Climate Clips: New legislation dedicates annual funding for the Montgomery County Green Bank

Montgomery County Council passed the Montgomery County Green Buildings Now Act on February 1, 2022, which allocates 10% of the fuel-energy tax revenue each year to the Montgomery County Green Bank.

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Washington Post
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