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COG News - September 2011

Board Focuses on Emergency Response, Crime Report at Sept. Meeting

Eric Olson After experiencing an earthquake and hurricane in August, the COG Board examined regional preparation, messaging to the public, and response to the two events during its September Board meeting. COG and its Steering Committee on Incident Management and Response will incorporate feedback from the meeting into its report. In addition, the COG Board received a briefing on the 2010 Annual Report on Crime and Crime Control. For a Washington Post article on the emergency response discussion, click here. For a Washington Examiner article on the crime discussion, click here. To view the crime report, click here.

COG to Co-Sponsor Metro Washington Financial Planning Day

Penny GrossAt its September meeting, the COG Board approved a resolution to co-sponsor the 2011 Metro Washington Financial Planning Day. The event will be held on October 15 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (Bell Multicultural High School) in Washington, DC and will provide free financial education and programming to residents of the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. To learn more, click here.

Electric Vehicle Planning Moves Forward with New Partnership

Jay FisetteCOG joined the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) in September. By partnering with this industry association, COG will have access to national and international experts in electric drive technology. EDTA will participate in COG's initiative to develop a regional plan for electric vehicle and charging infrastructure. To learn more, click here.

COG's David Robertson Discusses Metropolitan Business Plans in Capital Business

In a Washington Post Capital Business op-ed published on September 18, 2011, COG Executive Director David Robertson urges area leaders to look for ways to diversify the D.C. region's economy. To read the article, click here. 

COG's Ron Kirby Participates in National Journal Transportation Debate

On September 16, National Journal brought together a group of political leaders and experts at Union Station to discuss the need to improve America’s aging infrastructure during a time of massive deficits and demands for fiscal restraint. COG Transportation Planning Director Ron Kirby was one of the featured speakers. To watch the debate, click here.

Anti-Idling Campaign Communicates Directly with Bus and Truck Drivers

Anti-IdlingThis summer, COG coordinated a Driver Recognition Program to honor truck and bus drivers and their companies for reducing engine idling. Using 'street teams' of COG, American Bus Association, and state government staff, thousands of promotional campaign items were distributed, 200 drivers were nominated, and seven winners were selected. The program is part of the regional Diesel Anti-Idling Campaign, which raises awareness among drivers and businesses of the economic and environmental benefits of turning off engines instead of idling. To learn more, click here.  

COG Coordinates with Area Officials, Academics to Monitor Potomac Algae Blooms

COG coordinated with officials from the State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Virginia, and District of Columbia as well as academics from George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech to monitor algae blooms that appeared in the Potomac River near Mattawoman Creek in Maryland and Aquia Creek in Virginia in July. The blooms have dissipated due to cooler temperatures, increased wind, and above normal rainfall from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. COG will work with regional experts to understand the causes of this summer’s blooms and determine ways to forecast future ones. To learn more, click here.

Social Media Updates

Region ForwardCar Free Day set a new record of 12,000 participants, surpassing last year's figures by 70 percent. COG's Commuter Connections is a key sponsor of the event, and Region Forward promoted it with several blog posts like this one. NCPC's Julia Koster wrote a guest post on the popular Transportation-Land Use Connections (TLC) Program. She serves as chair of the program's selection committee. Region Forward also covered a series of Climate Adaptation meetings hosted at COG in September. (The meetings were a result of an EPA grant to COG to discuss climate change adaptation plan for metropolitan Washington. For more, read Part One and Part Two.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

Click title to view agenda and other information. To view the complete Events Calendar, including special events and meetings of policy and technical committees, click here.

October 6: Solar PV Workshop
October 12:
COG Board of Directors
October 14: Stormwater Challenges in Metropolitan Washington (Webinar)
October 15: Financial Planning Day in the National Capital Region
October 19: Transportation Planning Board

October 26: Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

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