Energy Conservation and Sustainability
The energy conservation team is here to inform the students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College about the important program of energy management and resource conservation. We invite you to partner with us in making Montgomery College and the community more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Below you will see the College's building energy use and cost per gross square foot, carbon offset, commodity performance, and spending trends. The Current FY Resource Conservation Plan (RCP) (PDF, ) supports the College's energy conservation Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and utility operating budget requests for funding. Resource Conservation is behavior or change in behavior that results in safe, reliable and economical use of resources. Balanced use of resources is the basis for sustainability and Montgomery College’s Resource Conservation Program. A Resource Conservation Plan (RCP) is prepared annually to describe the College’s efforts. The RCP further describes utility management, benchmarking, green building design, MC Green team, renewable energy credits in the form of solar and/or wind energy, building automated controls, and recycling.
Going Green Practices
The Energy Management team carefully monitors the College's utility consumption. Click to read more on how we monitor and project our costs.
The College is committed to addressing climate change, reducing its carbon footprint and taking steps to ensure the institution is resilient to climate change. The College partners with the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy.
Benchmarking is the process of reporting annual energy use and comparing it to energy use in similar buildings. Benchmarking became legislatively mandated in 2014. MC was awarded the Early Bird Benchmarker for reporting campuses energy use and cost, a year earlier than legally required.
Design guidance is provided to Architectural Engineering Teams through various contract documents. In order to comply with Montgomery County Code “Building Energy Performance Standards,” the College provides the design teams with a copy of the Energy Design Guidelines, which provide information on procedures and processes and on standard design features required by the College.
Existing guidelines are here (PDF, ) for reference. Design guidelines are currently being revised in FY 20.
Utility Master Plans are prepared alongside the College Master Plans to provide life cycle cost effective utility infrastructure. Utility master plans were revised in FY22.
- Germantown (PDF, )
- Rockville (PDF, )
- Takoma Park/Silver Spring (PDF, )
Utility incentive programs are one of the many ways Montgomery College is active in the stewardship of reducing our environmental impact on the changing climate. The rebates received through these programs help us make our buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. View the current Incentives Report (PDF, ) to see summary of rebates received through these programs.
MC offers a variety of credit and non-credit training opportunities.
MC's Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) program offers a variety of green energy courses for business and homeowners, green business certification, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for LEED.
- Principles of Sustainabilitynew window
- Building Tune-up Trainingnew window
- Green Training with WDCE
Building Life Cycle Costsnew window developed by The National Standard and Technology site can further be found on the Department of Energy sitenew window: