The Green Team

 

Green Wheaton sponsors community events, including public service days, paper shredding days for recycling, or community clean-ups. More than 100 people joined the efforts on Martin Luther King Service Day, Murtagh said. The group hosts a local gathering – Green Drinks – to bring together fellow green-minded neighbors.

“People need an organized effort to engage the public,” he said. “A few dedicated people working together can make a big difference.”

 Green Wheaton representatives at Taste of Wheaton/Photo source: Green Wheaton

Green Wheaton representatives at Taste of Wheaton/Photo source: Green Wheaton

Local artist and photographer Joanne Miller recently received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to lead a yearlong series of arts and nature walks in collaboration with Green Wheaton. 

For most events, said Howard, Green Wheaton has been able to partner with local business that are working to increase their green practices, including Hollywood East Café. Janet Yu, the owner of the dim sum café, has worked to increase energy efficiency, creating a business that is both more sustainable and more economically sound.

 Rainscape garden in Brookside Garden, Wheaton/Silver Spring/Photo by Holly Leber

Rainscape garden in Brookside Garden, Wheaton/Silver Spring/Photo by Holly Leber

“A new project is to provide a specific resource to businesses, help businesses to make it easy to find out about resources and things they can do,” said Howard. “We're trying to take advantage of the information and knowledge we possess and give it out to everyone else.”

About the Author: Holly Leber is the editorial director of the Daily Do Good. Her green drink of choice is either some ridiculously healthy kale-enhanced juice, or a mint chocolate chip milkshake.