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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
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The celebrated musical frog of Washington, DC

The celebrated musical frog of Washington, DC

Have you ever found an animal in danger or in a strange place, and weren’t sure what to do? Jessica Jones, Outreach and Education Manager of the Department of Environmental Protection, recently had a unique wildlife encounter that made her question whether she did the right thing. Thankfully, she happens to work with experts who… Read More
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UpRooted Dance to premier “The Legacy Project” at GreenFest!

UpRooted Dance to premier “The Legacy Project” at GreenFest!

The GreenFest committee is excited to welcome some special guests this year: local dance organization UpRooted Dance. Based in Montgomery County, they are preparing to premier their newest performance at GreenFest, titled “The Legacy Project.”  Read on to learn about why you should check out their performance on Saturday May 5th! Keira Hart-Mendoza, artistic director… Read More
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Your Story: Homeowner navigates the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Your Story: Homeowner navigates the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Interested in lowering your home’s energy bill?  Take advantage of your utilities’ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.  If you are new to this program, view our recent blog on the steps to apply. Read Julia Kalloz story below for an in-depth look at the program.    Homeowner Julia Kalloz walked us through her experience… Read More
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Green Business Certification: Developer and caterer on common ground

Green Business Certification: Developer and caterer on common ground

A look at how two fundamentally different companies — Green Plate Catering, which specializes in vegan and vegetarian fare and uses sustainably produced local, seasonal and organic ingredients, and The Maven Group, a real estate and investment services firm that works to develop and redevelop contaminated or “stigmatized” properties – work to minimize their carbon… Read More
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DYK: You can choose your energy supplier in Maryland?

DYK: You can choose your energy supplier in Maryland?

It is very common for Montgomery County residents to think that their only choices for an energy supplier are Pepco, Potomac Edison, or BGE. In reality you have many more options and freedom of choice. The state of Maryland began offering their residents the power to choose their own electricity provider in 1999. With this… Read More
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Green Business Certification Program expands to include farms implementing comprehensive sustainability practices

Green Business Certification Program expands to include farms implementing comprehensive sustainability practices

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced the expansion of the Green Business Certification Program to recognize farm operations certified through the USDA Organic and/or Certified Naturally Grown programs. Certified farms will now be included in the County’s Green Business Directory along with approximately 80 other businesses. The Green Business Certification Program is a voluntary… Read More
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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
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Green Business Certification: In sync with company philosophies

Green Business Certification: In sync with company philosophies

A look at how two companies – Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions, and Raffa P.C., a 30-year-old accounting firm (employees pictured above) – work to reduce their carbon footprints for the good of the planet as well as their businesses. This is the second… Read More
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