In 2008, Council Vice President Roger Berliner was the lead sponsor of seven environmental bills that the County Executive and the County Council enacted which combined to form one of the nation's foremost global warming programs by a County government.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett also established a County Sustainability Working Group which developed a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The climate action plan includes 58 actionable recommendations covering seven areas: renewable energy; residential building energy efficiency; commercial, multi-family and public building energy efficiency; transportation; forestry and agriculture; long-term planning and education and outreach.
In addition to enforcing consumer protection laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive business acts and practices, OCP has two specific roles in the area of Energy and Environmental Advocacy:
Collaborate with other County Agencies to advocate for the County’s interests in obtaining the lowest possible utility rates consistent with environmental stewardship. (Energy and Environmental Advocacy)
Assist home sellers and buyers to obtain information about home energy efficiency improvements and energy costs by administering a law which requires home sellers to disclose this information when they sell a single-family home. (Energy Performance Audits).