Poolesville Green

Poolesville Green Promoting the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Poolesville and the surrounding communities including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown, Maryland. Founded in 2010

Poolesville Green is an independent, nonpartisan, educational 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2010 to promote the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, chiefly energy and water, and to promote recycling, in and around the town of Poolesville, Maryland, including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown.

06/08/2020
Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Robert D. Bullard is known as the father of environmental justice. According to him, it all began in Houston, "...where I was a young sociology professor just two years out of graduate school. My wife asked me to collect data for a lawsuit she had filed. A company had decided to put a landfill in the middle of a predominantly black, middle-class, suburban neighborhood — a neighborhood where 85 percent of the people owned their homes. Of course, the state gave them a permit, but the people said “no.”

I saw that 100 percent of all the city-owned landfills in Houston were in black neighborhoods, though blacks made up only 25 percent of the population. Three out of four of the privately owned landfills were located in predominantly black neighborhoods, and six out of eight of the city-owned incinerators. In a city that does not have zoning, it meant that these were decisions made by individuals in government.

That’s how I got dragged into this."

When it comes to climate change, he says, "we're not asking people to believe in this" because like me, he knows that climate change isn't a religion. It's a fact; and if we believe we are to love others, then we should be first in line demanding solutions for this problem that disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable here at home and around the world.

CO2.earth
06/08/2020
CO2.earth

CO2.earth

"Here’s the rub: If we want to successfully address climate change, we need people of color. Not just because pursuing diversity is a good thing to do, and not even because diversity leads to better decision-making and more effective strategies, but because, black people are significantly more concerned about climate change than white people (57 percent vs. 49 percent), and Latinx people are even more concerned (70 percent). To put that in perspective, it means that more than 23 million black Americans already care deeply about the environment and could make a huge contribution to the massive amount of climate work that needs doing."

06/06/2020

Want Trees?! Poolesville Green is partnering with Sugarloaf Citizens Association (SCA) to spread the word about an offer of FREE TREES. These are not twigs folks. Take one or more. These are 100-150 7/8 gallon containerized, 6-7 foot tall oak (white, red, black, chestnut) and possibly tulip poplar trees available. This is a SHORT TERM offer. SCA is coordinating. If interested, contact SCA by Monday, Jun 8th (NOTE DATE CHANGE!) at [email protected]

This article from NIH suggests "Minimize use of consumer products that might contain microplastics."Every Purchase Is A ...
05/31/2020
Microplastics: Your Environment, Your Health | National Library of Medicine

This article from NIH suggests "Minimize use of consumer products that might contain microplastics."

Every Purchase Is A Choice with environmental impact. Some folks are concerned about microplastics and microbeads in consumer products and the damage that can do to us and the environment. Are you working to reduce number of products you purchase that have microbeads? If a deck needs restaining, choosing NOT to use products LOADED with microbeads like Cabot DeckCorrect is something to consider. Microbeads are what makes it "so good". Other kinds of stain will still have impact for sure, but minimizing the impact is important. We need to start somewhere.

Learn about the environmental and human health risks associated with microplastics. Find out how to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

And then there were 5.....
05/21/2020
MD Sierra Club statement on impending closure of Dickerson Coal Plant

And then there were 5.....

Montgomery County, MD - Late last week, GenOn Holdings announced the scheduled deactivation of the Dickerson coal-fired power plant in August of this year. GenOn’s decision provides only 90 days notice to impacted workers and communities at a time when tens of thousands of Marylanders are dealing ...

Join us at a virtual Solar Open House hosted by Poolesville Resident Donald M. Street and Poolesville Green on May 30th!...
05/20/2020

Join us at a virtual Solar Open House hosted by Poolesville Resident Donald M. Street and Poolesville Green on May 30th! Poolesville Green is partnering with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Solar United Neighbors of Maryland to spread the word about the 4th Mont. Co. Solar Co-op! Play Solar Bingo for a chance to win prize from Locals Farm Market (Alden Farms) Join us! #MCEnergyConnection #MCSolarCoop Free registration at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpf-6tqzktGda_wRIFvTmUiuxQLco5Oz3F

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), for 40 days and nights from March 25th - May 3rd, renewables (...
05/12/2020
Amid pandemic, U.S. renewable power sources have topped coal for 40 days

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), for 40 days and nights from March 25th - May 3rd, renewables (solar wind and hydro) produced more energy in the USA than coal. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-electricity-renewables-idUSKBN22G2X2

Electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro has exceeded coal-fired power in the United States for a record 40 straight days, according to a report based on U.S. government data released on Monday.

