In celebration of Energy Action Month which takes place annually in October and Storm Water Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2020, Montgomery Energy Connection launched the #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge in partnership with the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration, a program of Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.
Plogging is a wacky way of saying “pick up litter while you jog or walk”. Plogging was invented by Swedish outdoorsman and environmentalist Erik Ahlström. The phrase plogging comes from plocka, the Swedish word for pick up. Plogging is an eco-friendly exercise that involves picking up trash while jogging or walking as a way to clean up litter while also taking care of your health.
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.
The #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge encourages people to make picking up litter a habit to prevent stormwater pollution and while you are outside, you are using less energy in your homes!
Our social media campaign, #MontgomeryPlogs will be featured on the Montgomery Energy Connection Instagram(@mcenergyconnection) account and MCDEP accounts. Simply share a photo of you plogging in Montgomery County to be entered in a drawing to receive a Plog-Along Pack!
Drawings will be held monthly through the end of June 2021.
To be eligible, you must either tag our account (@mcenergyconnection) or use our hashtag #MontgomeryPlogs when you share your photos on Instagram. You can also submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org (or click the ‘Email’ button in our profile).
Montgomery Parks also presents Virtual Winter Bingo and guess what is on the board?! PLOGGING!!! Help keep the parks clean by plogging and Get BINGO by completing activities on five squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Be sure to take pictures of you or your family doing the activities as you collect BINGO, then enter our drawing for an exciting prize! Three winners will each receive a $50 credit on your Active Montgomery account that can be used for Montgomery Parks’ rentals or programs! To enter the drawing, follow the rules below and submit the entry form on this page.
Use the hashtag #MoCoWinterBingo to show off your Bingo skills online. Check out the list of January activities by downloading the January Bingo Card here.
During Stormwater Awareness Week, we had lots of people who emailed their plogging pictures or posted using the #MontogmeryPlogs Challenge and won Plog Along packs – CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, here is what they received: a Plog Along Pack with a plogging bag, trash picker upper, hand sanitizer, gloves, Montgomery Together face mask, and an LED flashlight.
This webpage describes the official rules (“Official Rules”) of the Plogging Challenge organized by the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) and Montgomery Energy Connection (“MEC”), (the “Challenge”).
The objective of this Challenge is to provide Montgomery County residents a fun engaging way to raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing the opportunity to take action and help with stormwater pollution prevention by cleaning up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc. The Plogging Challenge is a campaign meant to continue after the kick-off week in which it is promoted, the idea is to incentivize people to make picking up litter a habit to prevent stormwater pollution.
How to PLAY
Subject to the legal requirements outlined above, daily and monthly drawing winners will receive via mail:
Participation constitutes the Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Game, the Participant is representing and warranting that he/she/they has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. By submitting your photo via email, you agree to receive emails, promotions, and general messages from Montgomery Energy Connection. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Participant, DEP and MEC in relation to the Challenge. They govern the Participant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Participant, DEP and MEC and relating to the Challenge. By sending us your photos and videos, you are agreeing to our standard Terms of Service and the additional terms set forth below:
By submitting your photo(s) or video, you agree that such photo(s) and/or videos and the accompanying information will become the property of montgomeryenergyconnection.org and you grant montgomeryenergyconnection.org, the Montgomery Energy Connection and their affiliates permission to publicly display, copy, reproduce and use the photographs and video in any form or media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for any and all editorial and related promotional purposes without making payment or other remuneration to you or any third party. You represent and warrant that (i) the photo and/or video is your original work, or is properly licensed by you, and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and (ii) you have obtained any and all releases and permissions necessary for us to publicly display, copy, reproduce and use the photo and/or video as described above. Your submission also allows montgomeryenergyconnection.org to edit, crop or otherwise alter any submission as it chooses. Monthly winners will be announced the second Monday of each month on Instagram and in the monthly newsletter.