Environment

September 19, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Car Free Day is Set for Sept. 22 (VIDEO)

Are you ready to take the pledge? Car Free Day is set for Thursday, Sept. 22nd. Find out more about Car Free Day, here. Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local programming.

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September 7, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Learn More About Going Solar at a Session Set for Sept. 8 in Germantown (VIDEO)

An information session to tout a new solar cooperative in Montgomery County is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown. Find out more in this report, below: Learn more about the cooperative and RSVP to attend the session, here.

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August 30, 2016 | Sonya Burke

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Consumer Alert: Solar Panels (VIDEO)

Eric Friedman is the director of the Office of Consumer Protection in Montgomery County. In this latest Consumer Alert, below, Friedman has some advice about how to hire a company to install solar panels.

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August 17, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Rockville Revitalizes Stormwater Management System with Three Projects (VIDEO)

Rockville is restoring their stormwater management system, which has resulted in a slight increase in the stormwater utility fees. Rock 11 Now’s Tony Plaia explains. Visit our PEG partner Rock 11 Now to view more of its programming. More information is available online at rockvillemd.gov/environment.  

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August 16, 2016 | Staff Writer

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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Montgomery County; Brookside Gardens to Close Early

UPDATE 8/16/16 11:00 a.m. Montgomery Parks to close the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens at 1 p.m. today due to the heat. Ticket sales close at noon. #WingsOfFancy #BrooksideGardens closes at 1 pm today due to heat advisory. Last tickets sold noon. #MoCoParks pic.twitter.com/iJHDFTnXN0 — Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) August 16, 2016 ORIGINAL […]

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August 12, 2016 | Staff Writer

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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory; Brookside’s Butterfly Exhibit to Close Early

With a heat index predicted to hit about 105 degrees, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today for Montgomery County. The advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected in our area. According to the NWS advisory, the combination of high temperatures and […]

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August 9, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Gaithersburg Bans Polystyrene Food Service Products

The city of Gaithersburg is the latest to ban polystyrene disposable food service products. The new law went into effect this week, and effectively bans the sale and use of foam containers such as bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, egg cartons, loose fill packaging and more. Expanded polystyrene is not recyclable in Montgomery County. “Creating […]

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August 2, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Solar Panels Are Being Installed at Council Office Building in Rockville (VIDEO)

Solar panels are being installed on the roof of the Montgomery County Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  The solar energy system is expected to generate more than 53,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year. “The Department of General Services deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the fantastic job they have […]

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August 2, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Amory Lovins Meets with Council T&E Committee on Net Zero Building Policies (VIDEO)

Net zero policies are those that incentivize or require buildings to produce enough energy on site to meet the needs of the building’s users. Recently, members of the Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, heard from a national expert on net zero policies and learned how Montgomery County can be a part of this growing trend. […]

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July 22, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Pepco Shares Tips for Keeping Cool and Saving Energy

Pepco officials say the utility company is prepared to serve customers during this heat wave, and officials have some suggestions for residents to keep cool and decrease their energy usage. Here are a few tips: Turn off or unplug all unnecessary lighting, devices and appliances. When the AC is on, keep all outside doors and […]

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