Poolesville Green is partnering again with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Solar United Nei...
05/05/2020

Poolesville Green is partnering again with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Solar United Neighbors to spread the word about the 4th Mont. Co. Solar Co-op! Join us! #MCEnergyConnection #MCSolarCoop More details at https://bit.ly/3foup7d

The 4th County Solar Co-op just opened up this week - if you are interested in going solar or have an EV and want a charging station then this is the opportunity for you! We will be hosting infosession and digital Happy Hours and meet and greets to go to the website to learn more! #MCEnergyConnection #MCSolarCoop Solar United Neighbors https://bit.ly/3foup7d

May the 4th be with you!In the past, members of the Star Wars Old Line Garrison, 501st Legion (the local garrison of the...
05/04/2020

May the 4th be with you!

In the past, members of the Star Wars Old Line Garrison, 501st Legion (the local garrison of the famous The 501st Legion) have joined us on one of the worlds largest Drive Electric Events (NDEW) with near 15,000 people and over 230 Plug-In Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles last year. We hope they and the Terrapin Base (the local Star Wars Rebels The Rebel Alliance group) and The Mandalorian - Costuming Group, Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club groups can join us this year.

Our 2020 National Drive Electric Poolesville Day event is now known throughout the country as something special. This year, companies like Genovation Cars (with its famous GXE electric Corvette), Porsche Bethesda and the awesome new Rivian (all-electric pickup and SUV) have expressed interest in coming and we are hoping for the return of auto manufactures like Nissan USA, Kia Motors America, Audi USA, Zero Motorcycles, Jaguar and hope for more support from the many companies that have supported us in the past like PepcoConnect, EGO, Electric Vehicle Institute, Bosch Global, Torklift Central EcoHitch, All American Paint Protection, American Shine Detailing, MD Volt Inc., Sheehy Ford Lincoln of Gaithersburg, Museum of Science Fiction and so, so many more.

Join Up! Signup today at https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=2168

05/01/2020
My EV Story | Drive Electric Earth Day

Thanks to Electric Vehicle Association of Washington DC (EVA/DC) and Annapolis Green, friends of Poolesville Green, for this great #MyEVStory primer video. In celebration of the National #DriveElectricEarthDay https://youtu.be/ZO1BTCYvn9U

Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles during the month of April. Annapolis Green and the Electric Vehi...

Noted Climate Scientist/Communicator Katharine Hayhoe's take on the new and controversial Michael Moore film. Take time ...
04/29/2020
Katharine Hayhoe

Noted Climate Scientist/Communicator Katharine Hayhoe's take on the new and controversial Michael Moore film. Take time to watch her video she mentions ( https://youtu.be/KwejlpXK7ls )

It is the policy of this page that anyone who wants to comment on this post please read the attached article and watch the recommended global weirding episode BEFORE doing so. Thank you.

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Many people have been asking about the new Michael Moore film that was released on Earth Day.

As my colleague, fellow Canadian, and policy expert Leah Stokes writes here, "Given the film’s loose relationship to facts, I’m not even sure it should be classified as a documentary."

It doesn't only present outdated or false information to make its points: it also smears advocates like Bill McKibben (whose Middlebury College class I'm speaking with today) who are motivated by their faith to act.

And as "the solution" to climate change it recommends population control, a popular myth we debunked in this Global Weirding episode three years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwejlpXK7ls

And a myth which Oxfam also addresses here: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/worlds-richest-10-produce-half-carbon-emissions-while-poorest-35-billion-account

As Leah concludes, "My only hope is that this film will be buried, and few will watch it or remember it. Much like fossil fuels, it would be best left underground."

04/29/2020
Linganore Winecellars

Linganore Winecellars - local business leading the way!

Sustainability is always on our mind for everything we do here at Linganore, and no one is more passionate about it than winemaker and VP Anthony Aellen.

This Earth Day, Anthony and Joyce Breiner, Executive Director of Poolesville Green will be talking about all the changes we've made to our operations over the years in the pursuit of 100% sustainable living. From solar powered Electric Vehicle chargers, to corks with a zero carbon footprint, we want to make our world a better place to live.

04/22/2020
The Nature Conservancy MD/DC

Thank you! We couldn't have said it better!

