Categories for Climate

The Benefits of Switching to Induction Cooking

One of the key actions in Montgomery County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is to require newly constructed buildings to be all-electric and to electrify all new and existing buildings by 2035. In 2018, 50% of the county’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions came from buildings, with the majority coming from processes using electricity and natural gas. Building emissions are primarily generated by using

Putting Science on Display: The Universities at Shady Grove BSE Facility

On July 22, 2021, Associate Principal Rick Fredlund of the architecture firm Cooper Carry accepted USGBC’s Midsummer Night’s Green award for the Universities at Shady Grove’s new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education (BSE) Facility. The award is one of several earned by the project in 2021, joining a IIDA Georgia Best of the Best Award and a NAOIP DC/MD Chapter Award of Excellence for Best Institutional Facility.   The facility is a product of a successful collaboration of

Apply to Serve on the Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee!

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill five vacancies on the Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee. All members must be technically knowledgeable and interested in climate change, energy, and air quality, and individuals with professional experience, education, and knowledge in these fields are particularly encouraged to apply. All members must be Montgomery

Extra Credit Opportunities: Learn about the climate this summer! 

While MCPS may be out for the summer, there’s no need for students to pause their climate education. Numerous organizations are offering affordable, virtual camps and workshops focused on the environment and climate change. These educational opportunities are a great way for your student to begin or continue building their knowledge of climate issues.  To all Montgomery County students, we wish you a happy summer and happy learning! 

Meet the 2021 Summer Interns and Fellow!

Montgomery County’s climate planning team is excited to welcome four interns and a fellow for the summer. Dora, Laura, Sara, Susannah, and Matthew are passionate individuals committed to addressing climate issues and to helping Montgomery County achieve its climate goals. They will each work on a variety of projects, including writing articles, researching mitigation strategies, analyzing data, and supporting climate action efforts. Read below to get to know our 2021

Climate Stories Ambassador

  Montgomery County is partnering with Climate Stories Project to offer a virtual three-part training program this summer to help you tell your story and carry out interviews and share others’ stories. The goal is to amplify the rich diversity of voices and perspectives in our community and stimulate creative climate solutions. Community Partners We

Are you smarter than our Environmental Leaders?

Blog, courtesy of Bethesda Green.     Bethesda Green’s Environmental Leaders Program is an experiential school-year long sustainability program for high school seniors in Montgomery County. The training focuses on environmental stewardship and community engagement through a series of projects. Applications for the 2021 – 2022 program are rolling. Apply here. Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Environmental Leaders for

Montgomery County PLOGGING Challenge!

What is plogging?? It started as a fitness trend in Sweden! People organized picking up trash while jogging to better enjoy their route. They would post photos of them jogging and picking up trash to challenge others to do the same! The term “Plogging” is a combination of two Swedish words: “plocka upp” (to pick

Nominations Sought for 2021 Environmental Awards

Know of an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve Gaithersburg’s environment? Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Environmental Awards. City residents, businesses, neighborhood associations, and organizations within Gaithersburg’s City limits are eligible. Schools and entities whose student body or membership is comprised of at least 10 percent City residents may

Draft Climate Action Plan – We Want Your Feedback!

The Climate Action Plan is the County’s strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035. The actions and technical analyses presented in the plan build upon the work of more than 200 volunteer members of the Climate Technical Workgroups, community groups, County employees and

Calling all artists and climate justice activists! Winners Selected!

  Update: Winners of the Climate Change Art Contest (PDF, 3.92MB) Press Release: Montgomery County Announces Climate Change Art Contest Winners Calling all artists and climate justice activists! Montgomery County is hosting a competition for artwork to be featured in the county’s climate action plan. What photos, drawings, poems, digital art, and memes (yes, we
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A Deeper Dive into Montgomery County’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory 

By Julia Brown and Tenzin Yangkey A critical focus of Montgomery County is addressing the causes and impacts of climate change in order to ensure a healthy and equitable future for all of its residents. In 2017, the Montgomery County Council adopted the Emergency Climate Mobilization Resolution, which called for an 80% reduction in County greenhouse
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Montgomery County to Use Climate Lens for Future Budgeting Decisions

by Julia McMurry, Climate Intern  A community-based workgroup released its final recommendations in October 2020 in a publicly-available report detailing how to integrate climate considerations into County budgets. The Climate Change Budgeting Process Workgroup comprised 15 volunteer members with backgrounds ranging from public administration and policy to finance and environmental science. Since August 2020, they have been working with

Climate Change at the Local Level: Protecting Our Watershed

When we think of climate change we often think of melting ice caps, rising sea-levels, extreme weather, and warmer global temperatures. These are the harsh realities of a warming planet caused by human activity. We produce energy from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, and consume this energy at high, unsustainable rates. We

Climate Education Resources

Incorporating climate literacy and education about climate change into schools is an important factor in making Montgomery County a more sustainable community and necessary to meet our goal of zero carbon emissions by 2035. In the days of COVID-19, in person trainings on climate change education are few and far between, but there are a

County’s Streetlight Conversion Yields Financial Savings and Reduces GHG Emissions

By Julia Henderson, Climate Intern Interview with Dan Sanayi, Traffic Engineering Design and Operations, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, July 20, 2020.   Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently completed its Countywide conversion of streetlights from predominately high pressure sodium (HPS) to light-emitting diode (LED). The MCDOT adopted the LED technology in 2014 and

Volunteers Sought for Montgomery County’s Climate Change Budgeting Process Workgroup

Montgomery County is convening a specialized workgroup to develop ideas for incorporating a climate change lens into the County budgeting processes. Creating the “Budgeting Process” workgroup was a recommendation from the community-based climate workgroups that concluded their work in February 2020. The groups were formed by County Executive Marc Elrich as part of the County’s

RFQ | Sustainable Environmental Public Art Projects

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is calling on artists and community organizations to help facilitate our community’s collective reflection about the state of our environment, particularly as it relates to climate change, waste reduction and water quality. Together, AHCMC and DEP