Climate Change Working Group

The Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County is very pleased to launch this online home, hosted by Envision Frederick County on their website.

Working with Karen Russell, the founder and coordinator of our working group, Envision Frederick County has set up this separate and expandable section of their site, dedicated for our use.

At this time, the Climate Change Working Group section of this site has a few sub-sections, including a blog, a calendar for upcoming meetings and related local/regional events, a page for a variety of climate change-related resources and links, and a page with some information for those who might like to get more involved.

Check it out, and stay tuned!

Some or most of the group’s blog entries will also show up on the Envision Frederick County guest blog page and home page. The current, minimal, one-page entitled “Information and Resources” will expand into a larger set of pages, with a lot of information and helpful resources organized by a variety of relevant categories.

Please also note that the Climate Change Working Group’s part of the Envision Frederick County website has a distinct set of navigation links in the left hand column of all of our pages.

The Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) was founded in 2016, in recognition of the need to prepare more quickly for a climate that is already changing. Open to members of the general public, the CCWG seeks to participate with other organizations and partners in building a community that thinks globally and acts locally by adopting short-range solutions while establishing long-range goals and planning mechanisms that facilitate the societal preparations required to respond and adapt to change.

The Climate Change Working Group was founded by Karen Russell, a ceramicist and certified Master Naturalist who has lived in Frederick County since 2002.

Karen worked as the public relations director for Dundalk Community College, then managed a biotech incubator for the Johns Hopkins institutions (University & Health System). Later, she established a successful pottery business, selling her handmade stoneware at art festivals and farmers markets. Karen’s commitment to environmental advocacy stems from experiences both personal and professional. She and her husband, a biologist, spent years living in an old wooden farm house in second-growth forest, deepening her appreciation for nature and her awareness of issues such as habitat loss. Later, as a volunteer with the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit, Karen taught about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, expanding her understanding of the climate threats facing our ecosystem, such as rising sea levels. Karen believes that it’s imperative for communities to come together to address climate change, ensuring a viable future for all our children.

Photo from the December meeting of the Climate Change Working Group