Maryland/DC chapter staff are counting down to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by sharing the ways that they try to live Earth Day every day. Today Deborah Landau, our conservation ecologist, shares how she uses solar energy to power her home--and her car!

How do you celebrate Earth Day every day? Tell us in the comments!

Interesting slider bar on the map to show comparison.
04/22/2020
Data Shows 30 Percent Drop In Air Pollution Over Northeast U.S.

Interesting slider bar on the map to show comparison.

While less air pollution may seem like a great thing, the recent improvements in air quality around the world, such as over China and Europe, are resulting from efforts (e.g., lockdowns and stay-at-home orders) by cities and countries to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Elivia Thompson and Suzanne Kilby Etgen: 50th Earth Day calls for a new, better normal
04/22/2020
Elivia Thompson and Suzanne Kilby Etgen: 50th Earth Day calls for a new, better normal

Elivia Thompson and Suzanne Kilby Etgen: 50th Earth Day calls for a new, better normal

Healing our environment takes all of us, not just those working on environmental issues, but every person. In the 2017 Citizen Stewardship Indicator Survey, 87 percent of Anne Arundel County residents believed that we can clean up our local rivers and streams if we work together.

Celebrating a socially distant Earth Day:Tell us how you plan to participate in Earth Day and you will be entered in a f...
04/22/2020

Celebrating a socially distant Earth Day:

Tell us how you plan to participate in Earth Day and you will be entered in a free drawing for a grab bag of Earth friendly goodies including reusable straws for the family, drive electric T-shirts, plant seed coasters, and local honey in a reusable, washable bag. (non-contact delivery within 15 mile radius of Poolesville limits)

Here's a few ideas to get you started:
*Commit to reducing or eliminating your use of lawn chemicals this year.
*Grasscycle instead of bagging lawn clippings.
*Clean the perimeter of your neighborhood storm water retention pond.
*Plant vegetables in your yard or arrange for a plot in the Poolesville Community Garden.
*Join a local CSA and support LOCAL farming.
*Complete a home energy saving project. (low-flow facet, programmable thermostat, etc)

Comment here and let us know what you are doing!

Maid Brigade of Rockville
04/16/2020

Maid Brigade of Rockville

WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!

This Saturday, April 18th 11am – 1pm in the parking lot / loading dock to the right of our building. Wear your mask and gloves!

301-424-6243 - 9318 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

We are offering to all of our local community, and especially to our Montgomery and Frederick County medical and emergency workers, FREE cleaning solutions of our E-water cleaner and disinfectant. BYO-Bottle (bring your own bottle)! We are running low on our supply of bottles – so please bring those with you. Make sure it is rinsed our really well.

We make our hospital grade disinfectant and cleaner on site with our E-water generator. We have an almost unlimited supply for our crews to clean your homes and offices. Our cleaning plus disinfection services are considered essential work and we have been busy fighting on the front lines.

We all want to help support our local community in this crisis, this is just our little way.
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First responders, health care workers, essential workers take note.
04/11/2020

First responders, health care workers, essential workers take note.

Saturday, April 11th 11am – 1pm in the parking lot / loading dock to the right of our building. Wear your mask and gloves!

301-424-6243 - 9318 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

FREE Cleaning Solutions of our E-Water cleaner and disinfectant.

We are offering to all of our local community, and especially to our Montgomery and Frederick County medical and emergency workers, FREE cleaning solutions of our E-water cleaner and disinfectant. BYO-Bottle (bring your own bottle)! We are running low on our supply of bottles – so please bring those with you. Make sure it is rinsed our really well.

We make our hospital grade disinfectant and cleaner on site with our E-water generator. We have an almost unlimited supply for our crews to clean your homes and offices. Our cleaning plus disinfection services are considered essential work and we have been busy fighting on the front lines.

We all want to help support our local community in this crisis, this is just our little way.

The coronavirus is showing us how clean the air can be if electric cars were the norm - Electrek
04/05/2020
The coronavirus is showing us how clean the air can be if electric cars were the norm - Electrek

The coronavirus is showing us how clean the air can be if electric cars were the norm - Electrek

With all the loss of lives and financial destruction that the coronavirus has brought us, it’s hard to look at silver linings from this crisis, but there’s one that’s becoming obvious: cleaner air. It might not last for long, but it’s giving us a glimpse at what we could experience if the wo...

