Climate Clips: Officials on COG Board zero in on three opportunities for climate collaboration

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors devoted its first in-person meeting in more than two years to exploring several concrete actions the region can take together to work toward its shared climate goals.

See the full story at COG Newsroom.

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