The Town of Poolesville was named one of the five winners of the Bethesda Magazine Green Champions Awards, held in partnership with Bethesda Green.
Chosen by the magazine and Bethesda Green, this year’s winners represent different parts of the community, but have at least one thing in common: a commitment to promoting a more sustainable way of life.
Poolesville—with just under 5,000 residents—became one of only two Montgomery County communities and one of four in the state to produce renewable energy with the opening of a 6-acre solar array earlier this year. The solar panels, installed at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, produce enough electricity to run the treatment plant and keep the lights on in the town hall, according to Town Manager Wade Yost. Power generated by the solar array is likely to reduce the town’s energy costs by as much as $20,000 in 2014, Yost says. The installation also serves as a teaching tool about renewable energy for Poolesville High School’s global ecology magnet program.
The town, located in the middle of Montgomery County’s 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve, has made a variety of changes to protect and preserve the environment – from rewriting local zoning laws to make it easier for residents to install wind turbines and solar panels, to building a town hall parking lot that uses permeable pavement to help rainwater filter naturally into the ground, to replacing streetlights with more environmentally friendly LED bulbs that use less electricity.
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