Green Business Forum


What are Green Business Forums?

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce,  Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and  Montgomery College have partnered to create a Green Business Forum (GBF). Taking place from 8:00am – 9:30am, four times a year in the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce boardroom, each forum will feature experts who offer unique perspectives on the advantages of being a green business. Panels will be moderated by Montgomery College faculty. Presentations will be followed by Q&A. Montgomery College will offer “how-to” webinars to supplement the forums. The cost to attend the GTF is $39.00.  Registration is required.  Learn about the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program

Note: Cost for to the Green Business Forum is $39.00.  Due to limited seating, registration is required. 

"Men and Nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of Nature throws out of balance also the lives of men."   - FDR

Recap: Commercial Energy Benchmarking Introductory Forum

The Commercial Energy Benchmarking Introductory Forum was held on Thursday, November 6 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville. The event was hosted by the Montgomery Branch of the USGBC-NCR, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rockville.

The event speakers provided an overview of the energy benchmarking legislation, ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tool, and improving consumer access to utility data. The event also included a panel discussion from commercial real estate and small business owners who discussed their experience with energy benchmarking and its benefits.

Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Department of Environmental Protection provided an overview of the legislation. The new energy benchmarking legislation requires owners of certain non-residential buildings in Montgomery County to benchmark (compare one building's energy use against a standard) and report energy usage.  Click here to read the full benchmarking bill.

Manuel Vera, Program Manager, Pepco discussed the action Pepco is taking to improve consumer access to data. The tools Vera recommends that consumers use to gather and manage data include:

  • Interval electricity usage data
  • Smart meters
  • Third party analytics software
  • EPA’s Portfolio Manager

Methods for accessing Pepco usage data include:

  • Green button download
  • Green button connect
  • Chief Energy Officer “CEO” Online
  • Resource Advisor

Leslie Cook, Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussed EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as an energy benchmarking tool. It is a free software provided by EPA to help consumers track and manage energy benchmarking data. The program gathers property and energy consumption information, interprets the results and provides a score. Users can use their account to track progress.

Click here to learn more about Portfolio Manager.

Next Green Business Forum

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Topic TBA
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Topic TBA
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Topic TBA

Program Agenda:

  • 7:30am - Registration and Networking
  • 8:00am - 9:30am - Program
  • 9:30am - 10:00am - Networking


Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce- Board Room
51 Monroe Street, Suite 1800, Rockville, MD 20850

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