First Annual Montgomery County GreenFest Set for March 28 in Silver Spring/Takoma Park

The inaugural Montgomery County GreenFest will be held at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring and Jesup Blair Local Park on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The free educational event will focus on how Montgomery County residents can enhance the environment and their local community.

GreenFest will include educational, entertaining activities for people of all ages, including workshops and demonstrations on conserving energy, improving local waterways and reducing waste. Attendees can hear from national and local environmental experts, participate in informational panels and how-to sessions, and enjoy music and outdoor entertainment.

Families can also view a collection of electric vehicles in Jesup Blair Local Park and tour an energy- efficient Ride-on bus and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) BioBus. Thanks to a special partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, free documentaries will be shown at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center for both adults and children.

Visitors also will be able to explore more than 80 tables and exhibits featuring environmental nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Businesses and nonprofits interested in being a Montgomery County GreenFest exhibitor can visit www.mygreenmontgomery.org/montgomery-county-greenfest-exhibitors for more information.

The Montgomery County GreenFest was developed and planned by a coalition of partners, including the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, WSSC, Montgomery Parks, Montgomery College, University of Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools, the cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park, and the four local community green groups — Bethesda Green, GreenWheaton, Poolesville Green and Silver Spring Green. The GreenFest was formed by merging the successful Silver Spring GreenFest and the H2O Summit into a one- day celebration of everything “green” in the County.

The GreenFest will be held on the west side of Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring at 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring and in Jesup Blair Local Park. Parking will be available at the college’s West Garage at Georgia Ave. and Jesup Blair Dr. The City of Takoma Park is sponsoring a shuttle from the Takoma Metro that will take attendees directly to the event. The GreenFest also encourages taking the bus, biking or walking to the event.

For more information, visit www.montgomerycountygreenfest.org.  Share the hashtag #MCGreenFest on social media.
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