Registration Now Open for the 11th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit 

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit scheduled to take place on April 15-16 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Per the press release: Hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the summit will offer a platform for the commercial building community to engage with County staff, network with peers and actively prepare for compliance with energy benchmarking, building energy performance standards and emerging building codes.

The Silver Spring Civic Building is located at 1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring, near the Silver Spring Metro Station on the Red Line.

Online registration closes on April 9. Onsite, day-of registrations will be extremely limited, so it is advised for attendees to register in advance. To register and view the full schedule, visit the event’s website at Montgomery County Energy Summit.

“Now in its 11th year, the Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit stands as a milestone in our sustainability journey and reinforces our commitment to reducing Montgomery County’s carbon footprint,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Efficient building electrification will be one of the most effective ways to reduce energy demand and carbon pollution from the built environment. I want to thank the commercial building sector for collaborating with us and recognizing their pivotal role in achieving our County’s climate goals to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035.”

Registration for the two-day summit is $75 ($40 for single-day access) and includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, hands-on demonstrations, panel discussions and the opportunity for building owners to receive technical support for new requirements. Both days of the Energy Summit will showcase Innovation Alley, where exhibitors will present inventive solutions covering building energy efficiency, renewable energy, electrification, building decarbonization, healthy building practices and zero-emission vehicles.

“I look forward to hosting and participating in this year’s summit in my inaugural year as the DEP director. I am inspired by the commitment of our building owners, industry and the nonprofit community to achieve Montgomery County’s sustainability goals,” said DEP Director Jon Monger. “I welcome all stakeholders in the commercial and multifamily building industries to join us at this year’s summit as collaborative efforts with government, private, and non-profit sectors are essential to achieving our shared climate goals.”

The 11th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit schedule:

Day 1. (8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, April 15):

  • Tailored for building owners, managers, and facilities staff.
  • Six stations explore energy benchmarking and performance requirements as well as incentives and support for commercial buildings.
  • Subject matter experts provide hands-on energy benchmarking support.
  • Energy audit demonstrations throughout the day.

Day 2 (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16):

  • Designed for building and energy professionals and consultants.
  • Discussions about county energy regulations and compliance strategies.
  • Learning sessions highlight case studies from commercial and multifamily buildings.
  • Energy audit demonstrations throughout the day.
  • Networking event and reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Exhibitors interested in participating in the Energy Summit’s Innovation Alley should submit an Expression of Interest here by Feb 16.

To request free entry to the Energy Summit due to financial hardship, contact [email protected] with the nature of your request.

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Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

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FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

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Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



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