Bill No.
6-14
Concerning: Environmental Sustainability
- Office of Sustainability - Established
Revised:
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Introduced:
January 28, 2014
Enacted:
June 10, 2014
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: CounciImembers Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmembers Andrews, and Navarro
AN
ACT
to:
create a Office of Sustainability
in
the Department ofEnvironmental Protection;
create a Office ofEnergy
and
Sustainabilitv
in
the Department of General Services;
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specify the duties of [[the Office]] these Offices;
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repeal and reassign the duties ofthe Sustainability Working Group; and
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generally amend County
law
on environmental sustainability.
(1)
(2)
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 8, Buildings
Section 8[[A]]-14B
Chapter 18A, Environmental Sustainability
Sections 18A-12, 18A-13, 18A-14, 18A-15, 18A-16, 18A-17, 18A-19, 18A-20, and 18A-23
Chapter 40, Real Property
Section 40-13B
By deleting
Chapter 8, Buildings
Section 8-14C and 8-53
Chapter 18A, Environmental Sustainability
Sections 18A-15 and 18A-16
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the foIIowing Act:
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Sec. 1. Sections 8-14B, 18A-12, 18A-13, 18A-14, 18A-15, 18A-16, 18A-17,
18A-19, 18A-20, 18A-23, and Section 40-13B are amended, and Sections 8-14C,
8-53, 18A-15, and 18A-16 are deleted as follows:
8-14B. County buildings - energy unit savings plans, energy cost savings plans,
and energy performance contracts.
(a)
Definitions.
In
this Section, the following words have the meanings
indicated:
["]County buildingr']
means a building which is owned or leased by the
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County.
["]Energy baseliner']
means the amount of energy consumed each year
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by a County building based on historical metered
data,
engineering
calculations, submetering of buildings or energy consuming systems,
building load simulation models, statistical regression analysis, or any
combination ofthose methods.
["]Energy cost savings pJanr']
means a plan
to
reduce a County
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building's energy costs, including related operation and maintenance
costs.
["]Energy performance contractf')
means a contract which provides for
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the performance of services for the design,
acquisitio~ installatio~
testing, operation, maintenance, or repair of an identified energy
conservation measure or series ofmeasures in a County building.
["]ENERGY STAR ratingr']
means the ENERGY STAR rating
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developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency which
reflects a building's energy efficiency.
["]Energy unit savings pJanr']
means a plan to reduce the amount of
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energy used by a County building, as measured
in
kilowatt hours or
British thermal units.
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["]National energy performance rating systemf']
means the rating
system developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency
under which a building may obtain the ENERGY STAR rating.
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Energy and Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of
Energy and Sustainability in the Department of General Services
created under Section
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["Sustainability Working Group" means the Group, defined in Section
18A-13.]
(b)
Requirements.
Group] must:
(1)
The Office of Energy and Sustainability [Working
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develop an energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and energy
cost savings plan for each County building;
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(2)
submit an initial report to the County Executive and County
Council by [[January 15,]] [2009] February 1. 2015 which
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summarizes
the energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and
energy cost savings plan for each County building; and
(3)
submit an annual report to the County Executive and County
Council by [[January 15]] February 1 of each year that
summarizes the steps taken in the preceding fiscal year to
implement the energy unit savings plan and energy cost savings
plan for each County building.
(c)
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Energy performance contracts.
Each energy unit savings plan and
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energy cost savings plan that the [Sustainability Working Group] Office
prepares under subsection (b) must include a plan to use an energy
perfonnance contract unless the [Sustainability Working Group] Office
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finds
that the cost of using an energy performance contract outweighs
the benefit
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[8-14C. Private buildings - incentives.]
[(a)
Study.
The Sustainability Working Group must evaluate:
(1)
options for creating incentives for the owners of commercial,
multi-family residential, or single-family residential buildings to
modify the buildings to increase their energy efficiency and
(2)
options to minimize the impact on affordable housing of
achieving the ENERGY STAR rating under the national energy
performance rating system.
(b)
Report.
The Sustainability Working Group must submit a report to the
County Executive and County Council by January 15, 2009 regarding
the Group's findings and recommendations.]
[8-53. ASHRAElUSGBCIIESNA standards.]
[(a)
Definitions.
"ASHRAEIUSGBCIIESNA Standard
189.1"
means the standard for
high-performance green buildings developed by the American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the U.S.
