Climate Clips: Officials recognize local actions to advance equity within climate and energy initiatives

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) announced the winners of the 2021 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards on October 13. These projects were recognized for contributing to COG’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and advancing equity across the region by prioritizing historically underserved populations in the planning of their programs.

See the full story at the COG Newsroom.

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