environment

May 20, 2021 | Staff Writer

New Program Teaches County Residents How to Grow Their Own Food

Montgomery Parks is cosponsoring a new program that will teach residents how to grow their own food. MoCo Grows is a free, three-day gardening education event that provides needed tools for every growing experience level. The event will take place from June 4-6. The program includes eight interactive workshops for beginning and experienced gardeners, demonstrations, […]

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April 30, 2021 | Rachel Clair

‘Skip the Straw’ Campaign Begins Saturday

The “Skip the Straw” campaign beginning Saturday reminds Montgomery County restaurants and food service businesses to forego the extra plastic. County Executive Marc Elrich proposed the law which prohibits straws given to dine-in customers, except on request or in compliance with federal disability rights laws. The Montgomery County Council approved the bill in December 2020. […]

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April 19, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

More Than $640,000 Awarded to County Environmental Projects 

More than $640,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 15 environmental projects in Montgomery County, officials announced Sunday. “Great start to #EarthWeek!” County Executive Marc Elrich wrote on Twitter. “These awards provide funds directly to Montgomery County organizations and communities for projects that will help clean our air and water,” County Department of Environmental […]

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April 14, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

WalletHub Ranks Maryland As 2021’s 4th Greenest State

Maryland was ranked as the 4th most environmentally friendly state in a WalletHub report, “2021’s Greenest States,” released Wednesday in honor of the upcoming Earth Day. WalletHub determined the greenest states across the nation based on comparisons across three key dimensions: “Environmental Quality,” “Eco-Friendly Behaviors” and “Climate-Change Contributions.” Maryland ranked 7th, 5th, and 8th in […]

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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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