April 28, 2021

County Executive Elrich to Address County Energy Summit on Tuesday, May 4

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will be among the speakers at the 2021 County Energy Summit, which will be held from Tuesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 6. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Summit will be held virtually.

The Summit will be co-hosted by Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Green Building Council National Capital Region (USGBC NCR).

Now in its eighth year, the Energy Summit offers strategies, technologies and case studies focused on improving sustainability in the commercial, multifamily and residential built environment.

County Executive Elrich’s remarks will address actions the County is undertaking to implement its Climate Action Plan and better adapt to the changing climate. He also will talk about funding priorities to tackle the County’s climate emergency.

“Montgomery County set one of the most ambitious climate goals in the country—eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2035,” said County Executive Elrich. “We know we cannot achieve this goal alone. Events like the Energy Summit provide the necessary information exchange on climate and energy strategies for us to meet these goals together.”

The theme for 2021 is “Resiliency, from Building to Community,” which supports the County’s ambitious goal of zero carbon emissions by 2035. This year's Summit is a forum for the community to discuss ways to adapt and become more resilient against changes to the regional and global climate.

“We are excited to once again partner with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection to host the USGBC NCR’s largest education event of the year on this very timely topic of building and community resilience,” said USGBC NCR Director Mark Bryan. “Progress on this incredibly important topic is furthered by Montgomery County’s willingness to establish and enhance innovative policies and incentives to support ambitious climate and energy goals with input from varied stakeholders.”

The Summit’s target audience includes building owners; property managers; developers; energy contractors; residents interested in green building; and sustainability professionals working in Montgomery County and the larger Delaware-Maryland-Virginia area. Last year’s virtual event attracted about 330 attendees.

“The Energy Summit is another example of how we are leading the way with the USGBC National Capitol Region to host this premier green building education and information event,” said DEP Director Adam Ortiz. “This summit brings the private sector, nonprofit groups and local governments together to collaborate on climate and resilience planning efforts. With this expertise at the table, we can develop solutions for green building and energy efficiency for our County and the region.”

Registration for the full Summit pass is $85, which includes access to high-quality education sessions, keynote panel, morning plenary remarks, interactive brown-bag lunches, and virtual networking events. Single-day tickets are also available.

Education sessions have been approved for continuing education credits for Green Business Certification, Inc., and the American Institute of Architects.

To register and view the full schedule, visit the event’s website at www.MCEnergySummit.org. Questions can be emailed to energy@montgomerycountymd.gov.