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Climate News

Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection

Climate Town Hall 2020

A Successful Town Hall and Open House

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, February 27 from 6-8 pm at United Therapeutics in downtown Silver Spring for the Montgomery County Climate Action Plan Town Hall & Open House. At this town hall and open house, the five community-based climate planning workgroups presented their recommendations for Montgomery County to reduce GHG emissions, build resilience to climate impacts, and support more equitable communities now and in the future.

Weren’t able to join us? See a recording of the full Climate Action Plan Town Hall here. Download photos from the event here. Check out media coverage of the event here.

Review the Final Recommendations

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The recommendations developed by Montgomery County’s community-based climate workgroups are now available for public review. Review the overview of recommendations, the complete list of all 850 recommendations, and the reports and supplementary materials developed by each climate workgroup here.

Take the Survey on Climate Recommendations

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Make your voice heard! After reviewing the workgroup recommendations, take this quick survey to share your views on the most important areas on which the County should focus and how actions should be prioritized.

To give feedback on any or all of the 850 workgroup recommendations, use this extended survey format (please note, a desktop computer is needed to complete this survey).

Montgomery County Company Featured by DOE Better Buildings

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The Tower Companies—a building developer and owner based in Rockville, MD—has been featured by the DOE Better Buildings Program for their rooftop solar project at the Blair House multifamily building in Silver Spring, MD. With the support of federal and local incentives, the project is expected to achieve a 1-year after-tax payback. See the full case study in the Better Buildings Solution Center here.

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

Spring into 2020 with a new green job! Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for new opportunities, including opportunities with MWCOG, ZeniMax Media, and Montgomery County's DEP!

Climate News Round-Up


Watch These 4 Clean Energy Trends in U.S. Cities in 2020 (The City Fix)

Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels (Route Fifty)

Report: 70% of Central Banks See Climate Change as a ‘Major Threat’ (Environment + Energy Leader)

‘All-Electric’ Movement Picks Up Speed, Catching Some Off Guard (New York Times)

ISO 50001: A Framework for Continuous Energy Improvement (My Green Montgomery)

Federal Programs Reduce Emissions by Improving Energy Efficiency (EESI)

To Talk Climate, You’ve Got to Talk Data (C40 Knowledge Hub)

Resources Radio: On the Job with Florida’s First Chief Resilience Officer (Resources for the Future)

Go behind the scenes as Amazon develops a new electric vehicle (Smart Energy Decisions)

6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way (The City Fix)

Getting to Zero in Buildings (RMI)

Factcheck: What is the carbon footprint of streaming video on Netflix? (CarbonBrief)

Sustainable Travel, Climate Change on the Mind of Tourists (Green Lodging News)

Upcoming Events

Featured Events: Senior Planet Montgomery events this spring through Montgomery Energy Connection! Learn about paying your energy bill online, how to use a thermal camera, and all about smart thermostats.

March 4 | Bethesda, MD
Public Meeting: Residential EV Charging Permit Guidelines

March 4 | Wheaton, MD
One Montgomery Green Drinks

March 10 | Rockville, MD
Montgomery County Stakeholder Meeting for Draft 2018 International Green Construction Code

March 12 | Silver Spring, MD
Planning Board Presentation—Update on Montgomery County’s Climate Plan

March 12 | Rockville, MD
Council Transportation & Environment Committee—Update on Climate Change Planning

March 14 | Online
Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy’s Green Career 1.0 Workshop

March 23 – April 6 | Online Course
Enterprise Resilience - Embracing Change in a Turbulent World

March 25-26 | Washington, DC
American Climate Leadership Summit

March 29 | Wheaton, MD
Make and Take Rain Barrels

April 1 & 2 | Silver Spring, MD
Montgomery County Energy SummitEarly Bird registration closes March 6th!

April 19 | Wheaton, MD
2020 Montgomery County GreenFestApply to be an exhibitor!