Climate Resilience

Protecting lives and property by building climate resilience.

If we want to understand how to create climate resilience within Baltimore County, we have to recognize our history. What is now considered Baltimore County was created by urban sprawl as wealthier individuals headed north away from Baltimore City, searching for clean and breathable air and open space. As the population continued to grow, smaller enclaves were established. Resulting in further sprawl, disconnected business corridors, inadequate public transportation, and ultimately a strained infrastructure. As the infrastructure continues to age and climate resilience is an important topic, now more than ever, the County must find solutions to combat climate change.

Tony believes that is more than one answer to solve our climate issues. For the County, we need to partner with local environmental experts and jurisdictions to create and implement a strategy that recommends:

  • Recognizing the importance of the Urban-Rural Demarcation Line
  • Improving wildlife linkages along waterways and through urban areas
  • Linking parks and open spaces through trails and other infrastructure networks
  • Identifying areas for open space conversation based on potential environmental impacts to properties
  • Requiring developers to maintain a natural open vegetation barrier
  • Strongly recommending developers to build or bring commercial properties to a minimum LEED Silver Certified
  • Using the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and U.S. HUD Comunity Resilience Toolkit as starting points to engage the community in conversations around climate

By incorporating these components into a strategy, together, we can work to create a thriving District 2.

NOTES

  • Climate change is a global issue, and we are experiencing warmer temperatures and more extreme weather events.
  • Locally, we can address this issue by educating residents about the value of utilizing renewable energy, weatherizing our homes,
  • investing in energy-efficient appliances,
  • reducing water waste,
  • planting trees
  • recycling, and limiting the use of fossil fuels.
  • Providing opportunities for homeowners and businesses to use clean and renewable energy.