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Montgomery County Celebrates Earth Month with Events Throughout April; Activities Culminate at GreenFest on May 6

To celebrate Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Department of Transportation, will host a series of events throughout the County in April. These events offer opportunities for residents and businesses to actively help make the County a greener, cleaner place.

“Our County residents are our greatest partner in ensuring that the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can accomplish our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities,” said DEP Director Lisa Feldt. “Having a month dedicated to conserving our planet provides a great opportunity for renewed commitment to improve our environment.”

 

Montgomery County Sponsored Earth Month Events:

Recycling Volunteer Orientation Training

Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 6th Floor, Rockville

 

Paper Shredding and Recycling Event

Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Road

 

Montgomery County Energy Summit

Wednesday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza

 

Business Waste Reduction and Recycling Seminar

Thursday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Marriott, 204 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg

 

Hometown Habitat Documentary Film Screening

Sunday, April 9, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown

 

Capital Bikeshare Promotion Events:Try out a bikeshare bike, take a bikeshare trip for free, and enter for a chance to win a yearlong Capital Bikeshare membership, free helmets and other prizes.

 

Monday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fallsgrove Blvd and Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville

 

Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Silver Spring Metro (Colesville Road and Wayne Ave.)

 

Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friendship Boulevard and Willard Ave.

 

Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive

 

RideOn Customer Appreciation Days

Monday, April 10, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. : Medical Center Metro Station, 8810 Rockville Pike, Bethesda

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Lakeforest Transit Center and Odendhal Ave., Gaithersburg

 

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Pop Up Events at the Silver Spring Metro

Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. or Wednesday, April 12, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

8400 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

 

Discover County Transit Options at Shady Grove Metro

Friday, April 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Shady Grove Metro Station, 15903 Somerville Drive, Rockville

 

Green Business Forum

Thursday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 51 Monroe Street, Suite 1800 Rockville

 

First Completed Commercial PACE Project Green Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Comfort Inn Shady Grove, 16216 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg

 

Volunteer Clean-up with DEP Opportunity #1:

Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring. (Register for exact location)

 

Volunteer Clean-up with DEP Opportunity #2:

Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

East Light Drive, Silver Spring (Register for exact location)

 

Earth Month will close with the 3rd Annual Montgomery County GreenFest.This event will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bohrer Park and Activity Center located at 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. GreenFest is the County’s premier environmental festival and combines entertainment, exhibitors, films, food, and workshops to provide a day of fun for the whole family. The festival is free and open to the public.

For details or registration information about Earth Month events, visit mygreenmontgomery.org/earth-month.  The Earth Month website also has details about non-County sponsored Earth Month events, including volunteer events. For more details on GreenFest, visit montgomerycountygreenfest.org.