Commissioner Attends Climate Summit

“Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Carol Fordonski joined more than 100 local government climate and energy leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. May 18-20 as part of the Local Climate Leadership Summit. The summit was sponsored by ICLEI, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

The Summit took place as the House Energy and Commerce Committee considers landmark climate and energy legislation sponsored by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA). Queen Anne’s County was represented at the national level at a critical time as part of an effort to ensure federal climate and energy policies recognize and support the critical role of local governments in reducing energy consumption, creating new green jobs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“”The most sustainable way to stimulate our economy is via local, green programs and projects. Jeff Rank and I shared with administration and congressional officials and staff the importance of ensuring that local governments are more directly funded by ARRA,”” said Fordonski. Rank is an analyst with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Public Works and works closely with Fordonski on environmental issues.

The event featured a special session with key climate and energy leaders of the Obama Administration, an announcement on new Climate Showcase Communities demonstration grants for local governments and a keynote address from Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

For more information and details about the summit to the website (www.localclimateleadershipsummit.org)

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