Climate change poses a serious threat to our environment and well-being. There is clear guidance from scientists and policymakers on what we need to do: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Action is required at all levels and local governments have a unique role to play in supporting their communities’ transition to a low carbon economy.
The City has committed to GHG emissions reduction goals to reduce our impact on the changing climate. In 2017, City Council resolved to adopt the regional goals established by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), to reduce emissions of GHGs below 2005 levels by 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. In 2020, it supported the adoption of a regional interim goal by MWCOG to achieve a 50% reduction in regional GHG emissions by 2030.
City staff are working with expert consultants and the community to develop an action plan to achieve these goals. The latest draft is available here.
The proposed timeline for plan development below was presented to the Planning Commission on December 1, 2021. The agreement with COG, which was to have been signed in November 2021, was signed in May 2022, putting the project 6 months behind schedule.
July to Oct. 2021
Environmental Sustainability staff, Environmental Sustainability Council, ESC Energy Transition Subcommittee
Prepare and review draft
Oct. 12, 2021
Nov. 1, 2021
Leadership Team meeting
Dec. 1, 2021
Planning Commission meeting
Nov. to Dec. 2021
Scope of Work definition and Memorandum of Understanding for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Task Order consultant contract
COG and City staff discussions & negotiations
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Environmental Sustainability staff, consultants
Data & action item analysis; redraft
Feb. to March 2022
Leadership Team meeting & follow-ups
April to May 2022
Review by public, City boards & commissions (including Planning Commission), and City Council
Town Hall meetings, Board and Commission meetings, Planning Commission work session, City Council work session
City Council, Planning Commission action
City Council and Planning Commission meetings
July to Dec. 2022
Government Operations Energy Plan
COG, City and schools staff, consultants prepare plan