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A Bright Future at DEP: Welcome Our New Energy Program Manager!

Summer is here, with promises of long sun-filled days and air conditioning to cool those humid heat waves. Just make sure that A/C unit is operating efficiently! As the new Energy Program Manager for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), I’m bringing my passion for smart and efficient use of our energy resources to Montgomery County. I

Summer of Safety

Summer is a time to be outdoors with the family enjoying the weather, nature and community.  No one wants to ruin their summer with a trip to the hospital or being cooped up inside recovering from an accident. That’s why Montgomery County launched the Summer of Safety.  It is an educational campaign online, and on

Stormwater 101: Pond Dam Safety

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the inspection of all stormwater maintenance facilities in the County to ensure they are properly maintained and repaired as necessary. This includes stormwater ponds/lakes and their associated dams.  Maintaining the ponds and dams in safe condition is the responsibility of every dam owner. Follow

Celebrating the restoration of Donnybrook Stream

Stream restoration is a set of techniques or methods the County uses to protect properties and public infrastructure by reducing stream bank erosion, minimizing the down-cutting of stream beds, and restoring aquatic ecosystems (natural stream systems). Restoration techniques typically use natural materials such as rocks, logs, and native plants to help slow down stormwater flow

Waste not? Not quite – Attempting a day without waste

The U.S. is known for producing blockbuster films, fast food and a really insane amount of trash. We make up less than 5% of the world’s population yet generate 15-20% of its waste. Bottom line? The average U.S. citizen produces 2,076 pounds of trash per year. Whether you blame it on our affinity for consumption,

Benchmarked: A case study from Montgomery College

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