Climate Change

In the spring of 2020, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed a Council Resolution (CR-007-2020) mandating a Climate Action Commission (CAC) to develop a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County by September 30, 2021. 

The Department of the Environment (DoE) will Chair the CAC. The County’s Climate Action Plan will occur as a collaborative and inclusive community engagement process with an opportunity for public feedback and participation. 

In addition, CAC is charged with developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to prepare for and build resilience to regional climate change impacts and to set and achieve climate stabilization goals. It will address the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and recommend strategies to reduce vulnerabilities for a more resilient County. 

If it felt like the summer of 2020 was the hottest summer you can remember in Prince George’s County, it is because it was the hottest summer in Prince George’s County on record. On July 28, 2020, the Washington D.C. area experienced the 26th straight day of 90 degrees or greater, surpassing the previous record from July 2011, when there were 25, 90-degree days. Our region’s impacts will only worsen with climbing temperatures as heatwaves, drought, extreme storm events, and rising water levels become everyday issues. Climate change is not a future problem which the next generation can handle. Climate change is happening now and has no geographical boundaries.

How can residents participate? 

Learn more about climate change and be engaged with the climate action planning process! Read below for more resources and details on upcoming Climate Action Plan virtual public meetings. 

When is the next Climate Action Commission meeting?

Visit https://princegeorgescountymd.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx and search Climate Action Commission.

For more information:

Visit the Climate Action Commission website or contact Mary Abe, Section Head, Natural Resource Protection & Stewardship Programs, Sustainability Division at MAbe@co.pg.md.us

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The process of creating the Climate Action Plan is an opportunity for you, as a member of the community, to give your input and influence the focus of the plan. The feedback and input you provide will help to directly shape the plan as we continue the process of drafting a plan to forward to the County Council by September 30, 2021.

Next Climate Action Plan Community Meeting
When: Thursday, August 19th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where: Virtual.

To learn more about climate change and prepare for upcoming meetings read the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) below. 

Blueprints for August 19th Community Meeting - Please see the following:

Recommendation #7 Increase Deployment of Solar PV in the Residential and Commercial Sectors by Expanding Partnerships, Incentives, and Financing Solutions.

Recommendation #9: Expand County Waste Reduction and Diversion Efforts

Recommendation #11: Accelerate Implementation of Deep Energy Retrofits and Community‐wide Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Efforts

Recommendation #12: No Net Loss Tree Conservation Regulation and Policy to Maintain and Expand Street Tree Canopy and Forest as a Land Cover. 

Recommendation #15: Develop a Community‐Wide EV Deployment Strategy

Recommendation #20: Implement Climate‐Resilient Stormwater Management and Expand Flood Mitigation Programs 

Recommendation #24: Reduce Exposure of Vulnerable Populations to Extreme Heat 

Recommendation #25: Co‐Benefits Time Frame 3‐10 years Establish Energy Resilient Communities to Serve the Needs of Vulnerable 

Recommendation #26: Require Community‐Wide Climate Resilient Green Infrastructure

Recommendation #27: Promote a Healthy Food System Supported by Low‐Carbon, Regenerative Agricultural Practices 

Click here to watch the March 24, 2021 session recording. 

June 24, 2021

Click here to watch the June 24, 2021 session recording. 

For the session opening and closing presentation, click here. 

Session 1 Topics

Session 2 Topics

Accelerating Renewable Energy Increasing Energy Efficiency
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Transitioning to Electric VehiclesEnhancing Walkability and Bikeability
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Preparing Communities for FloodingDeveloping Community Resilience Hubs
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Reducing County WasteIncreasing Access to Healthy Foods
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Community Outreach and EngagementCounty Planning & Operations
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