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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.

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