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Taveras to Serve as Chair of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Deni Taveras (D – District 2), has been appointed to serve as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee.
COG’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) is principal policy adviser to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government on issues such as climate change, energy, waste and recycling, air quality, and other environmental issues. CEEPC also implements the National Capital Region Climate Change Report, which includes developing a comprehensive strategy to meet the Council of Government’s regional greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Vice Chair Taveras looks forward her new leadership role and the work ahead.
“I am eager to guide my fellow committee members in developing bold strategies to combat the many environmental challenges faced by both the region and our County, especially climate change and environmental justice for our most vulnerable communities.”
Vice Chair Taveras is also a member of COG’s Transportation Planning Board and a former member of the Air Quality Committee. During her tenure on the Council, she has served as an advocate for environmental reforms to include establishment of the Environmental Crimes Unit and the ban on Styrofoam use. Prior to her time of service on the Council, in her role with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Vice Chair Taveras provided oversight to Superfund Site Clean-Up and enforced the Toxic Release Inventory Program.
COG is an independent, nonprofit association of 23 local governments supported by financial contributions from its member governments, Federal and State grants and contracts, and donations from foundations and the private sector. COG connects leaders across borders to help shape strong communities in Metropolitan Washington.