The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation designating April as Earth Month in the City of Rockville and Saturday, April 22, 2017, as the 47th Earth Day. [Earth Day Information on City’s website.]
“The city strives to be an environmentally sustainable community that preserves its green spaces and continually reevaluates ways to reduce its environmental footprint,” stated Director of Communication, Marylou Berg, in the City’s press release.
Harboring back to the teach-in technique deployed at the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network has launched five toolkits to encourage and inspire local leaders to gather with their communities for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. The activism that followed that first Earth Day led to the passing of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which are considered landmark legislation in environmental protection.
“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concept of climate change and inspired by environmental education to act in defense of the planet,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, in their press release.
Around Rockville and Montgomery County, here are specific events being offered:
April 1, Montgomery County Recycling Volunteer Orientation Training, Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 6th Floor, Rockville, 9 – 11 AM.
April 5: 4th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, 8 AM – 4 PM in Silver Spring.
April 8: 29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Stream cleanup sites include:
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, 9 – 11 AM
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 9 AM – noon.
Maryvale Park, 812 First St., 10:30 AM – noon.
City staff will greet volunteers. Gloves and bags will be provided. Student Service Learning hours are available. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Register, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes.
April 10: Capital Bikeshare Promotion Events, Fallsgrove Blvd and Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville, 11 AM – 2 PM. 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.
April 14: Discover County Transit Options at Shady Grove Metro, Shady Grove Metro Station, 15903 Somerville Drive, Rockville, 3 – 5 PM.
April 20, Green Business Forum, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 51 Monroe Street, Suite 1800, 8 – 10 AM.
April 22: Earth Day Celebration Campfire, 7:30 – 8:30 PM. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. Register. $5 for Rockville residents, $6 for nonresidents.
April 23: Rockville Science Day, noon – 5 PM. at Montgomery College, Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee St. Free.
April 26: Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony, 10 AM at Lone Oak Park, 1010 Grandin Ave. Join the city’s Forestry Division and students from the Park Street Children’s Center for a tree planting in recognition of Rockville’s 28th consecutive year as a “Tree City USA.”
April 29: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockville City Police Station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave. Safely dispose of unused or expired medications and help keep them out of our environment.
April 29: Spring Festival with Native Plant Sale, 10 AM – 2 PM at Croydon Creek Nature Center.
May 6: 11 AM – 4 PM, Montgomery County GreenFest, Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg
DCEFF is partnering with GreenFest for the third year in a row to screen documentaries.This year, the focus will be on short films, less than 30 minutes in length. Screenings of the short films start at 1 p.m. and will include popular documentaries highlighted during the 2017 Environmental Film Festival, including Fix and Release and The Nature of Maps. GreenFest includes exhibitors and vendors, workshops, music, kids activities, food trucks and an electric vehicle and car show.
All year round, find out how to get involved and live greener in Rockville at the City’s website.
Happy Earth Month!