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COUNCIL WORK GROUPS BEGIN DISCUSSIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, FOOD SECURITY, AND LEGACY BUILDING IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Climate Action Commission, Food Security Task Force and Responsible Legacy Task Force Will Address Matters of Community Concern
The Prince George’s County Council, aiming to effectively address several matters of community concern, has established work groups focusing on climate change, food security and legacy building in Prince George’s County. The Climate Action Commission, the Prince George’s County Food Security Task Force, and the Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force will begin to convene starting on Friday, October 2, 2020.
The Climate Action Commission, established by CR-007-2020, is charged with developing a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County to prepare for regional climate change impacts and set climate stabilization goals. The commission will review the 2012 Draft Plan and research best practices for greenhouse gas emission reductions, adaption, and resiliency at the federal, state and local levels; update the County’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory; and identify a plan of action for implementation of climate adaption. This sixteen-member Commission is scheduled to issue an interim report by January 31, 2021 and a final report by September 30, 2021.
Established by CR-062-2020, the Prince George's County Food Security Task Force, will address issues related to the demand and supply of healthy food and areas with limited access to healthy food, food health connections, school meals, and food insecurity in Prince George's County. This twenty-one-member Task Force is scheduled to issue a final report by June 30, 2021.
The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force, established by Council Resolution-009-2019, is charged with reviewing all County monuments, parks street names, County buildings and other places of honor, and create a process to determine the future of names linked to a prejudiced past. The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force will work to ensure that the County’s legacy is one of equality, diversity and inclusion. This nine-member Task Force is scheduled to issue an interim report by December 31, 2020 and a final report by June 30, 2021.
Council Chair Todd M. Turner (D- District 4) says work groups provide an opportunity for community members and key stakeholders to share best practices on issues of concern in Prince George’s County, and work towards solutions to some of our most urgent challenges.
“Work groups are important because community members bring varying perspectives and have the expertise necessary to effectively address some of the challenges we face as a County. As these groups begin to convene in the coming days and weeks, the Council looks forward to hearing the policy and legislative recommendations for enhancing communities and quality of life for County residents.”
The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force and the Food Security Task Force will convene for the first time on Friday, October 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively. The Climate Action Commission will convene its first meeting on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
All meetings will be held virtually. The work group meetings may be viewed live and on demand HERE. Agendas may be viewed in their entirety HERE.