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Awarding Resiliency

2023 Climate and Energy Leadership Award
2023 Climate and Energy Leadership Award

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments awarded the City of Rockville a 2023 Climate and Energy Leadership Award, recognizing the city’s Flood Resiliency Program as a climate stewardship program that engages and serves the region’s underserved communities and neighborhoods.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, center left, and city stormwater manager Heather Gewandter, center right, shown above with Fairfax County, Virginia, Supervisor Penny Gross (left) and COG Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Vice Chair Julie Kimmel (right), accepted the award at the Oct. 11 meeting of COG’s board of directors.

In FY 2023, the Mayor and Council appropriated $1.8 million for a new Flood Resiliency Program to plan for and mitigate flood impacts caused by climate change. Learn more about the city’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and other relief efforts at

Learn more about the 2023 award winners at

Photo credit: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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