Climate Clips: Simple Ways to Recognize Earth Month at Home and In Your Community

The Metropolitan Washington area has made great progress improving the region’s environment and communities. Leadership at all levels of government, partnerships across sectors, and action by area residents has made this work possible. Progress has occurred on the regional climate and energy goals, air quality, preservation of local agriculture, and watershed restoration. By taking simple actions during Earth Month, the public can continue this important progress while safely enjoying the great outdoors.

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