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Climate Action Plan

The process for this Cli­mate Action Plan began in 2007. For his first exec­u­tive order of the year, County Exec­u­tive Ken Ulman signed the Mayor’s Cli­mate Pro­tec­tion Agree­ment. By sign­ing the agree­ment he was com­mit­ting Howard County to reduc­ing our green­house gas emis­sions oth­er­wise known as a car­bon foot print. As he said that day — that was the easy part.

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This plan is a very cru­cial next step. As many of the juris­dic­tions in the region con­tinue along the sus­tain­abil­ity path we are proud to again be in a lead­er­ship role – espe­cially on an issue that clearly has regional impli­ca­tions since we get our energy from the same sources and we travel through­out the juris­dic­tions to live and work etc.

This Action Plan includes a com­plete green­house gas inven­tory for County oper­a­tions and affil­i­ated insti­tu­tions such as the school sys­tem and the com­mu­nity col­lege. This is what a “car­bon foot­print” is. It also includes a Howard County community-wide green­house gas inventory.

From that inven­tory we move into goal set­ting – where every sec­tor, sets forth there own goals in order to reach our over­all reduc­tion goals.

Finally, the plan lays out a series of activ­i­ties that we have accom­plished, are in the process of accom­plish­ing, or plan to accom­plish in the future that will allow us to attain our goal.

The strongest endorse­ment of this plan is that all of the rec­om­men­da­tions – the way in which we reach our goals – truly fol­low triple bot­tom line deci­sion mak­ing. They will pro­tect our envi­ron­ment, they will improve people’s qual­ity of life, and they will SAVE US MONEY.

April 2010

Green Tip

Turn off water while brushingTurning off the water between rinses can save at least two gallons in one brushing session.