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Nominations Being Accepted for the 2020 Sustainability Awards
Feb 05, 2020
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The Frederick County Sustainability Commission is accepting applications for its 2020 Sustainability Awards. Awards are based on leadership, innovation, and success in sustainability. Awards are available to Individuals (non-students), Students/Student Groups, Nonprofits, and Commercial Enterprises. Self-applications or nominations of others accepted. Applications are due February 13, 2020. Contact: Dawn Ashbacher, dashbacher@frederickcountymd.gov, 301-600-6864.  For more information, click here

Frederick County Sustainability Commission Seeks Nominees for 2019 Awards
Jan 18, 2019
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The Frederick County Sustainability Commission is accepting nominations for its 2019 Sustainability Awards to recognize individuals and organizations in Frederick County that have made an outstanding contribution in helping the county advance sustainability efforts. Awards are presented based on demonstrated leadership, innovation, and success in sustainability. Awards are available to individuals, nonprofits and commercial enterprises.    Click the following link for more information:  2019 Sustainability Awards.

2018 Septic Pump-Out Rebate Program
Apr 12, 2018
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In time for Earth Month, County Executive Jan Gardner launched the 2018 Septic Pump-Out Rebate Program on Thursday, April 5, 2018 to encourage property owners to have their septic systems pumped out every five years. Regular pumping of septic systems every five years maintains the effectiveness and longevity of systems and reduces nutrient pollution leaching over time.

The Septic Pump-Out Rebate Program targets all homeowners with a septic system and offers a $75.00 rebate every five years. The current average septic system pump-out is $270.00. 2018 Rebates will be available for approximately 330 homeowners who have their septic pumped between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. To learn more about the Septic Pump-Out Rebate Program or to download an application, visit our website or contact Linda Williamson.

Pet Waste Survey
Sep 27, 2017
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Is pet waste a problem in your neighborhood?   Let us know what you think about pet waste in your neighborhood and help us raise awareness by taking the survey

Green Homes Challenge Receives Climate and Energy Leadership Award
Nov 02, 2015
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On October 14, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) awarded Frederick County with a Climate and Energy Leadership Award for the Green Homes Challenge.  Selected from more than 30 applications, Frederick County was the award winner in the Large Community category. This award recognizes outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The awards recognize and encourage local actions to advance the regional climate and energy goals established by leaders at MWCOG. Shannon Moore recently spoke about the award on the latest edition of "Community Conversations" with Executive Gardner.
 
To date, nearly 1,800 individuals or families are participating in the Green Homes Challenge. Collectively, their actions are saving them close to $1 million each year! The Challenge also informs participants of approximately how much energy, gasoline, water, carbon emissions, and specific water pollutants their household is saving.
Expanded Neighborhood Green Program
Jun 26, 2014
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Beginning in summer 2014, Frederick County's Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources (OSER) will be offering an expanded Neighborhood Green program to help eligible landowners create personalized plans for their properties that include native species of trees, shrubs, and grasses; beautiful rain gardens; water-saving rain barrels, and more!  Please click here for program details.   Our program was also featured in the Frederick News Post on June 2, 2014.
 

Congratulations to households!
May 16, 2013
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Congratulations to 138 households that certified as Power Savers and/or Green Leaders at our 2013 Recognition Event!

Spring News from Sustainable Frederick County and Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance
May 16, 2013
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Spring News from Sustainable Frederick County and Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance: http://conta.cc/138nlnu.

One home’s experience with the Power Saver Retrofits Program
May 16, 2013
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Check out this video about one home’s experience with the Power Saver Retrofits Program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3rfyXFbpL0.

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