Earth Day 2015
April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year Baltimore County is celebrating Earth Day all month. You can participate by planting trees, conducting a do-it-yourself home energy audit, purchasing rain barrels, switching to renewable energy, and more. For locations, times and additional information for events, select any of the links below.
- Project Clean Stream - April 5 and all month
- Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale - April 25 and 26
- Big Trees Sale - Online ordering starts April 1, sale May 9
- Reforestation for Rural and Urban Properties - All spring
- Clean Green 15 - All month
Project Clean Stream
On April 5, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will hold its annual Project Clean Stream. Additional region-wide stream cleanups will take place in the Baltimore metropolitan area all through April.
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale
On April 25 and 26, Baltimore County will host its annual compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale in White Marsh (April 25) and Owings Mills (April 26).
Big Trees Sale Event
On May 9, residents can purchase native trees for planting on private property at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture. Baltimore County residents can pre-order Big Trees through an online order form.
Reforestation for Rural and Urban Properties
The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is interested in working with citizens and communities to increase our tree canopy through rural and urban (street-side) reforestation plantings. Reforestation projects include free planting design, the installation of County-purchased trees and tree shelters, and a maintenance period.
Clean Green 15
Take part in 15-minute trash pick-ups in any area of the County. These are quick, informal volunteer clean-ups for your group or family to pick up litter in a messy area near you. You determine the time and location, and then tell us how much you picked up! We’ll track the amount of trash collected as part of EPS's Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.
Team Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Clean Green 15 Challenge
If you are a BCPS school or a community supporter, you can designate a Baltimore County public school to get credit for their clean-up efforts and to be entered into a contest to win an environmental grant.
Sign Up for Environmental News
Sign up for EPS's monthly newsletter, E-News Stream, to stay informed about environmental opportunities and other events.
Bay Restoration Fund Septic System Upgrade Grant Program
Grants are available for septic system users to upgrade onsite systems with the Best Available Technology (BAT) for nitrogen removal. Apply online today to see if you are eligible for grant funding.
Get to Know Your Watershed Association
This is a great time of year to check out the programs and volunteer opportunities of all the watershed associations in Baltimore County. Find out more about your local watershed today!
Report Environmental Concerns
Report pollution incidents or other activities that may be harmful to the environment by filling out an online form. EPS staff will investigate the complaint.
Tree-Mendous Maryland offers reasonably priced trees for planting on public lands, including parks, public schools and community colleges, government facilities, rights-of-way and homeowner association open spaces.
Invest in Clean and Renewable Energy
Residents, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in Maryland can invest in renewable energy without the need to install equipment. Maryland utility companies provide customers the option of switching from their electric utility to a "green" energy supplier.
Conduct a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit (PDF)
Looking for ways to save energy in your home? Complete the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit and find low cost solutions to reduce energy and water bills.
Consider an Easement
Conservation easements are the ultimate way to provide for protection of farm or forest land for long term protection of the resources. Consider donating a conservation easement to a local land trust or government agency.
Loading Dock Reuse Program
Baltimore County has partnered with The Loading Dock, Inc. to accept reusable building materials such as appliances, doors, cabinets, etc. Donations keep materials out of the landfill and help communities rebuild.
For more information about any of the events or programs listed, please email Ayla Haig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised April 16, 2015