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Take the Idle Free MD Pledge

Why shouldn’t you idle your car?

It saves gas: If you idle for five minutes warming up your car in the morning, three minutes at the drive-thru, and four minutes finishing up a phone call in the parking lot, you’ve burned enough gas to drive six miles. 

It saves money: Americans spend $13 million every day on unnecessary idling (that’s 3.8 million gallons of fuel wasted!) Also, it’s illegal in Maryland to leave an unattended car idling. You can face points and a fine if caught.  

It protects the environment: For every 10 minutes of idling you cut from your day, you’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide. Over the course of a year at work, that savings is equivalent to the CO2 generated by driving about 290 miles.  

It makes us healthier: Idling is linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease and cancer. Kids are especially vulnerable because they inhale more air per pound of body weight, and lots of idling happens near schools. 

It’s good for your engine: Idling can damage engine components. According to the California Energy Commission, “Fuel is only partially combusted when idling because an engine does not operate at its peak temperature. This leads to the build up of fuel residues on cylinder walls that can damage engine components and increase fuel consumption.”

Visit the MDE website for more Idle Free resources.

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Reuse Common Items that end up in your trash/recycling

Take a look at your trash and recycling bins.  Just because something is created to be disposable doesn’t mean it has to be thrown away after one use. Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse common items that you may have in the trash or recycling.  

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Buy Local

Did you know that if every household in Maryland purchased just $12 worth of farm products for eight weeks, more than $200 million would be put back into the pockets of local farmers?

The Maryland’s Best program links local farmers, processors and producers directly with consumers so more money stays local. You can search their website for farmers markets, farm stands, locally-sourced meat and seafood, firewood and much more.

Check out a list of local farmers markets

Here’s a list of local producers for a variety of goods in Montgomery County.

Visit these blogs for tips on how to continue to build a sustainable lifestyle.

Old World New: Being sustainable is a journey, but in the end everything can be done sustainably.

Mindful Momma: A resource for everyone (not just moms) who is busy raising kids and wants to be more environmentally conscious.

Melanin and Sustainable Style: An evolutionary platform that discusses the issues and celebrates the success of communities of color in Sustainable Fashion and Beauty. Focused on sustainable development, social innovation and holistic living.

Green Living Ideas: Tips, ideas and information on a variety of topics to help you go green in many aspects of your life. 

Sutton and Grove: A his and hers lifestyle blog. Believe that choices, voices, actions and the way we live life matter. The content featured on the blog is meant to promote a lifestyle that is more responsible, thought-based and has a positive impact on our world. 

Bethesda Green Resources

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Bethesda Green Innovation Lab companies creating sustainable lifestyle products/choices:

Check out the full list of our portfolio companies (current and alumni):

  • Cinnamon Tree Organics helps chefs and home cooks make exceptionally delicious food with fresh and potent spices like Ceylon cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper imported directly from small organic farmers in Sri Lanka.
  • Greenlist™ is a patent-pending technology that enables the direct transfer of merchandise from a customer returning a product to another customer who wants to purchase the product. By eliminating the middle steps in the current returns model, this solution saves stores time and money, and lessens the environmental impact of each return. Greenlist items when you shop!
  • MāKā Superfood’s carbon-neutral ready-to-drink beverages are a delicious combination of wheatgrass, herbal tea, and fruit juices. +Energized+ by yerba mate & guayusa and infused with a light carbonation, MāKā provides enough organic-certified fuel to equal a cup of coffee. 
  • Paradigm One is addressing the challenge of single-use waste in the foodservice sector (restaurants, corporations, academic and institutional campuses, etc.) by providing durable, reusable food containers to companies and consumers on a subscription basis. Support businesses using Loop Closing’s reusable take out containers!
  • Local Cart is an easy and convenient platform where local food and beverage entrepreneurs can meet and serve their customers in this new Covid-19 world. We help them more quickly pivot their business from the traditional dine-in or walk-in to a pick-up and/or delivery model.  We preserve communities by keeping alive the mom & pop shops they have come to love and depend on for their sense of place. Shop Local!
  • Grateful Gardeners is a local, sustainable, and organic cut flower farm founded in Boyds, MD in the heart of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve in 2018. Their mission is to produce year-round organic flowers and foliage to retail, wholesale, and floral design customers in the greater DC metropolitan region. Learn more.
  • Future Forward Foods/BergBites is a health and wellness company that produces healthy, wholesome, engaging consumer packaged goods. Learn more.
  • Living Canopies sells the Living Umbrella, an easy, smart, and environmentally friendly way to grow fruits, vegetables, or beautiful flowering vines above your head, while reducing stormwater flows and reversing the urban heat island effect. Learn more.
  • Mas Panadas makes one of the most popular South American dishes available to everyone, and for that, we’re thankful! The empanadas are simple, healthy, and delicious, and they are a satisfying meal on the go. Learn more.
  • Cosmos Roastery is a veteran-owned and -operated Montgomery County start-up and Maryland’s first zero-emission specialty coffee roaster. Learn more.

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Greening Your Transportation (Going EV)

During the month of April, we will be uploading videos to help you “Go EV” in greening your transportation. We hope you find these videos informative and entertaining. Please check back through the month for additional videos.

Videos

Can’t wait for these videos or have questions after GreenFest? Check out “Ask An EV Owner”, a recurring monthly public zoom meeting held on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, go to https://evadc.org/Ask

For a comprehensive guide to the latest Electric Vehicle options on the market, please check out this new 2021 EV Information Sheet by the EV owning members of EVADC.

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Ask an EV Owner is brought to you by Poolesville Green, Inc. in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC.

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