Howard County government continues to find ways to conserve and innovate. Howard County has had many successes in “green” improvements such as phasing in hybrid vehicles and diesel-electric hybrid buses. These vehicles save money in fuel and maintenance costs.
Other examples of operational changes within the County include the revamping of the recycling program which increased recycling collected and decreased trash collected.
Howard County is a leader in local green economic development, promoting green building practices and economic development. Howard County promotes sustainable practices such as green building, green neighborhoods, and conservation easements. These policies provide guidance and incentives for businesses and residents to decrease impacts on the environment.
Howard County engages the public in these practices by collecting and sharing information. County websites and publications help residents and educators to discover all kinds of environmental information, as well as opportunities to get involved in making Howard County the best it can be.
More examples of Howard County’s accomplishments can be found in the following sections, organized into the categories Energy, Water, Land, Green Development and Economic Development.