The Draft Climate Action Plan is Now Available!

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Climate News

Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

Monday, December 14, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection

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Draft Climate Action Plan Released!

On December 14, 2020, County Executive Marc Elrich released the Draft Climate Action Plan (PDF) for public review. The Climate Action Plan is Montgomery County’s strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. The Climate Action Plan details the effects of a changing climate on Montgomery County and includes strategies to reduce GHG emissions and climate-related risks to the County’s residents, businesses, and the built and natural environment. After receiving community input on the Draft Climate Action Plan, the County plans to finalize the Plan in Spring 2021. Explore the plan and ways to give feedback here

Read the press release.

Join us on December 15, 2020 from 6-8 pm for a virtual Roundtable about the Climate Action Plan with the County Executive.

Help us get the word out. Use our social media kit to create some buzz!

We want your feedback on the Plan. Take the survey before February 28, 2021 (find surveys in other languages here)

RFI for EV Group Buy Program Extended through 12/31/20


The Request for Information for a County Electric Vehicle (EV) Group Buy program has been extended through December 31, 2020! We want input from individuals and organizations with experience relevant to EV Group Buy programs or more general experience and knowledge of EVs. Responses can be sent via email to  An Electric Vehicle Group Buy Forum will be scheduled after responses are received and evaluated.

Climate Action Plan Racial Equity and Social Justice StoryMap

This StoryMap explains the importance of racial equity and social justice in the Montgomery County Climate Action Plan. Over the last month, information about social vulnerability in the County, the different ways that underrepresented voices were included in the planning process, and specific equity-enhancing measures were compiled and included in this StoryMap. This is the second of a multi-part series of StoryMaps which highlight different aspects of climate planning and how Montgomery County is responding to climate change. See the StoryMap here.

Submit Art Contest Entries through January 31, 2021

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We need YOUR photographs, drawings, videos, poems, digital art and memes (yes, we mean it, memes), to help make Montgomery County’s climate change plan more engaging and accessible. Entries in the art contest may be featured on Montgomery County’s climate change plan and other County materials. Winners of the Climate Change Plan Art Contest will receive $100! Deadline for the contest is January 31, 2021. More details here.

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for new opportunities in and around Montgomery County. Several energy and climate focused positions are available at the Maryland Clean Energy Center, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the NAACP.

Climate News Round-Up


To read:

DC environmental groups ask WMATA to electrify its bus fleet (Greater Greater Washington)

Metropolitan Washington officials approve plan to meet 2030 climate goals (MWCOG)

State and Local Officials Want to See Climate Policy Support...Under Biden Administration (Route Fifty)

Former EPA Chief: It’s Time for States to Determine their Own Clean Energy Futures (Maryland Matters)

Report: States Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Are Among the Least Prepared (Route Fifty)

To listen to:

The Sunday Read: ‘The Social Life of Forests’ (The Daily)

Revisiting Pandemic Predictions for Energy (The Energy Gang)

To watch:

Documentary film: High Tide in Dorchester (Vimeo)

Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste (TED)

Upcoming Virtual Events

December 15| Community Engagement
Roundtable on the Draft Climate Action Plan with CEX Elrich

December 15 | Webinar
Climate Change and Health Equity: Tribal challenges and actions

December 16 | Virtual Party
One Montgomery Green Holiday Party 2020

December 16 | Webinar
Transit Governance Reform: Examples from Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Boston

December 17| Community Engagement
Climate Planning Virtual Office Hours

January 7 | Webinar
How to Facilitate a World Climate Simulation

January 7 | Community Engagement
Bethesda Green Sustainability Series: Climate Action Plan Update

January 13 | Webinar
Teaching Advocacy: Planting the Seeds of Change