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

Goals and Progress

Montgomery County is protecting the environment and conserving resources through government operations. For more details, see the latest Sustainable Government Operations Report.

Energy & Climate

Energy and climate

Goals

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions of County government operations 80% by 2050.

Progress

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 67% over 2005 levels.

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Montgomery County’s baseline carbon footprint in FY2005 was 114,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent based on a subset of County facilities. Our FY2016 current carbon footprint, including emissions from all County buildings and fleet operations as well as offsets from the purchase of renewable energy credits, was 37,755 metric tons of carbon equivalent. More…


Solar

Energy panels

Goals

Install 6 megawatts of solar on County facilities by the end of 2017.

Progress

88% complete as of September 2017. 11 megawatts expected by the end of 2018.

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Solar panels installed on County facilities to date have the ability to generate more than 6.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year. That’s enough energy to power more than 680 homes and lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as taking 980 cars off the road or planting 120,000 trees. When we reach our goal of 11 megawatts of solar, the environmental benefits are even greater.


Transportation

Electrical vehicles

Goals

Reduce petroleum fuel consumption by 20% by 2020.

Progress

From 2014 to 2016, reduced petroleum consumption by 3.8%.

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Montgomery County’s comprehensive Green Fleet Strategy combines sound management, fleet rightsizing, alternative fuels, and innovative technology to achieve a 20% reduction in petroleum consumption by 2020. In FY2016, Green Fleet efforts saved 206,676 gallons of fuel over 2014 levels, representing a 3.8% reduction in petroleum use in just two years.


Green Buildings

Green roof

Goals

All new County government buildings over 10,000 square feet are designed and constructed to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver.

Progress

Achieved! The County has built 4 LEED Silver and 10 LEED Gold buildings since 2008.

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Achieved!


Waste Reduction

Montgomery County reduces waste by delivering better services with fewer resources; reusing, donating, or selling excess office supplies, furniture, vehicles, and construction waste; and recycling at all County facilities.

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On Track!


Resiliency

Montgomery County is improving its ability to anticipate and quickly adapt to extreme weather, economic downturns, and natural and man-made disasters. The County is planning and developing programs to improve availability of critical services and amenities such as public transit, roads, power grid, police, and firefighting operations during these kinds of events.

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On Track!


Water

Montgomery County uses water saving fixtures in all County facilities built or renovated since 2008. Rain gardens, green roofs, and other on-site stormwater treatment is implemented on all County facilities built since 2012.

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On Track!


Biodiversity

Montgomery County government strengthens biodiversity through conserving forests, planting native vegetation, implementing pollution prevention measures, and using eco-friendly landscaping on County-owned property.

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On Track!


Green Purchasing

Montgomery County uses eco-friendly products and services whenever possible, including energy star office equipment and appliances, recycled and sustainably sourced products, and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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On Track!


Community Engagement

Montgomery County government employees recycle, conserve water and energy, purchase environmentally preferable products and services, and donate money and supplies to those in need. We also inform and engage the public through events, videos, signage, and social media.

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On Track!

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