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How to Safely Apply Salt in the Winter

We are all familiar with the crunch of salt underfoot after a snowstorm in Montgomery County. But where does this salt go after the snow and ice has melted? What are the environmental, health, and economic consequences of excessive salt usage in the Winter? What is the problem? Salt left sitting on roads and sidewalks

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

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

Reducing Stormwater Runoff and the Use of Deicing Chemicals

Pervious Pavement: What is it?  Pervious pavement is a system for reducing stormwater runoff, ensuring less pollutants enter our waterways, as well as reducing the use of deicing chemicals during winter storm events.  These practices provide a strong, solid surface that can be installed on driveways, walkways, and patios. Three of the most widely used

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

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

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

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

Steps to a deeper shade of green

Several years ago, one of my friends told me I was the “greenest person she knew!” Although surprised, my “normal” is apparently not the norm. I am constantly trying to harness the greenest of measures for mutual benefit! When I reflect on how I got to this point, it has been a gradual process but

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

Becoming a Beekeeper

How did I get started? I got interested in beekeeping out of a desire to make a small benefit to our yard and neighborhood.  My wife and I have always been gardeners; growing plants for the benefit of pollinators, including honeybees, was a part of our approach.  Over the years we’ve bought honey from local

No One Wants Trashy Water: Pollution Prevention

What is the Problem?  Litter in our communities is detrimental local wildlife as it pollutes streams. Litter can be any piece of trash that is not put into the correct receptacle and is instead left in an open area. Plastic bottles, face masks and gloves, soda cans, paper, and pet waste all count as litter

Caring for Sligo Creek Walking Tour

County Green Streets and RainScapes Rewards projects in the Sligo Park Hills neighborhood provided inspiration to representatives of local congregations who recently attended a walking tour hosted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in partnership with Montgomery County and the Friends of Sligo Creek. The tour is part of a Caring for Sligo Creek Sacred

Monitoring Montgomery County’s Streams

Did you know that September 18th is World Water Monitoring Day? Since 1995 Montgomery County has maintained a stream monitoring program. As a result, the program has tracked water quality and stream condition changes throughout the County. Monitoring Countywide Monitoring fulfills requirements under state and local regulations and occurs on a yearly basis.  DEP monitoring

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

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

DEP Completes $19M Bay Restoration Grant

We’ve all driven over the American Legion Bridge and seen the muddy Potomac River after a rain storm.  Ever wonder what it would take to reduce over 600,000 pounds of sediment pollution from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay each year (that’s about 22 dump truck’s full of dirt)?  Probably not, huh?  Well, Montgomery County Department

Organic Lawn Care Talk in Takoma Park

Learn about caring for soils and lawns organically! Spring is around the corner, and grass will soon be green and growing. Join us for a talk by Mary Travaglini, our Sustainable Landscapes Manager, to learn about the importance of healthy soils for an organic lawn, and tips for caring for your lawn without synthetic pesticides

Energy and partnerships…what’s the connection?

This blog post was written by DEP’s Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson, and originally appeared on the BOOST Breakfast Club blog.  There’s something you need to know about me, I love all things energy related!!! I love eating food (especially broccoli) because it gives me energy to live, dance, and laugh. I love talking

Storm Drain Art Contest: Cast Your Vote!

The submission period for the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest has ended and we received 68 entries! Thank you to all the artists who entered. A panel of judges chose the winners of each of the 5 categories (they’ll be announced soon!), but now we need your help to choose the final winner! The People’s Choice Award winner is

Meet Upasana, a key partner in the County’s PACE program

Montgomery County passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing for commercial buildings in March 2015. The County has partnered with Urban Ingenuity to spearhead the CivicPACE offering for nonprofits, congregations, and affordable housing and educate regional lenders about PACE financing. Meet Upasana Kaku, Senior Analyst with Urban Ingenuity, who is helping our nonprofits and lenders navigate

Meet Gerard, the County’s PACE Program Manager

Montgomery County passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing for commercial buildings in March 2015, and we’ve enlisted PACE Financial Servicing to manage the County’s PACE program. Meet Gerard Neely, Manager of Maryland’s Commercial PACE Program with PACE Financial Servicing, who is the County’s “boots on the ground” of the PACE program.     Tell

Permeable pavers curb pollution (and look great too!)

