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  1. Feb
    5
    Sun
    1. Canal Stewards at the River Center at Lock 8 and Locks 12-14
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Help the Potomac Conservancy clean up and beautify the land and water surrounding Lock 8, along miles 8 and 9, and the areas around Locks 12-14 of the C&O Canal towpath.

       

      Our cleanup days are part of the Canal Stewards program, engaging volunteers in a long-term relationship in which they become the caretakers of a designated site within the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Cleanup activities include picking up trash, pruning vegetation along trails, and repairing the towpath and trails. Wear clothes that can get dirty — we’ll provide all the necessary tools and equipment. Open to all ages.

       

      Click here for personalized directions.

  2. Feb
    7
    Tue
    1. Human Transit: A mobility-based approach to transit decisions
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      With interest growing among county leaders and residents in new transit options, we’ve booked international expert and author Jarrett Walker for our next speaker series event on February 7. The 20-year international consultant on public transit planning and policy will present on Human Transit: A mobility-based approach to transit decisions, making the case for focusing on network design and trying to maximize the usefulness and reach of quality transit service. Walker will explore how to think differently about transit to create systems that are attractive because they fit a community’s needs.

       

      Learn more

       

       

  3. Feb
    9
    Thu
    1. Annual Conference – Md Assoc for Enviro & Outdoor Ed
      Feb 9 – Feb 12 (all-day)

       

      Fulfilling Environmental Education’s Promise: Authentic Learning & Real World Impact

       

      Our conference begins with the Thursday Professional Development Institute, sponsored by the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program and the University of Maryland Extension STEM Education Action Team. Or maybe you will spend the day at the Oxford Cooperative Labs with NOAA/NCBO expert Bart Merrick who is leading Building Climate Understanding. This is an opportunity to go deep within topics and learn from scientists in the field.

       

      Friday workshops are three hour opportunities to spend the day learning, picking up new skills and having in depth conversation with colleagues in sessions led by peers from the region. This year we introduce a new partnership with the Maryland Master Naturalists. Their Friday full day Program Facilitator Workshop is being offered to those who would like to learn to organize and administer a Master Naturalist Training Program at nature centers in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains regions. We welcome you to the MAEOE Conference.

       

      You won’t want to miss the Friday night Opening Session with our Key Note Speakers Dan Blumstein and Charles Saylan, they will discuss their recently published book, “The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It).” Let’s talk seriously about what is happening in environmental education. It’s a theme we hope you’ll weave into the Saturday sessions.

       

      Read the Conference Program.

       

      Register for the conference.

       

       

       

  4. Feb
    11
    Sat
    1. Faithfully Picking-up the Potomac
      2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

       

       

      Interfaith Leadership Forum – Gaithersburg : “Faithfully Picking-up the Potomac”

      Imagine many faith communities who all want to make a difference in the local environment meeting together to coordinate.  Now, plan on coming to participate!   Our featured speaker will be Dottie Yunger of the Chesapeake Covenant Community, a great resource for ideas and inspiration.  During this event, we will be planning a coordinated trash pickup event April 14th, a Potomac wide event led by the Alice Ferguson Foundation.  It would be great to have various faith communities all out on this one day picking up their own section of the Muddy Branch, or local watershed, in coordinated effort.  We will also be sharing within the meeting the efforts of faith communities in their local area.  This should be a great event to learn ideas you can share within your own community.  Please come and join us.  This event is open to the community and all faiths.

       

      Register here.

       

    2. Annapolis Green Film Fest
      5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      5:00 – 5:20 p.m. – The Story of Stuff

      From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between environmental and social issues, and calls us to create a more sustainable and just world. It just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

      5:30 – 6:30  p.m. – Energy on Trial

       

      This film by local sailing expert and video producer Gary Jobson is a critical reevaluation of new nuclear, fossil fuels, and renewables.

       

      Energy on Trial tackles a subject as vital to us as the air we breathe and the nourishment we require.  But the way much of it is produced is terminally damaging to our environment and to our health.

       

      In a refreshingly objective, straightforward manner, this film addresses what has become a complex, global conundrum, a political hot potato. Energy on Trial presents the energy source groups one by one, evaluating each on the basis of cost, efficiency, environmental impact, and future potential. Along the way, an impressive array of experts from the scientific, academic, political, and business communities, is heard from.

