Climate Clips: County Plan Paints Path to Emission Reductions, Climate Resilience

Frederick County officials have released a bold plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from county operations and prepare county infrastructure and employees in the face of climate change.

See the full story at the Frederick News-Pilot.

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