County Considers Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program - We Want Your Input!

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Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

“Despite COVID, we’ve continued to work on the future of Montgomery County.”
- County Executive Marc Elrich

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection

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Looking for Your Input on County Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program!

Montgomery County wants to establish an Electric Vehicle (EV) Group Buy program to harness the power of volume purchasing and reduce costs to residents of buying or leasing an EV—an important tool in reducing emissions.

To structure the program in an effective and equitable way, the County issued a Request for Information. We want input from individuals and organizations with experience relevant to EV Group Buy programs or more general experience and knowledge of EVs.

The Request for Information has been posted. Responses can be sent via email to through 5 pm on Friday, November 30, 2020.  An Electric Vehicle Group Buy Forum will be scheduled after responses are received and evaluated.

Climate Budgeting Comes to Montgomery County

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A community-based workgroup released its final recommendations in a publicly available report detailing how to integrate climate considerations into County budgets. Planning for the County’s fiscal year 2022 budget began on July 1, 2020, and proposed recommendations are already informing that process. Budgeting with an eye toward climate impacts will help the County reach its zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2035. Read intern Julia McMurry’s full article here

StoryMap is Released - Visualize County Climate Efforts

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The first in a series of climate-related StoryMaps is ready to view! StoryMaps complement climate planning documents by giving residents a more interactive medium to parse what climate work the County is doing and planning. Intern Alexander Gunnerson compiled information about the County’s climate planning efforts, its goals, and its current initiatives to show how the County plans to hit zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. View the StoryMap here.

Art Contest is Ongoing: Calling all Artists and Climate Justice Activists!

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We need YOUR photographs, drawings, videos, poems, digital art and memes (yes, we mean it, memes), to help make Montgomery County’s climate change plan more engaging and accessible. The Climate Change Plan Art Contest seeks to use art to educate the public about the connection between our daily lives, our communities, and a changing climate.  Entries in the art contest may be featured on Montgomery County’s climate change plan and other County materials. Winners of the Climate Change Plan Art Contest will receive $100! Deadline for the contest is January 31, 2021. Early submissions encouraged. More details here.

Join us for the 7th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit!

2020 Montgomery County Energy Summit information

Registration is open for this year's Summit which will take place virtually over 3 days, Nov. 17-19. This year’s theme, “A Path to Zero,” will explore strategies, technologies and case studies on the commercial, multi-family, and residential-built environments moving the County toward its ambitious climate goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. The Summit will include breakout education sessions, networking salons featuring the latest in sustainable products and services, and a free virtual Energy Roadshow. Education sessions have been approved for GBCI CEs and AIA LUs. Full summit passes are $75, and scholarships are available for emerging professionals. View the full schedule of events and register today!

Climate Work Critical for Youth and Students

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Two recent articles on My Green Montgomery highlight young peoples’ contributions to and benefits from climate action.

Climate Intern Sarah Kallgreen writes “In Defense of Gardens,” making the case for experiential environmental education. School Gardens have gained popularity over the last century, and now Montgomery County is getting in on the action. MCPS has invested in butterfly and pollinator gardens, as well as container gardens to give students this hands-on approach to learning. Gardens not only create homes for local wildlife but are also a key tool in nutrition education. Read more here.

Resilience Ambassador Omotola Fadeyi explains how to engage youth on environmental issues. Her “Dos and Don’ts” come from experience as a high school student and worker in Montgomery County’s Covid Corps. Find tips on social media, language, and content to make your message heard. “An interactive website is a must,” writes Fadeyi. Read more here.

DIY Project of the Month: Conserve your Clothing

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November is the perfect time to curl up with a blanket, a hot cup a tea, and... a sewing needle? That’s right. Fiber arts are a great indoor activity for chilly days and can help shrink your carbon footprint to boot. Clothing production is a major contributor to CO2 emissions and water consumption. Instead of buying a new item to replace a damaged piece, check out some tutorials on how to sew on a buttonrepair a split seam, or hem a pair of pants. You can also recycle textiles at the County’s Transfer Station. And if your garment is beyond repair, consider shredding rags to use in place of disposable paper towels and dish cloths. You might even have enough to make a braided rug!

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for new opportunities in and around Montgomery County. Several energy and climate focused positions are available at One Montgomery Green, Prince George’s County, and the Institute for Market Transformation

Climate News Round-Up


To watch and listen to:

To read:

  • The Insurance Industry Can Help States Act on Climate Change (Route Fifty)
  • Homes Are Flooding Outside FEMA’s 100-Year Flood Zones and Racial Inequity is Showing Through (Route Fifty)
  • Kill Your Gas Stove (Route Fifty)
  • California’s Bay Area may require telecommuting, even after the pandemic wanes (NBC)
  • Solar meets 100 per cent of South Australia demand for first time (Renew Economy)
  • New Green Building Incentives: Working Together for Energy Efficiency (My Green Montgomery)
  • Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement (BBC)
  • Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do (NYTimes)

Upcoming Events

November 5 | Webinar
Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities in Climate Planning

November 5 | Webinar
Climate Displacement Forum: Policy Considerations at Multiple Scales

November 8 | Webinar
Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building

November 9 | Class
Electricity: Save Money and Help Stop Climate Change!

November 9 | Meeting
Maryland Commission on Climate Change

November 12 | Webinar
State Climate Justice Laws and Policies

November 16 | Class
Make Energy Cents (Spanish)

November 17-November 19 | Conference
Montgomery County Energy Summit

November 17 | Webinar
Reimagining Regulations for a Changing Mobility Landscape

November 19 | Webinar
Intergenerational Climate Justice

November 19 | Office Hours/Community
Climate Planning Virtual Office Hours

November 23| Class
Online Bill Pay (Spanish)

December 1| Webinar 
Soil, Conservation, and Place Conversation: Economics, Justice, and Systems Thinking from the Soil Up

December 3 | Webinar
Soil, Conservation, and Place Conversation: Mentors, Markets, and Evolving Adaptation