       

      Energy on Trial concludes that while some day we will surely rely on solar to provide the majority of our power, and while in the interim we will require all forms of energy to meet increased, imminent demands, the role of new nuclear power must be substantially augmented to shoulder the immense base load we require. And this must be done quickly. As one scientist put it, “the environment can’t wait.”

       

      The unmistakable secondary message of Energy on Trial is this: get involved. This film reminds us that a democracy is set up to do what we, the people, want. Learning about energy will help us all make well-considered decisions about power for our local communities, and for a successful national energy policy.

       

      6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion

      Gary Jobson will moderate a panel of distinguished energy experts including:

      • R. James Woolsey, Jr., – Former Director of Central Intelligence, former Under Secretary of the Navy, and a frequent speaker on US energy security
      • Gordon Bjorkman, PhD – Chief of Structural Mechanics, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
      • Dick D’Amato – Former member of the US-China Economic and Security Review         Commission and the Trade Deficit Review Commission, and Former Maryland Delegate

       

      7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Reception

      The evening will close with a catered reception featuring displays by several sponsoring enviroinmental businesses and non-profits.

       

       

  5. Feb
    15
    Wed
    1. Inaugural Montgomery County Food Council Meeting
      4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

       

       

      The Montgomery County Food Council is a nonprofit organization formed by a grassroots effort to create a sustainable community food initiative in Montgomery County.

       

      Our mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders in a public and private partnership to improve the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system. Please visit http://www.mocofoodcouncil.org if you are interested in learning more.

       

      All meetings are open to the public and community involvement is encouraged. This will be an opportunity to meet the new Food Council Members, begin working on projects to address problems within our local food system, and learn about how you can change the way Montgomery County produces, distributes, and consumes food! Please consult our website for a meeting agenda about a week before the meeting date.

       

       

  6. Feb
    18
    Sat
    1. Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association (MOFFA) Winter Meeting
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Join farmers, consumers, advocates, NOP members, in a panel discussion to answer:

      What Does Organic Mean to Me?

      Has “organic” been co-opted or watered down? Is organic:  sustainability, local, compatible with the local and global ecology in which it exists? Is organic more than the details of what’s on the OMRI list?

      Is organic just a tool, or the philosophy to start with. What about claims of “beyond organic”? Are they helpful to the movement?

      Key Note Speaker: Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides

      Informative Presentations & Workshops

      Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch

      Ron Morse Integrated Organic Weed and Pest Management: Role of Crop Rotation and Intensive Cover Crop/Vegetable Crop Sequences

      Jerry Brust, organic fertility and Koalin clay pest control research

      Cerruti Hooks, controlling stink bugs with organic controls

      Lauren Kolb reduced tillage system and her work on organic weed control Rick Hood, organic grower and MOFFA member will talk about potting mix

      Homegrown ‘Eat Local’ Potluck Lunch

      Seed Swap

      Silent Auction

      Registration at the door.

       

  7. Feb
    22
    Wed
    1. Student Lobby Day and Rally for Offshore Wind
      12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

       

      Come support the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012! Join hundreds of students to rally at the State House on February 22nd at 12pm to show the Maryland General Assembly that Maryland’s students and universities support offshore wind and are eager to see this legislation passed this session!

      Offshore wind will transform the way we get our energy, reduce toxic air pollution, and create thousands of jobs for Marylanders! Join us and let your legislators know that you want all the benefits of offshore wind for your future!

      Register here! http://www.umdforcleanenergy.org/registration.html

      For more information about ride shares and parking see our Facebook Event Page

       The lobby day begins at 9:00am and the rally begins at 12:00pm.

  8. Feb
    23
    Thu
    1. Save Nick’s Organic Farm, Volunteer Meeting
      6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

      Come find out how you can be involved in the struggle to Save Nick’s Organic Farm and establish an educational center. It doesn’t matter if you have a little time or a lot, or if you’ve been involved in the past. Please join us!

      RSVP by emailing info@savenickorganicfarm, or by visiting the website at www.savenicksorganicfarm.org.

  9. Feb
    24
    Fri
    1. Green Matters: Urban Farming Pioneers
      8:30 am – 4:00 pm

      Join Brookside Gardens on the final Friday in February for a daylong symposium dedicated to sustainable horticulture. In Green Matters: Urban Farming Pioneers, our third and final food-focused symposium, we’ll highlight innovative approaches to feeding the world’s population. Featuring Dickson Despommier, Columbia University Emeritus Professor and author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, Darrin Nordahl, landscape architect and author of Public Produce,  Ben Flanner, Head Farmer/CEO and co-founder of the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, and Jeff Semler Maryland State Coordinator of Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, Green Matters will kindle your inner urban farmer and entice you to think about food production in wholly different ways.

