Archive for the ‘Environmental’ Category
On Saturday, Greenbelt’s Department of Public Works hosted an open house at its facility on Crescent Road by Buddy Attick Park. Visitors toured the facility, climbed into tractors, saw exhibits by the department and local organizations, and enjoyed hot dogs and other refreshments.
An open house sign by Buddy Attick Park points to the Public Works facility.
GHI manages nearly 86 acres of forested woodlands, and one of the biggest problems these woodlands face is invasive plants. These non-native plants can crowd out native ones and disturb wildlife habitat, causing a great deal of damage to the ecological system. On Saturday, April 21, GHI’s Woodlands Committee organized an Earth Day invasive species removal. Committee members and volunteers trimmed vines and branches between 58 and 62 courts of Ridge Road.
Matt Berres, GHI’s Director of Maintenance Operations and staff liaison to the Woodlands Committee, comes with gloves and tools. On the left are Woodlands Committee members Kathie Java and Richard Olsen.
The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is held on a Saturday morning in April, and each year thousands volunteers pick up trash and other debris from hundreds of sites in the watershed. Greenbelt is part of the watershed, and this year two sites in the city participated in the cleanup. Members of the Greenbelt Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (Green ACES) worked at Springhill Lake Recreation Center and Cub Scout Pack 202 at Greenbelt Lake. The following photos are from the Greenbelt Lake cleanup.
Farah Ahmad (right) distributes gloves in the parking lot of Buddy Attick Park before the cleanup.
Greenbelt Community Solar, LLC is a limited liability corporation formed by a group of local residents, and recently, in December 2011, the company installed a solar power generation plant on the roof of Greenbelt Baptist Church, the first at a non-residential site in Greenbelt. The 90-panel, 21.6-kilowatt system started generating electricity on December 30, 2011, and on January 28, 2012, the group holds a public commissioning celebration at Greenbelt Baptist Church.
Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) is a local environmental group whose mission is “to educate residents about climate change” and “how they can change their behavior and take political action.” The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Greenbelt Community Center. At its January meeting, the featured speaker is Juanita Constible who is a Climate Presenter with The Climate Reality Project. This project is founded and chaired by Al Gore.