Environmentalist of the Month-Tackles Invasives by Hand

  Gaithersburg, Md Sunday, February 17, 2013 By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Concern for one’s environment moves people to take action in a variety of ways, and for Ken Bawer it is getting rid of invasive plants that otherwise would drown out native plants in Montgomery County Md. parks and trails. Bawer is …

Cheryl Kollin, December’s Environmentalist of the Month

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Gaithersburg, Md December 14, 2012 Cheryl Kollin was selected as the Green Gaithersburg.com December environmentalist of the month. Kollin came up with an innovative program called “Farm to Freezer”, a  way to reduce food waste by freezing excess fresh organic vegetables and having the veggies then incorporated …

Environmentalist of the Month Improves Your Watershed and Water Quality

                    Gaithersburg, MD January 20, 2011 By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Jennie Howland is improving the local environment she lives in.   Over the past year, Ms. Howland has helped set up and run the Muddy Branch Alliance, a new non-profit in Gaithersburg, Md. …

Environmentalist of the Month

  By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Gaithersburg, MD Gaithersburg is a city that takes climate change seriously, thanks in large part to resident Karen Rainbolt. Rainbolt was moved to action in by reading about cities throughout the United States that were adopting climate change policies and enacting gas emission standards laid out …

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Gaithersburg, Md

Sunday, February 17, 2013

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Concern for one’s environment moves people to take action in a variety of ways, and for Ken Bawer it is getting rid of invasive plants that otherwise would drown out native plants in Montgomery County Md. parks and trails.

Bawer is a certified Weed Warrior supervisor, a volunteer  position in Montgomery County’s Parks department.  A supervisor requires weed warrior certification and then commitment to leading volunteers at least twice a year to identify and cut invasive plants in Montgomery County’s parks. … Continue Reading

Cheryl Kollin, December’s Environmentalist of the Month

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Gaithersburg, Md

December 14, 2012

Cheryl Kollin was selected as the Green Gaithersburg.com December environmentalist of the month. Kollin came up with an innovative program called “Farm to Freezer”, a  way to reduce food waste by freezing excess fresh organic vegetables and having the veggies then incorporated into meals for the homeless in Bethesda, Md.

Kollin has partnered with Bethesda Cares, a non-profit that cooks and feeds the homeless every day. … Continue Reading

Food Recovery

December 12, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

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December 12, 21012

Potomac, Md

I hope that all of you had an abundant and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and  that you are preparing for the upcoming ones too.  The holiday season has two key aspects to it, food and giving.  It is also a time of year when many of us are reminded of just how many people are struggling with various levels of food insecurity

With this serious problem in mind, I was so happy to learn that our Montgomery County Council has adopted a resolution that establishes a working group to study the feasibility of a countywide food recovery system. This measure was inspired in part by the successful food redistribution program called The Food Recovery Network at University of Maryland, College Park.  Ben Simon, a University of Maryland undergraduate student concerned about food waste and hunger here in the DC metro area, started up this program. … Continue Reading

Let’s Not Forget About Global Warming

November 7, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

 

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November 7, 2012

Potomac, Md

By: Naomi Bloch

After a bit of a gap in my posts, this one was going to be about the recent conference my husband and I attended up in Boston, October 24 – 25.  The name of the conference was: “Transportation Weight Loss Diet Conference 2012”.  www.transportationWeightLossDiet.com

My husband gave a talk about reducing the weight in automobiles without compromising safety, or even size.  A large portion of the conference dealt with modern trains and other modes of public transportation, which was of particular interest to me because of my concerns for the future. … Continue Reading

Clean Energy Victory Bonds – Everything Old is New Again!

October 23, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

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October 23, 2012

Potomac, Md

Naomi Bloch

I recently attended a meeting at the Green America offices, in downtown Washington D.C., to learn about the The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012.

Green America (Formerly Co-Op America) is working on a campaign to create these U.S. Treasury Bonds to “encourage and reward citizen investment in the clean energy industry.” … Continue Reading

Teacher Awards and Student Scholarships Available

October 15, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

 

2012 winners, Erol Miller- Teacher of the Year, Robert Gallagher- Ellen Fraites Wagner Award, Solon Snider- Student of the Year Scholarship, Natalie Oliver- Arthur Dorman Scholarship, C.A.R.E Community Association- Melanie Teems Award

 

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Annapolis, Md

Kristin Foringer

Chesapeake Bay Trust 

Ms. Foringer will be posting on GreenGaithersburg.com to update readers about the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant award winners and grant opportunities. 

The leaves are beginning to change and school is back in session, which means it is time for the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s annual awards program! The Trust’s Student of the Year Scholarship, Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship and Teacher of the Year award, celebrate Maryland students and teachers who have shown a strong commitment to their local environment and the Chesapeake Bay. The students are honored with a $5,000 college scholarship and the winning teacher will be given a $2,500 grant award through the Trust.

Applicants can be self-nominated or nominated by individuals who are not family members. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm. … Continue Reading

There is a New Local Market in Town

October 11, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

 

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October 11, 2012

Potomac, Md

By: Naomi Bloch

     

My husband Byron and I were in Rockville Town Square, eating a late breakfast at First Watch, on Gibbs Street, in Rockville and decided afterwards to go see what the new market in Rockville was all about.

Well, we were absolutely thrilled to discover Dawson’s Market!  Turns out, Dawson’s opened just two weeks ago, on September 29th. … Continue Reading

Izaak Walton League Wins Grant For Conservation Landscaping Projects

October 8, 2012 Green Blog No Comments

 

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Annapolis, Md

By: Kristin Foringer

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Ms. Foringer will be posting on GreenGaithersburg.com to update readers about the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant award winners and grant opportunities. 

Most residents of the City of Gaithersburg are unaware that between Muddy Branch Avenue and Great Seneca Highway, tucked back in a forested area along the Muddy Branch, is the national headquarters of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA). If you are unfamiliar with this group, they are a nationwide conservation organization, founded by anglers who wanted to protect the environment they so thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to a recent grant, conservation practices will now be coming to the Gaithersburg community. … Continue Reading

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Meatless Monday Recipes

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Soup with Sage and Parmesan Croutons

19 Nov 2013

A good friend, Denise Clark, sent in this vegetarian seasonal recipe.   1 3 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1″ cubes (5-6 cups) 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 teaspoons of  kosher salt Pinch of freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, diced 1 tablespoon …

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Meatless Monday Butternut Squash Ravioli

4 Nov 2013

From Chef John at allrecipes.com Ingredients  Original recipe makes 6 servings 1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 (16 ounce) package round wonton wrappers 2 …

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Meatless Monday Proclaimed by Montgomery County Council

22 Jul 2013

July 22, 2013 Gaithersburg, Md By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin I was so pleased to find out that Montgomery County Council has officially endorsed Meatless Mondays, a nationwide effort to choose more plant-based foods. For more information about this news read Compassion Over Killing’s website.  Also, Naomi Bloch sent in a Meatless …

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Meatless Monday Recipe- Roasted Cauliflower

17 Jun 2013

  This recipe sounds delicious and I am going to try it tonight because I have a cauliflower sitting in my fridge and I need to cook it! Will let you know what it tastes like!- Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Recipe is from BonApetit Ingredients Roasted Cauliflower 2 1/2 cups dry white …

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Meatless Mondays-Caramelized Onion Tart

20 May 2013

Here is a vegetarian recipe for an Onion tart. I just read up and now understand that a tart is made in ribbed dish, the bottom part of the pan can come out, and the tart can be all sorts of shapes vs. a quiche is in round pie dish… …

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