       

      Click here for more information and registration options.

       

       

  10. Feb
    25
    Sat
    1. Fields of Green Internship Fair
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Bethesda Green’s Third Annual Fields of Green Internship Fair, 4825 Cordell Avenue, Second Floor above the Capital One Bank.

       

      The Internship Fair provides college-age young people an opportunity to meet representatives from a number of companies and non-profits offering job experience in the green business sector. More than 20 companies will be in attendance. Learn about academic and government programs, as well as a variety of internships, including those with our own Green Business Incubator companies.

       

      Submit an Internship Listing: To advertise a green internship, please contact Sharon D’Emidio at sharon@bethesdagreen.org.

       

      Check out more details and internship opportunities here.

       

       

  11. Feb
    26
    Sun
    1. Bethesda Friends Energy Workshop
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Come to Bethesda Friends to learn about being a part of a Community Weatherization Project. Weatherizing your home will save you energy and money, and will help stimulate equitable, local economic growth. By joining a Community Weatherization Project, homeowners can use their group purchasing power to receive a 15 percent discount on weatherization services. Presentation by Groundswell, formerly called Weatherize DC.

      Register to attend.

       

       

  12. Feb
    27
    Mon
    1. Metro Hearing Re. FY2013 Budget & Fare Proposal
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

       

      The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), on February 27, will host a public hearing at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, to encourage participation and dialogue regarding its FY2013 budget and fare proposal.

       

      The evening will start with an Open Forum beginning at 6:00 p.m., with multimedia stations to engage stakeholders and solicit public input.  The Open Forum will include a video presentation on Metro’s rebuilding program, tables staffed by senior Metrobus, Metrorail, MetroAccess, SmarTrip and police officials who will be available to talk with participants and answer individual questions, and a third station where computers will be made available to take an online survey regarding Metro’s priorities, as well as to submit written comments for the record.

       

      This is followed by a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., where members of the public may provide formal testimony regarding the budget and fare proposals.

       

      The proposed operating and capital budgets for the next fiscal year support the critical rebuilding of the Metro system, and improving safety and reliability.  The budget also provides service enhancements such as additional rush hour rail service, improved escalator maintenance, enhanced bus corridor services, increased security and continued compliance with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations.

       

      The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will host a total of six public hearings in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia from February 27 to March 7.

       

      For more information on the hearings, see Metro’s press release.

       

       

  13. Feb
    28
    Tue
    1. DNR Hosts Bounty Of The Bay Dinner
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

       

      The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Boatyard Bar & Grill will co-host the Bounty of the Bay Dinner from 6 to10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 in Annapolis.

       

      “The Bounty of the Bay Dinner is a celebration of Maryland Seafood and our State’s watermen,”said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “By supporting local watermen, farmers and restaurants, not only are we are supporting our State’s economy, but our food doesn’t have to travel far to get to our table, which means fewer carbon emissions and a fresher product.”

       

      From smoky plates of roasted oysters to baked rockfish filets, Maryland seafood is legendary. Through The Bounty of the Bay, DNR and its partners are working to highlight the State’s down-home delicacies and the hardworking men and women behind them. Dinner will include the standard Maryland fare, but also highlight overlooked dishes such as yellow perch.

       

      “We want to remind people that even during the winter months the Bay continues to provide us with ample fishing opportunities and plenty of amazing seafood options,” said Steve Vilnit, DNR Fisheries Marketing Director. “In bringing together commercial and sport anglers, DNR staff and members of the public we hope to build camaraderie and share in the message over an incredible seafood feast.”

       

      The evening includes a raw bar and a five-course meal featuring Maryland oysters, crabmeat, striped bass and yellow perch. Tickets will be limited to the first 125 guests who make a reservation. The dinner is $49 per ticket and includes all food, tax and gratuity. To RSVP or for more information call the Boatyard Bar & Grill at 410-216-6206.

       

      To see a YouTube video from last year’s event, A Celebration of Maryland Seafood, click here.

       

      Keep up with DNR Fisheries through Facebook and through Twitter @MDDNRFISH.

