Resources

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Local Assets

Department of Natural Resources – information about boating, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities and education in Maryland

Maryland Park Service

Clean Marina Program – tie-up to a dock with an eye on our environment

Energy Administration – MEA’s programs and policies help lower energy bills, fuel the creation of green collar jobs, address environmental and climate impacts, and promote energy independence.

Maryland Environmental Service – The mission of MES is to provide operational and technical services to protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of the people of Maryland.

Maryland Smart Green and Growing –  is a resource for “green” information and services,  a gathering place to share sustainable ideas, and a tool to track state progress.

Department Conservation and Recreation (information about State Parks and recreation areas)

Virginia State Parks

Department of Environmental Quality – DEQ protects and enhances Virginia’s environment, and promotes the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Virginia Association for Parks – Information about hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities and education from the Virginia Association for Parks

Daily Choices

County electronic recycling

Greendisk

GreenerGadgets – program of the Consumer Electronics Association

Refurbish Mac computers locally

Rockville Electronic Recycling

Verizon Device Recycling Program – Donate phones and electronic devices through Verizon’s Hopeline program, which supports victims of domestic violence.

Montgomery County Public Schools, Outdoor Environmental Education Programs

Montgomery County Public Schools, School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT)

Find out how much energy your school uses

See MCPS’ Recycling Rate and print posters for your school

Poolesville High School, Global Ecology Program – “This program involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues with major emphasis on science and social studies. This is a field-based program offering students an opportunity to go out about twice a month for hands-on field experiences.”

EPA Safer Choice Program – Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.

GreenSeal – “provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential to helping manufacturers, purchasers, and consumers make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.”

Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning

How to Read a Product Label 

How-to video: Make your own cleaners with household products

Make your own soap

41 pounds (a service to help reduce your junk mail)

Catalog Choice – “use our free service to cancel specific catalogs and other types of paper mail you no longer wish to receive”

“Do Not Mail” list with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

USA.gov telemarking and junk mail consumer action site

Community Food Rescue

Freecycle: donate or receive free items from a local network

Guide to Sharing by the Center for a New American Dream

Energy

Pepco My Account

Potomac Edison Home Energy Analyzer

My Energy (to analyze electricity, gas and water bills in one location)

Lawn and Garden

Tree Montgomery – get trees planted for free on your residential, multi-family, business or parking lot property.  Plus, Tree Montgomery will help maintain the tree for the first years of its life.

Montgomery County RainScapes Program

Montgomery County “Leaves for Neighborhoods” $25 dollar coupon towards the purchase of a tree costing $75 or more

State of Maryland $25 coupon for planting a tree costing $50 or more

TREE-MENDOUS Maryland – plant a native tree in someone’s honor for $40

Tree Montgomery – get trees planted for free on your residential, multi-family, business or parking lot property.  Plus, Tree Montgomery will help maintain the tree for the first years of its life.

American Tree Farm Program – “a program for woodland owners who are committed to sustainably managing their woods for wood, water, wildlife, and recreation.”

Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests (pdf)

Casey Trees video guide to planting a containerized tree

Casey Trees video guide to planting a balled/burlapped tree

The Maryland Tree Benefit Calculator

State’s Forest Conservation and Management Program

Transportation

Air quality forecast and AirAlerts

Better Ways to Work! A program through Montgomery County Commuter Services that includes Trip Planners, public transit schedules, and maps

Carpool and Vanpool Information

Water Use at Home

Other

Audubon Naturalist Society’s Water Quality Monitoring Map – “ANS’s 25 monitoring sites are located in one of the following watersheds: Little Bennett, Little Seneca, Great Seneca, Watts Branch, Rock Creek, Sligo Creek, Northwest Branch, and Paint Branch”

Creek Critters app – “shows users how to find the small organisms that live in freshwater streams.”

Sligo Creek Water Watchdog – report discharges into the creek or other environmental problems in Sligo

Want to join others with similar interests? Get involved with a local environmental group! Scroll down for some groups and associations found right in your neighborhood.

Clean Air Partners — Sign-up for AirAlerts and more