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FeBREWary 2021!

Guess what’s brewing? For the entire month of FeBREWary, we will be visiting local OUTDOOR breweries to bring you socially distant ways to swap out old, inefficient bulbs. Why? Because we want you to be able to spend more money at local breweries this month and all year round and one way to do that

FeBREWary 2021!

Guess what’s brewing? For the entire month of FeBREWary, we will be visiting local OUTDOOR breweries to bring you socially distant ways to swap out old, inefficient bulbs. Why? Because we want you to be able to spend more money at local breweries this month and all year round and one way to do that

For Radon Action Month, Test Your Home for Radon

Updated: January 2021 During the month of January, Montgomery County joins a nationwide effort to educate homeowners and renters on the dangers of radon gas and the importance of testing every home.  Radon Action Month focuses on the steps everyone can take to help ensure their home is radon free. According to the EPA, radon

Road Salt is a Problem

Salt is useful because it is inexpensive and somewhat effective in breaking down ice and snow on our roads.  Following a storm, major roads need to be safe and passable. Salt is dangerous because: at high levels it is toxic to plant and animal life, it corrodes our roads, bridges, and pipes (like in Flint

RainScapes Rewards Program Pausing for a Few Months

We want to thank all that have expressed interest in our RainScapes Rewards program this year. We have received a record number of rebate applications, and at this time need to take a pause while we process the applications we have already received. From October 12, 2020 until February 14, 2021 we will not be

All Things Zoom

Curious why Zoom has become everyone’s go-to video conferencing software? This lecture will go over how to use Zoom to chat with friends & family, and take virtual classes with Senior Planet! You’ll learn about useful Zoom features, whether you’re connecting with an iOS, Android, or Windows device. The lecture will also go over security

Start Up!

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? This lecture gives an overview of some important digital tools to help you get your online business up and running. Learn about e-commerce sites, how social media can help promote your business, and how you can use video chat platforms for services. We will also cover how to

15 in Fifteen Energy and Recycling Trivia Game

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, October 2020, Montgomery Energy Connection will be hosting several 15 in Fifteen Trivia Games in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. What is 15 in Fifteen Trivia? It is fifteen questions in 15 minutes (about energy/other topics) in a fun, fast paced trivia game to get

Fit Kit and LED Pop Up

“This fall, the County’s Residential Energy Program has partnered with local Senior Centers to celebrate “Active Aging Week”. This is a collaborative effort with MCDEP and the county senior centers to celebrate the change in season and reduce energy use in the home. Montgomery Energy Connection will be partnering with various senior centers to provide

Fit Kit and LED Pop Up

“This fall, the County’s Residential Energy Program has partnered with local Senior Centers to celebrate “Active Aging Week”. This is a collaborative effort with MCDEP and the county senior centers to celebrate the change in season and reduce energy use in the home. Montgomery Energy Connection will be partnering with various senior centers to provide

The Power of Scooping Poop

Have you ever heard of the Poop Fairy? No? Probably because there is no such thing. Pet owners across Montgomery County are responsible for picking up their pet’s waste when in public areas and at home. Pet waste is unpleasant to look at or step in and it does not smell good. Not only does

Maintenance and Inspection of Stormwater Best Management Practices

Did you know there are more than 17,000 Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Montgomery County? These stormwater BMPs protect rivers, streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay! Stormwater BMPs are designed to help reduce water pollution and protect stream habitat. How do they function? Stormwater BMPs reduce or eliminate pollution that washes off surrounding lands

Artistic Messages of Consciousness, Community, and Clean Water

If you look closely, you will find many beautifully painted storm drains across Montgomery County with messages highlighting the importance of clean water and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. These designs were created by county residents who entered in the annual Clean Water Art Contest over the past few years. Past winners of this contest have

Stormwater Best Management Practices

August is water quality awareness month. At the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) the Watershed Restoration Division’ entire focus is water protection year-round! The Watershed Restoration Division is responsible for Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP).  What does that mean? Stormwater BMPs include physical structures, the use of plants and root systems to soak

Explore County’s water quality restoration work through interactive map and learn ways to save money!

This past June, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) developed an interactive web map with dynamic infographics.  The interactive map displays the County’s restoration efforts that have taken place between 2010 and 2018. This includes projects such as stream restorations, improving stormwater ponds, tree plantings and installing rain gardens.   How to use the

Streams of Consciousness: Knowing Where Our Stormwater Goes

Many storm drains in Montgomery County lead straight to streams, which then feed into larger streams and rivers and eventually lead to the Chesapeake Bay. We pass these storm drains every day, but we don’t take the time to think about what substances pass through them and, ultimately, how we contribute daily to the quality

Clean Water Art Contest Winners!