       

       

  14. Feb
    29
    Wed
    1. Beyond Smart Growth: New Thoughts on Economic Sustainability for Communities
      7:30 am – 12:00 pm

      The Arlington Economic Development Commission and George Mason University invite you to join them for conversations about Economic Sustainability.

       

      When Arlington County’s economic development community looked into how it became #1 on the list of The Best Cities for Riding Out a Recession* — despite one of the worst economic decades in recent history — Arlington’s Smart Growth planning policies and proximity to the federal government turned out to be only part of the answer. Lurking beneath the obvious were unique and surprisingly interdependent dynamics that came together to give this thriving community the three key components of economic sustainability: innovation, competitiveness and resiliency.

       

      In this half-day seminar, representatives from business, philanthropy, government and academia will come together for a lively and broad-thinking dialogue to examine Arlington’s success and explore how communities can develop their economic sustainability dynamic with intentionality. Participants will come away understanding what we’re doing today that contributes to our future well-being — and what more we can do.

       

      *Bloomberg Businessweek, October 14, 2008

       

      Featured speakers include:

      • Christopher Leinberger, President, LOCUS, Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
      • Donald J. Leo, Vice President and Executive Director of National Capital Region Operations Virginia Tech
      • Jonathon Perrelli, Founder Fortify.vc
      • Eric Schaeffer, Co-founder and Artistic Director Signature Theater
      • Matt S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Economic Development Administration
      • Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President, The McCormick Group
      • John Spirtos, CEO, GridPoint

       

      Register online today! 

       

       

  15. Mar
    1
    Thu
    1. Making Performance Public: Mandatory Disclosure of Energy Use in Buildings
      6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Nearly a dozen municipalities across the country have passed new laws mandating property owners to measure and publicly release the energy use of their buildings. City representatives from Seattle, New York City and San Francisco will discuss the challenges of implementing new reporting requirements and the impact this information is having on local real estate markets. This program is presented by the National Building Museum in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute.

       

      Participants include:

       

      •  Jayson Antonoff, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor, City of Seattle
      •  Barry Hooper, Private Sector Green Building Specialist, San Francisco Department of Environment, City and County of San Francisco
      •  Laurie Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
      •  Charles Leitner, Chairman, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
      •  Matthew Wald, Journalist, New York Times (moderator)

       

      1.5 LU (AIA) / 1.5 CE (GBCI)

       

      $12 Members; FREE Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

       

      Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

       

      The Museum’s award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

       

      If you’d like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.

       

       

  16. Mar
    3
    Sat
    1. Community Clean Water Summit
      8:30 am – 3:30 pm

      If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to “think globally, but act locally,” in Montgomery County, then mark your calendars for the Community Clean Water Summit on March 3rd, 2012 (snow date March 11th) and show your support for the local streams in your watershed. They need your help!

       

      This summit is the perfect opportunity for networking and volunteerism, as you will meet with local environmental leaders working to make Montgomery County a cleaner and healthier place to live. Join your fellow neighbors and learn how you can make a difference in the health of the County’s streams. Throughout this process, you’re guaranteed make new friends and have fun!

       

      In addition to hearing from the various speakers listed, there will be opportunities throughout the summit to speak with numerous organizations directly involved in the conservation of local streams and health of our communities.

       

      Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this local movement. The event is free, but there is a limited space, so hurry and register for this wonderful occasion!  *Make sure to come early and check out the tent that REI has generously donated as a door prize and the Rain Barrel Raffle that ICPRB is kindly sponsoring!  You must be present to win!

       

      More event information and registration.

       

      To help reduce waste, we encourage you to bring your own cup to the event. Thanks!  Hope to see you there!

       

  17. Mar
    4
    Sun
    1. Help Trees Thrive on Banks of Patuxent
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

       

       

      Join WSSC as we remove weeds from trees trying to grow next to the Patuxent River and remove debris from culverts which is creating erosion along the Patuxent River. This is an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful serenity of the river and a woodland that very few people get to see-while making a difference to the Chesapeake Bay.

       

      Follow Supplee Lane till it deadends into a parking lot.

       

      Let us know you’ll be there.

       

       

  18. Mar
    5
    Mon
    1. Lobby Your Elected Officials on Environmental Issues
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

       

       

      If you want to protect Maryland’s environment, your voice is your strongest tool.

       

      With that voice you can help move mountains….or build wind turbines!

