Climate Clips: Region surpasses 2020 climate goal

At its October meeting, area leaders on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors were presented with preliminary results revealing the region has met and surpassed its 2020 climate goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent below 2005 levels.

See the full story at COG Newsroom.

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