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From restoring our watershed to expanding our tree canopy and preserving rural lands, Baltimore County prides itself on its commitment to environmental stewardship. You can participate in this effort by planting trees, participating in community cleanups, recycling, switching to renewable energy and more. Read below for details on upcoming green events and volunteer opportunities, as well as resources to help you reduce your environmental impact.


@CleanGreenBaltCo on Facebook

The Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page publishes tips, news and information for residents, businesses and organizations looking to improve their environmental protection and sustainability efforts. Visit Facebook to follow the page, sign up for notifications and view @CleanGreenBaltCo's timeline.



@CleanGreenBaltCo Events Calendar 

Visit the Clean Green Baltimore County events tab on Facebook for details about green events and volunteer opportunities throughout the region. 

University of Maryland Extension—Baltimore County Calendar

Check the University of Maryland Extension—Baltimore County Office events calendar for information on educational programs covering topics such as home gardening, watershed health, the Chesapeake Bay and environmental and natural resources. 

Get Involved, Get Outdoors

Blue Water Baltimore

Blue Water Baltimore works through education and volunteer opportunities to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the Baltimore region. Participate in workshops, cleanups and other events to help keep our waterways clean.

Volunteer for a Community Tree Planting

Baltimore County is working hard to achieve its 50 percent countywide tree canopy goal by the year 2025. You can participate in this effort by planting trees on your property and volunteering for community tree plantings. In partnership with EPS and TreeBaltimore, Blue Water Baltimore’s Community Tree Plantings Program works with volunteers to increase the tree canopy and improve tree survival.

Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge

Take part in 15-minute trash pickups 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.

Join Your Watershed Association

Check out the programs and volunteer opportunities available through Baltimore County's watershed associations.

Report Pollution

Citizen reports of environmental problems enhance regular watershed monitoring programs. You can provide surveillance at a level beyond that of the monitoring staff. Learn how to report pollution emergencies and concerns.

Find Your Park

Baltimore County's parksnature centers and walking trails offer year-round opportunities to enjoy and learn about the great outdoors, wildlife and the environment. Maryland State Parks and the mid-Atlantic's national parks give you the chance to experience our region's natural beauty, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.

Rocky Point Park photo by Jeanette Polasky
A view of Back River and the Chesapeake Bay from Rocky Point Park.

Use and Waste Less

Recycle More, Recycle Better

Take your recycling knowledge to the next level by scheduling a free tour of the County’s recycling facility, offered to groups of up to 30 people. The facility welcomes groups of all kinds, including community associations, faith-based organizations and student groups, grades four and up. Visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's Recycling and Waste Prevention page for information and resources to help you waste less and recycle more.

Reduce Your Food Waste

Approximately 30 to 40 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 ways to reduce the amount of food you waste, such as trying a meal planning app, eating “ugly” produce and cooking with scraps and leftovers.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate your carbon footprint in three areas: waste, home energy and transportation.

Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit

Looking for ways to save? Complete the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit (PDF) and find low cost solutions to help you waste less energy and water.

Find a Renewable Energy Provider

Switching to renewable energy saves money and natural resources. Use the Maryland Clean Energy Center's online tool to search for providers and compare rates.

Maryland Energy Administration Incentives

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers grants, loans, rebates and tax incentives designed to help attain the state's goals in energy reduction, renewable energy, climate action and green jobs. MEA helps Maryland residents, businesses and nonprofits implement energy efficiency upgrades and install renewable energy systems.

Environmental Resources

Tree-Mendous Maryland

Tree-Mendous Maryland offers reasonably priced trees for planting on public lands, including parks, public schools, community colleges, government facilities, rights-of-way and homeowner association open spaces.

Get Recognized for Green Business Practices

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.

Bay Restoration Fund Septic System Upgrade Grants

Grants are available for septic system users to upgrade onsite systems with the Best Available Technology (BAT) for nitrogen removal. Apply online to see if you are eligible for grant funding.

Consider an Easement

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.

Sustainability Resources

Get information about purchasing and installing renewable energy, tax credits for green buildings and energy conservation devices, and other ways to go green.

Environmental Education

Visit EPS's Environmental Education page to learn about school, home and community programs focused on reducing environmental and water pollution.

News and Updates

Litter Doesn't Stop Where It Drops Campaign

Baltimore County launched an anti-litter campaign this April. Look out for campaigns on County buses, trash cans and other locations. Our campaigns illustrate how litter can hit the ground and be carried by wind or rain down the nearest storm drain and into streams, where it then pollutes local waterways and the Bay.

Litter can contain bacteria and toxins that are harmful to people and wildlife, and can contaminate the food we eat. Share the campaign and help keep our community clean and healthy by "putting litter in its place"—a recycling bin or trash can.

Subscribe to the Resource Newsletter

The Resource is Baltimore County's solid waste reduction, reuse, recycling and refuse disposal e-newsletter. Sign up to receive this monthly publication and additional bureau-related updates.

Sign up for E-News Stream

Subscribe to EPS's e-newsletter, E-News Stream, to stay informed about environmental protection and sustainability programs, opportunities and events.

Sign up for Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Updates

A committee of local citizens, elected officials and government staff is creating a blueprint for constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities over the next 20 years. Subscribe to receive meeting announcements and updates.

For more information about any of the Baltimore County events or programs listed above, please send an email to

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