       

      Many of our Montgomery County legislators have not gotten behind important bills like offshore wind or increasing the Bay Restoration Fund.  And our champions need to hear our support… because they are definitely hearing from the opposition.

       

      Join the Montgomery County group of the Maryland Sierra Club March 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to lobby your elected officials on offshore wind, Chesapeake Bay restoration, litter reduction, and more! We need your help to pass critical legislation to clean our waters and air and bring clean energy to Maryland.  The opposition is strong, and we need your help.

       

      We will set up the mtgs, brief you on the legislation, and connect you with your Delegate or Senator.   We are working with Alvin Carlos, chair of the Montgomery County group, to organize car-pools, and strategize how to build on this event.

       

      Please RSVP today.

       

       

  19. Mar
    6
    Tue
    1. Introduction to the Cleantech Open Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

       

       

      Special Guest Joshua C. Greene Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Cleabtech Open

       

      Bethesda Green hosts a reception Tuesday, March 6, 5-7 pm, to introduce regional entrepreneurs, investors and professional services firms to the Cleantech Open, the nation’s premier start up business competition in the clean technology sector.

       

      The Cleantech Open covers a wide array of technology sectors, including energy efficiency; water, air and waste; green building; renewable energy; smart power, green grid and energy storage; and transportation. The competition is open to early stage businesses and students. Regional competitions are held beginning in the Spring with the national finals culminating in the Fall.

       

      Light refreshments to be served.

       

      Information and signup at Bethesda Green Meetup.

       

       

    2. Fracking or Wind? A Citizens’ Forum
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

       

       

      Never before have the stakes been so high for Maryland and Montgomery County when it comes to clean-versus-harmful energy. Is our General Assembly, meeting now in Annapolis, going to make us a national leader in offshore wind power? Are they going to heed appeals to delay and perhaps ban forever the harmful practice of natural gas fracking in Maryland?

       

      Please register to attend an emergency Montgomery County citizens forum in Rockville on Tuesday night March 6th at 7:30 pm to learn more firsthand.

       

      What will you hear at this forum? First: a vital update on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s historic Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012. We’ll also update you on efforts to delay and potentially ban forever in Maryland the harmful gas drilling practice known as hydraulic “fracking.”

       

      More information about these issues at:    http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/frackingorwindinrockville

       

       

  20. Mar
    9
    Fri
    1. Streamlining the Development Process: MoCo Gov Public Forum
      1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

       

      The Streamlining Development initiative is a collaborative multi-agency effort to analyze the entitlement process from project conception to occupancy and identify where within government and quasi-government authorities there are bottlenecks, duplication of reviews, inconsistent positions and process inefficiencies. The objective is to streamline the approval process so that it is more user-friendly, understandable, reliable, consistent and efficient without compromising public participation, quality of development, environmental protection or public safety.

      The information acquired during the forums will be used by work groups to investigate expressed problems and recommend solutions.

      By registering for the public forum you will be given 3 minutes to present your comments on the development process in Montgomery County.  Please bring a written copy of your comments.  Written comments can also be posted through March 31, 2012 on the Streamlining Development website. Register here if you wish to present comments at the forum.

      More information here.

  21. Mar
    10
    Sat
    1. Rain Garden Workshop
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

       

      Transform your yard into a natural ecosystem to help soil capture and filter rainwater. Learn the techniques to evaluate your yard and create a rain garden that uses native plants and enhanced soils to build a watershed friendly garden full of beauty and life.

      Develop a planting plan and materials list to create your garden and learn about the County’s rebate program to assist with funding your project.

      Please bring a bag lunch or snack, if you’d like. Fee: $10; registration required.

      To register go to www.parkPASS.org.  Register for course # 182151

      Presented by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection RainScapes Program Staff  www.rainscapes.org

       

       

       

  22. Mar
    25
    Sun
    1. Help Weed Brighton Dam’s Azalea Garden
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

       

       

      WSSC planted an azalea garden over 50 years ago. But weeds such as mile-a-minute, porcelianberry, japanese honeysuckle and multiflora rose, have also found the azalea garden-and we need your help to remove these weeds that are stealing water, sun and nutrients from the azaleas.  Forty thousand visitors are relying on you to help the garden have a successful spring bloom. Brighton Dam’s Azalea Garden, 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville.

       

      Let us know you’ll be there.

