Climate Clips: Loudoun supervisors launch energy strategy talks

County supervisors kicked off their effort for a greener Loudoun with a workshop on updating the county’s energy strategy Wednesday. The biggest driver of Loudoun’s greenhouse gas emissions increase is not the growth in population, but the increasing size and energy demands of the commercial sector.

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