“Don’t Confuse Activity For Progress”: David Blair Lays Out His Environmental Vision

Rockville, Md., April 7, 2022 -- David Blair challenged the other candidates for Montgomery County Executive to set and implement tangible and meaningful steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions and protect the County’s natural resources at the Montgomery Green Forum on Wednesday in Silver Spring.

“Don’t confuse activity for progress,” Blair said. “We’ve seen a lot of activity since the County declared a Climate Emergency in 2017, but very little progress.”

Blair detailed his Environmental Progress Plan, which includes planting 10,000 trees a year, tripling solar energy production in the County, starting countywide curbside composting collection, building net-zero energy County Government buildings, and protecting streams by boosting climate resiliency with improved stormwater infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Blair’s opponents - County Executive Marc Elrich, Councilmember Tom Hucker, and Councilmember Hans Riemer - blamed each other for their lack of environmental progress since all three voted in December 2017 to declare a Climate Emergency.

After four years of taxpayer-funded consultations and strategic planning, Montgomery County released its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June 2021. The first major legislative initiative tied to the CAP was introduced in May 2021 and advanced out of the Council’s Transportation & Environment Committee last week - nearly 11 months since it was introduced and more than four years since the County declared a Climate Emergency requiring it to “initiate a massive global mobilization to restore a safe climate and build a sustainable economy.”

“I bring a fresh perspective and executive experience in leading teams to accomplish big things that we need now more than ever to accomplish our climate goals,” Blair said.

The Montgomery County Green Forum was held at the Silver Spring Civic Building and hosted by the Audubon Naturalist Society, Conservation Montgomery, Friends of Ten Mile Creek, Montgomery Countryside Alliance, One Montgomery Green, Rock Creek Conservancy, Stormwater Partners Network, and Sugarloaf Citizens Association. Video of the forum is available here.