Bill No.
6--14
Concerning: Environmental Sustainabilitv
- Office
of Sustainabilitv - Established
Draft No. _3_
Revised:
4/1712014
Introduced:
January 28,2014
Enacted:
June 10, 2014
Executive:
June 17, 2014
Effective:
September 16,2014
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2014
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmembers Andrews, and Navarro
AN
ACT
to:
(1)
create
a Office of Sustainability in the Department ofEnvironmental Protection;
(2)
create a Office of Energy and Sustainability in the Department ofGeneral Services:
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specify the duties of [[the Office]] these Offices;
[[(3)]]
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repeal and reassign the duties of the Sustainability Working Group;
and
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generally amend County law on environmental sustainability.
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 4O-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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Underiining
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law
by
original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by
amendment.
Existing law 'U1U!IJected by bill.
The County Councilfor Montgomery County, Maryland approves thefollowing 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 buildingf']
means a building which is owned or leased by the
County.
["]Energy base/ine["]
means the amount of energy consumed each year
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 planf']
means a plan to reduce a COllllty
building's energy costs, including related operation and maintenance
costs.
["]Energy performance contractf']
means a contract which provides for
the performance of services for the design, acquisition, installation,
testing, operation, maintenance, or repair of an identified energy
conservation measure or series ofmeasures in a County building.
["]ENERGY STAR ratingf']
means the ENERGY STAR rating
developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency which
reflects a building's energy efficiency.
["]Energy unit savings planf']
means a plan to reduce the amount of
energy
used
by a County building, as measured
in
kilowatt hours or
British thermal units.
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["]Nationa/ energy performance rating systemr']
means the rating
system developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency
under which a building may obtain the ENERGY STAR rating.
Office gf Enen:J' and Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of
Energy and Sustainability in the Department of General Services
created under Section 18A-[t:.ll]]l1:.
["Sustainability Working Group" means the Group, defined in Section
18A-13.]
(b)
Requirements.
Group] must:
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;
(2)
submit an
initial
report to the County Executive and County
Council by [[January IS,]] [2009] Februarv
1.
2015 which
summarizes the energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and
energy cost savings plan for each County building; and
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c)
(3)
submit an annual report to the County Executive and County
Council by [[January IS]] February I 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.
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:
(l)
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
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(2)
options
to minimize
the impact on affordable housing of
achieving the ENERGY STAR rating under the national energy
perfonnance 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.]
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[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 lliuminating Engineering Society of
North America.
(b)
The Sustainability Working Group must:
(1)
evaluate
the
costs
and
benefits
of
adopting
the
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ASRAEIUSGBVCIIESNA 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
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 of greenhouse gas emission allowances.
["]Carbon dioxide equivalentr']
means a given weight of a greenhouse gas
that has the same global warming potential, measured over a specified time, as
a given weight of carbon dioxide.
["]
Climate Protection Planr']
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 emissions["]
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.
["]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,
hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and
sul:fur
hexafluoride, and any other
gas or substance the Director finds to be a significant contributor to global
warmmg.
Home Energy Score
means an evaluation of the energy efficiency of a home
using the process developed by the Ui1i.ted States Department ofEnergy.
[[Office
gf
Sustainabilitv
or
Office
means the Office of Sustainability created
in Section
18A-13.]]
Sustainability
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[[.
]];;:;13.
[Sustainability Working Group] Department of Environmental
Protection - Office of Sustainability.
[(a)
Definition.
In
this Section, "Group" means the Sustainability Working
Group.]
[(b)
Established.
The Executive must appoint, subject to confirmation 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)
(D)
Environmental Protection;
Economic Development;
Finance;
General Services;
Management and Budget;
Pemritting Services;
Public Information; and
Transportation
(E)
(F)
(G)
(H)
(3)
The Executive must invite one representative from each of the
following to serve as an ex officio member:
(A)
County Council;
County 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:
The public
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)
(E)
representatives ofthe business community;
representatives of land development or building interests;
representatives of energy 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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[(e)
(4)
[(d)
(F)
(G)
(H)
(I)
(5)
The term of each member is
3
years. If a member is appointed to
fill a vacancy before a term 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.
(3)
The Group meets at the call of the Co-chairs. The Group must
meet
as
often as necessary to perform 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 canying out any function
of the Group. Any subcommittee must consist of at least 3 members.
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[(f)
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.]
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;
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prepare a Renewable Energy Action Plan as required under
Section 18A-16 and
(10) evaluate
the
costs
and
benefits
of
adopting
the
ASHRAE/USGBClIESNA 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.]
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Annual report.
By Januruy 15 each year, the Group must submit to the
Executive and Council an annual report on:
(1)
(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 ofbiodiesel 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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[(i)
(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.]
Advocacy.
The Group must not engage in any legislative advocacy at
the State or federal levels unless that activity is approved by the Office
ofIntergovernmental Relations.]
[0)
Staff.