Green Buildings Council, and the illuminating Engineering Society of
North America.
(b)
The Sustainability Working Group must:
(1)
evaluate
the
costs
and
benefits
of
adopting
the
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ASRAElUSGBVCIIESNA Standard
189.1;
and
(2)
recommend to the County Executive and County Council by
January 15, 2009, whether the County should adopt the
ASHRAElUSGBCIIESNA Standard
189.1,
particularly the
energy efficiency section, or any other building performance
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standard.]
18A-12. Definitions.
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In
this Article, the following words have the meanings indicated:
["]Cap and trade programr']
means a program that places a limit on the
aggregate net greenhouse gas emissions of the participants, while allowing the
transfer or sale ofgreenhouse gas emission allowances.
["]
Carbon dioxide equivalentr']
means a given weight of a greenhouse gas
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that has the same global warming potential, measured over a specified time, as
a given weight ofcarbon dioxide.
["]
Climate Protection Plan["]
means the plan to reduce the level of
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Countywide greenhouse gas emissions prepared under Section 18A-[[14]]15.
["]Countywide greenhouse gas emissionsr']
means the total annual greenhouse
gas emissions in the County, measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents,
including all emissions from electricity generated outside the County but
consumed in the County.
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["]Departmentr']
means the Department ofEnvironmental Protection.
["]Director["]
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
["]
Greenhouse gasr']
includes carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide,
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hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride, and any other
gas or substance the Director finds to be a significant contributor to global
Warnalllg.
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Home Energv SCQre
means
an
evaluation of the energy efficiency of a home
using the process developed by the United States Department ofEnergy.
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Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of Sustainability created
in Section 18A-13.]]
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Sustainabilitv
means the creation and maintenance of conditions under which
humans and nature can exist in productive harmony and permit. fulfilling the
social. economic. and other requirements ofpresent
and
future
generations.
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18A[[.11;13. [Sustainability Working Group] Department
of
Enviropmental
Protectiop - Office of Sustainability.
[(a)
Definition.
In
this Section, "Group" means the Sustainability Working
Group.]
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[(b)
Established.
The Executive must appoint, subject
to
confinnation by
the Council, a Sustainability Working Group.]
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[(c)
Members.
(1)
(2)
The Group has 26 members.
The Executive must appoint a representative from each of the
following Departments to serve as an ex officio member:
(A)
(B)
(C)
Environmental Protection;
Economic Development;
Finance;
General Services;
Management and Budget;
Permitting Services;
Public Information; and
Transportation
(D)
(E)
(F)
(G)
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(H)
(3)
The Executive must invite one representative from each of the
following to serve as an ex officio member:
(A)
County Council;
COWlty Planning Board;
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission;
Montgomery County Public Schools;
Montgomery College;
a municipal government
in
the County; and
an appropriate regional organization.
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(B)
(C)
(D)
(E)
(F)
(G)
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(4)
The Executive must appoint 11 public members.
members should include:
(A)
The public
representatives ofthe business community;
representatives of land development or building interests;
representatives ofenergy distribution or supply firms;
persons with expertise in stonnwater management;
persons with expertise in clean energy and air quality;
persons with expertise in forest and habitat protection; .
members of civic organizations active in County affairs;
persons with scientific and academic expertise; and
representatives ofcommunications and media interests.
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(B)
(C)
(D)
(E)
(F)
(G)
(H)
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[(e)
(4)
(3)
[(d)
(D
(5)
The tenn of each member is 3 years. If a member is appointed to
fill
a vacancy before a tenn expires, the successor serves the rest
ofthe unexpired term.]
Voting, officers, chairs, meetings, and compensation.
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(1)
(2)
Each member ofthe Group is a voting member.
The Executive must designate the Director of the Department of
Environmental Protection and a public member to be Co-chairs.
The Group meets at the call of the Co-chairs. The Group must
meet as often as necessary to perfonn its duties, but not less than
quarterly.
A member serves without compensation. However, a member
may request reimbursement for mileage and dependent care costs
at rates established by the County.]
Subcommittees.
The Co-chairs, with the approval of the Group, may
create one or more subcommittees to assist in
carrying
out any function
of the Group. Any subcommittee must consist of at least 3 members.
