Rockville’s Climate Action Plan provides a role for everyone to play in addressing climate change.
The plan, passed Jan. 10 by the Mayor and Council, sets forth 26 community actions and 16 city actions to reduce climate-warming pollution and foster resilience, especially for the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
Each person, household, business and organization has a unique carbon footprint and, with it, a unique set of opportunities. Start by calculating your carbon footprint by using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Footprint Calculator at www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator or the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick at www.energystar.gov/campaign/home-energy-yardstick. Then, establish a personal or household greenhouse gas reduction goal.
Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/climate to find the city’s Climate Action Plan and learn more about what you can do to help address climate change. The webpage includes ideas for reducing your carbon footprint, including walking and biking more, switching to efficient light-emitting diode lightbulbs, switching to sustainable energy, joining a community garden and adopting sustainable gardening practices, reducing waste and buying local, volunteering, and making an emergency kit to be prepared for any weather.
Subscribe to the city’s “Environment and Sustainability News” email newsletter at www.rockvillemd.gov/newsletters to receive news about the Climate Action Plan, seasonal sustainability tips, environmental events and program updates.