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Montgomery County’s Eco Evenings Virtual Session on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Will Focus on Energy—and Say Farewell to DEP Director Adam Ortiz

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 25, 2021

To mark the end of Energy Awareness Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG) will focus on Energy during the October virtual Eco Evening event from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27.  

“Eco Evenings with DEP and OMG” is a series of virtual town halls focused on environmental topics. The town hall style meeting is co-sponsored by the County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG).

During a fun and engaging presentation, DEP Program Manager Larissa Johnson will highlight ways residents can “use less energy and keep money in your pocket.” Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how replacing old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs with LED light bulbs can make a big difference in energy savings.

The presentation will be followed by a farewell to DEP Director Adam Ortiz, who is leaving the County to join the Biden/Harris Administration as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

County Executive Marc Elrich, Climate Changer Officer Adriana Hochberg and attendees will be invited to give remarks and pose questions to Director Ortiz regarding his time at DEP. 

“Our County’s success is a testament to the talented people we recruit and promote. Adam Ortiz has been a standout leader in my administration,” said County Executive Elrich. “He has been at the forefront of our aggressive efforts to combat climate change and has implemented key reforms within DEP to better serve our residents and protect our environment. Combining these accomplishments with an already impressive career, I am not surprised President Biden has selected Adam for a national leadership role. His appointment is yet another example of the caliber of people we have here working in the County government. Although we will miss his leadership and innovation inside County government, I am happy that Adam will still be working daily to protect the local environment as our region’s EPA administrator.”

Residents can register in advance to participate in the Eco Evenings event via Zoom at

After registering, residents will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Residents can join the event for free. More information and a link to the event are available at the DEP Facebook Event Page at

For more information about DEP, go to

For more information about OMG, go to

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Release ID: 21-863
Media Contact: Cindy Pena, 202-875-1563
Categories: Environment