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Any subcommittee action is not the action of the Group and must not
bind the Group or its members. The Co-chairs must select the chair and
members of each subcommittee, which may include persons who are
not members of the Group. However, the chair of each subcommittee
must be a member ofthe Group.]
[(f)
Duties.
By January 15,2009, the Group must:
(1)
conduct the greenhouse gas emissions inventory and recommend
the Climate Protection Plan as required under Section 18A-14;
(2)
conduct the
annual
inventory of the County's sport utility
vehicles and develop criteria to identify positions in County
government that should
be
assigned sports utility vehicles as
required under Section 18A-19;
(3)
evaluate the costs and benefits of a car share program as required
under Section 18A-22;
(4)
prepare a Telecommuting Action
Plan
as required under Section
33-24;
(5)
develop an energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and energy
cost savings plan for each County building as required under
Section 8-14B;
(6)
evaluate options to create incentives for owners of commercial,
multi-family residential, and single-family residential buildings to
modify those buildings to increase their energy efficiency as
required under Section 8-14C;
(7)
evaluate options to minimize the impact on affordable housing of
achieving the ENERGY STAR rating as required under Section
8-14C;
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evaluate options to encourage homeowners to conduct energy
audits as required under Section 40-13B;
(9)
prepare a Renewable Energy Action Plan as required under
Section 18A-16 and
(10) evaluate
the
costs
and
benefits
of
adopting
the
ASHRAE/USGBCIlESNA Standard 189.1 as required under
Section 8-53.]
[(g)
Additional duties.
The Group may also recommend, as appropriate, any
action
that
promotes the improvement of
air
and water quality, habitat
restoration, economic vitality, and a high quality of life for
all
County
residents. This and other duties of the Group must not infringe on or
restrict the County Planning Board's authority under state and County
laws to conduct land use and transportation planning and other relevant
planning and analysis.]
[(h)
Annual report.
By January 15 each year, the Group must submit to the
Executive and Council an annual report on:
(l)
(2)
its activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives;
actions taken to implement the Climate Protection Plan, and
whether the County is meeting the goals identified in the Climate
Protection Plan as required under Section 18A-14;
(3)
the use of biodiesel fuels in County vehicles, results of the sport
utility vehicle inventory, and the average fuel economy for
passenger vehicles and light trucks in the County fleet as required
under Section 18A-23;
(4)
action taken in the preceding year to implement the
Telecommuting Action Plan as required under Section 33-24; and
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(5)
steps taking
in
the preceding year
to
implement the energy unit
savings plan and energy cost savings plan for each County
building as required under Section 8-14B.]
[(i)
Advocacy.
The Group must not engage in any legislative advocacy at
the State or federal levels unless that activity is approved by the Office
of Intergovernmental Relations.]
[G)
Staff.
The Chief Administrative Officer must provide appropriate staff
to the Group.]
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Created
[[The Department of Environmental Protection must create]]
There is an Office of Sustainability in the Department of Environmental
Protection.
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Duties.
The Office must:
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update the greenhouse gas emissions inventory as required under
Section 18A-14;
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conduct the annual inventory of the County's sport utility
vehicles and develop criteria to identify positions in County
government that should be assigned
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utility vehicles as
required under Section 18A-19;
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develop an energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and energy
cost savings plan for each County building as required under
Section 8-14B;
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evaluate options to encourage homeowners to conduct energy
audits as required under Section 40-13B; and
prepare an annual report, as required in subsection
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promote residential energy efficiency and renewable energy
programs through
direct
collaboration
with
homeowners. renters.
property managers.
real
estate agents. and others to support:
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(A)
auditing and assessment of residential properties. including
evaluating
whether
the County should require a Home
Energy Score
to
be conducted before the sale of single­
family home:
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energy efficiency retrofits;
utilization of available incentives from government
utilities. and the private sector:
utilization of clean energy technologies and purchasing of
clean energy: and
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healthy indoor
air
education programs:
promote commercial and multi-family energy efficiency and
renewable
energy
programs
through
collaboration
with
commercial and multi-family property owners, managers. and
industry associations to support:
(A)
benchmarking and assessment of commercial and multi­
family properties;
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energy efficiency retrofits:
utilization of available incentives from government
utilities. and the private sector. including alternative
financing programs such as the Property Assessed Clean
Energy program: and
utilization of clean energy technologies and purchasing of
clean energy:
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support green business development by:
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expanding the Montgomery County Green Business
Certification Program:
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and promoting other robust third party green
certification and reporting programs:
connecting residents and businesses
to
providers of green
products and services; and
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fostering green business market opportunities:
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support tree and forest programs by:
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developing and disseminating infonnation regarding the
planting, care. and protection oftrees and forests:
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geveloping and promoting planting programs. including a
program
to
encourage tree planting by residents in
communities. created as a result of the County's tree
canopy law:
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maintaining a website that coordinates tree planting and
education efforts;
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compiling data on the
status
of tree and forest resources in
the County, including information on tree planting
activities:])
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geveloping overall and individual tree canopy and planting
goals to serve as a baseline for measuring success: .
