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City’s Urban Forest is in Danger, But there is a Hope

The urban forest in College Park is under threat due to new construction and individual tree removal, the city’s tree canopy has been steadily declining since 2009 – a report has concluded. At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will hear a presentation about the City-wide Tree Canopy Assessment. The City secured a consultant SavATree […]

Monday April 15th, 2019 in Environment, sustainability | Comments Off on City’s Urban Forest is in Danger, But there is a Hope

Starting Next Week, Residents Can Recycle Food Waste in College Park

Starting next Monday,  instead of throwing food scraps into the trash, collect and bring them to a food waste recycling location nearby. Here are a few locations the City will accept your food waste. The Department of Public Works at 9217 51st Avenue Hollywood & Downtown Farmers Markets (Markets start on May 4th) Hollywood Shopping […]

Wednesday March 27th, 2019 in Announcements, Environment, sustainability | Comments Off on Starting Next Week, Residents Can Recycle Food Waste in College Park

‘Save the Dandelions’ Starts Tomorrow at MoM’s College Park Store

Starting tomorrow, March 23 and 24, the MoM’s store in north College will host local environmental groups, staffing tables with information, activities, and examples of the consequences of using pesticides and fertilizers to grow the perfect lawn. At the event, the store will offer alternatives that have less impact on the environment. I spoke the […]

Friday March 22nd, 2019 in Business, Environment | Comments Off on ‘Save the Dandelions’ Starts Tomorrow at MoM’s College Park Store

Thank You, Neighbors!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Community Cleanup event this past Saturday morning. We covered a few busy streets in the Hollywood neighborhood. We also took care of a bunch of plots in our Hollywood Community Garden. The streets and the garden looks a lot cleaner now!

Sunday October 21st, 2018 in Environment | Comments Off on Thank You, Neighbors!

Workshop on Community and Rooftop Solar Power

When: Weds., Sept. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Location: College Park City Hall (4500 Knox Rd., College Park), Council Chambers, 2nd floor. Two presentations: One from Neighborhood Sun–how to join hundreds of others to get solar power without a sunny roof–and the second by MaryIand Solar United Neighbors (MD SUN) about low-cost solar for homeowners […]

Sunday September 9th, 2018 in Announcements, Environment, Solar energy | Comments Off on Workshop on Community and Rooftop Solar Power

Permaculture Garden Tour, This Saturday

Sat, Jul 21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Rhode Island Trolley Trail at Tecumseh St. (the group will gather at Tecumseh St) The Committee for a Better Environment invites you to check out College Park’s own permaculture garden and learn about Permaculture 101. Permaculture gardens are a great way to care for the earth, with […]

Wednesday July 18th, 2018 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Permaculture Garden Tour, This Saturday

College Park Rain Barrel and Sustainability Event

What: College Park Rain Barrel and Sustainability Event When: Sat, Jul 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Where: Davis Hall Join and learn about the Anacostia Watershed, the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program, and sustainable projects for your home like Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Green Housekeeping, the City of College Park’s Tree Canopy […]

Saturday June 2nd, 2018 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on College Park Rain Barrel and Sustainability Event

Solar Panel Project on City’s Public Works Garage Nearly Complete

In an effort to achieve sustainability in energies, City took a project to install solar panels on City’s various buildings. Most recently, the City installed solar panels on City’s Youth and Family Services building. The City has been also working to install solar panels on City’s Depart of Public Works Fleet garage building. Staff has told […]

Sunday May 6th, 2018 in Environment, Solar energy | Comments Off on Solar Panel Project on City’s Public Works Garage Nearly Complete

New Code to Ease Management of Naturalized Landscpaes

At last night’s meeting, the Council continued discussing City Code in regard to the management of naturalized landscapes. The Council discussed the subject earlier at the February 20 worksession. Staff had a discussion with City’s Tree and Landscape Board (TLB) on this matter. Their discussions revealed that Naturalized, Native or Managed Landscapes becoming more common […]

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 in Environment | Comments Off on New Code to Ease Management of Naturalized Landscpaes

What the City has Done to Reduce Emissions in College Park?

At the next week’s Council meeting, the City Council will review the City’s progress on the sustainability plan. This plan was passed in October 2015. The City Operations Sustainability Plan was developed to reduce unhealthy emissions created by City operations; coordinate City sustainability practices; position the City as an organization with leading practices in sustainability; […]

Saturday July 29th, 2017 in Environment, sustainability | Comments Off on What the City has Done to Reduce Emissions in College Park?

Rain Barrel Event: July 22, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm, Davis Hall

The City will be hosting a rain barrel event on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm at Davis Hall, 9217, 51st Avenue. The rain barrel event is designed for you to learn about rain barrels and their benefits, as well as the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program. At this […]

Wednesday July 12th, 2017 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Rain Barrel Event: July 22, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm, Davis Hall

Community Cleanup – May 20

Please join your neighbors at our first-of-2017 Community cleanup. We’ll start at the Hollywood Farmers Market, at 9 am with a breakfast and end with a pizza lunch. We’ll provide you necessary supplies, such as gloves, regular trash bags, and recycling bags. You do not need to bring anything else – except yourselves and your […]

Tuesday May 9th, 2017 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Community Cleanup – May 20

City Introduces Free Tree Planting Program

Now is a great time to plan for the future by planting trees. Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rain water, increasing property values and improving air quality. Starting this year, City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually for […]

Monday April 10th, 2017 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on City Introduces Free Tree Planting Program

Council to Discuss Ways to Enhance Tree Canopy in College Park

At tonight’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss ways to enhance tree canopy in College Park. As a result of the utility line clearance work in 2016, the Mayor and Council, Tree and Landscape Board (TLB) and Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) became concerned about the perceived loss of tree canopy throughout the […]

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 in Environment | 1 Comment »

Maryland Bill Seeks to Oppose Restrictions on Backyard Gardening

The Maryland legislature is considering a bill (SB 62) to help prevent local jurisdictions from prohibiting or limiting the installation or cultivation of backyard gardens on single-family property. The bill also prohibits property instruments, including contracts, deeds, or covenants, from prohibiting a homeowner or tenant from installing or cultivating a backyard garden on single-family property, […]

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Monday February 27th, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on Maryland Bill Seeks to Oppose Restrictions on Backyard Gardening