Climate Action Commission 


The Prince George’s County Council established The Prince George’s Climate Action Commission with Council Resolution CR-07-2020 to develop a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County to prepare for and build resilience to regional climate change impacts, and to set and achieve climate stabilization goals.


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Want to Learn More About Climate Change?



(Presentation of the Initial Assessment  July 23, 2021)


Visit the Department of the Environment online to learn more about climate change.

  • Visit the website to learn about some of the key focus areas for which we are collecting community input and more about climate action topics at our Climate Action Plan Virtual Open House.
  • Watch recorded sessions of the public meetings and view presentations for breakout groups, covering a wide array of subjects.

Prince George’s Climate Action Commission shall be composed of 16 members:

  • Director of the Department of the Environment to serve as Chair of the Commission;

Commission Chair: Dawn Hawkins-Nixon, Associate Director, Prince George’s Department of Environment

  • Member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) appointed by the MWCOG’s Board of Directors;

Commissioner: Kanti Srikanth, Deputy Executive Director, MWCOG


  • One(1) County Council member appointed by the Chair of the Council;

Commissioner: Council Member Tom Dernoga, County Council Member-District 1


  • Director or designee of the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE);

Commissioner: Rey De Guzman, Chief Engineer, Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement

  • Director or designee of the Office of Central Services (OCS);

Commissioner: Erica S. Bannerman, REP Manager, Sustainable Energy, Prince George’s County Office of Central Services


  • Director or designee of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T);

Commissioner: Elizabeth Miller, Chief Engineer Services, Prince George’s Department of Public Works & Transportation

Commissioner Alternate: Terry Bellamy, Director, Prince George’s Department of Public Works & Transportation.


Commissioner Alternate:  Andrea Lasker, Office of the Director,  Special Assistant for Policy and Program Development, Prince George’s Department of Public Works & Transportation

  • County Health Officer or their designee; 

Commissioner: Evelyn Hoban, Associate Director, HLT – Prince George’s County Health Department

Commissioner Alternate: Dr. Ernest Carter, MD, Ph.D,  Health Officer, Prince George's County Health Department

  • Representative from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission(M-NCPPC); 

Commissioner: Kim Finch, Environmental Planning Section, Countywide Planning, Master Planner, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)

  • Representative designated by the Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools;

Commissioner: Donald Belle, Environmental Outreach Educator- William S. Schmidt Center, Prince George’s County Public Schools

  • Representative designated by the Prince George's County Municipal Association;

Commissioner: Mayor Collin A. Byrd, City of Greenbelt

Commissioner Alternate: Mayor Bennard J. Cann; Mayor, Town of Morningside; President, Prince George's County Municipal Association


  • Representative of the business community affiliated with energy production or transmission designated by the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce;

Commissioner: Will Ellis, Director of External Affairs at Pepco

Commissioner Alternate: Brian Smith, Washington Gas, State Government Relations and Public Policy Manager  

  • Representative of the University of Maryland designated by the President of the University:

Commissioner: Scott Lupin, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Maryland


  • Representative of Bowie State University designated by the President of the University; 

Commissioner: Dr. Alan J. Anderson, Ph. D, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Bowie State University


  • Three (3) representatives affiliated with non-profit environmental and/or social justice organizations in the County, designated by the Chair of the Council; 

Commissioner: Dr. Janet Gingold, MD, Prince George’s County Sierra Club, Citizen

Commissioner: Dr. Hank S. Cole, Ph.D., Henry S. Cole Environmental Associates, Citizen

Commissioner: Gary Allen, Maryland Forestry Foundation, Citizen

The Commission shall present a report of its proceedings to the County Executive and County Council on or before January 31, 2021 and shall issue a final Climate Action Plan on or before September 30, 2021.