  23. Mar
    26
    Mon
    1. Deadline for Entries: Rockville Environmental Photo Contest
      4:59 pm – 5:00 pm

      The City of Rockville is sponsoring an Environmental Photo Contest.  The deadline is Monday, March 26, 2012. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 30. See the guidelines and official rules.

      The Contestants will be divided into four age categories: 12 & under, 13-17, Adult 18+, and Seniors 60+.

      Submit your photos, taken in the city limits of Rockville, that capture what it is you value about Rockville’s environment. Up to three photos may be e-mailed by midnight, March 26 to Heather Gewandter at hgewandter@rockvillemd.gov, or saved to a CD and mailed or dropped off between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday, to:

      Environmental Management Division, 30 Courthouse Square, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850  Attn: Environmental Photo Contest

      Please include with your photo(s), your name, age, location where the photo was taken and a short description of the photo not exceeding three sentences. The winning Photo Submission for each age category may be displayed in Rockville Reports. The winning Photo Submissions may be displayed at City Hall, VisArts, Croydon Creek Nature Center and on the City’s website.

      See the guidelines and official rules.

  24. Apr
    14
    Sat
    1. 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Join us for the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9am-12pm.  Thousands of volunteers of all ages will be picking up trash from different cleanup sites around the region.  Over the past 24 years we have removed over 3 million pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed and we hope to make this year the largest cleanup event yet.

       

      Help to insure clean land, safe water and healthy lives for yourself and those you love:

       

      VOLUNTEER by picking up trash at an existing site. Check our website for the date and time of a cleanup site near you!

       

      LEAD a cleanup site! Have a particular creek or stream in mind? Register your site online and invite friends, family, and co-workers

      Site Leader Training Workshops:

      Wednesday February 29th at 5:30 pm in Washington, DC

      Saturday March 3rd at 11:00 am in Accokeek, MD

      Saturday March 10th at 10:30 am in Fairfax, VA

       

      Learn more by visiting www.PotomacCleanup.org, or calling 202-973-8203.

       

       

  25. Apr
    28
    Sat
    1. Help the Dragonflies
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

       

       

      The best spot to see dragonflies and damselflies in central Maryland is Brown’s Bridge Recreation Area in the summer. But they don’t need trash and invasive weed covering up their food sources or where they can lay their eggs for the next generation. So we need your help to tidy up their favorite spot. Brown’s Bridge Recreation Area, 2220 Ednor Road, Silver Spring, MD.

       

      Let us know if you’ll be there.

       

       

       

  26. Jun
    9
    Sat
    1. Bethesda Green’s Third Annual Solar & Green Home Expo
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

       

      The goal of this event is to provide homeowners and other interested parties an opportunity to get the latest information about area services and incentives to green their homes.  The spotlight on solar will include the latest solar-powered technologies, including purchasing and investment opportunities, and incentives for home installation.   Local area green home businesses will display their services throughout Bethesda Green while individual workshops related to greening your home will be conducted throughout the day.

      Information at the Bethesda Green Website.

       

      4825 Cordell Avenue, Second Floor above the Capital One Bank

       

       

  27. Oct
    3
    Wed
    1. Maryland Energy Forum: The Future of Coal, Fracking & Wind
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

       

      What’s in store for Maryland’s energy future? How can we transition to clean and renewable energy and move away from energy sources that threaten community health and the environment?

      If you’re concerned about the protection of drinking water, clean air and public health, then join the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) at the Maryland Energy Forum on October 3 to hear from community leaders and energy experts and to ask your questions.

      Speakers will include:

      • Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project
      • Paul Roberts, Member of The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission
      • Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of CCAN
      • Also invited to speak: Representative Roscoe Bartlett (D-6), Candidate John Delaney, and MD Senator Ron Young

       

      Register for the event here.

       

  28. Oct
    11
    Thu
    1. Bethesda Green Gala 2012: The Sky Is the Limit
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

       

      THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: An evening of inspiration, celebration, and recognition of local green champions…

      Join us at Bethesda Green’s biggest networking event of the year and celebrate green achievements in our community. Let your imagination run wild and help us envision a greener future.

      Our 3rd annual Gala will feature the Bethesda Magazine Green Award Winners, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a dessert reception. Plus, we’ll have a silent auction of one-of-a-kind experiences as well as environmentally friendly gifts and other surprises.

      Highlights will include displays that imagine what a green community can be.

      For more information, see nthe menu at the right of the event Webpage.