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Program Description

  Energy, Climate and Compliance

The Energy, Climate and Compliance Division enforces County laws and regulations related to air and water pollution, illegal dumping, noise control, pesticides and other environmental laws. The division implements programs that educate and assist County residents with ensuring their properties are energy efficient. These programs include extensive outreach and assistance with understanding tools and financing available to increase energy efficiency. The Division is responsible for oversight and implementation of the Benchmarking Law which requires certain commercial property owners to benchmark the energy efficiency of their properties and report that to the County. The Division develops programs that will assist with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County, including support to the working groups for clean energy and building efficiency, created as part of the initiative to develop a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. It also oversees programs that provide financial support to commercial property owners to improve energy efficiency such as PACE and the Green Bank, and manages the Green Business Certification Program which recognizes businesses that adapt practices that enhance sustainability.

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Program Contacts

Contact Patrice Bubar of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7786 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Percent of commercial buildings in compliance with the building benchmarking law65%91%85%85%85%
Average days to close environmental cases2724222222
Percent of customers rating themselves as satisfied with DEP's response to environmental complaints84%80%80%80%80%
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved13749049.44
Add: Program Manager for Tree and Forest Programs to Address Backlog and Proactively Add Trees to Underserved Areas770131.00
Increase Cost: Complaince and Enforcement Position (Split with Disposal Fund)317640.50
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-261377-2.94
FY22 Approved12223048.00