GreenWheaton / Silver Spring Green Drinks
Wed., April 15, 2015
Red Maple restaurant

GreenWheaton planted the Rainscapes Garden near the Welcome to Wheaton sign.

Calendar Highlights

Click on Event Title for Details

Wed. Apr. 8, 7p-9p
Mont Co Sustainability Network
"Food is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
La Madeleine
7607 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD

Thurs. Apr. 9, 5:30p-p
Bethesda Green HH
"Green Entrepreneurs"
Rock Bottom
7900 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda, MD

Sat. Apr. 11, 9a-12p
Rock Creek Park Clean-up
12003 Connecticut Ave
Silver Spring, MD

Sat. Apr. 11, 10a-1p
Paper Shredding / Donation Collection Day
12820 Wisteria Drive
Germantown, MD

Wed. Apr. 15, 5:30p-8p
Green Wheaton / SS Green HH
Red Maple
10110 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

Thurs. Apr. 16, 7p-9
Wheaton Library hearing
100 Maryland Ave.,
Council Hearing Rm
Rockville, MD

Sat. Apr. 18, 10a-12p
Rockville Solar Co-op Mtg
201 W. Gude Drive
Rockville, MD

Mon.Apr. 20, 10a-1p
Mont. College Envir. Services Fair
7600 Takoma Ave
Silver Spring, MD

Fri. Apr. 24, 8a-5p
Cultivating Sustainable Communities Forum
3501 University Blvd.
East Hyattsville, MD

Sat. Apr. 25, 10a-1p
Paper Shredding / Donation Collection Day
11140 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Wed. Apr. 29, 6p-9p
Wheaton/ Kensington Cham. of Comm.
Awards Banquet

Hollywood East Cafe
Wheaton Mall, MD

Thurs. Apr. 30, 9a-12p
Energy Benchmarking Training
12 South Summit Avenue, Fl. 4,
Gaithersburg, MD


Sat. May 2, 10a-12p
Gaithersburg Walking Tour
"Transportation Then & Now"
Location: TBD
Gaithersburg, MD

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Support our Supporters!

Don't forget your local "green" resources and businesses... Here are just a few:

A Wider Circle
All Eco Center
Bethesda Green
Growing SOUL
Hollywood East Cafe
Café Cafe
Limerick Pub
WH Consulting
Wheaton-Kensington CofC
The ARC Montgomery

Lawn Tips:

(From A.I.R. Lawn Care)

Homemade Compost Tea:
Great for grasses and gardens.
Combine:  2 oz. Cane Sugar. 
1.5 lbs vermicastings (or other compost).
1 Tbsp white sugar or molasses.
1 oz. soluble kelp.

Leave in compost tea brewer approx. 24 hrs. Spray immediately.

DIY Weed Control:
1) Cut grass no shorter than 3"
2) Leave clippings in yard
3) Make homemade plant / weed killer

Mix 1 gallon white vinegar & 1 Tbsp organic liquid dishwashing soap.
Spray on plants you wish to kill.

In This Issue...

MoCo GreenFest Thank You!
Joint April Green Drinks
Wonderful Wheaton
Earth Day Volunteering
MD Green Registry
Park Improvements Public Forum
New Spaces, New Faces
News & Resources
Calendar of Area Events


To All the Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees - Thank you for making the Montgomery County GreenFest a success!
Your participation and support was tremendously appreciated. Here are some pictures from the day.   More are on our Facebook page...



Joint Networking Happy Hour
April's GreenDrinks will be in partnership with Silver Spring Green.
SPEAKER: Kelly Blynn, Communities for Transit

Come out for Good Green Fun. This month Communities for Transit's Kelly Blynn will be speaking about Montgomery County's 80-Mile plan for a Rapid Transit System and how it may fit into Silver Spring and Wheaton, as well as its current place in the planning process.

Plus, enjoy Happy Hour prices for food and drinks!
RSVP on Eventbrite

Wednesday, April 15,  5:30-7:30p

Red Maple, 10110 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Japanese Restaurant

Explore Wonderful Wheaton!

