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MCDOT - Leading By Example Towards a Sustainable Future

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Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is committed to providing leadership which will foster conservation, protection and improvement of the environment by adopting a MCDOT Environmental Sustainability Policy (see also policy signature page) which focuses on:
  • Avoiding, to the extent practicable, negative impacts to the natural environment
  • Minimizing use of non-renewable resources
  • Reducing energy use
  • Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products
  • Increasing recycling of supplies and materials
  • Raising environmental awareness among staff and others


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In our commitment to this MCDOT Environmental Sustainability Policy, MCDOT will implement the following in our operations:

MCDOT is committed to slowing global warming by implementing initiatives (such as purchasing and using renewable sources of energy and implementation energy efficient technologies and processes) that can dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Awards: Environmental Protection and Energy

Other Awards

2005- North America's Gold Excellence Award in the Waste-to-Energy Division. Waste from the County Transfer Station is transported to the County's Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), burned at extremely high temperatures, and the heat is used to generate energy in the form of electricity or steam. This awards recognizes technically and economically-sound municipal solid waste management programs that are protective of public health and the environment.

2005- North America's Silver Excellence Award in the Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting Division for the Dickerson Composting Facility. This awards recognizes technically and economically-sound municipal solid waste management programs that are protective of public health and the environment.

2007 Manual for Planning, Design and Construction of Sustainable Buildings

MCDOT has committed to more sustainable building designs, which lessen their impact on the enivronment by saving energy. MCDOT's manual for the planning, design and construction of sustainable buildings is serving as a model for others.(back to top)

2007 Green Seal Procurements and Product Usage – Green Cleaning

Approximately 3 million square feet of office and public access space in Montgomery County is cleaned routinely by both contract and in-house resources. The use of conventional cleaners increases the potential for indoor air contamination due to the volatile and/or aromatic nature of some cleaning products and the release of irritants when multiple cleaning products are inadvertently mixed. In addition, disposal of these conventional products and their packaging increases the amount of hazardous materials in the County’s waste stream.

County’s custodial contracts now use cleaning products that are environmentally safe, using Green Seal certification as the standard, and have a process change within its in-house cleaning operations to also require the use of products certified as environmentally friendly.

MCDOT also now requires that all paper products used in County facilities be made from 100% recovered materials, and has begun using extremely efficient HEPA filtration vacuum cleaners. These measures provide additional environmental benefits over previously used cleaning products and methods.(back to top)

2005 Regional Wind Energy Purchase

Montgomery County, MCDOT led a wind energy purchase by a regional partnership including two county government, a public school system, a community college, a bi-county water and sewer authority, a bi-county parks commission, a housing commission, and eleven municipal governments. Five percent of the electricity used by this partnership comes from wind energy, beginning July 2004. This amount represents the largest wind purchase ever conducted by a local government organization in the United States. The purchase also establishes a national precedent for the use of renewable energy to meet federal regulatory requirements for air quality attainment standards. This is the first time that a renewable energy purchase has been included in a State Implementation Plan for meeting ground-level ozone standards under the Clean Air Act. As a voluntary control measure in the regional implementation plan, Montgomery County developed a customized set of criteria for renewable energy credits. (back to top)

2005 Reinventing Electricity Procurement

In order to remain effective in procuring electricity supply at rates below the default Standard Offer Service in a deregulated electricity market, Montgomery County, MCDOT, had to completely reinvent its electricity procurement process. The receipt of bides on 2,638 individual accounts, bid evaluation, bid ranking, negotiation, and an award of contracts had to be restructured from a days-long process to an hours-long process. Montgomery County created unique executive regulations to specifically govern the procurement of electricity and developed a new Request for Electricity Proposal document to implement the procurement process. Acting as the lead procurement agency for an Aggregation Group of County and municipal governments, Montgomery County successfully executed a bidding program from May 2004 through January 2005 resulting in an award of $27 million in electricity supply contracts, saving over $2 million to members of the Group. Additionally, 5% of the Group’s energy purchase was for wind energy, representing the largest purchase of wind energy by a local government in the nation. (back to top)

2002 Electricity Cost Savings During Deregulation and Beyond

The County Task Force on Electric Deregulation was established in June 1997 to develop recommendations regarding public policies and strategic actions to be taken by various agencies prior to, during transition to, and under the coming electric utility deregulation. The task force membership represents a broad spectrum of county and other public agencies. It has been the charge of the Task Force to identify the long and short term effects of the future restructuring of Maryland's utility service. While being mindful that this procurement must contain adequate consumer safeguards and fair consideration for environmentally friendly power, the County's Department of Transportation, Division of Facilities and Services (DFS) took the leadership role in negotiating with prospective suppliers. DFS also acted as the lead in contracting for the procurement of electricity for all agencies. Cost effectiveness and reliability was fundamental to the procurement process. DFS has also had the goal of securing cost savings for the County. While promoting interagency cooperation, the Task Force has sought to address area of concern while meeting the needs of all our various agencies. Administration of these criteria has been a somewhat daunting task as deregulation has been "new ground" for our exploration. The DFS has been pivotal in the Task Force for the establishment of criteria and coordination of our intergovernmental cooperation.(back to top)

2002 Integrated Pest Management

The Montgomery County MCDOT is responsible for providing pest management in 179 facilities, including child care centers, community center, libraries, health centers, detention centers, and general office facilities. In an effort to reduce exposing individuals in County buildings to pesticides, a new pest management program implementing exclusively the practices of Integrated Pest Management was made operational on April 1, 1998. With the adoption of the IPM Program pesticides are used only as a last resort and selected based on least toxicity to humans and non-target beneficial species. Other key components in the safety and success of the IPM program have been to institute a routine of improved building maintenance which includes, caulking all cracks, repairing leaks and keeping buildings clean and isolating stored food for purposes of excluding pests from gaining access to harborage, water and food necessary for their existence. (back to top)

     

 

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