Welcoming the Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County to our website!

Envision Frederick County is very pleased to host a section of our website for use by the Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County!

Working with Karen Russell, the founder and coordinator of the working group, Envision Frederick County has set up a new section of our website, dedicated to and for use by the nearly two year old Climate Change Working Group of Frederick County.

We have added a few expandable sub-sections to the group’s portion of the site, 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 with their efforts. Stay tuned!

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

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

The Climate Change Working Group has grown it’s participants and efforts steadily, and meets regularly. We at Envision Frederick County are very glad to be able to help the group reach more folks in and around the county.

Please check out their section of our site, come back to see more as it expands, and don’t hesitate to let Karen know if you are interested in learning more or getting involved!

Photo from the December meeting of the Climate Change Working Group