The weather is getting nicer, so go for a walk!  Want to get more exercise?  Wish to explore downtown Wheaton?  Want to start a walking group?


Whether you live, work, or are just visiting downtown Wheaton, try out one of the specialized walking routes to get some fresh air and quick exercise. Each map lists the distance, estimated walking time, and some of Wheaton’s best shops and eateries along the way.  Get out and WALKABOUT WHEATON!

Are you looking for ways to give back during Earth Month?
Here are a few links:

Interested in getting more involved with Green Wheaton?
We are always looking for energetic people to help with community events.
Contact Kira or Wendy at for more information.

MD Green Registry News

(adopted from Laura Armstrong, MD Green Registry Coordinator)

Apply for a MD Green Registry Leadership Award. Application period April 15 to May 15, 2015. Gain recognition for your org's environmental commitment and results. Application form on the awards page.

Where's your MD Green Registry logo?  E-mail a photo and it'll be posted on the Look for the Logo page. Share the logo to draw visitors to your member profile, see your org's good work and the overall impact of Green Registry members.

The FTCs Green Guides are a resource for understanding environmental labeling and marketing claims for products. Educate yourself on environmental purchasing choices and ensure you're properly using terms and certifications.

Support renewable energy production through your purchasing power. This table lists green power retailers in MD as well as providers of renewable energy certificates.

Dept. of Recreation Capital Improvements Program Public Forum

Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Montgomery Regional Office Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Learn about the C.I.P. for Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation, and provide input on future project proposals.   To speak at the forum, residents must call 301-495-2545 by 4 p.m. on Tues., April 21. Written comments may be mailed: Montgomery County Planning Board, Casey Anderson, Chair, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20910 or emailed by Tues. April 21.

New Spaces, New Faces

On March 26th, we were delighted to be hosted by Omar Lazo and Los Chorros restaurant.  The Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce was the special organization, with Vicky Surles sharing valuable information.  We saw a number of new faces and were honored to welcome Councilmember Roger Berliner.   You never know who will attend, so stay in touch with GreenWheaton!



News & Resource


Congratulations to the 2015 Momentum Award WinnersDr. DeRionne P. Pollard, Momentum Maker award. Tamar Ruth, Social Momentum Award. Megan Moriarty, Economic Momentum Award. Jessica Weiss, Civic Momentum Award.   Click here to read about their amazing accomplishments.

Wheaton Community perseveres:  Thanks to the community members and to Councilmember Marc Elrich who remains supportive of increasing a buffer between projects like this and residential areas. 

Read the Gazette story here.

Read the Washington Post story here.

New Studies Estimate the Costs of Sprawl and Benefits of Smart Growth. Food for thought as our neighborhoods undergo redevelopment... 

"Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl"

The Cost of Sprawl: More Than $1 Trillion Per Year, New Report Says,”


Recognizing Positive Action: Citizens, MoCo Dept of Envir. Protection and Tri-State Ice Management worked together to avoid repeating the Sligo Creek pollution that occurred during ice-rink dismantling last year.  Read here for My Green Montgomery's article.

Wheaton Cultural Grants Available - application deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Wheaton Cultural Grants provide nonprofit arts and humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars up to $10,000 for Wheaton-based cultural projects.  Click for grant application guidelines.


Leadership Montgomery honors Student Service - Recognizing outstanding community service efforts and leadership skills among local high school students. Sponsored by Leadership Montgomery, the awards provide five $1,000 scholarships to current Mo. Co. 12th grade students. Nominations are due April 15. Request details and application via email.

Montgomery County Schools - congrat's on being Energy Benchmarked! No small task, the endeavor required working with 20,000 records across 232 schools and buildings.  Hear from Russ Main, on the project and what it means.

You Buy One, You Give One - A different kind of CSA program, Hungry Harvest delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to your door each week and for each bag you buy, they donate one to a food-insecure family. Learn the facts of food waste and how you can help make a change. 

Springtime gardening and landscaping - Why not RainScape?!   See how you can improve the stormwater management around you home, learn about the program benefits, and choose the methods that suit your needs. Get expert assistance through the Montgomery County Rainscapes program.



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