Category: Environment

Pepco Giving Away 1,500 Free Trees to Local Customers

Pepco is providing 1,500 free trees to customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia through the Energy-Saving Trees program. It’s the fifth year of the Pepco-Arbor Day Foundation partnership that provides two trees per household while supplies last. This year, the free trees are more developed as they’re lightly branched and 2 to 4 […]

Friday March 20th, 2015 in Announcements, Environment | No Comments »

Council to Weigh in Bill Banning Styrofoam

Council women Mary Lehman and Dannielle Glaros in the Prince George’s House Delegation have sponsored a bill CB-5-2015 to ban the polystyrene or styrofoam.  This is something that other localities like Montgomery County and D.C. have enacted . Styrofoam is known to be one of the most enduring materials we produce. For all its faults, a bleached white paper napkin […]

Tuesday March 10th, 2015 in Environment | No Comments »

Group to Play ‘Taking Roots: The Vision of Wangari Mathi’

This award-winning, 80-minute film tells the inspirational story of Wangari Maathi, an environmental and political activist, who founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, Africa. This environmental, nongovernmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 2004, Maathi became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for […]

Friday February 13th, 2015 in Announcements, Environment | No Comments »

City Activist Amelia Murdoch Passes Away

A long – time College Park activist Amelia Murdoch passed away around 10 am last Friday. There are no plans for a service at this time. Amelia will be cremated and her ashes interred with family in Philadelphia. There may be a memorial gathering of some kind at her home in the spring. Amelia is […]

Saturday January 17th, 2015 in Environment | No Comments »

Zero Waste Workshop and Discussion

The Zero Waste Prince George’s, College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, and Community Research invite you to a presentation on an effective strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling, save money, and protect public health. Kristen Brown, a national expert and the Vice President of Municipal Partnerships for WasteZero (a Certified B Corporation), will present […]

Wednesday December 24th, 2014 in Announcements, Environment | No Comments »

Today: America Recycles Day Trash to Treasure Workshop

Today, College Park Department of Public Works and College Park Arts Exchange are offering a day-long arts workshop on for mixed age groups to transform recyclable materials into artful crafts for holiday gift-giving. Bring your recyclables (no glass, please) and ideas of how to make your junk into useful and cherished gifts for family or […]

Saturday November 15th, 2014 in Announcements, Environment | No Comments »

Community Clean-up: November 1, 2014

We are doing another community clean-up on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm in north College Park. There will be free breakfast and lunch. Trash bags and supplies will be provided. We will all meet in front of MoM’s Organic Market). Please mark your calendar and spread the word. Details below.

Volunteers Plant Trees to Create Forest Garden in Berwyn

Residents and UMD students volunteered together this morning to plant trees to create a permaculture garden in Berwyn. The Committee for a Better Environment has been working to help create this Trolley Trail Forest Garden for some time. Volunteers planted trees and bushes that will eventually produce edible fruit, nuts and spices. They met at […]

Saturday October 11th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »

Hollywood Organic Garden Grown Using Backyard Composts

Today, I visited an organic garden in Hollywood, completely grown using backyard compost. Kennis Termini, a resident living on east Edgewood Road has been growing this garden for about a year. Her grand son Christopher helps her in growing the backyard compost. So far she has grown herbs, flowers and fruits. Here are a few […]

Thursday August 28th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »

Interested in Community Garden? Take the Survey

The City would like your opinion on starting a community garden in College  Park. Here is the link. Community Gardens are beneficial for public health and for the environment.  They’re also a great way to help strengthen neighborhood connections and foster a  sense of community between residents. Printed copies of the survey are available at […]

Monday August 18th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »

On the Path to Zero Waste – Learn How to Build an Environmental Strategy for a Sustainable Economy

On June 12, 2014, please attend a workshop at the City Hall, to explore strategies that cities, counties and communities may pursue to advance zero waste – an economic and environmental strategy essential to building a sustainable economy. The workshop will be organized by Urban Ore. Founded in the 1980s in Berkeley, California, Urban Ore […]

Wednesday June 11th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »

City Plans to Build Permaculture Garden in Berwyn

In last Tuesday’s worksession, the Council heard a presentation from Permaculture consultant Lincoln Smith about a proposed Permaculture garden in city’s Berwyn neighborhood. City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) has been working for some time exploring a demonstration permaculture site in the City. This project is intended to provide several benefits to the community […]

Thursday June 5th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »

Solar Bulk Purchase Workshop

Please join The Committee For A Better Environment For Another Information Meeting on Purchasing Solar Systems As A Group DATE: Monday, June 2, 2014 TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: 2nd Floor Council Chambers City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 Please contact Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator, sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov, 240-487-3538 for more information

Saturday May 24th, 2014 in Announcements, Environment, Solar energy | No Comments »

Bike to Work Day, Tomorrow

Please plan to join the Bike to Work Day at City Hall on May 16th from 6:30am – 9:00am. Its sure to be great fun for everyone. The event’s organizers will have food, refreshments, raffle prizes, giveaways & FREE T-shirts. Be sure to sign up right now at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and select College Park City Hall […]

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Thursday May 15th, 2014 in Environment | No Comments »