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Park(ing) Day in Wheaton Fri Sept 16

Join us in Wheaton on Friday, September 16th as we turn the intersection of Grandview Ave. and Reedie Dr. into an urban oasis!

Friday, September 16
9am to 3:30pm
Grandview Ave & Reedie Dr

The Wheaton sign with a graphical representation of PARK(ing) Day (An upside down car with plants)

‘Shifting the Paradigm’ designed by Maki Kawaguchi

For one day, we’re turning parking spaces into mini-parks and green spaces.  They will feature:

  • Native plants and seating (enjoy your lunchbreak outside!)
  • Kids activities
  • Displays on environmental programs like energy reduction, water protection and trees
  • Information on local groups and community resources
  • Displays on transportation alternatives

Early Bird Prices thru June 20

Celebrate 5 years of support to our Community and the Environment

Friday June 24, 2016

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Reception Hall

1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton MD 20902

6PM to 9PM

Local Vendors, Food, Beer and Wine HollywoodEast

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Sample other local favorites ….
The Limerick Pub
Los Chorros
Seoul Food DC
BeClaws
Java Nation
7 Locks Brewing
Knob Hall Winery

Act fast!  EARLY BIRD PRICE EXTENDED Friday June 20

www.greenwheatongala2016.eventbrite.com

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information can be found here

Talking about Free Trees at GreenDrinks

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 Evan Keto joined Green Wheaton at Hollywood East Café to explain Tree Montgomery, a local tree planting program.

Evan is an ISA-certified arborist and program manager for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. His team is searching for places to plant shade trees, especially in the yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities here in the downcounty, where development has been intense and many mature trees have died or been cut down.

Upon resident request, Evan and his team make a visit to  consult with a homeowner about best placement and best species to plant. They will later return with the tree, plant it, and then (if desired) provide up to TWO YEARS of FREE aftercare including watering, mulching, weeding, and pruning.

Funding for the program comes from the county’s tree canopy law, which charges developers who cut trees from building sites.

Trees for this program are only planted between November and May, and there is currently a short waiting list for planting. Residents can schedule the consultation at anytime of year, however.

(Please note: This is a different program from the one that provides trees along roads throughout Montgomery County, MD; Tree Montgomery trees plants within the yard — not the right-of-way near sidewalks. Information about that program can be found on the Department of Transportation website.)

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Evan Keto is a certified arborist with Tree Montgomery.

If you weren’t able to join us that night and you want more info or want to request a tree for your yard, visit Tree Montgomery’s website: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html#sthash.U3l3UCaK.dpuf

Evan also noted that two other programs are encouraging trees in our region:

Leaves for Neighborhoods offers a $40 coupon when you buy a tree with a retail value of $75 at participating nurseries

MD’s Department of Natural Resources also offers a $25 coupon for the purchase of one tree with a retail value of $50 or more at www.trees.maryland.gov.

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Bethesda Green Fields of Green Internship Fair is tomorrow.

Bethesda Green’s Seventh Annual FIELDS OF GREEN INTERNSHIP FAIR!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10 AM – 2 PM

4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200

Second floor of the Capital One Bank

Are you a college or grad school student looking for an internship or job in the innovative green sector? Have you recently graduated and need to get your foot in the door to kick start you green career?

If so, the Seventh Annual Fields of Green Internship Fair is for you!

This year we will host some of the leading environmental employers from the DC metro area and green companies looking for talented candidates to fulfill their internship needs. This year will feature some of the newest start ups and incubator companies in Bethesda.  Come to the fair prepared to impress as employers will be interviewing promising candidates on-the-spot.

Here is a peek at some of the past employers and incubator companies who participated at last year’s Fields of Green Internship Fair!

  • Green Wheaton
  • Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Montgomery County Food Council
  • Department of Environmental Protection (Montgomery County)
  • And many, many more!

We hope to see you on February 6, 2016! If you have any questions, please contact Kim Goddu at kim@bethesdagreen.org

Employers: Is your organization looking for stellar interns this summer? Or, perhaps for interns year round? Right now we are in the process of inviting employers looking for highly qualified candidates to participate in this year’s internship fair. Not only will you meet the candidates for the internships face-to-face on February 6, 2016 but your internship posting will be widely shared among our diverse network as well as posted on our Fields of Green webpage leading up to the event. In year’s past we have matched many amazing candidates with innovative green jobs.

