Montgomery College has been a leader in resource conservation, environmental action and sustainability since the first “energy crisis” of the 1970s and has historically integrated renewable solar and wind energy into its building programs. All new buildings such as the Rockville Campus Science Center, currently under construction, and the Germantown Biosciences Center, currently under design, will receive a Gold LEED Certification. We are particularly proud of this accomplishment since these buildings are teaching laboratory facilities with inherent high ventilation loads, which pose engineering design and operational challenges in order to minimize energy consumption.
Since 1987 Montgomery College has had a full-time Energy Manager who is responsible for developing and implementing the College’s Resource Conservation Program. This program has evolved from its primary energy focus to integrated environmental management and includes hazardous waste management, environmental safety, recycling, utility management, energy management, sustainable building design, integrated lifecycle management, sustainable facilities operations practices, transportation management and program outreach and awareness activities.
At Montgomery College, we have integrated environmental and sustainability awareness into our curricula and currently offer both credit and non-credit sustainability courses. Our Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit has partnered with state, local government and non-profit entities and provides “green collar” training opportunities and is the trainer for Montgomery County Government’s Green Business Certification Program.
The College promotes sustainability education and awareness through various Collegewide committees, staff education, media outlets, Speakers Bureau, coordination with other government agencies and professional societies and support for MC Student Green Club Activities. Further, in support of green practices, the Montgomery College Cable Television (Channel 10, Montgomery County) produces a MC Green television program highlighting the College, local business and community sustainability efforts.