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What is Being Done?


  • Check out Arlington's Fresh AIRE Program

  • Montgomery County is enhancing the quality of life of its community through conservation, restoration and preservation of the environment.

  • In the District of Columbia, Mayor Gray considers global warming a serious environmental issue, and is challenging residents and businesses to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and help build a sustainable nation’s capital.

  • Protecting the county's natural environment and conserving appropriate open space are important goals of Fairfax County.




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  • Maryland has set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020.  Governor Martin O’Malley began an initiative in 2007 to put emissions reduction targets into law and to develop the state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, which was released in July 2013.  The plan details a suite of programs to reduce emissions from energy production, transportation, waste, buildings, agriculture, and forestry.  Additionally, the plan recommends actions to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change in Maryland.

  • In December 2007, Virginia Governor Timothy M. Caine established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change. The commission will prepare a plan for Virginia that identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Virginia Energy Plan, released in September 2007, set a goal for the Commonwealth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025. The Governor's Commission on Climate Change will identify additional steps that need to be taken to achieve the emissions reduction goal in a report scheduled to be issued by Dec.15, 2008.


  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign assists cities in adopting policies and implementing quantifiable measures to reduce local greenhouse gas emission, improve air quality, and enhance urban livability and sustainability.

  • EPA's Climate Change Program offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, governments.

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