About the Department of Environmental Protection

 

Mission

The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's air, water, and land in a sustainable, innovative, inclusive, and industry-leading way while fostering smart growth, a thriving more sustainable economy and healthy communities.

Racial Equity Vision Statement

DEP's Racial Equity Vision Statement is to apply a racial equity lens when setting policies, projects, and programs related to DEP's Mission, ensuring the inclusion of diverse groups, especially frontline/underrepresented communities.

Racial equity lens - A racial equity lens is the set of questions we ask ourselves throughout the decision-making process. The lens interrupts the impact of unintended consequences by taking into consideration the lived experiences and perspectives of the racially diverse communities we intend to serve.

Frontline/Underrepresented Groups – Describes a group of people whose members are disadvantaged and subjected to unequal treatment by the dominant group, and who may regard themselves as recipients of collective discrimination.

Adriana Hochberg

Climate Change Officer, Montgomery County
Acting Director, DEP

Portrait of Adriana Hochberg with U.S. and Maryland State flags in the background


Adriana Hochberg serves as the Climate Change Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland and as Acting Director for the Department of Environmental Protection. She leads Montgomery County’s efforts to combat climate change while building a healthy, equitable, and resilient county. Ms. Hochberg coordinated the development of the Climate Action Plan, a strategic roadmap for the County to cut community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and reach zero emissions by 2035. Ms. Hochberg previously served as an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Montgomery County.

Ms. Hochberg previously spent eleven years with the Government of the District of Columbia, serving in the Office of the City Administrator and as Chief of Staff in the Department of Energy and Environment. Ms. Hochberg has also served as Presidential Management Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency and as Coordinator for International Relations at the Konan Town Hall in Japan.

Ms. Hochberg is passionate about creating sustainable, equitable, and walkable communities.  She is a graduate of the Walking College Fellowship from America Walks and developed and implemented an action plan to make her community safer for pedestrians. Ms. Hochberg earned a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from Williams College. She speaks multiple languages including Portuguese and Japanese.

 

County Executive’s Customer Service Commitment

Montgomery County Government is committed to providing exceptional service to our many diverse communities, residents and businesses. I encourage you to contact me if you feel that you have not received excellent service, or have compliments or other comments related to the service you received from your county government.

-Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Executive

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Org ChartDirector Deputy-Director Intergovernmental Energy-climate-compliance Restoration Recycling Strategic-Services

 

Responsibilities of DEP's Divisions

Office of the Director

Acting Director

  • Leads the Department to turn the curve towards a greener County

  • Leads initiatives towards zero waste

  • Leads initiatives towards reducing greenhouse gases

  • Leads initiatives towards clean water

  • External and internal communication regarding DEP accomplishments, people, and initiatives

  • Develops strategic initiatives and partnerships leading to improved business opportunities and lower operating costs for DEP

Communications and Public Engagement Section

  • Integration of external messaging and communication about DEP

  • Development of partnerships with community and advocacy groups, faith-based institutions, and the business community

  • Manages DEP branding guidelines

  • Evaluates effectiveness of internal and external communications

 

 

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Office of the Director

Acting Deputy Director

  • Responsible for overall management of daily operations

  • Ensures positive organizational culture and workplace environment

  • Safe operations and strong safety culture

  • Manages budget, rate setting, and revenue management

  • Integrates procurement and budget for capital and non-capital programs

  • Manages strategic initiatives related to procurement, IT, Human capital, and business process improvements

     

     

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Intergovernmental Affairs Division

  • Serve as liaison to County government agencies on issues of importance to DEP

  • Serves as liaison to agencies outside of county government such as MNCPPC, WSSC, DC Water, MCPS on issues of importance to DEP

  • Develop and refines Memorandums of Understanding between DEP/County and government agencies

  • Develops and implements water and wastewater policies through the County’s comprehensive water and sewer plan

     

     

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Energy, Climate and Compliance Division

  • Manage programs for Compliance with the County’s environmental laws

  • Manage process to assist building owners with compliance with Energy Benchmarking law

  • Manage Green Business Certification program

  • Provide leadership for County’s actions leading towards zero greenhouse gas emissions

  • Manages residential energy programs to assist county residents with energy efficiency

     

     

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Watershed Restoration Division

  • Monitors water quality and assesses condition of streams

  • Inspects an maintains stormwater facilities

  • Coordination of the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit

  • Manages Capital Projects program for stormwater management

  • Manages RainScapes program

  • Manages Tree Montgomery program

  • Manages Organic Lawn Care program

  • Manages Pet Waste, Litter Reduction, and Community Grant programs

     

     

 

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Strategic Services Division

  • Manages DEPs performance metrics

  • Manages program assessment activities including business process improvements

  • Manages IT initiatives for DEP

  • Generates the Water Quality Protection Charge revenue and rate

  • Provides IT and management and strategic services to implement capital and non-capital programs

     

     

 
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Recycling and Resource Management Division

  • Manages the County’s operations for collection and processing of recyclable materials for all single-family homes

  • Manages the Transfer Station which receives municipal solid waste from around the county

  • Manages the Resource Recovery Facility which provides for disposal of the county’s municipal solid waste

  • Manages composting operations and production of LeafGro

  • Manages initiatives to improve recycling in the county

     

     

 
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DEP's Performance and Results

DEP's Performance Plan lists each of DEP's Headline Performance Measures and identifies how well the Department is achieving results through succinct analysis highlighting contributing factors, limiting factors, and ways DEP aims to improve its performance. It also outlines the Department's operational efficiency.

  1. Amount of Pollutant Removed Through the Watershed Restoration Program

  2. Average Number of Days to Resolve Incoming Environmental Complaints

  3. Percent Satisfied with DEP's Response to Environmental Complaints

  4. Average Visits to DEP Websites

  5. Total Solid Waste Generated in the County

  6. Tons of Total Municipal Solid Waste Recycled

  7. Missed Collection (Refuse and Recycling) Complaints per Week

  8. Percent of Businesses in Compliance with Recycling Reporting

  9. Single-Family Solid Waste Charges

  10. Percent of Commercial Buildings in Compliance with Benchmark Laws

 

 


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