One Acre Farm
04/02/2020

One Acre Farm

@mocofoodcouncil has been working so hard to get out the word about local food offerings. Today they are having a “Virtual CSA Fair”. Check out their profile for more info!
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We’re featured and proud to be working with them on how to get food to you quickly, conveniently, and safely.
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#localfood #CSA #foodcouncil #hardwork #sustainableagriculture #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

04/01/2020
The Plastic Problem - A PBS NewsHour Documentary

Individual choices are key. Support a more sustainable future? Shuttering the Dickerson Incinerator? What choices will you make? How much can you reduce use of single use plastics? (See this documentary for ideas) Support Plastic Free Poolesville efforts and learn more.

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. It’s an environmental crisis that’s been in the making for nearly 70 years. Plastic pollution is ...

Please take a moment to fill out this student-initiated survey & help them get the data needed for a school project. Tha...
03/26/2020
Plastic Free Poolesville

Please take a moment to fill out this student-initiated survey & help them get the data needed for a school project. Thanks!

Need something to do while you're at home? Please take a few minutes to thoughtfully fill out this survey about ditching single-use plastic in Poolesville!

https://forms.gle/S8WF1Ukdktq3x3bD6

Once Poolesville businesses are operating normally again, we plan to share the survey's results with them as a way to display our community's opinions.

The data keeps getting stronger showing EVs are the best choice for the Climate. The latest Info from Union of Concerned...
03/13/2020
Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here's Why

The data keeps getting stronger showing EVs are the best choice for the Climate. The latest Info from Union of Concerned Scientists

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked about electric vehicles (EV) is: “Are they really a cleaner option?” While it’s obvious that a fully-electric vehicle eliminates tailpipe emissions, people often wonder about the global warming emissions from generating the electricity to charge...

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Come out and support your local House member David Trone at a spaghetti dinner with guest speaker Nancy Pelosi Sun Nov 11 at Gaithersburg HS. Dinner is $10. Register at:
I RSVP'd for Frank Jamison - he is not on FB
At the NDEW event in Poolesville MD I saw a M3 with a decal on the window that said "I'm probably not driving". It was all one line and had the AP blue steering wheel on it. I see these on ebay but I dont want this one. I didnt think to ask her where she got it. I searched the internet and couldnt find a version other than this one on ebay. Has anyone seen these before? I want to put it on the top of my rear window on my MX.
Its official... We are selling one of our Rav4s. I am putting both my wife's and mine up for sale. (links below) Once one sells we will remove the other post. We only want to sell 1. We will keep the other and buy a Tesla Model X. (hopefully) Cars are located in Central NY. Both have been excellent. We are just looking for additional seats and for longer range. Price is firm. 2012 - $17,000 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/470983183466955/ 2014 - $17,500 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/464984334083604/ Please feel free to share. Thank you!
Gaithersburg Green Drinks Join us tonight June 3 2019 at Wine Harvest in Kentlands from 6-8. We are a meet and greet for the environmentally conscious...great for networking and sharing...
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 5:30-8pm Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (between Giant and At Home) Green Drinks is international and in over 500 cities with a purpose of bringing people together who are concerned about the environment... so green businesses, climate lobbyists, organic gardening, no pesticides, low emission cars, solar... a chance to meet and network and have fun doing it. We will meet monthly and support local businesses like restaurants and bars thus promoting them. We will have a speaker or two for 10-15 min . sign up to be a speaker, share flyers and promotional information.
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 from 5:30-8pm at the Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (next to Hallmark in the Giant shopping area) ...for Like minded people and businesses concerned about the environment...come network and schmooze... (looking for a logo for our new Green Drinks so submit ideas to [email protected] by July 1.) spread the word and bring a friend get your name on the list to speak at a future Green Drinks (10-15 min share time)
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 from 5:30-8pm at the Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (next to Hallmark in the Giant shopping area) ...for Like minded people and businesses concerned about the environment...come network and schmooze... (looking for a logo for our new Green Drinks so submit ideas to [email protected] by July 1.) spread the word and bring a friend get your name on the list to speak at a future Green Drinks (10-15 min share time
Hey guys. I did some testing with the T-Rex on the way home and my miles per kwh is much higher than I thought. I told people at the NDEW event that I got around 230 miles using both the Rav4 and T-Rex. I based that on a long trip I took in which I got around 228 miles but had some left. Based on my new testing I should get 260-280 miles in good summer weather.