Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (metric tons) of County government operations by 45% by 2030
Data are currently being complied and detailed analysis will be added when data are fully available. In 2018, a comprehensive energy performance contract with installations of energy efficiency measures was completed. The project included an energy audit of all 200 County buildings and energy-saving projects in 68 buildings. This project allowed $13 million of energy-saving and comfort-enhancing capital improvements without any upfront capital investment by the County. The project is expected to reduce energy use in those 68 buildings by 34 percent. Converting current streetlights to highly efficient LED fixtures also is expected to result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, Howard County signed on to the “We Are Still In” declaration, a promise to world leaders that Americans will not retreat from the global pact of the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions and stem the causes of climate change. Howard County also became the first county in the nation to accept the Natural and Working Lands Challenge. That challenge calls on jurisdictions to commit to taking actions that will increase carbon sequestration in forests, farms, and other lands.
- Receive 20% of the power for local government operations from local renewable sources, especially solar power.
- Reduce petroleum fuel consumption in the County fleet by 20%, by improving the average fuel economy of its fleet, reducing idling, and increasing the number of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
- Cut energy use for County facilities by 25%, well beyond the required 15% reduction, making Howard County the first jurisdiction to go beyond state requirements.
- Increase carbon sequestration in forests, farms and other lands throughout the County.
- Make communities resilient to climate change through sound and effective land use planning and disaster risk management efforts.
Source: Office Community Sustainability