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connecting and informing the public about the County's
tree planting. preservation. and programs and providing
information on
tree
planting techniques. tree care, species
selection and related activities. through a website created
for this purpose:
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developing and implementing a public engagement
strategy to encourage community and individual tree
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planting on private and public lands and cultivating new
partnerships in sU'Qport ofthese activities: and
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compiling and disseminating information on the status of
the County's tree and forest resource on a regular basis:
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promote partnership development and civic engagement by:
(A)
maintaining and leveraging partnerships
with
local
community groups, civic organizations. HOAs and
businesses
to
educational reach
expand
the
County's
environmental
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organizing community-based environmental activities and
outreach programs: and
promoting the environmental programming and events of
Montgomery County Public Schools. local colleges and
universities. and other educational institutions in the
County;
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provide data analysis and research in support of County
sustainability goals and objectives by:
(A)
maintaining data on County greenhouse gas emissions and
building fuel energy consumption:
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reporting progress on meeting the greenhouse gas
reduction goals
in
the 2009 Climate Protection Plan:
evaluating options for a broader Countywide sustainability
reporting framework:
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providing
research on and analysis of emergmg
sustainability issues:
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providing any other
data
and analytical efforts in
support
of County's sustainability objectives: and
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every 2 years. beginning on
[[January
15]] February I.
2015. applyins a scoring system designed
to
compare the
County to other local jurisdictions on energy efficiency
policies and programs: and
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prepare
an
annual
report.
as required
in
subsection (c).
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Annual report.
[[January
15)]
February
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each year, the Office must
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submit
to
the [[County Executive and]] County Council
report on:
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its activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives;
actions taken to implement the Climate Protection
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whether the County is meeting the goals identified in the Climate
Protection Plan
as
required under Section 18A-[lliJlll;
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its activities to enhance tree canopy in the County; and
the score established under paragraph (bX6)(Fl.
18A-14. Department of General Senices - Office of Energy and Sustainability.
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Created
There is an Office of Energy and Sustainability in the
Department of General Services.
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Duties.
The Office must:
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develop an energy baseline.
energy
unit savings plan. and energy
cost savings plan for the County's building portfolio:
develop a comprehensive plan to reduce the energy consumption
and impact of fleet operations. which may include the use of
alternative fuels. reductions vehicle miles traveled, improvements
in vehicle efficiency, or vehicle electrification strategy;
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execute plans
to
use Energy Performance Contracting to improve
the efficiency of County buildings, as authorized by the Director
of General Services;
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develop and execute the County's renewable energy plans.
including
the
purchase of renewable energy and deployment of
solar and other clean energy sources across County facilities.
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coordinate with the Office of Procurement to develop green and
environmentally preferable purchasing plans:
develop
initiatives.
plans.
and
projects
to
reduce
the
environmental impact of Countv operations and foster a culture
of sustainabilitv within the County Government and
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prepare and submit data summarizing efforts to reduce the
environmental impact of County operations to any annual
Sustainability NPort prepared by the County Executive in
collaboration with other Departments and Agencies.
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Annual report.
By
[[January
15]]
Februarv 1 each year. the Office must
submit to the [[County Executive and]] County Council an annual
report on:
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its activities. accomplishments. plans. and objectives:
actions taken to reduce the energy consumption and impact of
fleet operations:
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the use of biodiesel fuels in County vehicles. results of the sport
utility vehicle inventory. and the average fuel economy for
passenger vehicles and light trucks in the County fleet as required
under Section 18A-23: and
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steps taken in the preceding year to implement the energy unit
savings plan and energy cost savings plan for [[each County
buildingl] the County's portfolio of buildings as reguired under
Section 8-14B.
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18A-[[14]]15. Climate Protection Plan.
