During Tuesday’s Board meeting, Supervisor Boddye introduced a resolution that would integrate the Regional Climate Mitigation and Resiliency Goals adopted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments into the Environmental Chapter of Prince William County’s Comprehensive Plan. (Read full text.)
“It is time for us to bring this issue front and center,” said Boddye, adding that Prince William could be a regional leader in environmental practices and mitigating climate change, enabling the Board to be “better stewards of our future.”
COG reports that the region is already experiencing negative impacts of climate change, and can expect to see more severe weather and flooding incidents in coming years without mitigation efforts. Among other metrics, committing to the COG timetables would call for 100% of the County’s electricity to be from renewable sources by 2035, and for Prince William to be carbon neutral by 2050. Additionally, Chair Wheeler directed staff to initiate a communitywide climate planning process.