Montgomery Unveils Climate Action Plan

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich unveiled the Climate Action Plan that will guide the County toward its goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035 compared to 2005 levels.

The Montgomery climate plan, which will increase resilience in the face of climate hazards, is one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government.

According to a County press release:

The actions and technical analyses presented in the plan build upon the work of more than 200 volunteer members of the Climate Technical Workgroups formed by the County Executive, County employees and technical consultants. The plan reflects input from a wide variety of community groups and the general public.

In addition to releasing the Climate Action Plan, County Executive Elrich also will release the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Climate Work Plan. The Climate Work Plan describes actions the County plans to make progress on during FY22. The County anticipates action on 75 of 86 recommendations in the Climate Action Plan in FY22.

“The urgency of climate change inspires Montgomery County to serve as a model for other jurisdictions,” said County Executive Elrich. “Combatting climate change provides an opportunity to build a healthy, equitable and resilient community. There is no magic wand to accomplish this monumental task. We must take big, bold steps—and many of them. Collectively, communities across the State of Maryland, the country and the world must tackle climate action at the scale that is necessary to curb the cataclysmic social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change.”

The development of the Climate Action Plan was spurred by the County Council’s Emergency Climate Mobilization Resolution in December 2017 that accelerated the County’s communitywide GHG emission reduction goals after they were established in 2007. The resolution recognized the existential threat that climate change poses and called for the County to take a leadership role in strategies to safeguard the planet.

Read the full details of the plan.
Read the full press release. 

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