Greenhouse Gases 

Frederick County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) completed a baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2007. This inventory addressed emissions attributed to County Government operations as well as the community-at-large.

In 2015, OSER was selected from more than 30 applications, and awarded the Climate and Energy Leadership award for the Green Homes Challenge Program by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). The award recognizes outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and encourage local actions to advance the regional climate and energy goals established by leaders at MWCOG.

Left to Right: Lisa Orr (OSER), County Executive Gardner, Shannon Moore (Manager, OSER), Roger Wilson (Government Affairs and Policy Director)

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Community Inventory

Frederick County is included in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Inventory for Metropolitan Washington. This inventory measures GHG emissions from community-wide activities, including the residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors. The region as a whole was able to meet its 2012 target: 10% below business as usual projections by 2012 (back down to 2005 levels). GHG emissions across all sectors in Frederick County decreased by 19% between 2005 and 2012. The details from the inventory regarding Frederick County's reductions can be found in  Frederick County’s Community-Wide GHG Inventory Summary Factsheet

COG is currently in the process of conducting a 2015 regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory.