The Frederick County Sustainability Commission is partnering with Frederick Community College to host Toward a More Sustainable Frederick County - an event on October 16th, 9:00 to 3:00, at the FCC Conference Center. Frederick County continues to be a leader in the state and region, with sustainability initiatives in many areas. The County Executive is providing the key note address, along with the President of FCC and other community leaders. Small workshops provide for personal interaction among attendees and experts in many areas.
Sign-up in advance is required to plan for lunch which is included in the $49 registration through FCC ILR (Institute for Learning in Retirement, event #6141). More information is available at frederick.edu/QuickEnroll, by calling 301-624-2888, or in person at FCC, Jefferson Hall.
The 2015 Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes occurs on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. Over 60 homes, businesses, and other locations will be showcasing solar, geothermal, rain gardens, electric vehicles, and other green technologies. The tour spans a wide area in Maryland and DC and there are sure to be several homes near you.
A tour guide is available here for free download. At this link you will also find a list of locations where you can purchase the guide for just $5. In addition to a map and descriptions of homes on the tour, the guide also has several articles and other useful information.
Our fourth annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition will be held on February 25, 2015 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in downtown Frederick. All certfied households will be eligible to enter the drawing for great prizes from our sponsors and each certified household will receive an entry for each challenge you are certified in!
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.
It's easy to start saving energy and money at FrederickGreenChallenge.org. To get started, sign in at http://www.frederickgreenchallenge.org/user/login. Mark actions you have already done and add actions you would like to start doing on your "To Do" list.
Check out this article about our Neighborhood Green Program — helping homeowners plant native trees and shrubs on their properties!
Look for an energy efficiency contractor, eco-friendly landscaper, renewable energy contractor, or green builder? Visit http://leafkey.com/ to browse local eco-professionals whose credentials have been Leafkey-verified!
It's getting closer air conditioning time... a great time to get a home energy inspection and find out where your home could use energy efficiency improvements. If you get an energy audit done through Potomac Edison's Home Performance with Energy Star program, then get air sealing and insulation done, you can get a 50% rebate back, up to $2,000. Schedule an audit with a qualifying contractor to get started!