September 23, 2021

‘Eco Evenings’ Series Will Have Session with County Executive Elrich and Community Leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 29, Led by Student Advocates

Youth and the environment will be the focus from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, as the next session of Montgomery County’s “Eco Evening” virtual town hall series will feature County Executive Marc Elrich and community leaders and will be led by members of the “Student Advocates Protecting the Planet” (SAPPlings) program.

“Eco Evenings with DEP and OMG” is a series focused on environmental topics. The town hall style meeting is co-sponsored by the County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG). The One Montgomery Green organization fosters partnerships to support environmental sustainability and promote the development of a green economy.

SAPPlings members will discuss engaging youth to understand concerns and solutions related to the environment and environmental health. They also address how to be an active resident in protecting and nurturing the environment and the community.

The SAPPlings’ presentation will be followed by a forum where students will ask questions of guest panelists, including County Executive Elrich, Climate Change Officer Adriana Hochberg, DEP Director Adam Ortiz and OMG Executive Director Wendy Howard.

“I am very much looking forward to this engaging discussion with the young residents of Montgomery County,” said County Executive Elrich. “This generation stands the most to gain—or lose—from the actions we take today on climate change. We need their involvement, ideas and help before the impacts of climate change become catastrophic. The time is here and now for this virtual town hall and I welcome the engagement of all our young residents.”

Students can submit questions to Subject: Eco Evenings: Meet the SAPPlings.

Residents can register in advance to participate in the event via Zoom at

After registering, residents will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Residents can join the event for free. More information and a link to the event are available at the DEP Facebook Event Page at