Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (2019)
Climate Emergency Response Resolution
The Climate Change Response Resolution is the next step in the City of Takoma Park’s commitments to act on Climate Change. The Climate Change Emergency Response Resolution uses the research and community input from the 2019 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan process to specify priority strategies for the City of Takoma Park to further explore. If the resolution is adopted, a professionally facilitated community collaboration process will enable the community to identify elements and implementation details for City Council to consider.
Climate Emergency Response Documents:
Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP)
The City of Takoma Park is in the process of creating a new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. This new plan will replace the 2014 Sustainability Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and provide a strategies for the City to meet its aspirational goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2035.
The Cadmus Group was contracted to consult with the City and will be providing expert analysis and recommendations.
The 2019 SCAP process is comprised of three different tasks.
Task 1. Comprehensive Greenhouse Inventory and Trend Analysis
- Stationary Energy (buildings and their energy uses), Transportation, Waste
Task 2. Climate Mitigation and Sustainability Program Planning Support
- List of 12-15 strategies with a focus ad deep analysis of the top 6-8 best strategies for the City to adopt
Task 3. Adaptation and Resiliency
- Data gathering and integration of adaption and resiliency methods into strategies (Task 2)
Goals of SCAP
- Create a greenhouse gas inventory that follows ICLEI and MWCOG’s methodology
- Provide robust strategies to tackle greenhouse gas reduction
- Align with Global Covenant of Mayors compliance requirements
- Provide a pathway for Takoma Park to reach NET ZERO by 2035
- Increase equity in Takoma Park
- Create adaptation plans and procedures that focus on those that are affected by climate change the most
Links & Notes
Project Info & Timeline
February 2019 – Task Order requests submitted to Cadmus Group and ICF based on MWCOG’s contract with both companies for climate planning services.
March 2019 – Cadmus Group selected
May 2019 – Kickoff of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan process
June 2019 – Cadmus presentation to Takoma Park’s Committee on the Environement; Data gathering
July 2019 – Presentation to staff, COE, and City Council on results of 2018 greenhouse gas inventory, date TBD
September 2019 – Focus Groups and Community Workshop
- September 8 – Tabling at Folk Festival
- September 9 – Committee on the Environment Meeting Focus Group
- September 15 – Tabling at Takoma Park Farmer’s Market
- September 15 – Longbranch Sligo Neighborhood Meeting Focus Group
- September 16 – Focus Group at Mansa Kunda
- September 17 – Community Workshop
- September 19 – Ward 3 Focus Group
- September 22 – Ward 2 / Forest Park Neighborhood Focus Group
- September 22 – Tabling at Farmer’s Market
- September 24 – Ward 1 Focus Group
- September 25 – Tabling at Crossroads Community Market
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Community Workshop
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue. Takoma Park, MD 20912
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The City of Takoma Park has declared a climate emergency, establishing a goal to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 100% by the year 2035. How will we get there? Join the City’s Sustainability Manager and consulting group Cadmus to discuss strategies, and provide your ideas and concerns about Takoma Park’s next Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.
During this workshop, attendees will work to prioritize climate mitigation strategies proposed by Cadmus following the GHG inventory findings. These prioritized strategies will inform a more targeted investigation into actions the City of Takoma Park may undertake, and your input in this process is highly valued.
February 19, 2020 Work Session
Continue working with Montgomery County climate action
planning work groups to inform work on the City’s plan. Implementation of new emissions reduction
activities will continue. Important milestones will be noted on this page.