Leading the Way - Montgomery County Confronts Climate Change
One Montgomery Green (OMG), Integrative Strategies Forum (ISF), Poolesville Green (PG) and the Office of Councilmember Tom Hucker are organizing affiliate events in August and September to address climate change efforts in Montgomery County. These events are in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, September 12-14, 2018, in San Francisco.
Montgomery County Affiliate - The Montgomery County affiliate events will incorporate the input of county leaders and organizations addressing climate change. During the August mini-summit we will hear from local organizations , county and state officials about what they are doing to address climate change, what we should be doing, and how we get there. The outcomes of the mini-summit will inform the public briefing during the week of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). Summit participants are expected to make substantial climate commitments to support climate action in five key areas:
• The Healthy Energy Systems challenge focuses on the global clean energy revolution that is decarbonizing energy and transport systems and enabling healthy people and places.
• The Inclusive Economic Growth challenge focuses on business climate leadership, and how bringing everyone on board can generate good jobs, spur global development, and leave no one behind.
• The Sustainable Communities challenge focuses on sustainable buildings, cities, communities and infrastructure that are clean, healthy and livable, and improve quality of life for all.
• The Land and Ocean Stewardship challenge focuses on acknowledging the role that forests, food, lands and other ecosystems must play in mitigating climate change and making our world more resilient, while also ensuring sufficient food supplies for a growing population.
• The Transformative Climate Investments challenge focuses on mobilizing investment on an unprecedented scale, to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, to spur innovation, and to accelerate a clean and resilient economy.
***Climate Mobilization Workgroup In response to the Emergency Climate Mobilization resolution 18-974, the County Executive formed a workgroup comprised of 10 representatives from the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection and Transportation; Montgomery County Public Schools; and the Departments of Planning and Parks within the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Workgroup had two primary goals:1) Identify solutions and specific methods that could advance the County’s progress towards its GHG reduction goals;2) Inventory existing efforts and measures to reduce GHG reductions across the County Government and County Agencies.
Report here: ClimateMobilizationReport