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The City of Rockville is developing our first Climate Action Plan. The purpose of the Climate Action Plan is to identify the most cost-effective and equitable actions to reduce carbon emissions that cause climate change, and to increase the community’s preparedness for changes in weather events.

Maryland is already experiencing more intense heat waves, rainfall events, and storms. For example, July 2020 was Maryland's hottest July on record, and 2018 was one of the wettest years. These changes have implications for buildings, infrastructure and public health. The Climate Action Plan will identify ways to make Rockville more resilient to these effects, with a special focus on reducing impacts to disadvantaged communities and communities of color.

Working together, individuals, businesses, institutions, and visitors can all play a part in creating an equitable and sustainable climate-friendly and climate-ready Rockville. Your responses will help inform the city’s process going forward.

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* 1. Do you (check all that apply)

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* 2. How important is the issue of global warming to you personally?

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* 3. Which of the following climate change hazards are you most concerned about in the Rockville and greater Washington area?

  Not concerned Somewhat concerned Concerned Very concerned
Longer, more frequent and intense heat waves
More frequent cloudbursts and heavy rainfall
Stronger storms
Rising tide and sea levels
Hurricanes and coastal storms
Urban drainage problems
Potomac River flooding
Stream flooding
Potentially worsened air quality
Increased seasonal allergens
Increased pests such as mosquitoes and ticks
Effects on tree health and natural areas
Effects on drinking water, stormwater, transportation, and communications infrastructure
Effects on already vulnerable community members

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* 4. Most of Rockville's emissions come from building energy use (electricity, natural gas) and transportation (gasoline and diesel fuel). Which strategies do you support the city implementing to reduce greenhouse gases emissions?

  Strongly support Moderately support Do not support Unsure/need more information
Negotiate renewable electricity supply for all residents
Provide incentives for rooftop solar programs
Promote commercial building energy efficiency retrofits
Promote residential building energy efficiency retrofits
Promote widespread electric vehicle adoption and build public charger network
Increase recycling compliance and landfill waste diversion
Increase tree planting, cool roofs, and cool pavements on public and private property
Implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and safety measures
Foster more mixed-use and transit-accessible development
Strengthen efficiency requirements for new buildings
Implement efficiency requirements for existing commercial buildings
Upgrade streetlights to high-efficiency
Require energy efficiency rating disclosure at time of sale or time of lease for residential properties
Reduce emissions from city fleet vehicles
Maximize energy efficiency of city facilities and utilities
Install onsite renewable energy on city property, i.e., solar panels

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* 5. I would prefer that the city implement climate actions and programs that...

  Not important Somewhat important Important Very important/crucial
Reduce the most greenhouse gases the fastest
Reduce costs to my children, grandchildren and future generations
Save me money
Save city (taxpayers') money
Show how the city is leading by example
Are automatic, easy to do, or take very little time
Would also meet other needs (provide exercise, improve health, create jobs, improve public safety, improve the environment in other ways, etc.)
Consider racial equity and provide benefits to historically disadvantaged groups

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* 6. I am interested in participating in the following to do my part to help make Rockville environmentally sustainable:

  Yes- interested! Yes- and I already do this! Maybe interested Not interested N/A - does not apply to me
Recycling and reducing waste
Volunteer events 
Purchase solar or wind power through my electric bill
Solar power on roof or a community solar agreement
Replace car with electric-powered model
Community garden, habitat landscaping and organic lawn care
Use electric rideshare service
Energy retrofits for comfortable, efficient homes and businesses
Reducing food waste and composting
Taking more non-auto trips: transit, bike, walk, e-scooters
Planting trees and protecting forest
Reducing my air travel
Carpooling and vanpooling

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* 7. If you answered maybe interested or not interested in Question 6, what are the barriers to your participation in these actions? (Check all that apply.)

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* 8. What is your age?

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* 9. What is your race and ethnicity? Check all that apply

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* 10. What is your gender?

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* 11. What is your total household income?

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* 12. If you wanted to learn more about the Rockville Climate Action Plan, how would you want to learn about it? Check all that apply.

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* 13. To receive the Environment and Sustainability e-newsletter and receive updates on the Climate Action Plan, enter your email address below (or sign up for city newsletters at this link).

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* 14. Please share what brought you to complete this survey today.

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* 15. Please share any other questions, comments, concerns, hopes or dreams pertaining to climate action in Rockville:

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