April Newsletter

Urban Trees and Forests

Ed Murtagh

Cherry Blossoms 2012Healthy forests and native trees are one of our precious natural resources. The environmental health of our communities and region are directly linked to percentage of land that is covered by healthy forest. Our April 24 (Tuesday) program meeting will focus on the state of our forest. What are Montgomery County’s goals for tree canopy coverage? What protections are in place to protect our trees and forests? Jennifer Chambers,environmental educator with Conservation Montgomery, will speak about Conservation Montgomery, our trees and forests, and what you can do to help. She will also talk about our new Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail, a greenway she helped create.

The program begins at 7:30 pm and is held at the Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton near the metro station and bus drop-off.

New county website offers one stop for green resources

Ed Murtagh

Greening Wheaton and Montgomery County has gotten a lot easier with the help of a new website - Susan Marinelli came to our March GreenWheaton meeting and gave a presentation about the on-line resources that are available to county residences and businesses. The website is designed to help county residents create a safer, healthier, more sustainable place to live that is good for all of us. 
Run by the county's Department of Environmental Protection, the website has information about local incentives, programs, services, and resources residents can use to save money and energy, all located in one place. 
One interesting resource is the Green Plan tool that provides an organized approach to reducing your environmental impact.  The website has information on the cost, difficulty and environmental impact on many types of green projects, as well as links so you can get more information. Do you need financial assistance in doing your green project?  The website is a gateway to all the incentives that are available to county residents.  
Speaking of incentives, Ann English the County’s RainScapes Manager spoke about incentive programs the county provides for people who manage stormwater on their properties.  Managing stormwater in Montgomery County is expensive.  By managing stormwater at your home, church, school or business, you can help the county save money and improve the water quality of our streams. For more information about the RainScapes incentive programs, go to

Membership and Fundraising

Elizabeth Chaisson

Ribbon CuttingAll donations are used to support programs, projects and events.  Up until now, we have been working with a shoestring budget. Additional funding will help us expand our work and accomplish more projects like the Conservation Garden installed in the Wheaton Triangle in May of 2010.  This garden requires $500 in  annual maintenance fees to be paid to the Clean and Safe Team in Wheaton, MD.

In 2011, we cleaned the Wheaton Library site three different times with the help of volunteers.  We have relied on donations for volunteer refreshments and for the native plants installed in the fall.  We also shared an outreach booth with the Chamber of Commerce at the Harp & Thistle Festival in September since there was a cost to having a booth.  Donations also fund the printing of brochures and other handouts at the outreach booth. 

Our next event will be located at Brookside Gardens on April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day.  We will need to prepare handouts for the outreach booth and staff the table if any of you want to volunteer your time.  Students receive SSL hours for volunteering. Contact Ed Murtagh at to participate.

Our Mission

GreenWheaton became a non-profit organization in June 2011.  We are dedicated to engaging the community in education and outreach that promotes Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community with a healthy environmental footprint.

Through Public Education and Outreach, we plan to:

  • Reduce the community's carbon footprint
  • Build environmentally-conscious consumers
  • Support the success of local businesses
  • Engage the community in building green, thriving neighborhoods
  • Improve air and water quality in the watershed
  • Create a healthy, accessible, welcoming downtown for both pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Inter-connect the Wheaton downtown and its neighborhoods physically, functionally and thematically
  • Serve as a living laboratory for testing and modeling "Urban Greening" and "Low Impact Development" practices

GreenWheaton - Harp & Thistle Festival

Calendar of Events

You have the Power: Tips and Techniques for Energy and Efficiency, Thursday April 12, 7:30 to 9:00 am Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County 9110 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD

Energy Efficiency Heating and Cooling Workshop Monday April 16, 6:30 to 8 pm Silver Spring Civic Bldg, 1 Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD (Silver Spring Green)

Green Your Business Tuesday April 17, 7:45 to 10 am Hyatt Regency Bethesda One Bethesda Metro Center 7400 Wisconsin Ave,  Bethesda MD (Bethesda Green)

The Next Generation of Sustainability  Thursday April 19,  6:30 to 8 pm Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Theater II Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus 7995 Georgia Avenue, SIlver Spring, MD  

Earth Day Festival Sunday April 22, Noon to 4pm Brookside Gardens Visitors Center 1800 Glenallan Avenue  Wheaton, MD 

Executive Board Meeting
  Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm prior to the monthly meeting Mid-County Regional Services Center 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD

Monthly Meeting Tuesday,  April 24, 7:30 pm  Mid-County Regional Services Center 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD

A Greener Glenmont (Clean Up)  Saturday, April 28, 10am Meet at 12716 Hathaway Drive, Glenmont, MD 20906 SSL Hours Available

Montgomery Serves Awards Monday, April 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, MD (MC Volunteer Center)

April 22 is Earth Day

10 Easy Tips for Saving Water:
1. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth, washing pots and pans or cleaning the sink.
2. Do install low-flow faucet fixtures in your bathrooms and kitchen to save on running water.
3. Don’t wash your car in your driveway.  Wash it on a porous surface like the grass where the water can be reabsorbed into the groundwater.
4. Do wash your car at an automatic car wash where the water is filtered, reused and then recycled.
5.  Don’t use your garbage disposal.  Compost food scraps instead and save gallons of water.
6. Do run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full to save water.
7.  Don’t use a hose to wash your driveway and sidewalk.  Use a broom and save water.
8. Do plant shrubs, trees and other perennials in the fall when it is cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
9. Don’t water your plants if it is moist two inches below the soil surface.  Wait until it is dryer.
10. Do water your lawn or garden only in the morning when it is cooler and water evaporates more slowly.
For 90 more tips, visit here:
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