Announcing the Inaugural Climate Youth Town Hall on February 11th - Register today!

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Climate News

Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

“Montgomery County is committed to driving continual improvement in our solar market. Promoting and facilitating private solar photovoltaic installations supports our goal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions countywide by 2035.”
- County Executive Marc Elrich

Monday, February 1, 2021 | Department of Environmental Protection


County Launches Virtual Information Room to Explore the Draft Climate Action Plan

Join us at the virtual information room, an interactive tool that allows residents to visually engage with the Draft Climate Action PlanThe Draft Climate Action Plan is the County’s strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035. The Draft Plan is open for public comment until February 28, 2021, and will be finalized in spring 2021Explore the Plan and ways to give feedback here. 

County to Host Climate Youth Town Hall on February 11

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The Climate Youth Town Hall, hosted by the County Executive, Montgomery College, and Montgomery County Public Schools, is an opportunity for students to connect with each other on climate action and provide feedback on the Draft Climate Action Plan. This virtual event is open to all but is primarily geared to high school and college students from both public and private schools. Local students will be featured panelists, and there will be multiple breakout sessions for students to learn from each other and provide input and perspective on climate action. Join us on February 11 via Zoom from 7:00 – 8:30pmRegister here. 

Climate Art Contest Extended through February 28


We need YOUR photographs, drawings, videos, poems, digital art and memes (yes, really!), to help make Montgomery County’s Climate Action Plan more engaging and accessible. Entries in the art contest may be featured in the County’s CAP and other County materials. Winners of the Climate Change Plan Art Contest will receive $100! Deadline for the contest has been extended to February 28, 2021.More details here. 

A Deeper Dive into Montgomery County’s 2018 GHG Inventory

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Montgomery County’s community-wide GHG emissions decreased in 2018. Why is that? Greening the electricity fuel mix and improving energy efficiency through programs like EmPOWER Maryland, the Benchmarking Law, and financing opportunities like C-PACE and Montgomery County Green Bank are the key reasons for the drop in GHG emissionsClimate Interns Julia Brown and Tenzin Yangkey dive deeper in the 2018 GHG Inventory to learn more.

Montgomery County Designated ‘SolSmart Gold’ for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

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Montgomery County is thrilled to announce that it was been awarded the “Gold” designation from the national SolSmart program—the highest designation awarded to communities by the program—for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Montgomery is the first Maryland jurisdiction to achieve the SolSmart Gold designation. 

We Are Still In Declaration

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Montgomery County joins leaders across Maryland and the United States in affirming our commitment to global climate action on fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement. Check out the press release here.

Join the Climate Planning Team as a Summer 2021 Intern or Fellow!

Job Opportunities

The County Executive Office is seeking climate interns and fellows to join the County’s Climate Planning team and work on exciting projects related to the recently released public draft of the Climate Action Plan! Learn more about the Summer 2021 climate internship and fellowship  opportunities. Additional opportunities are posted on DEP's Green Jobs Portal

ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend February 13th to 15th

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Every President’s Day weekend, shoppers across Montgomery County can participate in the state’s Shop Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend which gives residents a break on the six percent sales tax for qualifying ENERGY STAR products. This year's tax free weekend is February 13th to 15th. Make your plans now. 

Climate News Round-Up


To read: 

How Do You Get To Zero Emissions in 15 Years? Montgomery County Now Has A Plan (dcist)  

Montgomery County Seeks to Reach Zero Emissions by 2035, But Advocates Say That’s Not Fast Enough (Maryland Matters)  

County Executive Marc Elrich to Transform Portion of Former Landfill into Solar Energy Project (Montgomery County)  

The state of the climate in 2021 (BBC Future)  

Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020 (New York Times) 

How Joe Biden plans to use executive powers to fight climate change (Vox) 

Integrating Social Equity In Green Building: A 3-part Blog Series (Party Walls) 

Dangerous Heat, Unequal Consequences (The Center for Public Integrity) 

A chronological history of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project (The Toronto Star) 

Network Connects Indigenous Knowledges in the Arctic and U.S. Southwest (AGU’s Eos Magazine) 

Commentary: To Make the U.S. Auto Fleet Greener, Increasing Fuel Efficiency Matters More than Selling Electric Vehicles (Route Fifty)

To listen:  

Meet your New Climate Czar (How to Save a Planet) 

No Better Time for Climate Reparations (Hot Take Substack/Spotify) 

Climate Migration (Outside/In) 

To watch: 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg and Leading Scientists: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops (YouTube) 

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry at Climate Adaptation Summit (YouTube) 

Montgomery County DEP 2020 Year in Review (My Green Montgomery) 

Upcoming Events

All throughout February | Outdoor events at breweries 
Montgomery Energy Connection FeBREWary light bulb exchange events 

Tomorrow! February 2 | Community Engagement  
All About Montgomery County’s New Climate Action Plan  

March 8 | Maryland Clean Energy Center  
Energy Efficiency for Equity & Inclusion 

March 10 | Webinar  
Funding Clean Energy Projects