Monday, February 25, 2013
Here is a list of ways to live a greener lifestyle, plus some resources to help you go green right here in Greenbelt
If you aren’t ready to throw some solar panels on the roof and ditch your power company, but would like to save some money by living a greener life in Greenbelt, here are 20 tips to help you get started. Around the house: 1. Buy food, including spices and flour, in bulk. You’ll save money and reduce the amount of packaging that goes in the trash. MOMs Organic Market offers bulk food options. 2. Make sure your thermostat is set properly. Lowering the default settings during the summer and at night could save you almost $200 a year, according to Energy Star. More tips at energystar.gov. 3. Insulate your hot water heater. To see if you need to insulate, touch your heater. If it is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation. You will …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mary’s Center launches Energy Assistance Program to Prince George’s County residents.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013. TELL US: Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Candy buybacks, LED lights, swap meets and more.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Ben Gross
Sunday, October 21, 2012
If you were asked to name the color most associated with Halloween, most people would say orange or black, but a growing number of companies and individuals are making green an important part of Halloween traditions. Many families already do some things to help reduce the amount of new trash—some by reusing costumes and accessories from older siblings, neighbors or friends at school, others decorate reusable shopping bags for their kids to use as trick-or-treat bags and many people use led lights in pumpkins and string lights. But there are some creative and unique ways to even further reduce the effects of Halloween on your wallet, your children and the planet. Patch has scoured every corner of the Internet to bring you these Top 5 tips …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tied through their birth during the Roosevelt administration and through history to Greenbelt, MD, stand Greendale, WI, and Greenhills, Ohio. Green Sister Cities is a column with stories about these historic communities.
History records and explains past events, while folklore preserves what people widely remember. I think it is instructional to look at the historical context in which Greendale, WI, was created, what was going on nationally and internationally. Jean M. Miller, a student of Urban and European Geography, provided the following analysis: (And other big thoughts – JM) Walking in their Shoes: American Perceptions In Milwaukee County, we are justifiably proud of our County Parks system. This gem is a legacy that was left to us by visionaries who embraced a national movement towards conserving America’s open spaces. Lets take a brief detour and look at what happened in Europe, leading up to the 20th Century. The Industrial Revolution brought …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Greenbelters can bring TVs, keyboards, taped batteries and more.
Greenbelt residents, businesses and organizations get the chance to clean out storage spaces and get rid of electronics equipment that is broken or a real clunker. The city will host Electronics Recycling day on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at Greenbelt's Public Works Yard. Accepted Items Items that can be recycled include: Rejected Items Do not bring: The City of Greenbelt website's Public Works section provides information on recycling CFL. Call in advance if you want to drop off more than 10 items or items more than 50 pounds. If you want to recycle batteries, they must be taped on one end, either end is acceptable. Tape the end with masking, duct, or electric tape. Public Works will not accept batteries that are not taped …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
American Rivers has issued an annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers since 1986.
The Potomac River is America's "Most Endangered River" according to environmental watchdog organization, American Rivers. The Potomac, which runs some 380 miles across five states, was number one on the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list of 10 rivers that span 15 states. The main threat facing the Potomac is pollution like "agricultural operations, urban runoff from streets and parking lots, and other contaminants in the water, such as pharmaceuticals," according to the report. While the report recognizes the progress made in reclaiming the Potomac's waters from their previous state as a "cesspool," it warns that progress could be lost if the Clean Water Act is overturned or weakened. “If Congress slashes clean water protections, more …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Greenbelt's study will determine potential bikeshare stations.
Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off bike month by announcing seven winners of his new Maryland Bikeshare Program grants, and Greenbelt was among them, according to Baltimore Bike Community Blog. O'Malley got the word out on Wednesday that Greenbelt received a grant for a feasibility study as part of a joint project with Prince George's County to determine potential bikeshare stations, according to the blog. The next step is for Greenbelt and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to sign a memorandum of understanding followed by a formal award of the funding. The study could begin any time after July 1, with an expected completion date in about a year, the blog reports.
Monday, April 30, 2012
An Ellicott City-based group that minds the Patapsco River watershed wins $500 from Patch.
Patch on Monday announced Patapsco Heritage Greenway as the winner of a $500 donation. The grou —which was named "Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway" until an official name change earlier this month—was nominated by readers among more than 50 environmental nonprofits and was chosen in a random drawing of 147 comments. More than 15 commenters praised the organization, which will receive $500 from Patch to further its cause. "Thank you so much!!!" wrote John Slater, president of the organization, in an email upon learning of the prize. "We can really use the money!" Support for the group on Patch was strong. "Friends of Patapsco Heritage Greenway is one of the most determined and dedicated organizations around!," one …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Learn about native rain garden plants and how the improve water quality in your neighborhood and home.