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

About Us

Mission:
Ensure that Montgomery County government operations protect the environment, conserve resources, and integrate sustainability into decision-making at every level.

Highlights

  • Achieved carbon neutrality of County government operations since FY2016 through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and offsets.
  • Montgomery County is the 4th largest purchaser of clean energy amongst local governments and 27th among all major organizations tracked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
  • Increasing the County’s resiliency to major storms and disasters by installing clean energy microgrids at key public safety facilities, including completed projects at Public Safety Headquarters and the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
  • Installed 7.6 megawatts of solar on County buildings producing enough energy to power more than 800 single family homes annually and expected to save the County $10 million in electricity costs over 20 years.
  • County buildings are powered 100% by clean solar and wind.
  • Energy efficiency and other cost saving projects since 2013 resulting in over $1.5 million in savings annually, expected to save over $65 million over the next 20 years.

What We Do

The Office of Energy and Sustainability oversees the overall greening of government operations across all County departments. OES directly manages green government initiatives, including:

  • Develop and maintain strategic energy plans and track the status of energy projects.
  • Prepare County utility budgets and monitor, track and analyze utility expenditures of County facilities.
  • Audit facility energy performance and develop recommendations for energy savings opportunities.
  • Pursue grants and incentives to facilitate energy-efficiency and sustainability improvements.
  • Develop and implement major capital projects to produce clean energy, resilient energy systems and advanced power systems into public facilities.
  • Pilot projects to reduce energy and water consumption in County facilities.
  • Employee education and behavior change campaigns to maximize sustainability of County operations.
  • Showcase the results of County sustainability efforts via annual reports, web, social media, fact sheets and other media.
  • Provide technical and subject matter expertise to County Departments and DGS divisions to help green government.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Ten National Association of Counties (NACo) awards for sustainability initiatives since FY14, including awards for Montgomery County Microgrid Projects and Continuous Energy Improvement Program in FY18.
  • Six consecutive Alliance for Workplace Excellence Eco-Leadership awards.
  • Smart Energy Community Designation from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Annual Reports

How to Contact Us

Office of Energy and Sustainability
Department of General Services
101 Monroe Street, 9th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
dgs.green@montgomerycountymd.gov
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