When Takoma Park celebrates the environment, the entire community participates! City staff and the Old Takoma Business Association are readying a menu of specials for all who attend the Second Annual Montgomery County GreenFest being held on Saturday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912.
GreenFest events include a wide range of activities for all ages. There will be educational and interactive workshops on renewable energy; composting; organic lawn care; water and green infrastructure; the sharing economy; alternative transportation; and how to raise chickens and bees in your backyard.
Laura Barclay, Executive Director of the Old Takoma Business Association, organized local businesses in Takoma Park to welcome festival goers with open arms and discounts. Laura noted that “Takoma Park businesses care about the environment as much as its residents do. We want to support the GreenFest being held here, and offer festival goers some encouragement to explore the great local restaurants and boutiques we have to offer.”
Special GreenFest offers include:
To receive the discounts, GreenFest attendees must be wearing a “Montgomery County GreenFest” sticker, which will be available at the GreenFest info booth and the Old Takoma Business Association booth the day of the festival.
The event kicks off promptly at 11:00 a.m. with welcome remarks by Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart, followed by County officials and a special keynote by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium only seats 154, and it is suggested attendees arrive early to ensure ample time to walk, bike, or take the shuttle from parking and get a seat.
For those who enjoy hands-on activities there will be an electric vehicle show where attendees will have the chance to test drive an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Kids can test their strength with a special safe tree climbing activity in the big tree next to the Takoma Park Library. Other entertainment includes 80 exhibitors and vendors; native plant sale; food trucks; and live music and dancing throughout the day.
“The planning committee for the County GreenFest has worked very hard to ensure there is something for everyone at the event,” remarked Takoma Park Sustainability Manager Gina Mathias. “I am hopeful the broad range of topics and activities will attract both seasoned environmentalists looking to dig deeper, and also interest all who are new to trying to live more sustainably.”
Attendees can even enjoy a movie with the special screening of E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men, a film that was featured at the Environmental Film Festival. A special session for teens, being planned and led by teens, will be held in the afternoon.
GreenFest will also feature two distinctive sessions that highlight Takoma Park. At 11:45 a.m. the City will be announcing the winner of its year-long Neighborhood Energy Challenge and awarding a $2,000 prize to the winning team along with honoring residents who live their lives “dark green” every day. There will also be a presentation about the City’s bid for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize and the progress its making toward making it to the final round for the prize.
Parking will be available at the Takoma Metro Lot, Takoma Park Middle School, and public lots. Handicap accessible parking is available behind the Takoma Park Maryland Library. The City of Takoma Park will provide a free, accessible shuttle from the Takoma Metro station, nearby parking and downtown Takoma Park to the event. GreenFest also encourages taking the bus, biking, or walking to the event.
Sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids or services are available upon request, with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least three business days before GreenFest. Contact Jessica Jones at 240-777-7753 (voice) or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. TTY users use Maryland Relay.
Montgomery County GreenFest is organized by a coalition of government and non-profit partners and is designed to connect County residents with resources for environmental solutions to build a healthier planet and greener environment. For more information, contact Jessica Jones at 240-777-7753 or visit the GreenFest website at http://montgomerycountygreenfest.org/
Press Release by the City of Takoma Park