The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new website, MyGreenMontgomery.org, that simplifies achieving “green” goals by providing information linking residents with local, state, federal and private incentives. The website is an interactive community tool that will be evolving over time to highlight new programs, resources and information; provide a forum for a community conversation; and allow users to ask questions and share success stories. The website will use social media to connect to local community groups and keep information current and responsive in real time.
“Most people would prefer to make day-to-day choices that are best for the environment, but they may not know how to do that or think it is too difficult,” said Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Director Bob Hoyt. “That’s why a resource like MyGreenMontgomery.org is so important. The website brings together, in one place, essential information to give residents the tools they need to make green changes in their everyday lives, sometimes in ways that will actually save them money, and presents it in a simple and fun way.”
Residents who want to get started on a basic green project, such as changing appliance settings to be more energy efficient or do a complete green makeover, will get guidance from MyGreenMontgomery.org in the “Green Projects” section. The section outlines projects in the following categories: Daily Choices, Energy, Lawn and Garden, Transportation and Water. Each project is rated according to difficulty to implement, cost and green impact. Project descriptions provide detailed information and resources, such as tips and “How-to” videos, to help users complete the project. Users can also create a Green Plan and track their progress.
The “Incentives and Programs” section lists rebates, tax credits, freebies and information to motivate residents to carry out their projects.
Under “My Community,” residents can find local green resources, search for a contractor (such as an energy auditor), learn about upcoming events in the community, get involved in a local green group and read about a neighbor’s success story -- or post their own. Residents or local groups organizing a green event can add it to the calendar.
A “News and Features” section provides local “green-interest” stories and seasonal tips. Anyone in Montgomery County can contribute content to be considered for inclusion in the website.
MyGreenMontgomery.org was developed with funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Nana Design, a Montgomery County communications and marketing firm, developed the website and logo. It is a certified small business that is located in the County’s Wheaton Innovation Center.
View the new website at http://mygreenmontgomery.org.
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