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15 in Fifteen Energy and Lawns 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

15 in Fifteen Energy and Water 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

15 in Fifteen Energy and Trees 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

15 in Fifteen Energy and Trees 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

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

National Solar Tour

The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots renewable energy event in the nation and this year we’re going virtual! The National Solar Tour brings together hundreds of solar home and business owners, schools, community organizations, farms, and more. They’ll share with you their solar stories and you will get to connect, ask and answer

Solar 101 Lunch & Learn | Montgomery County Solar & EV Charger Co-op Launch

Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home or small business. We’ll take you through the technology, economics, financing, and more. Register today You’ll also learn about the solar co-op we’re launching in Montgomery County. The co-op is free to join and members are *not* obligated to buy solar panels. Co-op members get:

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
Lewy family at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Volunteer Champions: The Lewy Family

    The Lewy Family was recognized as Volunteer Family of the Year during DEP’s 20th Annual Recycling Achievement Ceremony. Find out more about The Lewy Family in our series, Volunteer Champions.   Super Family, Super Volunteers   Vivian and her son, Issac, a rising high school freshman and her twin daughters Adrienna and Brienna,

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

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. These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out! Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop Workshop Dates and Times: Thursday,

Light Bulb Swap at Schweinhaut Senior Center

Swap your old light bulbs for up to 3 new LED bulbs for free! Just bring in your old or expired CFL + incandescent bulbs and we’ll recycle them for you. After the swap, join us for an arts and craft project to turn the old bulbs into seasonal ornaments for the holidays. 12pm –

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

Green Businesses connect, network, and teach at Montgomery County GreenFest!

On Saturday May 5th, 2018, Montgomery County GreenFest took place in Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring. The largest GreenFest to date, it drew more than 1,000 attendees and 90 exhibitors, all of whom created an atmosphere of enthusiastic learning and fun! GreenFest is the County’s signature environmental festival, hosted each spring. Attendance is

The Montgomery County green infrastructure stormwater tour was a big success!

Chesapeake Awareness Week was the first week in June and the celebration kicked off with a Stormwater Tour! On May 31st, two busloads of landscape architects, designers, engineers, and environmental professionals took a three hour tour of green infrastructure sites, soils, and plants. The sites are managed by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),

Lighten the Load with DEP and Safeway

Get up to 3 LEDs and a free reusable bag at an upcoming Safeway event! Bring in your old incandescent or CFL light bulbs and DEP will exchange them for up to 3 new and energy efficient LEDs. The ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs we’re giving away offer a warm white light that’s equivalent to a 60-watt

Announcing the 2018 Energy Express schedule!

Energy Express was such a success last year, that we’re returning in 2018 with a brand new program! This year, we’ll be at 18 libraries in June and July with an educational activity focused on electricity and conserving energy. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection hosts Energy Express in partnership with Montgomery County Public

GreenFest Gravy: Businesses see benefits too

GreenFest is billed as a family-friendly celebration with music, exhibitors, and games focused on engaging and inspiring the public. But at an event of the size and scale of GreenFest, it is not just Montgomery County residents who benefit. Area businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations also take away new knowledge, ideas and partnerships to
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

Lieutenant Governor and Maryland Environment Secretary to present Maryland Green Registry Awards at One Montgomery Green Gala

The Maryland Green Registry will present its Leadership Awards during the One Montgomery Green annual Gala, Thursday, June 28th at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center in Wheaton, MD. The Awards are presented to five businesses or organizations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continual improvement. Lt. Governor Boyd K.

Come to a Screening of Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste

You’re invited to a screening of the documentary Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste at the Bethesda Landmark Theaters. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with local food waste experts. This screening is brought to you by Montgomery County, Bethesda Green and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

Join our team! DEP is looking for two interns

DEP is looking for two interns to join our team part-time. The positions are paid. Both internships will start as soon as possible. Pet Waste Management Program – Division of Watershed Management Operations (1 position) One of the key responsibilities of DEP is to develop and implement public outreach and educational programs, as well as stewardship

Earth Hour is March 24 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Join millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for Earth Hour! Earth Hour is a movement to unite people around the world to making positive changes for the environment. By turning off lights and electronics for one hour, millions of people join together to make a statement that they care about
Image of workshop attendees assembling a rain barrel.