The Chief Administrative Officer must provide appropriate staff
to the Group.]
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Created
[[Th~
Deparbnent of Environmental Protection must create]]
There is an Office of Sustainability in the Department ofEnvironmental
Protection.
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Duties.
The Office must:
[[(1) 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 sport 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 (21]]
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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auditing and assessment of residential properties. including
evaluating whether the County should reguire 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 nrivate 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:
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benchmarking and assessment of commercial and multi­
family properties:
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energy efficiency retrofits;
uti1ization of available incentives from government
utilities. and the private sector. including alternative
financing programs such as the
Property
Assessed Clean
Energy program: and
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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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evaluating and promoting other robust third party green
certification and reporting prosrams:
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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tree and forest programs by:
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developing and disseminating information regarding the
planting. care. and protection oftrees and forests;
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developing 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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developing 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 support ofthese activities: and
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compiling and disseminating information on the status of
the Countv's tree and forest resource on a regular basis:
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promote partnership development and civic engagement by:
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maintaining and leveraging partnerships with local
community groups. civic organizations. HOAs and
businesses
to expand
the
Countv's
environmental
educational reach
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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:
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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 emerging
sustainability issues:
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providing any other
data
and analytical efforts in supoort
of County's sustainability objectives: and
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everY 2 years. beginning on [[January 151] February
1.
2015. applying 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.
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[[January
12.]]
February 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
implement the Climate Protection
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and
whether the County is meeting the goals identified in the Climate
Protection Plan as
required
under Section
18A-lll411
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its activities
to
enhance tree canopy in the County; and
the score established under paragraph (bX6)(F).
18A-14. Department of General Services - Office of Energy and Sustainability.
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Created
There is an Office of Energy and Sustainability in the
Department of General Services.
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:
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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
sDlar and other clean energy sources across County facilities,
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coordinate with the Office of Procurement
to
develDp green and
environmentally preferable purchasing plans:
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develop
initiatives.
plans,
and
projects
to'
reduce
the
envirDnmental impact of CDunty Dperations and fDster a culture
ofsustainability within the County Government: and
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prepare and submit data summarizing effDrts to reduce the
environmental impact of County operatiDns to any annual
Sustainability report prepared by the CDunty Executive
collaboration with Dther Departments and Agencies.
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Annual report.
By [[January 15]) February 1 each year. the Office must
submit to the [[CDunty Executive and]] County Council an annual
repDrt on:
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its activities. accomplishments. plans. and Dbjectives:
actions taken to reduce the energy consumption and impact Df
fleet operations;
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the use Df biDdiesel fuels
in
County vehicles. results of the sport
utility vehicle inventory. and the average fuel economy for
passenger vehicles and light trucks in the CDunty 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
building]] the County's portfolio of buildings as required 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 of greenhouse 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.
[1SA-1S. 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.]
1SA-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;
geothermal;
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.
"Sustainability Working Group" means the Group defined in Section
18A-13.]
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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
to the County Executive and County Council by January 15,2009 that
identifies the components ofthe Renewable Energy Action Plan.]
[(d)
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:
["]ASTM["]
means the American Society for Testing and Materials.
["]B20r']
means a biodiesel blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petrolewn diesel
fuels.
["]BiodieseZr']
means any biomass-based diesel fuel certified by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
["]BiodieseZ blend["]
means a blend of biodiesel fuel, designated Bxx, where
XX represents the volwne percentage ofbiodiesel fuel in the blend.
["]Car share program["]
means a program that allows County employees to
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 fleetr']
means all passenger vehicles and light trucks owned or
leased by the County.
["]County vehicler'l
means any motor vehicle owned or leased by the County.
["]Departmentr']
means the Department of General Services.
["]DieselfoeZf']
means a distillate fuel for use in diesel engines.
["]Directorr'l
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
["]FueZ economyr'l
means the federal Environmental Protection Agency's
combined (city and highway) fuel economy estimate for a vehicle.
["]Light truck["]
means a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less
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.
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["]Miles-
per
gallonr']
means the distance traveled
in
a vehicle powered by one
gallon of fuel.
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gf
Energy
and
Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of Energy and
Sustainability
in
the Department of General Services created
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Section
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["]Passenger vehicler']
means a motor vehicle, except a light truck or
motorcycle, designed to carry no more than
12
persons.
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["]Public safoty vehiclef']
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:
(l)
(2)
(3)
(4)
the Department ofPolice;
the Fire and Rescue Service;
the Department ofCorrection 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 of the County's sport utility vehicles and:
(1)
(2)
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
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eliminate or replace any sport utility vehicle for which a more
fuel-efficient vehicle could reasonably and satisfactorily perfonn
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
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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]]
February
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 ofthe 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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["]Departmentf']
means the Department of Environmental Protection.
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["]Directorr']
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
["]Home energy auditr']
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 g[ Sustainability
or
Office
means the Office of Sustainability in
the Department ofEnvironmental 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 infonnation
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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