Preserving the Environment - The Kittleman Record

We cannot deny the effects of climate change.  The impact is devastating and we must work to address it.  Allan Kittleman is ready to continue his unprecedented efforts to address flooding in Ellicott City and expand on his work to improve the county’s environmental footprint.

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In Howard County, people need to look no further than Ellicott City to witness the impact of climate change on the environment.  The devastating floods in 2016 and 2018 demonstrate the escalating frequency and severity of weather events.  The county and its residents have to better prepare for the impacts of climate change through more resilient infrastructure, as well as work to reduce its impacts.

As county executive, Kittleman finalized a Climate Action Plan started by the Ulman administration, as well as took other steps to improve the county’s energy stewardship.

Kittleman hired the county’s first Energy Manager to work in the community to incentivize the use of more renewable energy.  He also extended the Residential High Performance Building Tax Credit and established a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program to incentivize improved energy efficiency throughout the county.

In addition, Kittleman expanded the county’s electric transit bus fleet and brought on board the first ambulance that would run on battery while in park to reduce emissions – almost 150,000 lbs of CO2 over its life.

Kittleman also focused on water quality initiatives, putting the county on a path to exceed its state-mandated requirements to improve the Chesapeake Bay. Kittleman met the MS4 permit on time and under budget by nearly $370 million through innovative technology and project delivery mechanisms, including the county’s first stormwater P3 project.

Kittleman also took steps to reduce the salt used on roadways during winter weather events through new technology.  In addition, Kittleman worked to improve the environment by:

  • Improving pollinator and monarch butterfly habitats by removing neonicotinoid insecticides on county property;
  • Requiring Howard Hughes Corporation to plant over 10,000 trees as part of the Downtown Columbia plan negotiated in 2016; and
  • Providing grants to local climate action organizations, including the first to Howard EcoWorks to protect the environment with job training programs for youth and people incarcerated in the Jessup Detention Center.

A Stark Contrast

While Calvin Ball has sought to continue Allan’s fight against the effects of climate change, he has lost sight of preserving our environment.  As a member of the County Council and Zoning Board for 12 years, Calvin Ball approved every increase in residential development that came before him.

The developments that he approved are now coming to the forefront.

Not only that, but in recent proposals related to the General Plan, there has been more discussion to expand infill development, and even move the water/sewer line.  We need new leadership to stop the undue influence of development companies, and ensure we preserve our environment for future generations.

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