Community Energy Plan

Call to Action

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.

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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.

Progress to Date

The City of Falls Church community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 22% between 2005 and 2020, despite a 34% growth in population. For more information, please check out the documents linked below.

City of Falls Church Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fact Sheet 2005-2020

City of Falls Church 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Data Summary

City of Falls Church 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contribution Analysis

Metropolitan Washington Community-Wide 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Summary

Metropolitan Washington Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Methodology Guide

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.

Comments

Your suggestions, comments and input are welcome. Please send them to environment@fallschurchva.gov.