Benchmarked, a new energy blog series, examines local businesses who have used EPA’s Portfolio Manager to track energy use. Company/Property Name: Montgomery College (MC): Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (Est. 1950), Rockville Campus (Est. 1965), Germantown Campus (Est. 1978) Name and Title: Crissie Manfre, Utility Analyst How many buildings do you manage? The College manages 49 buildings totaling 2.5
Changing out lights may not be the flashiest choice for the green-minded homeowner, but the energy savings—not to mention the rebate opportunities—can be very glamorous indeed. And reimbursement from Pepco could not be any easier.
Need an outdoor activity to enjoy this wonderful spring weather? Look no further than DEP’s own stormwater geotrail! This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of when geocaching began, so what better time to celebrate? Learn what residents are saying about this fun and educational program.
Montgomery County is seeking to stimulate growth in the green economy with the announcement that it has broadened the standards for its Green Business Certification Program to include business sectors previously ineligible. They include restaurants, cleaning companies, hotels and home-based businesses. The program has also updated its website to be more user friendly and responsive.
The inaugural tree planting for the County’s newest environmental program, Tree Montgomery, took place today with the help of County Executive Ike Leggett, Councilmember Hans Riemer, County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director Lisa Feldt, and community and business representatives.
To continue to educate the community of how our actions affect our local waters, on Tuesday, April 21 (the day before Earth Day!) the Department of Environmental Protection along with volunteers from White Oak ShopRite Supermarket painted a storm drain with art from the inaugural art contest at the White Oak Community Center in Silver
Throughout the year, outreach staff at the Department of Environmental Protection participate in a variety of activities such as presentations and festivals. As part of Earth Week activities, Watershed Outreach Planner Ana Arriaza participated in an after-school program sponsored by Identity, Inc. at Montgomery Village Middle School. About 30 sixth graders participated.
Despite the wind and cold weather, March 28, 2015 will be remembered as the successful launch of an annual tradition in the County. The Montgomery County GreenFest was attended by more than 700 people (estimates of ~700-1000) who came together to share ideas, learn something new and inspire the next generation to take actions for
Widespread financial incentives and advancing technologies make lighting upgrades more cost-effective than ever for businesses around the world. But for parking areas, which require large amounts of energy, light bulbs are just the beginning. More than 1,400 new “smart lights” recently installed at the Westfield Wheaton shopping mall are already saving the mall thousands of
On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the DC metro area (including Montgomery County!) ranked first place on EPA’s 2015 Top Cities list, with 480 buildings in the region that earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR last year.
We asked for art and we received it! In January, the Department of Environmental Protection and Rock Creek Conservancy sought artwork for a storm drain art contest. We received 18 entries from County residents with great art and messages that inspire others to protect our waters.
“The Montgomery County GreenFest is a celebration of our environment and an opportunity for County residents to learn about actions they can take to reduce their impact“, said Lisa Feldt, director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. “Young people play an important role, because they are often the champions of green actions in
This year is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the Department of Environmental Protection along with partners across the County are celebrating the occasion with a variety of volunteer and outreach activities. We hope you will attend events throughout April (Earth Month)!
The Montgomery County GreenFest has announced its event schedule and programming through its new website at montgomerycountygreenfest.org. Those interested in attending this free event can now start planning their day and make the most of the exciting schedule. The GreenFest will be held from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Cultural Arts Center at the Montgomery
Greetings! I’m Lisa Feldt, the new Director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. I have been at my post for a little more than a month now and I wanted to introduce myself to the residents of the County that I have the honor of serving. It is a great privilege to lead
On February 18th, 170 attendees convened for the 2nd Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region, Montgomery County Branch, the event offered policy insights from Cliff Majersik from the Institute for Market Transformation, county initiatives and goals from Councilmember Roger Berliner, an update on benchmarking resources
The terms “energy independence”, “off-the-grid”, and “net-zero energy” tend to summon images of a rural setting where being off-the-grid simply fits the picture of remoteness and self-sufficiency. Today, however, that landscape is changing. Designers, architects, builders, and owners are savvier than ever in finding ways to provide energy services, such as light, thermal comfort, and electric plugs,
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. The Spring 2015 Training Calendar is almost over! Only two classes remain, so sign up fast if you don’t
There’s a famous mantra in the real estate world that neatly summarizes, even predicts, the overarching key to success. People looking to increase energy efficiency or use more alternative energy in their home or business may have their own version: Incentives, incentives, incentives.