Water run-off can take several forms. In more rural areas, rain and snow land on farms and carry fertilizer and other pollutants with them to local sewers and, ultimately, water ways. In more urban areas—which make up about 97 percent of Montgomery County, according to 2010 Census figures—the main source of run-off pollution is pavement. We’re
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CivicPACE: Cutting Energy Costs for Community-Based Facilities

Montgomery County’s community-based institutions deliver critical mission-driven programs and services to local residents, from providing affordable housing for the homeless, educating our youth in public charter schools, or ministering to the community in houses of worship. These institutions are the fabric of our county, but they regularly strain their budgets to advance a public mission
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Ride the wind: Takoma Park EV stations put clean energy into cars

Takoma Park is about to become a hotspot for electric vehicle drivers. Wind-Powered Cars Electric vehicles (EV) are on the rise. According to Plug In America, an industry coalition, higher availability and lower price points have driven more than 400,000 American motorists to switch to EVs. Proponents have long touted EVs for their ability to
Wellems Home

Want to go solar? One resident examines the options

On February 15th, 2016, fellow co-op members Thomas Wellems and Marilyn Powell (pictured in the image above) became the 27th household of the Rockville Solar Co-op to see electricity generated from the sun via rooftop solar panels powering their home. Since then 10 members have also been connected, and others are in the queue for panel installation and grid hookup.
Bike to Work Day

Bike to work day is Friday, May 20th!

Imagine this: it’s a cool morning, the sun is rising higher and the wind is rushing past your ears. You roll by cars stopped in traffic and turn onto a tree-lined path. The air smells great and you feel alive! As you get closer to town you join-up with other 2-wheeled riders at a pit
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Art and the environment: Student brings awareness to litter

Dana Hollister, a student at the University of Maryland, recently created an art installation that brings awareness to the issue of trash and littering. Read more about the project in Dana’s guest blog below.   My art installation piece is inspired by the Leave No Trace policies, LNT, that I have become accustomed to as

Thanks for making the Montgomery County GreenFest a success!

This year’s Montgomery County GreenFest was held last Saturday, April 30th, and we couldn’t have asked for a better event! The festival was held in beautiful Takoma Park, with activities stretching throughout the Takoma Park Community Center and outside along Maple Avenue. The weather held out despite a week-long stretch of rain, and the sun

Meet John, Montgomery County’s Designated PACE Lender

Montgomery County passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing for commercial buildings in March 2015, and we’ve enlisted Greenworks Lending to provide PACE funding for the County’s PACE program. Meet John Stroud, Business Development Director with Greenworks Lending. If your business has any questions about PACE financing, John can walk you through the process step-by-step
Doctor and Boy with Asthma

Healthy Home Study Examines Indoor Air Quality and Childhood Asthma

Apply to participate in a new study about improving asthma symptoms in children. The National Center for Healthy Housing has opened a new study that examines the link between enhancing indoor air quality and reducing childhood asthma symptoms.  The Housing and Energy Attributes Linked To Health through Retrofits (HEALTH-R) will focus on children with asthma
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Trash into treasure: Recycling made fun

Family & Nursing Care’s recycling program has always included recycling those items required by Montgomery County, but we want to make an impact beyond what is merely required and continually improve our environmentally-friendly practices. We also collect plastic bags in the office, which we drop off at the nearest grocery store for recycling.
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The importance of trees!

I recently attended a great talk about a tree planting program offered by the county where I live. However, before I share the details with you I’d like to share a bit about the importance of trees. They are all around us but you probably give little thought to how much they have to offer

Meet Drew, Montgomery County’s Designated PACE Lender

Montgomery County passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing for commercial buildings in March 2015, and we’ve enlisted Greenworks Lending to provide PACE funding for the County’s PACE program. Meet Drew Zech, Head of Business Development with Greenworks Lending. If your business has any questions about PACE financing, Drew can walk you through the process

Don’t delay: First building energy benchmarking deadline is June 1st!

Learn about benchmarking, who needs to comply with the law, and step-by-step instructions for how to benchmark and report your building to DEP. Montgomery County passed a benchmarking and transparency law (Bill 2-14, and amended with Bill 35-15), requiring the County and building owners to benchmark energy use in certain nonresidential buildings of 50,000 square
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Low-maintenance gardens save water as well as work

If you want to minimize maintenance in your garden—and save water in the process—the fundamental tenet is simple: location, location, location. Any garden can be low-maintenance. All it takes is a little extra investment of time and planning on the front end to reap big returns over the long term. “It’s right plant, right place,”
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No charts, less water: Greener orthodontics in Montgomery County

Anyone who has ever visited a dentist or orthodontist knows how resource-intensive those businesses can be. But conservation is still possible. Just ask the experts at Scott Orthodontics. Treat it Like Your Home From water to electricity and everything in between, oral care, like health care in general, can consume plenty if care teams aren’t
Green Streets

Green streets drive runoff in the right direction

Its name may evoke something out of a children’s story, but green streets are entirely concrete. The green street is one of the innovative ways that the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working to minimize rain and snow runoff—and the pollution it can pick up in places like roads and parking lots—and