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Office of Energy and SustainabilitySuperior government service with the smallest possible environmental footprint

Energy & Climate

Goal:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions of County government operations 80% by 2050.
Progress:
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 67% over 2005 levels.

Solar

Solar panels

Montgomery County is installing 11 megawatts of solar on roofs, grounds, and over parking lots on its facilities. The solar panels will generate enough electricity to power more than 1,100 single family homes each year. This clean solar energy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7,700 metric tons – as much as planting 200,000 trees! More...

Green Fleet

Electrical vehicle

Montgomery County is on track to reduce fleet petroleum fuel consumption 20% over 2014 levels by 2020. The County has downsized its fleet, replaced 23 vehicles with all electric and plug-in hybrids, converted 32% of Ride On buses to run on compressed natural gas, and used telematics and driver education to shorten routes and maximize fuel efficiency. More...

Green Buildings

White Oak Recreation Center

Heating, cooling, and powering buildings accounts for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Montgomery County designs new buildings to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification, with many achieving LEED Gold. Existing buildings are retrofitted with energy efficiency improvements whenever possible. More...

Combined Heat and Power and Microgrids

Combined heat and power saves energy by using waste heat from on-site power generation to heat buildings. The County’s first combined heat and power system began saving energy and reducing pollution at the Pre-Release Center in June 2016. Microgrids are on-site clean power generation systems that can run independent of utilities. The County is planning to install microgrids, many of which may also include combined heat and power systems, at key facilities to allow critical operations to run uninterrupted during prolonged power outages. More...

Improving Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

Upgrades to older buildings can save energy – reducing pollution and lowering utility bill costs. Upgrades can include replacing outdated lighting fixtures with energy efficient LED lighting, installing automatic shut off switches for lights, installing water conservation measures like low flow faucets and toilets, replacing heating and air conditioning systems with more energy efficient models, and improving insulation and ventilation. Montgomery County builds energy efficiency improvements into building refresh projects such as painting and replacing carpeting. In addition, the County is implementing a six-year plan to invest $100 million in facilities through energy performance contracting. The County is working with several energy services companies (ESCO) that recommend upgrades and guarantee energy efficiency. More...

Using Data to Manage Building Energy Wisely

More than 80 County buildings have automated building controls that allow technicians to monitor and adjust building temperature, humidity levels, lighting, and more to save energy while keeping people comfortable and safe. We also monitor utility bill data closely to identify opportunities for refined building management and upgrades to reduce energy use.

What You Can Do

Looking for ways to save energy at home? Visit MyGreenMontgomery for energy-saving ideas and information on rebates, tax incentives and other assistance implementing energy efficiency at home.

Interested in solar? You have options, even if your roof is shaded or you’re a renter. More...

Employee Engagement

Employment engagement

Employee behavior has a significant impact on energy use, water use, and waste reduction. We’re educating employees about how to conserve resources and reduce pollution at work – and at home – through training and events. We’re also encouraging employee participation in pilot telework programs, providing incentives for employees to use public transit, commute by bicycle, or ride share. Check back for more information as we pilot new programs to further engage employees in energy conservation and pollution protection. More...

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