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Updates to ENERGY STAR® building metrics coming this August

Updates to ENERGY STAR® building metrics coming this August
If you benchmark one or more properties in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, you’ll likely see a change in your buildings’ 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores and other source energy metrics after August 26, 2018. That’s because EPA is updating performance metrics in Portfolio Manager based on the most recent market data available. This is part of… Read More

Announcing the 2018 Energy Express schedule!

Announcing the 2018 Energy Express schedule!
Energy Express was such a success last year, that we’re returning in 2018 with a brand new program! This year, we’ll be at 18 libraries in June and July with an educational activity focused on electricity and conserving energy. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection hosts Energy Express in partnership with Montgomery County Public… Read More

Blue Spotlight On: The Anacostia Watershed

Blue Spotlight On: The Anacostia Watershed
This is the first in an upcoming series where we put the “Blue Spotlight” on a local watershed. You’ll get a quick look at this watershed and some of the challenges and opportunities to keep it healthy. About the Anacostia Watershed The 176 square mile Anacostia watershed spans Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and the… Read More

Check out Episode 10 of My Green Montgomery TV!

Check out Episode 10 of My Green Montgomery TV!
In this episode of My Green Montgomery, hosted by Susan Stark, DEP expands its ability to recycle, the Department of General Services adds new electric vehicles to its fleet and installs solar panels for energy independence, and we visit a local Montgomery County Public School that installed a rain garden.    

A Focus on Growth: Newport Mill Middle School’s Bioretention Garden

A Focus on Growth: Newport Mill Middle School’s Bioretention Garden
Have you noticed how plants can look very different at different times? This can be particularly noticeable at your own home as you await the first bloom of your favorite flowers. Perhaps a gorgeous azalea or the sweet smell of a fragrant lilac in Spring, or again in Autumn when the leaves take on a… Read More

Meet the Magical Glomalin: Perhaps the most important glue in the world!

Meet the Magical Glomalin: Perhaps the most important glue in the world!
Ever wonder what holds the soil together? It’s not Velcro, tape, or oil: it’s glomalin, a sticky glycoprotein that glues sand, silt, clay, and organic matter together, to create soil aggregates. This creates what farmers and gardeners call “tilth,” which is a feeling of smooth soil granules that flow through your fingers. It’s also naturally… Read More

GreenFest Gravy: Businesses see benefits too

GreenFest Gravy: Businesses see benefits too
GreenFest is billed as a family-friendly celebration with music, exhibitors, and games focused on engaging and inspiring the public. But at an event of the size and scale of GreenFest, it is not just Montgomery County residents who benefit. Area businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations also take away new knowledge, ideas and partnerships to… Read More

It’s Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! Take a selfie for the Bay

It’s Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! Take a selfie for the Bay
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Craig Rice proclaimed the first week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in Montgomery County. Residents are encouraged to celebrate by participating in Chesapeake Bay awareness activities or visiting a local waterway. “There are more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams in Montgomery County that flow… Read More
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