Climate Implementation Strategies

Climate Successes and Climate Dashboard 

The County has made significant strides towards becoming more climate resilient. We took action to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to its effects such as extreme weather, flooding, and urban heat.  

Learn about some of our successes below. Later this year, we will expand our dashboard, to continue engaging residents in tracking our progress towards the goals of the Climate Action Implementation Strategy Plan (CAISP). 

View the Climate Dashboard

Powering County Operations with Renewable Energy

The Office of Central Services (OCS), in partnership with the Department of the Environment (DoE) Sustainable Energy, is installing five solar canopy systems on parking lots at five government sites. The systems will generate enough electricity to power over 400 homes, and all the energy generated must be provided to the County free of charge for 15 years.

Community Trees

Bar graph of Cumulative Urban Trees Planted from 2020 through 2024. The number of trees increases each year, with 2024 exceeding 14,000 trees. The 2024 bar includes January 2024 through March 2024 data only.

Description: Bar graph of Cumulative Community Trees Planted from 2020 through 2024. The number of trees increases each year, with 2024 exceeding 14,000 trees. The 2024 bar includes January 2024 through March 2024 data only.

Community Trees

Through DoE, the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), Prince George’s has increased the number of trees planted yearly to provide shade, cooling, and water management.  

Waste Diverted

A pie chart showing County waste-diversion data from 2023 reflecting a total of 144,233.75 tons of waste diverted from the landfill.

Description: A pie chart showing County waste diversion data from 2023 reflecting a total of 144,233.75 tons of waste diverted from the landfill. This included 76,313.00 tons of recycling (inclusive of tires, curbside residential recycling, commercial recycling, and county-building recycling); 2127.29 tons of scrap metal/white goods; 65,735.83 tons of residential organic material composted; 57.01 tons of composting from our new public school composting program and 0.52 tons of medical equipment collected through the new durable medical equipment program that began in late 2023.

Waste Diversion

With an award-winning composting program, and the highest rates of recycling in the state of Maryland, Prince George’s County is a leader in reducing methane emissions by minimizing the waste breaking down in the landfill.

Food Waste in Public Schools

DoE and Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) have partnered together, bringing food scrap composting to 26 schools to reduce food waste and promote food scrap composting. Students compost at lunch using the same tools they have at home, becoming composting "ambassadors” for their families. With the help of a grant for the development of education and outreach materials, DoE will train teachers and administrators who will later train others as the program grows.  

Residential Climate Resilience

DoE's Sustainability Division has initiated a pilot project, Community Stormwater Management (SWM) Blitz), through the Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program to build community-wide climate resilience and to address local flooding through focused outreach, community engagement, and installation of small to medium-scale green infrastructure practices. The practices that will be installed include those supported by the County’s Rain Check Rebate Program such as cisterns, rain gardens, conservation landscaping, and pavement removal. Alliance for the Chesapeake is leading this project in the Tantallon area of Fort Washington.

Green Jobs

Thanks in part to the County's Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Blink Charging Co., a leading global electric vehicle charging equipment provider, opened its global headquarters at a 15,000-square-foot facility in Bowie, MD in 2024 and is constructing a new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified 30,000-square-foot production facility also in Bowie. Blink’s decision to expand its operations in Prince George’s County reflected the County’s status as a leader in green, sustainable manufacturing and has made a significant commitment to the deployment of electric vehicle charging.  

EV Charging

The County (DoE, OCS, MNCPPC) has completed the installation of 140 public-purpose Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) on government properties (including municipals) throughout Prince George’s at locations such as park and recreational facilities, libraries, government office buildings, and Park and Rides. 

View the Map of Charging Stations

Transit Fleet

Two sets of stacked bar graphs demonstrate the transition of 'Paratransit Ride-On Vehicles Type' and 'TheBus' Vehicle Types from non-EVs to EVs by 2050.

Description: Two sets of stacked bar graphs demonstrate the transition of 'Paratransit Ride-On Vehicles Types' and 'TheBus' Vehicle Types from non-EVs to EVs by 2050. Solid blue bars represent non-EVs, with red hatched bars indicating EVs, projecting an almost complete transition to EVs by 2050. By 2050, EVs are projected to make up nearly 100% of the Paratransit Ride-On vehicles. The second set, labeled 'TheBus' Vehicle Types, follows a similar pattern with blue bars for non-EVs and red hatched bars for EVs, projecting a complete transition to EVs by 2050.

Zero-Emission Buses

DPW&T has deployed 12 fully electric buses and has funding for 26 additional zero-emission buses and the infrastructure to support them.  

Local Government Fleet

A stacked bar chart outlines the 'Light Duty Fleet Composition (Excluding Public Safety Vehicles)' from 2020 to 2050.

Description: A stacked bar chart outlines the 'Light Duty Fleet Composition (Excluding Public Safety Vehicles)' from 2020 to 2050, showcasing the initial presence of ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles), PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles), Hybrid Vehicles, and All Other Vehicle Types in shades of beige, yellow, blue, and red respectively. By 2050, it is projected that the majority will be ZEVs and PHEVs, shown in beige-hatched bars.

Increasing the Number of County Zero-Emission Vehicles

OCS has prioritized reducing fuel usage in vehicles, moving first to hybrid, and now to zero-emissions vehicles as County fleet vehicles are replaced.  

Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for County Employees

Since the COVID-19 emergency sent staff home in March 2020, the County has made significant strides in creating a digital environment that supports minimizing VMT, and minimizing waste- another significant source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), while delivering improved services. OIT) has been awarded first place in the national “Digital Counties Survey” in its population category (500,000 to 999,000) in 2021, 2022, and 2023, demonstrating our continued commitment to improving services through technology.  

Energy Efficiency Grants for Homeowners

As of February 2024, DoE Sustainable Energy has processed over 2,000 energy efficiency grant applications. The grant, coupled with EmPOWER Maryland energy incentives, assists residents with implementing energy-efficiency measures in nine designated neighborhoods, classified as Energy Resiliency Communities (ERCs).  

Climate Progress and Emissions 

View our climate dashboard of past County progress.

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