Climate Change

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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 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? 
Visit environment.mypgc.us for updates.

When is the next climate action commission meeting?
Click: https://princegeorgescountymd.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, Search: Climate Action Commission

For more information:
Contact Mary Abe, Section Head, Environmental Enhancements, Sustainability Division at MAbe@co.pg.md.us