Maryland Secretary of the Environment Serena McIlwain to Address 2024 Montgomery County Energy Summit on Tuesday, April 16

Montgomery County has announced that Maryland Secretary of the Environment Serena McIlwain will give the keynote address at the upcomming 2024 Montgomery County Energy Summit. The event takes place on Tuesday, April 16 at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza) in Downtown Silver Spring.

Per the news release: The Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will share the latest information on energy benchmarking, building energy performance standards and emerging building codes through hands-on learning experiences and case studies from various commercial and multifamily buildings.

Secretary McIlwain will emphasize Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan and underscore the crucial partnership between the business community and government in achieving both the state of Maryland’s and Montgomery County’s climate objectives. Secretary McIlwain will address the commercial building community highlighting efforts to reduce the cost of energy efficiency and electrification projects in commercial, multifamily, institutional and other types of buildings. She also will talk about creating jobs, driving innovation and promoting healthier communities.

“Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction plan requires our state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2031 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045,” said Secretary McIlwain. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment that requires all of us–government and the business community–to work together to reach our environmental goals. I am excited to attend the Montgomery County Energy Summit to share insights from the State and engage in constructive dialogue on how we can collaborate to make environmental sustainability in Maryland a model for the nation.”

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said Secretary McIlwain will be part of an outstanding lineup of speakers at the summit.

“The Energy Summit provides the opportunity to learn from each other, so we can develop best-in-class strategies and set the standard for local counties nationwide. I am thankful to all our speakers and attendees for prioritizing this important event,” said County Executive Elrich. “I would like to express my gratitude to Secretary McIlwain for accepting our invitation to the Montgomery County Energy Summit, and I look forward to hearing her perspectives on the role of government and business partnerships in achieving our ambitious climate goals.”

The two-day summit is scheduled for Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16. Secretary McIlwain will speak during the Day 2 Opening Plenary, alongside County Executive Elrich, DEP Director Jon Monger and County Climate Change Officer Sarah Kogel-Smucker. Montgomery County Council President Andrew Friedson, Department of Permitting Services Director Rabbiah Sabbakhan and Director Monger will address attendees on Day 1.

“I am looking forward to taking part in this year’s Energy Summit as the Montgomery County Council has played a pivotal role in enacting policy to help us meet our County’s climate targets,” said Council President Friedson. “In 2022, we passed the Montgomery County Green Buildings Now Act to provide historic levels of funding to the Montgomery County Green Bank, which have been leveraged to advance energy efficient and green retrofit projects throughout our County’s building sector and particularly in our Equity Emphasis Areas. Additionally, the Council has supported the building sector by enacting a green building tax credit program for new and existing buildings as well as other financial incentives to help offset the costs of converting from fossil-fuel-powered equipment to electric. I was proud to sponsor these initiatives and look forward to continuing to work alongside colleagues toward a greener future for our community.”

The Energy Summit showcases Innovation Alley, where exhibitors present solutions related to building energy efficiency, renewable energy, electrification, building decarbonization, healthy building practices and zero-emission vehicles.

WorkSource Montgomery’s (WSM) Mobile Job Center will be on-site both days to connect employers and job seekers. WSM provides local job seekers with comprehensive employment and training services to promote economic sufficiency while assisting employers to meet the talent needs of today and tomorrow.

Registration for the Energy Summit is open until April 9 and costs $75 ($40 for a single day).  Registration includes access to keynote speakers, educational sessions, hands-on demonstrations, panel discussions and the opportunity for building owners to receive technical support for new requirements. Contact [email protected] for a limited number of scholarships to the Energy Summit if cost is an issue.

The full schedule is available at MCEnergySummit.org. Email questions to [email protected].

Recent Stories

The Rockville City Police Department’s Chief Victor V. Brito recently shared a crime report/data with Rockville Mayor and Council showing reduced crime rates in 2023. According to a press release…

Montgomery County Police are searching for a suspect involved in an auto theft that occurred last month in Rockville.

Guest Post: Swechchha Shrestha, UMD Info Sci student Hello everyone! My name is Swechchha Shrestha and I am a University of Maryland (UMD) junior, currently studying Information Science at the Universities at…

Walter Johnson Assistant Football Coach Larry Hurd Sr. will be accepting the John W. Voight Award on April 27th at the Gossett Team House within the University of Maryland College…

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

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

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

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.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

×

Subscribe to our mailing list