Earth Month 2021

March 31, 2021
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Celebrate Earth Month 2021



This year, we are teaming up with our community partners to bring you free online and in-person education and activities throughout the month of April.


Announcing …

#MontgomeryPlogs #PloggingChallenge


Do you plog? Plogging entails jogging/walking and quickly stopping to pick up trash while you’re on the go.  The Plogging Challenge is a fun engaging way to raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing Montgomery County residents the opportunity to take action and help with stormwater pollution prevention by cleaning up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc.

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GreenFest will take place throughout the month of April with a series of free online and in-person events and activities that include educational workshops, an environmental film festival, community cleanups, and family-friendly games and scavenger hunts.

Follow us on social #MCGreenFest

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CFL Bulbs – Recycle Right

The Recycle Right—CFLs Contain Mercury campaign is focused on educating the public about how and why to recycle the lightbulbs that contain mercury.

CFLs use one-third of the electricity, and last up to 10 times longer, than incandescent light bulbs. CFLs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and reduce electricity bills—while lessening carbon footprints—but they should not be thrown into the trash.

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Capital Area Solar Co-op

For the first time in jurisdictional history – Montgomery County is joining the town of Poolesville, cities of Bowie, Falls Church, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma Park, and Washington DC as well as Arlington and Frederick County in an effort to promote residential solar installations!

Launched on April 1, 2021, this is no April’s Fool’s Joke, this cooperative, collaborative Co-op opportunity will be available from April – August 2021 for residents all over the Capital Area!

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Energy Summit

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, which will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. The Summit is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, May 4-6. Event hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Early registration is $70 through April 10 for access to the full Summit pass, which includes the slate of education sessions and virtual networking events. After April 10, regular registration is $85. Single-day tickets are $45 for Day 1; $30 for Day 2 and Day 3. Scholarships will be made available for students and government professionals. Register at

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Save the Date!

Beautifying Montgomery County through Plogging

Leslie Wilcox, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Valeria Espinoza, Montgomery Parks

Thursday, April 1 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required:

Plogging? Never heard of it? Join this virtual lecture to learn about this new trend in environmental activism. Plogging is a great challenge to take on this spring while helping you to get outdoors. Its part jogging, part picking up litter. You’ll learn about the community cleanup initiatives of Montgomery County groups working together on this important campaign and how you can get involved throughout Earth Month in April. There will be weekly challenges for you to tackle that offer an assortment of prizes.


DISCUSSION: ¿Cómo puedo ayudar yo?

Thursday, April 8 / 7pm – 8:30pm
Zoom link:
Or via telephone – Dial: (301) 715 8592 / Webinar ID: 951 3107 2528

Únase a los esfuerzos que protegen nuestras comunidades y el medio ambiente. Acompañe a agencias del Condado De Montgomery, Montgomery Parks, y organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales como (en orden alfabética) Audubon Naturalist Society, CHEER, CHISPA de MD, Defensores de la Cuenca, y Latino Outdoors mientras discuten los esfuerzos ambientales que se llevan a cabo en el condado de Montgomery y las diversas formas en que la comunidad Latina puede unirse a los esfuerzos que protegen nuestras comunidades y el medio ambiente.
*Esta discusión solo sera en español.

Join efforts to protect our communities and the environment. Join Montgomery County agencies, Montgomery Parks and local nonprofits such as the Audubon Naturalist Society, CHEER, CHISPA of MD, Defensores de la Cuenca, and Latino Outdoors, as we discuss current environmental efforts in Montgomery County and the various ways the Latino community can join to protect our communities and the environment.
* This lecture will be offered in Spanish.


WORKSHOP: Aiming for Zero Waste: Compost Food Scraps in Your Backyard

Kathy Vazquez, Recycling and Resource Management Division
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Thursday, April 22 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required:

Join DEP for a virtual hands-on workshop to learn how to compost various types of food scraps in your backyard using rodent-proof compost bins. We will discuss the acceptable types of materials that can be composted, best practices to manage the composting process to prevent critters and odor, and what to do with the amazing “black gold” after the materials are composted. Composting food scraps in your backyard reduces the amount of trash that ends up in the county dump while providing you with rich soil amendments to grow healthier plants.


FILM: The Story of Plastic (Viewing & Panel Discussion)

Tuesday, April 27 / 7:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE / Registration required:

Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our watersheds, bays and ocean and poisoning communities around the world. What are we doing to increase recycling and eliminate plastic waste? Join environmental leaders to discuss the efforts underway in Montgomery County and Maryland to reduce our waste stream and improve our environment.






WORKSHOP: Creating a Planter with Native Plants

Image of plants blooming in a County rain garden.

Ann English, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
RainScapes Program Manager

Thursday, April 29 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required:

This lecture will highlight the benefits of using native plants to beautify your garden while helping to support local wildlife and pollinators. Participants will have the chance to win one native plant container (details below). Ann will walk participants through the steps needed to create a beautiful planter using plants native to our region. Ann will demonstrate how to plant the right combination of thrillers, fillers, and spillers to create a beautiful composition rich in color, texture, and form. Plant options will be discussed for both sun and shade gardens.

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