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Managing Climate Change
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Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
On July 25, 2013, Governor O'Malley unveiled Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. He asserted that "Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It's happening now. It's harmful and human-caused. We can make a difference through our actions." Visit the Climate Change Maryland website to learn about what you can do.  And read below to see how Frederick County Government is working to reduce greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Frederick County's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory Report

On August 24th, 2010, staff from the Sustainability Office presented a report to the Board of County Commissioners on the Frederick County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. The report addresses emissions attributed to county government operations as well as the community-at-large. The report and inventory were supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. View staff's presentation to the BOCC.

Frederick County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
Frederick County has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2025. This reduction strategy is based on a baseline inventory year of 2007.

Staff conducted an emissions inventory for 2010, which serves as our first comparison off of the baseline 2007 inventory.

Climate Change Resources
Want to learn more about GHG emissions and how they affect climate? Check out these resources.

More Information on Carbon
More on this topic from the U.S. EPA
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basicinfo.html

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA Climate Change web site has four main sections on climate change issues and another section on "What You Can Do."

  • Science: Explains current scientific understanding of the causes of past, present and future climate change.
  • U.S. Climate Policy: Summarizes the current U.S. policy and describes programs being implemented at EPA and elsewhere.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Provides information and data on U.S. and international greenhouse gas emissions, and projections of future emission levels.
  • Health and Environmental Effects: Provides an overview of how climate change may affect human health, different sectors of society, different regions and the natural environment.
  • What You Can Do: Describes actions that individuals and organizations can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Try out their Household Emissions Calculator.

Maryland Climate Change Commission
On April 20, 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07 establishing the Maryland Climate Change Commission (MCCC) charged with collectively developing an action plan to address the causes of climate change, prepare for the likely consequences and impacts of climate change to Maryland, and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for implementing the Commission’s recommendations. Review their findings, including the Climate Action Plan Final Report.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's (COG) Climate Change program:
COG's climate change program is one of the nation's first initiatives to address local greenhouse gas emissions on a regional level. Download the National Capital Region Climate Change Report or see other general resources on climate from COG.