Help us develop the next generation of start ups and promote local job creation by participating in the Fields of Green Internship Fair! We accept both paid and unpaid positions at the fair.  More

Weather Alert !!

Community members are urged to subscribe to Alert Montgomery at https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov to stay updated on the latest important information. Alerts can be sent to one or more electronic devices, including cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, and home and work emails. For information during the storm, go to the County website www.montgomerycountymd.gov, check the County’s Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/MontgomeryCoMD or Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com. The MC311 County informational call center remains open for extended hours during periods of emergencies and can be reached at 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Questions can also be asked of MC311 through their website: www.MC311.com.

Preparing for the Storm Check with neighbors or elderly family members who may require special assistance, to see if they need help in stocking up on supplies or medications, and call them during the storm. If there is a power outage, be prepared by having enough food, water, medication (if needed) and batteries to last two days. Make sure portable radios, smoke detectors and flashlights are working properly. Make shelter, food, water and medication preparations for pets and livestock. Car owners are urged to help clear the way for snow plow operators. When parking on-street, pull close to the curb on the even numbered side of the street. Park vehicles in driveways or off the street whenever possible. Plan where you will park if a State or County Snow Emergency is declared, making parking illegal on those roads. Drivers may park in County garages and lots. Fees are waived during a snow emergency. Be sure your vehicle(s) are ready to drive after the storm by filling the gas tank; checking tires to make sure they have an adequate tread and are fully inflated; checking oil, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels; and ensuring windshield wipers, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes and defroster are all working. Keep a windshield scraper, small shovel and broom in the car for ice and snow removal, and a small sack of sand or kitty litter to improve wheel traction.

During the Storm Power Outages: Treat all “dark” intersections as four-way stops. Stop – then proceed cautiously. During a power outage, relying on battery-operated lights, rather than candles, is much safer. Using candles increases the risk of a fire. Refrigerated food will remain unspoiled only about four hours if the refrigerator is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Use ice to keep your refrigerator at 40°F or below and the freezer at 0° or lower if there is a prolonged power outage. It can be fatal for those without power to use gas or charcoal grills, propane heaters and stoves, kerosene space heaters or generators indoors. These items are a source of carbon monoxide, which can build up indoors and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Snow Shovel Law: County residents are required by law to clear sidewalks in front of and alongside their properties within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. Everyone is encouraged to help seniors or others who may not be physically able to shovel. Remember not to shovel snow over fire hydrants and make a point to shovel hydrants out. Snow Removal in Parking Lots: Parking lot managers are reminded not to block disability parking spaces and their adjacent striped areas when removing snow from adjacent areas. Also not to pile snow on sidewalks and to clear adjacent sidewalks. Owners of adjacent properties are required to keep sidewalks clear by law.

Snow Treatment and Removal from roads: State-maintained roads, which are the numbered roads in the County, are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration. Snow clearance of County roads begins with pre-treating major County roads with salt brine, a solution of salt and water, before snow begins falling unless there is rain to wash the solution away. Plowing of County roads begins when three or more inches of snow accumulates with a temperature below freezing. The County’s Department of Transportation clears emergency and primary routes before it begins clearing neighborhood streets. Neighborhood streets are not cleared to bare pavement, but are made passable. Residents are asked to remain patient. There are approximately 1,000 lane miles of primary (arterial roads connecting subdivisions or business districts) and secondary roads (main collector streets through subdivisions) which are continuously treated with salt and sand and kept in “bare pavement” condition. Once the snow stops falling and major roads are clear, crews turn their attention to making streets passable for the more than 4,100 miles of neighborhood streets. For more information about snow removal operations visit the county’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/snow or call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Visit the County’s snow map at http://www7.montgomerycountymd.gov/snowmap/. Snow Emergency Routes: Both the State of Maryland and Montgomery County have designated certain roads as SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES marked with red and white signs. When the State and/or County initiates its snow emergency plan, it is illegal to park on these designated roads or drive without snow tires, all-weather tires, mud/snow radials or chains. Vehicles without the proper type of tire or chains that block snow emergency routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. m commercial or residential parking lots.

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Social Media Directory:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OPI/socialmedia.html

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Twitter https://twitter.com/MontgomeryCoMD

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If you have any questions or comments, please visit the MC311 Portal at www.mc311.com or call 3-1-1 (240-777-0311 if outside the County) to speak with a Customer Service Representative.