County Urges Residents and Businesses to Celebrate “Earth Hour”

Montgomery County urges residents, schools, businesses, and community groups and organizations to support Earth Hour, an annual event that makes a statement about reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  This year, “Earth Hour” will be celebrated worldwide on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. when people around the world turn off their lights.

Now a global celebration, Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses together reduced the city’s energy consumption by 10.2 percent for one hour.

Learn more about Earth Hour and take an online pledge to participate by visiting www.earthhour.org.  To see more tips on reducing energy use in the home, go to the County’s website at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep, then click on Energy-Wise Homes.  A list of Earth Hour participants in the United States is available at http://www.earthhourus.org/map.php

A Graphic Look at the County’s Budget and Revenue Outlook

A graphic look at the County’s budget challenges is available online in charts and graphs (pdf).  The overview was prepared by the Offices of the County Executive and the Office of Management and Budget.

A Closer Look at the Health and Human Services Budget

A detailed look at the FY11 Recommended Budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (pdf) is available on the HHS website. Topics covered include factors contributing to the current budget challenges, methods used to close the gap, the Executive’s proposals on spending reductions and a budget overview.

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POSTED AT: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 2:00:00 PM |
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