Connect with County's Climate Staff during Monthly Office Hours starting in June

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Climate News

Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

Monday, June 1, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection


“As Montgomery County strives to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, providing safe ways to charge while parked on public streets should make it easier for residents to own and operate the electric vehicles that will play an important role in helping us reach that goal.” - County Executive Marc Elrich


Office Hours Connect You with County Staff

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We want to hear from you! Beginning June 18, the County will hold monthly virtual office hours. These sessions are an opportunity for residents to engage with County staff who are working on climate issues. There is no set agenda for these meetings, instead they are an opportunity to answer residents’ questions, receive residents’ feedback, and share updates on climate planning and actions taking place in the County.

Office hours will be held each 3rd Thursday of the month, 4-5 pm, from June to December. Instructions on how to join are on the Upcoming Climate Events section of the Climate website.


County Releases EV Charging Guidelines, Makes Driving Green Easier

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Earlier this month Montgomery County released its first ever guidelines for installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at home. This step makes permitting the installation of privately-owned car charging stations clear and easy. Increased charging options are key to increasing the number of Montgomery County EV drivers. The County is already home to nearly 40% of Maryland’s EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but that number must rise to meet the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Incentives are available for drivers who want to buy an EV or hybrid.

For more information, read the press release and see the guidelines in full.


#2020Census - Be Counted!

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Represent your neighborhood by completing your Census now and challenge 5 of your friends to do the same! Create a picture or video of yourself that best represents your neighborhood after you complete your Census and bonus points if you wear your favorite face covering. Share your photo using #StandUpMontgomeryCounty or #StandUp(name your town/neighborhood) #2020Census #EveryoneCountsMCMD

Like, follow and tag the Montgomery County 2020 Census on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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Climate Workplan Finalized for FY 2021

The FY21 budget has been released, and now so has next year’s climate workplan. The plan includes 38 action items, which range from expanding rapid transit to retrofitting buildings to planting trees. These initiatives will help the county stay on track to reduce emissions and improve environmental protection.

Read the workplan here and take a look at the county’s climate resources here.


County Solar Co-op is Open til August 31

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Solar panels and electric vehicles make a natural pair. That’s why this year, the County is hosting a solar and Electric Vehicle (EV) charger co-op. As with traditional solar co-ops, residents and small businesses will work together to learn about solar technology and choose an installer through an open and competitive bidding process. They will also be able to purchase a level 2 EV charger either with their solar system or as a stand-alone installation. Learn more about the Co-op and join an upcoming virtual event! Sign up by August 31, 2020 to join!


Climate Survey is Ongoing, Spread the Word!

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Thanks to all who have completed the climate survey! Your feedback is helping focus climate efforts on what really matters to Montgomery County. Take a minute now to share the survey with your friends and community. Spanish and Chinese versions are also available. And if you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do so!


DIY Project of the Month: Clotheslines

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As the days get longer, take advantage of increased sunlight to dry your laundry! Clothes dryers are energy hogs, consuming on average 3000 watts per hour. Stringing a clothesline is a simple way to cut down your energy use and save a little money along the way. Don’t have a backyard? Consider using a folding drying rack for small spaces. For more tips on how to get clothes clean with less power, check out this article on the environmental impact of laundry.


Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

Whether you’re a recent graduate who’s passionate about the environment, or a seasoned professional ready to fight climate change, there’s a job out there for you. Montgomery County’s Green Jobs Board makes it easy to find locally-based green positions. Recent postings include Sustainability Specialist at Page, DC Green Bank Controller, and NCEL Environmental Health Program Manager.


Congratulations to our Interns!

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Congratulations to our spring 2020 climate interns for their academic accomplishments!

  • Marcy Delos is graduating imminently from George Mason University with a BS in environmental science.
  • Chaya Johnson graduated this May from the University of Maryland with a BS in environmental science and technology and a concentration in environmental health.
  • Julia McMurry earned fall 2020 admission to the University of Maryland, where she will complete her BA in economics. She graduated from Montgomery College last December with an AA in general studies.

Climate News Round-Up

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Upcoming Events

June 2 | Film
Eating Up Easter (Globalization and Climate Impacts on Easter Island)

June 2 | Webinar
The Diverse Challenges of Climate to Mental Health

June 2, 16, 30 | Online Class
Heat Health Masterclasses

June 3 | Webinars
Dealing with Disruption: Operationalizing Resilience in the Water Sector

Discussion with Climate Scientist, Sonali McDermid (Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Migration)

Supporting Sustainable Farmers During a Pandemic and Beyond (includes farmers from Maryland and Virginia)

Urban Nature: Ensuring Access to Green Space for All

June 4 | Webinars
Race and the Environmental Movement: History and Legacies

Sustainable Cities After COVID-19: DC and beyond

June 5 | Webinars
Climate Resiliency in Community Gardens

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake - Learning Lab: How to Raise $50,000 for your project!

June 8-10 | Virtual Conference
DOE Better Buildings Summit

June 11 | Webinars
The Enduring Legacy of Inequitable Heat Exposure in US Cities

When Kids Fight for Environmental Justice, Words Have Power

June 13-14 | Virtual Conference (with additional seminars)
A Community Stronger than COVID

June 18 | Webinar
Codes and Policies to Advance Zero Goals: Policies for Retrofits and New Construction

June 25 | Webinar
Greening without Gentrification

June 28 | Webinar
Climate Changes Health Equity