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Climate Action Plan
The City of Rockville is embarking on a process to develop its first Climate Action Plan, a Mayor and Council priority initiative, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare the community to adapt to a changing climate. We are striving to reflect the viewpoints, priorities and needs of all Rockville’s residents, neighborhoods and businesses.
What is a Climate Action Plan?
The Climate Action Plan (CAP) will provide a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare the community to adapt to a changing climate. The project will work with community stakeholders, staff, and a technical consultant to develop a strategic plan for approval by the Mayor and Council to guide future city policies, programs, plans and investments over the next five to ten years.
Planning efforts will focus on two main concepts:
Rockville’s greenhouse gas emissions are mainly derived from energy used by the transportation and buildings sectors. The CAP will recommend a list of feasible mitigation actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the community and municipal operations.
Rockville is already experiencing the effects of climate change in the form of heavier downpours, more intense heatwaves, and higher incidences of severe storms. These effects have implications on our infrastructure, our economy, and public health. The CAP will evaluate Rockville’s climate-related risks and vulnerabilities and work with community stakeholders to improve community adaptation and resiliency.
What is the process?
Community engagement is needed to develop a successful plan that fosters awareness, buy-in, and identifies creative opportunities to equitably reduce emissions and build community resiliency. Throughout the year, we will be reaching out to the community, through online surveys, discussions with various boards and commissions, and hosting a virtual open house to identify the community’s challenges and goals and prioritize local viable strategies and actions. A Commitment to Equity: The city is committed to a climate action planning process, plan, and policy decisions that incorporate social equity and consider residents that are most vulnerable to climate change. We’re looking for community partners to help us engage with all members of our community in this planning process - help us share the survey and website with your neighbors.
- Climate Action Plan Survey open Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
- Sept. 21: Presentation to the Mayor and Council
- Engage with boards and commissions and members of the community
- Virtual Climate Action Plan Open House - Tuesday, November 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Register online.
- Finalize city climate resiliency analysis
- Consultant analyzes cost-benefit/co-benefits of actions
- Draft plan available for public comment
- Mayor and Council plan review and adoption