(a)
Inventory.
The Office of Sustainability [Working Group] [[must]]
[conduct a] in the Department of Environmental Protection may update
the greenhouse gas emissions inventory to determine the amount of
greenhouse gases emitted in the County and submit a written report on
the inventory to the County Executive and County Council [[by January
15, [2009] 2015]].
(b)
Reduction ofgreenhowe gas emissions.
The [Sustainability Working
Group] Office [[must]] [prepare a] may update the County Climate
Protection Plan [[by January 15, [2009 that outlines] 2015]]:. [[This]]
Any update [[must outline a plan to reduce]] should report the County's
progress on reducing Countywide greenhouse gas emissions to 80%
below the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the base year
identified in the inventory prepared under subsection (a) by January 1,
2050, including [[a plan to [stop increasing Countywide greenhouse gas
emissions by 2010 and] achieve]] any recommendations that would
ensure a 10% reduction every 5 years through 2050.
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(d)
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Preparation.
In
preparing [[the]] any update to the Climate Protection
Plan, the Office [Sustainability Working Group] must:
(1)
consider greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs in other
jurisdictions;
(2)
evaluate the potential costs and benefits of different options for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the County's economy,
environment, health, safety, and welfare; and
(3)
use the best available economic models, emissions estimating
techniques, and other scientific methods.
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Annual report.
The [Sustainability Working Group] Office of
Sustainability must submit a report to the County Executive and County
Council by [[January 15]] February 1 of each year that specifies:
(1)
the actions taken to implement the Climate Protection Plan in the
preceding fiscal year; and
(2)
whether the County is meeting the goals identified in the Climate
Protection Plan.
[18A-15. Carbon tax] [[Reserved]].
[(a)
In
this Section, the following words have the meanings indicated:
"Carbon tax' means a tax that
is
proportionate
to
the amount of carbon
dioxide produced by an energy source.
"Fuel energy tax" means the fuel energy tax imposed under Section 52­
14.
(b)
The Sustainability Working Group must:
(1)
evaluate the costs and benefits of converting the fuel energy tax
to
a carbon tax; and
(2)
submit findings and recommendations to the County Executive
and County Council by January 15, 2009, including a
recommended methodology for converting the fuel energy tax to
a carbon tax.]
18A-16. [Renewable Energy Action Plan] Reserved.
[(a)
Definitions.
In
this Section, the following words have the meanings
indicated:
"Department" means the Department of Environmental Protection.
"Director" means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
"Renewable energy" means the following energy sources or technology:
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(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
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solar;
wind'
,
geothennal;
tidal;
methane from anaerobic decomposition of organic materials in a
landfill or wastewater treatment plant; and
(6)
any other energy source or technology which the Director finds is
derived from natural processes that do not involve the
consumption of exhaustible resources.
"Sustainability Energy Fund" means a non-profit organization which:
(1 )
develops end-user markets for products and services relating to
energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
(2)
serves as a point-of-contact for end-users to obtain information
about products and services relating to energy efficience and
renewable energy.
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"Sustainability Working Group" means the Group defined in Section
18A-13.]
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Study.
The Sustainability Working Group must prepare a Renewable
Energy Action Plan after evaluating the costs and benefits of options to
increase renewable energy use in and by the County, including the
feasibility of creating a Sustainability Energy Fund.]
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Initial report.
The Sustainability Working Group must submit a report
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[(d)
to
the County Executive and County Council by January 15,2009 that
identifies the components ofthe Renewable Energy Action Plan.]
Energy work program.
The County Executive's energy work program,
required by Section 18A-2, must identify any action necessary
to
implement the Renewable Energy Action Plan.]
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18A-17. Definitions.
In
this Article, the following words have the meanings indicated:
["]ASTMf']
means the American Society for Testing and Materials.
["]B20f']
means a biodiesel blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel
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fuels.
["]Biodieself']
means any biomass-based diesel fuel certified by the
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Environmental Protection Agency.
["]Biodiesel blendf']
means a blend ofbiodiesel fuel, designated Bxx, where
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XX represents the volume percentage ofbiodiesel fuel in the blend.
["]Car share program["]
means a program that allows County employees
to
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conduct County business using motor vehicles which:
(l)
(2)
are owned or leased by the County; and
County residents and businesses can lease when they are not being used
for County business.
