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Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning accomplishments highlighted in Montgomery County Climate Action Annual Report

WHEATON, Md. –Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning, both part of The Montgomery County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, are combating climate change in the county by using clean energy, enabling energy efficient transportation in the county, implementing new programs and initiatives, supporting carbon sequestration efforts, and collaborating with the Montgomery County Department of the Environment in meeting the County’s Climate Action Plan. All of these efforts among others are detailed in the Montgomery County Climate Action Annual Report, which showcases 2022 accomplishments and outlines plans to combat climate change in 2023.

The Montgomery County Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a strategic plan to cut community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2027 and by 100% by 2035, as compared to 2005 levels. The plan also seeks to reduce climate-related risks to county residents, businesses, and the built and natural environment.

“Fighting climate change is going to require action from all of us and Montgomery Parks is proud to be part of these efforts,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “We hope to serve as an example, locally and nationally, as to how parks systems can work with partner agencies to improve our environment.”

“Environmental resilience is one of the main overarching priorities in Thrive Montgomery 2050 – the update to the county’s General Plan,” said Montgomery Planning Director Gwen Wright. “Planning to make our communities more resilient while working with county government partners to implement specific operational tools to address climate change is a priority for our department.”

Montgomery Parks’ Fiscal Year 2022 Climate Action accomplishments include:

 Montgomery Parks actions planned for Fiscal Year 2023 include:

Montgomery Planning’s Fiscal Year 2022 Climate Action accomplishments include:

Montgomery Planning’s actions to support the CAP planned for FY 2023 include:

The complete list of Montgomery Parks’ and Montgomery Planning’s accomplishments and planned actions can be found in the Climate Action Plan Annual Report.

About Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.

About the Montgomery Planning Department

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises about 150 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit


Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or to request a disability modification. Visit for more information.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), M-NCPPC will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M-NCPCC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in formats and locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g. large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). To request accommodation, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners Office at (301) 495-4605 or at If you are requesting an auxiliary aid or service for a public meeting, please submit your request at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also contact the Montgomery Planning ADA Coordinator at 301-495-1324.