Every year we host an art contest to help us with educating Montgomery County residents on the importance of protecting our communities and local waters – our rivers and streams.  The goal is to educate everyone that everything that ends on sidewalks, roads, yards, any hard surface on the ground can eventually flow to our

CANCELED: Gaithersburg Community Green Up Day

Spring cleaning takes on a new meaning during this year’s Community Green Up Day. Join hundreds of volunteers as they make a difference throughout the community by cleaning up and beautifying local streams, schools, parks, and homeowner association common areas. The City is looking for volunteers. Students can earn student service learning credits by participating.

Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting

The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is meeting in your community on Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30pm, at Tilden Middle School. The Citizens Advisory Board advises the County Executive and the County Council on area priorities. The Board is comprised of 19 representatives – twelve neighborhood representatives, six business community representatives, and

Watershed Restoration Division – 2019 Highlights!

The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. The Watershed Restoration Division is dedicated to improving stream health and water

Buying green electricity for your home

An important way to combat climate change is to switch our electricity supply to “green” electricity (generated from wind- and solar-powered sources, both of which do not emit carbon dioxide). Electricity generation is the single largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Electricity sold by Pepco in Maryland in 2018 was generated mostly by coal

2020 didn’t slow down the Watershed Restoration team  

Its that time of year that our office has come to love. Time to submit our annual report to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Yes, it’s a mouthful but its how DEP works to protect and improve our water quality. So what’s gone on this past year (July 1
Image of Karen from Rock Creek Conservancy and her dog Milo with the poop loop sign.

Smells like success! We installed our 100th pet waste station

The County’s Pet Waste Management Program is happy to announce that 100 pet waste stations have been installed at Homeowner Associations throughout the County.   The program, started in 2013 by the Department of Environmental Protection, uses pet waste stations to educate and addresses issues caused by pet waste being left on the ground.  As more and

Buying green electricity for your home

An important way to combat global warming is to switch our electricity supply to “green” electricity (generated from wind- and solar-powered sources, both of which do not emit carbon dioxide). Electricity generation is the single largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.  Electricity sold by Pepco in Maryland in 2017 was generated mostly by coal

MCDOT sponsors free PARK(ing) Day celebration

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is encouraging artists, planners, businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 21 by temporarily transforming a metered parking space in Silver Spring or Bethesda into a fun, parklike spot. Participants are encouraged to creatively reimagine the urban landscape for a day. See

Join DEP at the 2018 County Fair!

We love the County Fair! From the animals to the rides and carnival games, it’s one of our favorite times of year. (And don’t get us started on the food.) But the main reason the Department of Environmental Protection loves the County Fair is that it gives us the opportunity to engage and talk with
UpRooted Dance in action

GreenFest 2018 Recap: Inspiration in an urban park

Jesup Blair Local Park in the heart of Silver Spring was the place to be on May 5 for nearly 1000 festival-goers of all ages looking to enjoy eco-friendly exhibits, workshops and performances. GreenFest, the County’s premiere environmental festival, returned down County for its fourth year and focused on inspiring the public to take action

Environmental Protection Open House this Sunday!

Board Members and Property Managers of Homeowners and Condo Associations, Co-ops and Multifamily Housing are Invited   The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) will present the first Environmental Protection Open House on Sunday, February 25
Image of Silver Spring GreenFest 2012

Registration is now open for GreenFest exhibitors and vendors

The 4th Annual Greenfest, Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival, will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring. Online registration is open now for exhibitors and vendors interested in becoming one of the 100 groups on display during the festival. Greenfest is designed

Anacostia Watershed Society President is honored as a Washingtonian of the Year

Jim Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society, was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2017 Washingtonian of the Year. Each year, the Magazine highlights people who are making our region better, and Jim joins an impressive list of movers and shakers who do amazing work that benefit our environment and communities. Read the Washingtonian Article
Chrismai Storm Drain Art Winner

Show your creativity! Enter the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest

Are you artistic? Do you want to help educate about issues affecting our local streams in Montgomery County? County residents are invited to submit entries into the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest. The contest seeks to use art to educate the public about the connection between our storm drains, streams and the Bay. The six

