environment

March 18, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Reaches Milestone of Recycling 200,000 Pounds of Food Scraps

The Montgomery County Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program recently hit a milestone of recycling more than 200,000 pounds of food waste. “Think about it; 200,000 pounds of food scraps that would have gone in the trash was instead converted to compost and is serving a new purpose,” said Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection […]

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March 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Montgomery County Recycles More Than 200,000 Pounds of Food Waste

Montgomery County has collected more than 200,000 pounds of food scraps and recycled them into a material that helps the soil by improving drainage, water retention and aeration. The result is less food waste being tossed into general trash as well as compost for sale. The Montgomery County Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program, which […]

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September 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Planned Balloon Releases Banned In Montgomery County

Don’t let go of all those balloons. Anyone intentionally releasing a sky full of helium-filled latex or mylar balloons in Montgomery County can be fined a minimum of $500. Montgomery County Council unanimously approved legislation Sept. 29 that would prohibit the outdoor release of these balloons in an effort to prevent injury or death to […]

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December 17, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Montgomery County Green Bank to Help Local Energy Efficiency Investment

The Montgomery County Green Bank is one of only a dozen or so green banks of any kind in the nation. At a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Glascock Building in Bethesda recently, County Executive Marc Elrich and new Council Vice President Tom Hucker explained one of the ways the County is addressing climate change through […]

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September 13, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Emergency Town Hall to Address Climate Change in the County

County officials and environmental activists will hold a “Climate Emergency Town Hall” on Sept. 14. “We are now in a climate emergency. Addressing any emergency requires a plan, and that plan must be followed by leadership and action. Montgomery County intends to lead and set an example that others can follow and join. That is […]

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May 28, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

MCPS Schools Recognized for Sustainable Practices, Environmental Curriculum

Maryland Green Schools Awards were recently presented to Redland, Roberto Clemente and Rosa Parks middle schools. This award signifies a commitment to education practices that work to increase environmental awareness for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Schools earn this award by integrating sustainable practices and environmental education curriculum, as well as professional development and […]

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April 29, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Hundreds Attend Montgomery County’s 5th Annual GreenFest

Brookside Gardens hosted the fifth annual Montgomery County GreenFest this weekend in celebration of National Earth Day. There were more than 85 vendors, and a variety of activities for locals to enjoy. Vendors offered insight on how people can do their part on the local level to help the Earth’s resources.   Watch this video […]

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April 9, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Young Adults Join Montgomery Parks to Pot Nearly 500 Trees

Nearly 500 trees are being re-potted at the Pope Farm Nursery in Gaithersburg this week, all in celebration of Earth Month. About 25 student-volunteers worked with Montgomery Parks to get the job done. The students are a part of a program run by the Latin American Youth Center that offers job training in green infrastructure […]

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April 3, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit Held in Silver Spring

The sixth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit was held at the Silver Spring Civic Building. County Executive Marc Elrich was among the guest speakers. The summit was co-hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the US Green Building Council National Capital Region. Key discussions included ways businesses and building owners can work together […]

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April 2, 2019 | Bryan Gallion

Earth Month Events Across Montgomery County

This month marks the 49th anniversary of “Earth Month,” a global campaign that stresses the importance of protecting the planet’s air, land and water. Events are scheduled throughout the month for Montgomery County residents to learn about and take part in preserving the environment. “Learn About Organic Lawn Care” at the Rock Creek Conservancy Office […]

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