Montgomery County offers numerous resources to those of its nearly one million residents who seek information about environmental sustainability or who wish to engage themselves in improving some aspect of our natural environment.
The county is home to dozens of nonprofits serving local residents with interests that range from organic gardening and farming to watershed maintainence, urban bikeways, renewable energy and other facets of environmental sustainability.
County government, a reflection of an aware local population, actively promotes environmental best practices and provides education and assistance to residents regarding recycling, conservation landscaping, and energy conservation. The government created, in 1980, the Agricultural Reserve, protecting 93,000 acres of farmland (28% of the county) from encroaching development to ensure fresh, local food and open spaces for future generations. Most are family owned farms that welcome visitors and pick-your-own shoppers, and supply numerous farmer’s markets and local retailers throughout the summer and fall.
Farms are not the only green business in Montgomery County. A number of local companies are involved in one way or another with renewable energy, for example. Some sell and install solar energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, Energy Star HVAC, wind energy solutions, and energy conservation products and services. Other local companies sell organically grown and locally grown foods. Yet others produce and/or sell products and services that promote environmental sustainability in numerous niche markets.
As a service to our readers, MoCo-Sustain.com will, in the coming weeks, provide links to government, nonprofits and businesses that offer resources for Montgomery County residents who are interested in environmental sustainability. Check back here soon!
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