Howard County Climate Forward

Climate Action and Resiliency Plan

This 2023 Climate Action and Resiliency Plan builds on Howard County’s existing efforts to reduce emissions, increase resiliency, and achieve environmental equity. This plan identifies strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and achieve greater resilience against the increases in extreme weather that are projected to occur.

Read the full plan here!

Climate Forward

Our Plan

Howard County Climate Forward will serve as a science-based and shovel ready workplan for every department and level of Howard County government. It also includes some recommendations for what partners and individuals can do. In addition, Climate Forward is the County's first climate plan to add a focus on climate resiliency and environmental justice. 

Through this bold and historic plan, Howard County aims to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2045
  • Increase carbon sequestration
  • Increase community resilience to extreme weather events
  • Increase interdepartmental coordination and environmental equity across programs

Climate Forward Actions

The 2023 Climate Forward Plan is science-based and focused on immediate and practical action. Click the drop-down bars below to learn more about the mitigation and resilience strategies defined in the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and view our progress so far.