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COG News - April 2011

New COG Report Examines Green Building Trends in D.C. Region

Phil AndrewsAt the April Board of Directors meeting, COG released the Green Building Trends report, which identified 171 projects totaling nearly 23 million square feet that had achieved the green building status of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the metropolitan Washington region from 2003-2009. To read the report, click here. To read a Washington Post article on the report, click here. To view Arlington County Board Member and CEEPC Chair Jay Fisette and COG Regional Planner John Mataya on NewsTalk (segment begins at minute 16), click here.

Region's Homeless Population Increases Two Percent

There are 11,988 homeless people in the region, according to preliminary numbers from the 2011 homeless enumeration, which were released at the April COG Board meeting. Michael Ferrell, Executive Director of the D.C. Coalition for the Homeless and Chair of COG’s Homeless Services Committee, attributed this year’s two percent increase in homelessness to the economy and a depletion of federal funds for homeless prevention and rapid re-housing programs. To view the preliminary data, click here. The full report will be released in May. To read a Washington Post article on the data, click here.

Freddie Mac Foundation, COG Honor Foster Parents at Nationals Park

Join Our TeamOn April 30, the Freddie Mac Foundation and COG sponsored a day at Nationals Park for hundreds of area foster parents and children. In a special ceremony before the game, the region’s 2011 Foster Parents of the Year award winners were recognized at home plate with their local elected officials and Mark Lerner, the owner of the Washington Nationals. In addition, COG staff and social workers passed out information to recruit new foster parents from an information booth in the concourse. To watch and share a 30 second video of the 2011 award winning parents, click here. Photos and video from the event will be included in next month’s Memo.

Forum Discusses How Region Can Prepare for Electric Vehicles

Phil AndrewsCOG hosted a forum on April 29, to discuss how the region can plan for and encourage the use of electric vehicles. Participants at the forum included representatives from local governments, utilities, and electric vehicle suppliers. For presentations from the forum, click here. To view a News Channel 8 story featuring Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder and other forum participants, click here.

COG's Stuart Freudberg Featured in Post Web Chat

Phil AndrewsOn April 28, COG’s Environmental Resources Director Stuart Freudberg was the featured guest of a Washington Post web chat on the greening of the D.C. region. Freudberg answered a range of questions on topics like green buildings, the Anacostia River restoration, energy conservation, stormwater, and bicycle lanes. The chat was related to a Washington Post Local Living feature, which detailed environmental initiatives by local governments throughout the region. To view a transcript of the chat, click here. To view the Local Living article, click here.

TPB Forum Discusses Freight Issues

The Transportation Planning Board brought together industry stakeholders and public agency experts for a forum on regional freight issues on April 27. To read a Washington Examiner article on the forum, click here. To read about the event and view the National Capital Region Freight Plan 2010, click here.

COG Hosts Regional CDBG Event

On April 25, COG hosted an event that highlighted the importance of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to local communities. To view presentations from the event, click here. For a summary of CDBG projects in the region, click here.

Social Media Updates

Region ForwardRead recent blog posts by COG staff members on topics ranging from the green building report, freight forum, and CDBG event on the Region Forward page.

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Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

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May 7: Corrections Wreath Laying Ceremony 20th Anniversary
May 11: COG Board of Directors
May 18: Transportation Planning Board

May 20: Bike to Work Day

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