Are you a high school student interested in studying natural resources? If not, do you know a student who is? Then don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a week-long camp in Garrett County, MD, to explore careers and college programs in natural resources. This year’s camp will run from July 19 through July 25
Hear from Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, the event’s Keynote Speaker, learn about the NIST Net-Zero Energy Homes project from Hunter Fanney, NIST Senior Research Scientist, and hear a special announcement from Michelle Vigen, DEP Senior Energy Planner, on new benchmarking resources and a recognition program for early benchmarkers.
There’s a secret ingredient in the recipe for good skating rink ice: make it white. It’s more attractive and, because it reflects more sunlight, stays colder longer. The people who design, build and maintain ice rinks make a conscious effort to make their ice white and keep it that way. But now, a local company
Interested in learning about frogs, frog calls, and frogs that are native to our area? Want to participate in a citizen science program that is fundamental to collecting long-term data on the nation’s frogs and toads. This is your opportunity!
Winter means colder temperatures and ice forming on water bodies in our area. People of all ages are tempted to venture out onto the ice, but it is not safe. The surfaces of ponds, lakes and creeks freeze first. But more often than not, the ice is not solid through and through, making it unsafe for
The Green Purchasing Vendors Fair is designed to be a showcase of green products and services and training seminar for local governments in the Baltimore-Washington region. The event is co-sponsored by the purchasing teams of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program.
DEP’s Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program is responsible for inspecting and ensuring maintenance of all public and private stormwater management facilities within Montgomery County. DEP Planning Specialist Audra Lew guest blogs about the important role the inspectors play in the County:
“I got TWO smiley faces!” “What?! I only got one!” Have you had a conversation like this yet? This is what I overheard in my office recently as two of my colleagues tried to decipher what their new Pepco Energy Reports meant.
The Department of Environmental Protection is mandated with protecting the local waters of the County, from tiny neighborhood creeks to the Potomac River. Our local waterways are vitally important to the environment and economy of Montgomery County as well as our public health.
DEP’s smallest division is the Division of Policy and Compliance. Although small in size, it’s mighty in scope and the impact the division has on the community. It is divided into two sections: the Policy section and the Compliance section.
‘Tis the season to celebrate…the soil! December 5th is World Soil Day, making this the perfect time to learn more about this valuable living resource. The folks at RainScapes have rounded up some great soil resources to get you started!
For many, Christmas trees are a big part of being green, literally and figuratively, during the holidays. Real or artificial: What’s the best decision for those trying to get a little more eco-conscious this year? Instinct might dictate that saving a tree’s life is always the most responsible course. But not so when it comes
On Thursday, November 6th, 2014, the city of Rockville, the Montgomery County U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection hosted the Commercial Benchmarking Introductory Forum.
Less than 3 weeks remain to nominate someone for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Trust awards program! Each year, the Chesapeake Bay Trust recognizes outstanding achievements by educators, students, and individuals who work to restore the Chesapeake Bay and local waters. Currently, they are accepting applications and/or nominations for five awards outlined below including TWO $5,000
Landlords and companies that lease space are always concerned with rising utility costs, to which the natural response is to explore opportunities in energy efficiency. Arranging who does what to save energy can get very challenging, if not downright confusing. Lee Development Group provides insight into their successes with tenant engagement and energy efficiency.
A new grant program is being offered by the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support watershed restoration and outreach throughout Montgomery County. The goal of this program is to reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants through community-based restoration implementation as well as projects focused on public engagement through education, outreach, and stewardship.
A free introductory forum on the Montgomery County building energy benchmarking law will be held for building owners (and tenants) who want to learn about the bill and the resources available to support benchmarking.
Last year, the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley received a $10,000 RainScapes rebate to design and construct a series of four rain gardens in a swale at the rear of the church. Guest blogger Bill Renner, Chair of Property Operations at the Church, discusses the process and how the congregation has responded!
My Green Montgomery is a project of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. It is a service to help Montgomery County residents think and live in a way that safeguards and sustains the health of our people, our county, and the planet.