Investing in our community: A look at the first year of watershed grants

In 2016, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, awarded $350,000 in grants to community groups and nonprofit organizations working to improve our local water quality. The goal of the grants program is promote initiatives and projects that improve water quality in Montgomery County’s local streams and waterways
Llama at a Montgomery County Farm

My Green Montgomery’s top 5 stories of 2017

We dove into the performance data of the My Green Montgomery website and found our top 5 most read stories of 2017. What was your favorite MGM story of 2017?  Tweet us at @mygreenmc.   5. Montgomery County Declares “We’re Still In” on Paris Agreement On June 5th, County Executive Ike Leggett joined more than
Green Treefrog Todd Pierson

Sign up for the 2018 FrogWatch workshop

Did you know that 14 types of frogs and toads call Montgomery County home? Our local frogs and toads are helpful indicators of the health of our waters (along with just being cute!). They have porous eggs and can breathe through their skin, which makes them susceptible to environmental change. That’s why they are used

The Department of Environmental Protection won 4 NACo Awards

The Department of Environmental Protection was honored to have four of its programs awarded National Association of Counties recognition as part of the 2017 awards.  While the award winners were announced in May, Montgomery County held its celebration of all the County winners in on December 13, 2017 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. DEP

New Managing Director at Bethesda Green’s Incubator brings investor lens

On November 7th, Bethesda Green announced Tina Arreaza as Managing Director for the Be Green Hub. The Be Green Hub is Bethesda Green’s sustainability-focused incubator program. Bethesda Green’s mission is to accelerate the sustainable economy locally with a focus on innovation, impact and community. Meet Tina Tina Arreaza is an expert in impact investing, or

Saving dollars and watts: Highlights from Energy Action Month

One month ago, Montgomery County Council proclaimed October “Energy Action Month” in Montgomery County, as part of the national effort to raise awareness about energy. Here at the Department of Environmental Protection, we celebrated all month long by hosting events and workshops to teach residents all about energy: how we use it, why energy efficiency

An avenue of discovery with SEEC and the Silver Spring Timebank

Have you heard of SEEC? — Their name is an acronym that sums up their mission: Seeking Equality, Empowerment, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities. This summer, Brandon Davis, Phillip Chen, and Freddie Fantleroy, people SEEC serves, earned hours through the Silver Spring Timebank by helping Tina Slater, a Timebank member, finish a home project in

The 7th annual H2O Summit is Saturday

You’re invited to the H2O Summit this Saturday in Rockville! This free event is focused on connecting residents, nonprofit organizations and government agencies together to share ideas and programs focused on improving our local waterways. H2O Summit Details Saturday, September 16 from 9:30am to 3pm Free and open to all! The Rockville Senior Center is located
PARK(ing) Day

Visit DEP at PARK(ing) Day on September 15th

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proud to be part of PARK(ing) Day, which will be held this year on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Bethesda and Silver Spring.   Celebrate International PARK(ing) Day and Rethink Your Transportation Choices! PARK(ing) Day is an worldwide, annual event that gives residents, businesses and organizations

Grant opportunity: Funding for community watershed restoration and outreach projects

The Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a grant program to support watershed restoration and outreach projects throughout Montgomery County. The goal of this program is promote initiatives and projects that improve water quality in Montgomery County’s local streams and waterways through public engagement, education, and on-the-ground restoration. What this funds: The

Over $1 million announced to support stream restoration and stormwater management research

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (Montgomery DEP), and with input from the Maryland Department of the Environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agency and technical partners on the Restoration Research Advisory

Want to green your HOA? Follow our tips for a smooth process

For those of us who live in communities with a Homeowners Association (HOA), we know that it can be a challenge to jumpstart new community projects. From the initial idea to breaking ground on the project, there are many meetings, conversations and negotiations that have to happen with HOA members. This is especially true when trying
People having fun at GreenFest

Meet One Montgomery Green: A new County nonprofit organization

One Montgomery Green (OMG) is the successor organization resulting from the merger between GreenWheaton Inc.(GW) and Silver Spring Green (SSG). Its mission is to bring together diverse perspectives from businesses, residents and government to catalyze the transition to a sustainable economy, facilitate environmental responsibility among all three sectors and increase the quality of life for
Tree Climbing with Montgomery Parks

2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest entertainment lineup is set

The Montgomery County GreenFest Planning Committee has announced the entertainment lineup for the 2nd Annual GreenFest. It is the County’s largest environmental festival, a dynamic celebration to bring together a community dedicated to build a greener, healthier community locally and globally. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.