“Eco Evenings with DEP and OMG,” a series of virtual town halls open to County residents to discuss relevant environmental topics that are important locally, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, with Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich making opening remarks. The new series is sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG). Eco Evenings will be hosted by Adam Ortiz, director of DEP, and Wendy Howard, executive director of OMG. They will lead discussions on timely environmental topics, answer questions and engage with special guests.
This series will have new discussions on the last Wednesday of each month. We are taking a break in July and August. See you in September!
The events are free to join for residents. We are taking a break July and August. See you in September!
Did you miss any of the town halls? Watch the recordings.
Eco Evenings: Earth Month – April 28, 2021
In celebration of April as Earth Month, the featured topics of the opening discussion will be on climate actions, including highlights from the County’s Climate Action Plan; plans for a new “County tree;” and details about plogging, a new County-wide, anti-litter campaign.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4WgKh08Fd_g
Eco Evenings: Clean Water Montgomery – May 26, 2021
Clean Water Montgomery with a focus is on helping residents understand what it means and what it takes to help clean our waters.
Featured speakers include community partners and DEP staff providing tips for what people can do at home to clean waters in Montgomery County. The Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) will highlight grant recipients as part of the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program that funds public outreach and stewardship projects, community-based restoration water quality implementation projects, and litter reduction projects in the Anacostia River Watershed. #EcoEvenings
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uy7qUqUpYe0
Eco Evenings: Environmental Health – June 30, 2021
DEP and OMG are hosting this Eco Evening to engage diverse communities to understand issues of concern, particularly related to the environment and environmental health.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/e-yC1A_COYI
“Eco Evenings are a great idea from the Department of Environmental Protection and One Montgomery Green to engage our constituents through thoughtful discussions to improve our environment,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “We are running out of time before climate change impacts become catastrophic. We must have a sense of urgency about saving and protecting our environment.
These virtual townhalls are a great opportunity to share new ideas and solutions to address the climate challenges we face as a County.”
“I’m excited to begin this new collaboration with the OMG team,” said DEP Director Ortiz. “We strive to be public leaders in the movement toward a greener future. Eco Evenings is a great way to connect with the public to discuss ideas and environmental innovations that allow us to work toward a shared goal.”
OMG Director Howard said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with DEP for Eco Evenings. This is a perfect fit for the type of work that OMG takes on and it is a great way to bring County residents together with the eco experts.”
For more information about DEP, vist https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep/.
For more information about OMG, visit https://onemontgomerygreen.org.