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Earth Hour is March 24 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Earth Hour is March 24 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Join millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for Earth Hour! Earth Hour is a movement to unite people around the world to making positive changes for the environment. By turning off lights and electronics for one hour, millions of people join together to make a statement that they care about… Read More

Gaithersburg: Partner in Energy

Gaithersburg: Partner in Energy
At DEP, we truly believe that our partners are key to making Montgomery County as green as it can be. This “Partners in Energy” series profiles a local leader, advocate, or trailblazer who is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and helping the county realize its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the… Read More

A window into the restoration of a stream and pond system: the Bedfordshire Project

A window into the restoration of a stream and pond system: the Bedfordshire Project
Did you know that the Department of Environmental Protection restores streams and creeks throughout Montgomery County? The Restoration Team at DEP has been working on a project to restore a stream and retrofit a stormwater pond in the Bedfordshire neighborhood, to help reverse the effects of decades of largely uncontrolled runoff in the Kilgour Branch Stream Valley… Read More

How to decrease your home’s carbon footprint

How to decrease your home’s carbon footprint
Home buyers and owners from coast to coast have zeroed in on cost and energy-saving features in an effort to boost sustainability and make homes more efficient and cost effective. There are many simple and effective ways to reduce home energy use simply by adjusting personal habits. Turning off lights and adjusting the temperature settings are a… Read More

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!
The RainScapes program offers low-cost trainings to residents of Montgomery County, MD who are interested in using their property to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  RainScapes, include rain barrels, rain gardens and conservation landscaping. These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out! Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop Workshop Dates and Times: Wednesday,… Read More

Environmental Protection Open House this Sunday!

Environmental Protection Open House this Sunday!
Board Members and Property Managers of Homeowners and Condo Associations, Co-ops and Multifamily Housing are Invited   The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) will present the first Environmental Protection Open House on Sunday, February 25… Read More

Registration is now open for GreenFest exhibitors and vendors

Registration is now open for GreenFest exhibitors and vendors
The 4th Annual Greenfest, Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival, will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring. Online registration is open now for exhibitors and vendors interested in becoming one of the 100 groups on display during the festival. Greenfest is designed… Read More

Don’t turn your trash can into a fire hazard

Don’t turn your trash can into a fire hazard
Materials improperly placed into the trash can be significant fire hazards, capable of starting fires when: mixed in loads of waste in refuse collection trucks, on rail cars on the way to waste processing and disposal facilities, or while waste is being processed at Montgomery County’s Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station or Resource… Read More

Registration open for the Fifth Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit

Registration open for the Fifth Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit
The Fifth Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit is set for Wednesday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Plaza.  Co-hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Green Building Council – National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR), the Montgomery County Energy Summit is focused… Read More
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