In 2006, the mayor and city council committed to making Rockville a sustainability leader among Maryland communities. The city concentrates on promoting green initiatives by communicating goals, activities, and environmental regulations to its citizens via their website and volunteering opportunities available in the community.
City officials have the ambition to make sustainability a priority for future generations.
Rockville's efforts have been recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Partner Community Awards Program for restoring and protecting the bay; the Commuter Connections Annual Employer Recognition Award, which recognized employers who have volunteered to use alternative commuting methods; and the Maryland Community Forest Council PLANT GREEN Award, which recognized Rockville for tree planting and tree care efforts in urban forestry.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the city of Rockville its 2007 Performance and Innovation in the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Award. Rockville received the award for its Watts Branch Stream Restoration project, which was designed to minimize and control channel erosion, reduce pollutants, enhance stream and forest habitat, protect and enhance existing wetlands, control invasive vegetation, etc.