light rail, 95 Express Lanes

Chesapeake Bay Policy and Water Resources Policy Committee Members Visit Blue Plains Plant

Whether it’s used water from a sink, a toilet, dishwasher or washing machine, every day, 24-hours a day and 365 days a year that “dirty” water is treated at wastewater plants throughout the metropolitan Washington region.  For a great portion …

September 25, 2014 | Tags: Prince George's County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County See More Tags Dulles, wastewater, Loudoun, George Hawkins, DCWater, digester, Blue Plains, Karen Pallansch

9-1-1 Communications Infrastructure Essential to Safety of Region

The ability to reach emergency first responders is vital to saving lives, but in most areas of the country services like 9-1-1 calls still use outdated technologies.Upgraded emergency-communications infrastructure will be vital not only to keeping our region …

September 22, 2014 | Tags: text to 9-1-1, next-gen 911, Emergency Response See More Tags derecho, 9-1-1