Author: Elissa Reineck

Students Plant 170 Trees

Mayfield Woods Middle School students plant trees

On October 23rd, 2018,  the entire 7th grade at Mayfield Woods Middle School had the opportunity to plant trees on their school grounds. The tree planting project was part of Howard County’s Students Branching Out program. Students Branching Out is a partnership between Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, the Howard County Office of Community… Read more »

Volunteers Cleanup Local Stream

Howard County International Coastal Cleanup

Every fall, Howard County participates in the International Coastal Cleanup. This is a worldwide project to remove trash from our beaches, rivers and streams. The Recreation and Parks Department and the Office of Community Sustainability work together to plan the event and recruit volunteers. This year, 15 fabulous volunteers spent their Saturday morning removing trash,… Read more »

Energy Manager Joins Our Team

Howard County welcomes Leah Miller as its first Energy Manager. The new position in the Office of Community Sustainability will develop and implement programs and policies to save energy, save money, and expand the use of clean energy, both within our government facilities as well as throughout the community. Smart energy management means saving money,… Read more »

Swansfield Elementary School Achieves LEED Silver Status

Congratulations to the Howard County Public School System and Swansfield Elementary! A LEED building is more energy efficient, sustainable and economically sound. Howard County requires LEED on most public-funded buildings and private buildings over 50,000 square feet. Learn more. Here are some details from the HCPSS website: “In recognition of its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, Swansfield Elementary School has achieved… Read more »

2,200 People Cleanup Litter at Howard County’s Annual Cleanup

Howard County's Litter Cleanup

Howard County’s 20 Minute Cleanup had another successful year. Over 2,200 volunteers participated in the spring 2018 project. The 20 Minute Cleanup is an annual Howard County spring clean­ing project. It hap­pens every year in April. Busi­nesses, schools, com­mu­nity groups, neigh­bors and indi­vid­u­als help keep trash out of the environment. Since 2010, over 15,700 peo­ple have… Read more »