Author: Elissa Reineck

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open at Savage Branch Library

Howard County is proud to announce the completion of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) Savage Branch complex. This is the second of several planned sites to add electric vehicle charging in partnership with BGE. The first site at HCLS’s Miller Branch launched earlier this year in February. As… Read more »

Solar PPA

Howard County Government has signed an agreement that will build enough solar energy capacity to generate 30% of the energy needed for government buildings and operations. All at no up-front cost to County taxpayers. A solar PPA is a way for the County to meet its renewable energy generation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals… Read more »

Agrivoltaics at CEI Freetown Farm

This article was written by Patrick Boddicker, a member of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, who is spending a year with Howard County’s Office of Community Sustainability. Howard County’s Office of Community Sustainability is thrilled to be partnering with Community Ecology Institute (CEI), Power 52, and the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust… Read more »

GreenFest Cancelled

We were disappointed, but totally understand, that due to COVID-19, GreenFest 2020 has been cancelled. We won’t be getting together in April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but we still want to thank the following groups who had signed up to be sponsors: BA Autocare Columbia Association, Open Space and Facilities Services… Read more »

County Council Adopts Updated WalkHoward Plan

The Howard County Council unanimously adopted the updated WalkHoward plan, a pedestrian master plan that provides vision, framework, and guidance for improving walkability and pedestrian access to transit within the county. “Following the passage of our Complete Streets resolution, it was important to make our WalkHoward plan an immediate priority. I’m thankful for the effort… Read more »

Certified Energy Manager Joins the Office of Community Sustainability Team

We are excited to welcome Dani Phillips to the Office of Community Sustainability. Dani is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) with a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Howard County government, Dani worked for an energy management consulting… Read more »

Forest Conservation Update Passes

The Calvin Ball administration spearheaded an update and improvement of forest conservation rules to minimize forest loss during development and strengthen re-planting requirements. The Howard County Forest Conservation Act passed County Council and was signed by County Executive Ball. The Howard County Forest Conservation Act, which had not been updated since the 1990s, ensures that… Read more »

2,000 Trees Given to HoCo Residents

Thank you to all the Howard County residents who participated in the 2019 Tree Giveaway! At the end of October, 2019, Howard County gave away 2,000 trees to residents who picked up and planted their trees. Thank you also to County Executive Calvin Ball, Recreation and Parks and the Office of Community Sustainability. The trees… Read more »

Major Updates To Forest Conservation Act

On October 17, 2019, Executive Calvin Ball announced major updates to the Howard County Forest Conservation Act, which had not been updated since the 1990s, to bring it into compliance with state law and strengthen environmental regulation. The Maryland Forest Conservation Act was created to minimize the loss of Maryland’s forest resources during land development… Read more »

Alternative Compliance Improvements

On October 4, 2019, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball unveiled improvements to the County website designed to increase the transparency of the development review process. The webpage provides enhanced access into the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) Alternative Compliance process, which can grant relief from strict compliance with specific land development regulations, in… Read more »