Tag Archives: sustainability

Environment

Join COG at the 2014 Ecodistricts Summit in DC this September 24-26

This September 24-26, the District of Columbia and the surrounding region will host the sixth annual EcoDistricts Summit, a unique gathering of the world’s most innovative city makers.

Each year, the host city provides a programmatic element to the conference. …

Climate & Energy, Environment, Transportation

Stat (Figure) of the Week: 18 Local Governments have Policies Related to Green Streets

On Wednesday, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) adopted a regional Green Streets Policy, which encourages efforts by area governments to improve the region’s water quality and environment by making roadways and streetscapes more sustainable.

The policy …

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 …

Environment

Maryland Passes Landmark Forest Legislation

Steven Koehn, Director/State Forester at Maryland DNR Forest Service, Co-Chair American Forest Foundation (AFF) Woodlands Operating Committee and member, AFF Board of Trustees

Maryland’s General Assembly recently passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which now awaits the …

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 …

Land Use

Frederick County’s Activity Centers in the Spotlight

A recent article in the Frederick News Post highlights the County’s Activity Centers and discusses in great detail how concentrating growth and development in these mixed-use places will benefit Frederick’s economy, improve the County’s quality of life, and preserve its …

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 …

Coalition Work

The Region Forward Coalition: Looking Back and Moving Forward

2012 was busy for the Region Forward Coalition, with several key projects being completed, such as the first Region Forward Progress Report and an updated Activity Centers map outlining priority growth areas for the region.

Completing the Region Forward “Baseline”

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

Progress Versus Tiny Pollutants Shows Big Improvement in Region’s Air Quality

In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said our region was not meeting its fine particle (PM 2.5) pollution standards. This meant pollution levels were too high and that area leaders, through COG’s Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, needed to …

Land Use

With the Region Nearing 7 Million People in 2040, Land Use & Transportation Coordination Matters More Than Ever

New forecasts released yesterday show metropolitan Washington’s population growing by more than 30% over the next few decades, reaching nearly seven million by 2040.

How we handle that growth – at 1.6 million additional people, it’s like adding the …

Energy

Scaling Up Electric Vehicles in Metropolitan Washington

Metropolitan Washington regularly finds itself at or near the top of a lot of lists. Some of these distinctions are good, such as being the most educated region in the country, and some of them are bad, such as being …

Transportation

Alternatives to drive-alone commuting to see higher % increase in number of trips, commute share

Between now and 2040, the share of people in metropolitan Washington who drive alone to and from work each day is expected to fall while the share of people who choose to carpool, bicycle, or walk to work will increase, …

Land Use

Activity Centers: Where Metropolitan Washington is Growing

Regional leaders voted today to approve an updated set of Activity Centers for metropolitan Washington.* These 141 Centers include existing urban centers, traditional towns, transit hubs, as well as areas expecting future growth.

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