Category: Environment (Page 1 of 14)

Rockville is Tops in State on Clean Energy Scorecard

The City of Rockville was the top-scoring Maryland municipality in a 2020 analysis of cities’ energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies.

Rockville scored points on the City Clean Energy Scorecard for electric vehicle charging stations at Thomas Farm Community Center.

Rockville received a score of 27 out of 70, placing it seventh among 30 small and mid-sized cities nationally ranked on the City Clean Energy Scorecard. The self-scoring tool by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy measured energy efficiency and greenhouse gas-related metrics, policies and programs. It was the first time the city participated in the analysis, which also ranked the Maryland municipalities of Takoma Park, Annapolis, Edmonston, College Park and Thurmont.

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Be an Energy Star This Presidents Day Weekend

Buy Energy-Saving Products Feb. 13-15 or Apply for Energy Rebates

Homeowners thinking about upgrading an appliance, replacing a refrigerator, or even changing a light bulb, can do so tax free on Presidents Day weekend.

On Feb. 13-15, purchases of the following energy-efficient Energy Star products are free from Maryland’s 6% sales tax:

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At Home, With Wildlife

Spending a lot of time at home? Missing nature? Why not bring nature to you?

Homeowners, as well as businesses, schools, universities, places of worship, parks, civic and community organizations, and others can create wildlife-friendly landscapes and earn National Wildlife Federation certification.

Certified wildlife habitats must provide food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise young. These certified habitats help to create corridors for wildlife to thrive throughout the community. The program encourages gardening in an environmentally friendly way, planting native species of plants and replacing lawns with trees, shrubs and other plants.

To find resources and learn more about becoming certified, visit

Responding to King’s Call to Serve

Thank you to community members who took part in a week of service across Montgomery County around last month’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations, including the more than 200 people participating in activities here in the City of Rockville. Activities included these Weed Warriors (above) who pulled invasive plants at RedGate Park, cleanups of a trail at Croydon Creek Nature Center, a self-guided neighborhood cleanup, making blankets for sick children and creating masks or scarves for needy families.
Learn how to serve our city throughout the year at

Be Salt Wise in Winter

In the winter, salt keeps us safe while we are on the move, but it also leads to higher levels of salt in the region’s drinking water supply.

Remember: More salt isn’t always best. Scatter deicer and leave space between the grains only after shoveling and clearing pavement. Sweep up any that is left after the snow and ice melt.

Did you know?

  • A 12-ounce coffee mug full of salt is enough to treat a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares.
  • When pavement temperatures drop below 15 degrees, salt won’t work.
  • A deicer with calcium magnesium acetate is the most eco-friendly deicer.

Find tips for how to be salt smart in winter from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission at or by searching #wintersaltsmart on social media. Learn more at

City Legislative Priorities: Schools, Seniors, Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Homes

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Jan. 13

Rockville’s 2021 state legislative priorities include education funding, opposition to the state’s plan to widen Interstate 270, a noise barrier, combating climate change, an independent congressional redistricting commission and more.

Photo of the dome of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

The 2021 state legislative session runs from Jan. 13-April 12 in Annapolis.

Under priorities approved by the Mayor and Council on Nov. 2, the city will advocate for:

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Managed Deer Hunt to Close Civic Center Park

Parts of Civic Center Park and Croydon Creek Nature Center will be closed for portions of November to January to allow a pilot archery deer-culling program to take place in the John Hayes Memorial Forest (852 Avery Road) and surrounding parkland.

The pilot will take place Nov. 21-29, Dec. 19-27 and Jan. 9-16.

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Raking News: Fall Leaf Collection to Begin

Area 1: Nov. 2-6; Dec. 7-11 |Area 2: Nov. 9-13; Dec. 14-18
Area 3: Oct. 12-16; Nov. 16-20 | Area 4: Oct. 19-23; Nov. 23-27
Area 5: Oct. 26-30; Nov. 30-Dec. 4

The city will vacuum leaves from neighborhood curbs from Oct. 12-Dec. 18 in five collection areas throughout Rockville.

After the collection period ends, use biodegradable paper lawn bags or 32-gallon trash cans (without plastic garbage bags) to set leaves out on your recycling and trash collection day.

See interactive map at

Volunteer for Clean Streams

City stream cleanups offer safe ways to serve your city while social distancing during the pandemic.

This month, cleanups will be held 10 a.m.noon Saturday, Oct. 10 at Maryvale Park, 812 First St., and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Twinbrook Community Recreation, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. Cleanups will follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Student Service Learning credit hours are available. Registration is required.

Visit www.rockvillemd. gov/636/Adopt-a-Stream to register for a stream cleanup or apply to adopt a stream. Find other ways to give of your time and talents at For opportunities from around the county, visit

Help Rockville on Climate Change Action

The City of Rockville is embarking on a process to develop its first Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the community to adapt to a changing climate.

Share your vision for the plan by taking a survey at While you’re there, find details about the city’s Climate Action Plan online open house from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. City staff will present the plan’s background and initial policy areas for input, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer ideas.

The Mayor and Council discussed the climate action planning process during a Sept. 21 work session. Find video of the discussion and more information at

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