["]
County jleetf']
means all passenger vehicles and light trucks owned or
leased by the County.
["]
County vehiclef']
means any motor vehicle owned or leased by the County.
["]Departmentf']
means the Department ofGeneral Services.
["]Diesel foelr']
means a distillate fuel for use in diesel engines.
["]Directorf']
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
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designee.
["]Fuel economyf']
means the federal Environmental Protection Agency's
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combined (city and highway) fuel economy estimate for a vehicle.
["]Light trockf']
means a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less
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than 8,500 pounds which is:
(1)
designed primarily for transporting property;
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designed primarily for transporting persons and
has
a capacity of more
than
12 persons; or
(3)
available with special features that enable off-road operation or use.
["]Miles per gallonr']
means the distance traveled in a vehicle powered by one
gallon offuel.
Office
gf
Energy
and
Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of Energy and
Sustainability in the Department of General Services created in Section
18A-[[Jl11l4.:
["]Passenger vehicler']
means a motor vehicle, except a light truck or
motorcycle, designed to carry no more than 12 persons.
["]Public safety vehicler']
means a motor vehicle whose primary purpose is
patrol, transport, emergency response, or another purpose that requires
specialized equipment or capabilities, which is used by:
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
the Department of Police;
the Fire and Rescue Service;
the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; or
any other County department or agency.
["Sustainability Working Group" means the Group defined in Section 18A­
13.]
18A-19. Sport utility vehicles.
(a)
The Office of Energy and Sustainability [Working Group] must conduct
an annual inventory ofthe County's sport utility vehicles and:
(1)
identify the function that each sport utility vehicle performs;
identify the most fuel-efficient type of vehicle that could
reasonably and satisfactorily perform the function that each sport
utility vehicle performs; and
(2)
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eliminate or replace any sport utility vehicle for which a more
fuel-efficient vehicle could reasonably and satisfactorily perform
the identified function.
(b)
The [Sustainability Working Group] Office must develop criteria to
identify which positions in County government should be assigned a
sport utility vehicle from the County fleet. The Director must follow
this criteria when assigning vehicles from the County fleet
18A-20. Fuel economy standards.
(a)
The Office
[[Qf
Sustainability]] [Working Group] must develop a
strategy to achieve a significant improvement in average County fleet
fuel economy standards [[as part of the Climate Protection Plan required
under Section 18A-14]].
(b)
[Applicability.]
This Section does not apply to public safety vehicles.
18A-23. Annual report.
By [[January 15]] Febnwv 1 each year, the Office of Energy and
Sustainability [Working Group] must submit to the County Executive and County
Council a report on the:
(a)
use ofbiodiesel in County vehicles, including the quantity, blend, price
per gallon, and average fuel consumption;
(b)
results of the inventory of sport utility vehicles conducted under Section
18A-19; and
(c)
average fuel economy for passenger vehicles and light trucks in the
County fleet
40-13B. Energy performance aUdits-single family homes.
(a)
Definitions.
In
this Section, the following words have the meanings
indicated:
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means the Department ofEnvironmental Protection.
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["]Directorr']
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
["]Home energy audit["]
means an evaluation of the energy efficiency
of a home which includes any test or diagnostic measurement which the
Department finds necessary to:
(1)
(2)
ensure that a home's energy efficiency is accurately measured; or
identify steps that can
be
taken to improve a home's energy
efficiency.
Office
gf
Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of Sustainability
in
the Department of Environmental Protection created in Section 18A-13.
["]Single-family homer']
means a single-family detached or attached
residential building.
["Sustainability Working Group" means the Group defined in Section
18A-13.]
(b)
Before signing a contract for the sale of a single-family home, the seller
must provide the buyer with:
(1)
material approved by the Department that gives information
about home energy efficiency improvements, including the
benefit of conducting a home energy audit; and
(2)
copies of the electric, gas, and home heating oil bills or cost and
usage history for the single-family home for the immediate prior
12 months, unless the single-family home was unoccupied for the
entire prior 12 months.
If
the seller did not occupy the single­
family home for the entire prior 12 months, the seller must
provide the buyer with the required information for that part of
the prior 12 months, if any, that the seller occupied the single­
family home.
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The Office of Sustainability [Working Group] must evaluate options to
encourage homeowners
to
conduct a home energy audit, including
whether the County should
require
a home energy audit to be conducted
before the sale of a single-family home.
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
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