Our programs, projects and events focus on encouraging sustainable land development techniques and developing environmentally-friendly behavioral changes in the community.
Conservation Garden in downtown Wheaton—May 2010
This garden was installed by volunteers and is located in the Wheaton Triangle opposite the Mid-County Regional Services Center’s offices at 2424 Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton. The garden demonstrates how an attractive landscape that uses native plants beneficial to birds and butterflies can soak up more rain water than typical lawns or gardens, improving the water quality of Sligo Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.
Sponsors of this conservation landscape installation include the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Friends of Sligo Creek, neighbors of Northwest Branch, Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, the AllEco Center and Speedy Signs of Wheaton and BuzzWord, Inc.
To learn more about the benefits of removing turf and how to install a conservation landscape or a rain garden in your yard or neighborhood, please visit Montgomery County’s RainScapes Program on-line at:
Taste of Wheaton Environmental Booth—third Sunday in May
The environmental booth is staffed by volunteers of GreenWheaton, who distribute information about environmentally-friendly programs and products available in the State and County. We have promoted the Montgomery County Rainscapes Reward Program (http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dectmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/water/rainrebate.asp) and the Maryland Tree Rebate Program (http://www.trees.maryland.gov/)
Green Drinks Happy Hours
Since July of 2010, GreenWheaton has held three happy hours at two local Wheaton restaurants. We plan to offer them every three months in the next few years. Two of the happy hours were co-hosted with the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce (http://www.wkchamber.org/), which gave local businesses an opportunity to share ideas for supporting local economic development with environmentally-minded friends and members of GreenWheaton. All happy hours are promoted on the International Green Drinks web pages (http://www.greendrinks.org/MD/Wheaton)