Prince George’s County Reduces its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12%

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April 30, 2018

Prince George’s County Reduces its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12%

As  we close out Earth Month, OCS Sustainable Energy is excited to announce the County exceeded the regional 2012 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal and is on track to achieve the 2020 goal.

In 2008, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) in partnership with local governments established the regional GHG reduction goals of:

  1. 10% below business as usual projections by 2012 (back down to 2005 levels); 
  2. 20% below 2005 levels by 2020; and 
  3. 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.

MWCOG completed Prince George’s County community-wide GHG inventory in April, 2018. Despite experiencing an 8% growth in population, GHG emissions reduced from 11.3 MMTCO2e (million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2005 to 9.9 MMTCO2e in 2015, representing an overall decrease of 12%.

Per capita, or for each person, emissions decreased 19% between 2005 and 2015; from 13.7 MTCO2e (metric  tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2005 to 11.1 MTCO2e in 2015.

The County leads the region and state in clean, solar energy generation. Our use of clean, renewable energy coupled with efficiency gains are attributable to GHG reductions in the County and regionally.

OCS Sustainable Energy would like to THANK YOU for helping us reduce our carbon footprint. We would also like to thank MWCOG for its continued support!  

Don’t forget to apply for our TNI Clean Energy and Energy Star & Green Leasing programs today!

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Climate and Energy Leadership Awards: 

A Call for Climate Action and Recognition

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) created the Climate and Energy Leadership Awards to recognize organizations in the region for their pursuit of environmental opportunities and stewardship in line with regional greenhouse gas reduction goals.


Join COG as they are looking for nominations and candidates for the 2018 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards. Is your government agency, non-governmental organization, or school taking an innovative approach to sustainability?  Winners are recognized in front of local, regional, and national officials at COG, an excellent opportunity for showcasing their innovative achievements and best practices. 



Three applicants from metropolitan Washington will be recognized with a Climate and Energy Leadership Award for leading practices in greenhouse gas reduction, built environment and infrastructure, renewable energy, transportation, land use, sustainability or resilience programs. Entrepreneurs of resource conservation, cutting edge technology, and environmental justice initiatives are encouraged to apply. The award categories include:

  • Government Agency (local, state, regional, quasi-govt, utilities or authorities)
  • Non-Governmental Organization (not for profit, citizen or community-based groups)
  • Educational Institution (K-12, public, private or higher education)



Applications can be submitted online or emailed to Maia Davis ( no later than June 29, 2018. Applications must include a project summary file that is a maximum of three pages long and give clear description on how it meets the four judging criteria:

  1. Results (results, achievements, measured outcomes including cost-effectiveness)
  2. Creativity (innovative, resourceful or unique aspects)
  3. Model (replicability to other communities/organizations)
  4. Engagement (addressing and engaging diverse population)


Please read the Awards Program’s Procedures and Guidelines for full details on judging criteria, judging process and application requirements.


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