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

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. These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out! Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop Workshop Dates and Times: Wednesday,

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

Registration open for the Fifth Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit

The Fifth Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit is set for Wednesday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Plaza.  Co-hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Green Building Council – National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR), the Montgomery County Energy Summit is focused
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

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

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

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

Plant roots meet historic roots at Pleasant View Historic Site

Each day loads of commuters hustle back and forth along Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg. They walk to and fro on the sidewalks, heading for shopping centers and nearby Quince Orchard High School. The focus always appears to be on the destination, so much so that travelers may never realize they’re shuttling past one of the

70 cyclists ride length of Sligo Creek for clean water

More than 70 cyclists rode the length of Sligo Creek for the Friends of Sligo Creek‘s second Bike Ride for Clean Water on June 6. This year had double the number of participants from the first event in 2016. Once the group arrived at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, many of the riders heard talks on “Everyday
Llama at a Montgomery County Farm

The Montgomery County Farm Tour brings agriculture home

For the 28th consecutive year, the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture will give County residents a firsthand look at the beauty, value, prevalence and importance of the many farms that exist right in their midst. The Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, which happens July 22-23, allows visitors to take self-guided tours of 17
Kemp Mill Park

Greening of a Park: Kemp Mill Urban Park gets a green makeover!

Montgomery Parks has just renovated Kemp Mill Urban Park. The park is situated in Wheaton, adjacent to a busy shopping center in an urban community. Originally opened in 1970, the park has not been updated since then. The renovation incorporated many innovative design and landscaping elements that greatly benefit the environment. The amount of pavement

#AreYouBayAware? Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week!

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Craig Rice will proclaim the second week in June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in Montgomery County. The designation is intended to increase awareness of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in Montgomery County and throughout the metropolitan area. “I am proud of the innovative work of residents,

Thank you for coming out to GreenFest 2017!

More than 800 people braved the chilly weather and scattered rain showers to attend the third annual Montgomery County GreenFest on May 6th at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.  They danced, played games, met environmental leaders, watched green films and more. It was a great day, but don’t take our word for it… check out our

Recap of the 4th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit

On Wednesday, April 5th, 240 attendees convened for the fourth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. The Energy Summit is an annual, must-attend event for County building owners, property managers, energy contractors working in the County, and young professionals in the energy field or anyone interested in sustainable commercial buildings. Hosted by the Montgomery County Department

Teaming up to take back drugs – and protect water quality!

This spring, DEP is partnering with the Montgomery County Police to host a safe and free event that will allow residents to anonymously dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. At this year’s GreenFest event, the Police will host a table where residents can safely drop off any pharmaceuticals.   Why

My Green Montgomery Episode 8

In this episode of My Green Montgomery, hosted by Susan Stark, we’re going to see how the Montgomery County green business certification program has expanded, find out where you can use the EV charging stations in public parking garages, how you can join the Recycling Volunteer program, tell you how you can celebrate Earth Day,
Image of a black square to symbolize My Green Montgomery turning off the lights for Earth Hour.

Go dark for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a movement to unite people around the world to making positive changes for the environment. By turning off lights and electronics for one hour, millions of people join together to make a statement that they care about the health of the planet. This year, Earth Hour is on March 25th at 8:30PM.
Film screening at GreenFest

Attend the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital!

The DC region will host the 25th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF) from March 14th-26th.  The festival is a showcase of environmental documentaries, shorts and movies from around the world.  Many of the screenings feature panel discussions or talks by those behind the camera. In Montgomery County, there will be screenings the AFI Silver