January 27, 2021

2020 Was a Year like No Other, but New Video Shows How County Continued to Made Strides in Protecting the Environment and Helping Residents Reduce Energy Use


The year 2020 was a challenging one in many regards, but the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continued to make progress in protecting the County’s resources and helping residents reduce their energy use.

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis, DEP was able to continue protecting County watersheds, reduce litter and waste and encourage ways for residents to reduce energy usage and lower their energy bills. DEP has made a video documenting its work in 2020 and it can now be viewed at https://youtu.be/xKZDV5vD-6w.
In 2020, DEP further encouraged residents to reduce plastic waste and increase food scrap recycling. DEP's Tree Montgomery Program doubled in 2020, with 1,600 trees planted. Applications for its RainScapes programs, which assists homeowners and neighborhoods in treating stormwater locally, doubled with a record number of rewards and rebates.

During the past year, DEP unveiled a new Equity Assessment Map to ensure equity is factored in project selection and implementation.

More information about DEP is available at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep/.