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Climate Change Steering Committee Archive - Description

On April 11, 2007, the COG Board of Directors created the interdisciplinary “Climate Change Steering Committee” to advise the Board on the development of a regional climate change program.  It has completed its work and its mission has been folded into the new Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. Elements of the regional climate change program to be considered by the steering committee included:

  • Preparing a catalogue of greenhouse gas reduction activities already underway in the region.
  • Preparing an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in the region and the establishment of a regional greenhouse gas reduction goal or target based on an appropriate baseline.
  • Identification of specific activities and best practices to achieve greenhouse gas reduction and a method for measuring progress in meeting reduction targets.
  • Examination of local impacts of climate change on the Washington region.
  • Examination of the feasibility of establishing a carbon offset fund, or other appropriate carbon reduction funding mechanism, for the Washington region.
  • Recommendations on regional climate change policy and potential advocacy positions on federal, state and local climate change actions and proposals. cover

On November 12, the COG Board approved the National Capital Region Climate Report, which includes significant greenhouse gas reduction goals for the region. The Board's actions are detailed in the press release. COG members, stakeholders and the public were invited to review the draft plan.  The report was revised to reflect comments received.  View the Final Report.

It was further charged with development of a climate change work program and identification of resources and funding to support its mission.

See the links above for the committee calendar, membershipcurrent documents, and archived committee information.


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