Friday, May 10, 2013
County Executive Ike Leggett helped plant a yellowwood tree at the Bethesda Library on Arbor Day, April 26, 2013.
To show support of Montgomery County's proposed Trees and Tree Canopy Conservation Law (Bill 35-12), County Executive Isiah Leggett stopped by the Bethesda Library at 7400 Arlington Rd. on Arbor Day (April 26, 2013) to help plant a yellowwood tree. In remarks before the tree planting, Leggett said, "Montgomery County has a lot of trees—and I would like to keep it that way." "Although trees cover over half of our county, our urban tree canopy is now being endangered by new development patterns that are redeveloping our older, urban areas. My Bill 35-12 proposes creation of a dedicated tree replacement fund to replace tree canopy that is significantly disturbed during development. This legislation is a balanced, commonsense approach to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Department of Environmental Protection installed 23 stormwater management features in the White Oak neighborhood.
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Monday, April 29
Latest from My Green Montgomery: The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection held an Earth Day stream clean up in the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring. More than 50 volunteers collected 100 bags of trash and 58 tires on Saturday, April 20. They also collected metal items including U. S. Navy synchro generator. Several volunteers also installed 48 “Don’t Dump” markers on storm drain inlets around the neighborhood. Partners in the clean up, which was held in conjunction with the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day Cleanups, also included the Eyes of Paint Branch, the Department of Parks, the Bridgestone America’s Spent Tire Community Clean-up Program and community volunteers, such as the White Oak Basketball …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Green-themed events take place all week at the school.
Wood Acres Elementary School, the largest elementary school in the Walt Whitman High School cluster, is holding Earth Week activities this week, according to a school statement. On Earth Day (April 22) Wood Acres' first rain barrel was unveiled. "Students arriving before school [learned] about the importance of a rain barrel to collect water from storms. This rain barrel will store water for use during the hot summer to water the trees and shrubs around Wood Acres. Also, it will prevent erosion caused by heavy and fast gushes of storm water into our sewers and deposit less pollution into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay," according to the statement. Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner, who attended the rail barrel unveiling…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Numerous local events are taking place, in addition to a large-scale National Mall celebration.
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Friday, April 12
April 22, 1970, was the first-ever Earth Day. More than 20 million Americans participated in rallies, demonstrations and a variety of activities across the country in the name of raising awareness for a more healthy, sustainable environment. After witnessing an enormous oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) planned a national teach-in on the environment to educate the media about air and water pollution. Nelson partnered with Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-CA) and activist Denis Hayes to coordinate the event, which grew into Earth Day. Four decades later, Earth Day is ingrained in the national consciousness, with many groups—from school groups to businesses—participating in events such as clean-up efforts, awareness-raising …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Learn more about Earth Day and Green Week events near Chevy Chase.
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Gaithersburg is getting an early start with Green Week, April 2-12. Events include an environmental awards ceremony, an environmental film night, an Arbor Day celebration and more. Learn more on Gaithersburg Patch. Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is having a free Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 21, 12-4 p.m. The festival will feature family-friendly activities, a "green" vendor and craft fair, a tree scavenger hunt and more. Are you in the middle of spring cleaning? Those old pieces of fabric and other natural, biodegradable cast-offs that you're trying to get rid are needed for a community art project at the festival. What the finished art project will look like: Different materials woven …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
David Hauck says there are financial benefits to being energy efficient.
David Hauck of Takoma Park is on the executive committee of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. Until 2011, he was chair of the Montgomery County Sierra Club. We chatted with him recently about Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. What are the biggest threats to the environment in Montgomery County? Hauck provided three: Stormwater runoff, invasive plants and climate change. What can Montgomery County residents do to mitigate those threats? "If you're a homeowner there are things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. Some of them are obvious, switching to more efficient light fixtures, CFLs, LEDs. When you replace your appliances, get an Energy Star appliance." An Energy Star refrigerator uses one-third the power of a …
C&O Canal Pride Days continues Saturday with projects at Big Slackwater near Dam #4 in Washington County, Md.
Nearly 125 volunteers turned out Saturday at the C&O National Historical Park to kick off the 5th Annual C&O Canal Pride Days, helping to restore and revitalize the park and local campgrounds. The volunteers spent a combined 400 hours painting historical buildings, laying sod, polishing the canal boat and cleaning up trash and debris from the most heavily-visited areas along the 184.5-mile long park. “The work of the [C&O Canal] Trust’s Canal Pride Days volunteers has a significant impact on the visual quality of the park and the experiences of its visitors,” said park superintendent Kevin Brandt. “By getting their hands dirty on a Saturday morning, they’re making a substantial investment in their local national park.” Saturday's …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thousands of volunteers are expected to clean debris from the river and its tributaries on Saturday, as part of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s 23rd annual Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration.
Last year, approximately 2,000 volunteers helped remove 335 tires and 2,600 bags of trash and recyclable materials—totaling 42 tons—from the Anacostia River during the Earth Day Cleanup. Among those items: five TVs, three toilets, three sofas, one refrigerator, 18 chairs, three tents, seven bikes, two mattresses and one newspaper vending box for the Washington Star. More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to continue the work this Saturday. Volunteers will be working to remove trash and debris at 40 cleanup sites along the shores of the Anacostia River in Washington and several upstream tributaries in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Additional volunteers will also be planting trees in a wetland restoration project in Bladensburg. …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Volunteers planted tulips in tree boxes and got a rain garden ready for spring - just in time for Earth Day.
Connecticut Avenue got a fresh planting of flowers last Sunday, when volunteers from the Chevy Chase Citizens' Association planted brightly-colored blooms in tree boxes along the street near Chevy Chase Circle, in Washington, D.C. The Association has been maintaining the tree boxes for about 15 years, says Jonathan Lawlor, the Association's president. The flowers and other plants in the tree boxes not only make the street look nice, they also help to filter contaminants out of the rain before the rain seeps into the groundwater. It was a fitting project for less than a week before Earth Day, which is this Friday, but the Association keeps the tree boxes in good shape all year 'round. "The Association is really proud to be involved in …