Tag Archives: climate change

Climate & Energy, Environment

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 …

Climate & Energy, Environment

April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Attention to D.C. Region’s Climate Resiliency)

While the rain poured down at historic levels this April, representatives from 20 federal, regional and local agencies gathered in the U.S. General Services Agency (GSA) Headquarters in the District of Columbia to brainstorm strategies to lessen the impacts of …

Climate & Energy, Environment, Transportation

For 2014, Get Involved in Regional Transportation, Environmental Issues

Looking for a civic-minded New Year’s resolution? How about getting involved in transportation, air quality or climate and energy planning in the D.C. region? Two public advisory committees housed at the Council of Governments are recruiting new members—the Air and …

Climate & Energy, Environment

Metro DC Prepares for Climate Change

Today, COG is releasing our climate change adaptation report for the Region. Spurred by a technical assistance grant from EPA in 2010, COG began meeting with member jurisdictions to discuss adaptation planning strategies. The report serves to not only identify …

Climate & Energy

Solar Power Lighting the Way for Sustainable Energy in the Metro DC Area

Solar energy is growing in metropolitan Washington.  With over 1,600 systems already installed on residential, commercial, and government buildings, the region is on track to meet its goal of encouraging 5,000 new renewable energy systems to be installed by 2016. …

Climate & Energy, Economy

Leaders Work to Spur Investments in Building Energy Efficiency to Create Jobs & Fight Climate Change

Financing energy retrofits has been a major focus of area leaders on the Council of Governments’ climate and energy committee since retrofit projects create jobs, increase energy efficiency, and fight climate change.

Retrofit projects have also been of great interest …

Climate & Energy, Environment

Partnerships Bring Cleaner, More Efficient Engines to Local Businesses

Diesel engines, especially older ones, generate a lot of pollutants. That black smoke you see pumping out of trucks, buses, and boats produces major negative effects on human health, the environment, the climate, and exacerbate environmental injustice.

To ameliorate these …

Climate & Energy

Local, State Innovations Provide Way to Meet Climate Goals

As frustrating as Congress’ unwillingness to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may be, additional legislation may not even be necessary to achieve the country’s climate mitigation goals.

That was one of the key points stressed during a …

Climate & Energy

Sustainable DC: A Major Advance in Moving the Region Forward

Laine Cidlowski, AICP, Urban Sustainability Planner, and Tanya Stern, Chief of Staff, DC Office of Planning

On February 20, Mayor Vincent C. Gray released what is being lauded as one of the nation’s most ambitious plans to improve …

Climate & Energy

Regional Investment in Energy Efficiency: Good for the Economy and the Environment

Nicole Steele, Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy
& Julia Allman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

It’s long been said that the cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use. And consuming less energy doesn’t mean …

Environment

Report highlights region’s agriculture and challenges for the future

Known as home to the federal government, major defense contractors, biotech firms, and universities, it may come as a surprise that agriculture also plays a major role in metropolitan Washington’s land use and economy.

About 28% of the region’s land …

Climate & Energy

Regional Air and Climate Group Needs YOU

Are you interested in topics like clean energy, air quality, climate change, and sea level rise? Do you want to get involved in the public policy process?

You could be a great fit for the region’s Air and Climate Public …

Drive ’til you qualify?, massive loss of agricultural land in the region, and tackling the Legion Bridge problem

Seeing as it’s summer and you’ve hopefully been enjoying some well-earned vacation, we thought we’d share some of our favorite posts featured on The Yardstick over the past couple months in case you missed them:

Drive ‘til you qualify doesn’t

Actions at Local Military Bases, DoD Buildings Will Make Metro Washington More Sustainable

MWCOG’s regional progress report on climate and energy issues and a recent series of blogs on this site highlight progress being made by area governments in advancing renewable energy projects and implementing policies to promote green buildings and green fleets. …

Prevent Sprawl and Enjoy Local Food: Save Agricultural Land in Metro Washington

Between 1987 and 2007 metro Washington’s agricultural land declined by 23%, according to the recently released Region Forward Baseline Progress Report.

Currently, the entire region has less agricultural land than neighboring Fauquier County alone. This trend in which metro