Earth Month 2017
Baltimore County celebrates Earth Month every month by protecting our environment through programs and services that support sustainable living.
From expanding our tree canopy, to restoring our watershed, to recovering valuable recyclables through the recycling program, the County prides itself on its commitment to environmental stewardship. You can participate in this effort by planting trees, participating in a community clean-up, switching to renewable energy and more.
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- Environmental News and Updates
If you haven’t already, follow Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook. This page is a “one-stop shop” providing residents and businesses with the latest news and information on county initiatives, services and resources that support sustainable living.
Blue Water Baltimore works diligently though education and volunteer opportunities to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the greater Baltimore region. Participate in workshops, cleanups and other events to help keep our waterways clean.
Take part in 15-minute trash pick-ups in any area of the County and help your local Baltimore County public school earn an environmental grant. You and your group 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.
Through Project Clean Stream, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay coordinates stream cleanups across the Chesapeake watershed. Sign up for a stream cleanup near you, now through June 9.
The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) works with citizens and communities to increase our tree canopy through rural reforestation plantings. Reforestation projects include free planting design, the installation of County-purchased trees and a maintenance period.
- Volunteer for a Community Tree Planting
- Tour Baltimore County's Materials Recovery Facility
- Visit a Baltimore County Nature Center
- Get to Know Your Watershed Association
- Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
- Reduce Your Food Waste
- Conduct a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit
In partnership with EPS and TreeBaltimore, Blue Water Baltimore’s Community Forestry Program works with volunteers to increase the tree canopy and improve tree survival in our watersheds.
Request a free, 60- to 90-minute tour of the County's single stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for up to 30 people. Learn about solid waste management and see what happens to recyclables from collection truck to recycling baler. Schedule a tour.
Baltimore County’s nature centers offer year-round opportunities to enjoy and learn about wildlife and the environment through hands-on programs, lectures and other events.
Check out the programs and volunteer opportunities of all the watershed associations in Baltimore County.
Use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate your carbon footprint in three areas: transportation, waste and home energy.
Thirty to forty percent of the food produced annually in the U.S. is thrown away, which works out to about 20 pounds per person, per month. Learn how to reduce the amount of food you waste.
Looking for ways to save energy in your home? Complete the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit (PDF) and find low cost solutions to reduce energy and water bills.
- Tree-Mendous Maryland
- Get Recognized for Green Business Practices
- Bay Restoration Fund Septic System Upgrade Grants
- Maryland Energy Administration Incentives
- Consider an Easement
- Loading Dock Reuse Program
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.
The Maryland Department of the Environment's Green Registry is a free, voluntary program that showcases sustainability efforts by local governments and businesses. The Green Registry offers resources to help organizations and businesses meet sustainability goals. Add your business to the Maryland Green Registry today.
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.
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers grants, loans, rebates and tax incentives designed to help attain our state's goals in energy reduction, renewable energy, climate action and green jobs. MEA helps Maryland residents, businesses, non-profits and local governments implement energy efficiency upgrades and install renewable energy systems.
Conservation easements are the ultimate way to provide for long-term protection of farm or forest land resources. Consider donating a conservation easement to a local land trust or government agency.
Baltimore County has partnered with the Loading Dock, Inc., to accept reusable building materials, such as appliances, doors, cabinets and more. Donations keep materials out of the landfill and help communities rebuild.
Sign up for Environmental News
Subscribe to EPS's monthly newsletter, E-News Stream, to stay informed about environmental opportunities and other events.
Subscribe to the REsource Newsletter
The REsource is Baltimore County's Solid Waste REduction, REuse, REcycling and REfuse Disposal newsletter. Sign up for the Bureau's email list to receive this monthly newsletter and additional Bureau-related updates.
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