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I am a lifelong Maryland resident and a Junior at the University of Maryland. Growing up, I was encouraged by influential citizens to appreciate our environment. I recall that on Earth Day our "Outdoor Education" class in middle school gave us trees to plant in our backyard. Maryland schools…

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As an eighteen-year-old Freshman at the University of Maryland, climate change is something that has been on my mind throughout my teenage years. I’ve grown up hearing about how my family lost their home and possessions in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. They experienced firsthand …

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Of all the daunting tasks Joe Biden faces, especially vital is the inspection of dangerously embrittled atomic reactors still operating in the United States.

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CHEVY CHASE – With no votes on the agenda, Chevy Chase Village’s board of managers devoted its village meeting on Jan. 15 entirely to concerns over their refuse & recycling program, deciding, after some debate, to continue their current contract until June 30. The refuse & recycling program, which had traditionally picked up recyclables including […]

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SILVER SPRING – Following the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Gov. Larry Hogan’s release of his 2020 climate plan draft, 25 advocacy and community organizations wrote a letter denouncing the plan and calling for “stronger action.” The letter, delivered on Jan. 2, was signed by 25 organizations, including the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County spends about $12 million a year picking up trash, much of which could be recycled and reused if properly sorted, said Adam Ortiz, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Ortiz, who oversees the $140 million agency with 300 employees and contractors, was the featured speaker at the Dec. […]

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ROCKVILLE — Even though rock salt is a tried and true way to make roadways safer during the winter months, it can take a hefty toll on the environment and cars, which is why Montgomery County is working towards more sustainable salting processes. On Nov. 6, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced that the county’s […]

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ROCKVILLE — Four protesters were arrested outside of the Montgomery County Executive Office building on Oct. 1 after blocking access to the building’s driveway. Members of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Climate Mobilization and MOCO 350 chanted held large banners in the hope of drawing the attention of the public and Montgomery County Executive […]

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ROCKVILLE – Despite its emphasis on sustainability and recycling, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) spent $415,000 on single-use water bottles during the 2018-2019 school year. The district purchased 3 million eight-ounce bottles of water for use in the elementary schools and spent $515,000 for 16.9-ounce bottles for students in the upper grades. When State Del. […]

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TAKOMA PARK—On Sept. 26, Montgomery County became the home of the first fully electric vehicle charging station in the United States. The new service station, located on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, has, in fact, provided gasoline to travelers for years as RS Automotive. However, by converting the former gas station into an electric vehicle […]

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SILVER SPRING – One hundred fifty Northwood and Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of their classes and marched down busy Colesville Road on Sept. 20, carrying signs and chanting, “Whose water, Our water… Whose planet, our planet.” They joined students throughout the county, who packed the Metro into Washington, D.C., to join an […]

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SILVER SPRING – It was standing room only at the Silver Spring Civic Center on Sept. 14 as people gathered for the Montgomery County Climate Emergency Town Hall hosted by the Takoma Park Mobilization. In a panel format, local officials and organizers discussed how to dramatically reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions and become more […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the Aug. 29 Montgomery County School Board business meeting, Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro answered a question about the district’s concerted effort to better educate both students and parents on the harmful effects of vaping. “Yes, absolutely,” Navarro responded, noting that meetings will be set up with officials from the county’s health […]

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SILVER SPRING – Maria Bushby, a Colonel Zadok Magruder High School graduate, was named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow for her efforts to help the homeless. She is one of 262 college students across the country chosen by Campus Compact, a national organization committed to advancing community service in higher education. “I would say that […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to the Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Department of the Interior recently proposed weakening large aspects of the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately, on Aug. 12, the Trump Administration received backlash from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is the senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The new […]

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ROCKVILLE – Blue-green algae blooms producing elevated toxins that are poisonous to humans and lethal to dogs have been discovered in Lake Needwood and Lake Frank. Montgomery Parks are posting signs and warning visitors at the two lakes to stay out of the water. Patrons are advised to wash their hands if they come in […]

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TAKOMA PARK—Takoma Park’s Committee on the Environment met on Aug. 5 to discuss recommendations of planting trees in the city. The Committee on the Environment serves as an official advisor to the mayor and city council on matters related to the environment. According to the city, the committee is tasked with reviewing city and community […]

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ROCKVILLE – Officials from the county parks and planning departments spent more than two hours on July 8 explaining to members of the Montgomery County Council their limited use of pesticides in the past year. However, they noting there will not foresee a day when all county parks will be pesticide-free. When the county council […]

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An old and new face will be on the Montgomery County Planning Board, after the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the appointments of Casey Anderson and Partap Verma on June 25. Anderson, the current chair of the planning board, will be returning for another term and will be joined by Verma, a first-time member. “I […]

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ROCKVILLE—Montgomery County is in the process of creating Climate Planning Process Workgroups to help the county come up with innovative ideas to combat climate change. To meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the county is launching a planning process tasked with developing a series of strategies. The county has set goals such as […]

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[See photos and more from GreenFest in our gallery by clicking here!] WHEATON—The fifth annual Montgomery County GreenFest brought together nonprofits, businesses and residents to celebrate the environment. Held on April 28, the eco-friendly event combined Brookside Gardens’ annual Earth Day celebration with Montgomery County’s GreenFest. In previous years, GreenFest had been held in Jesup […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs    @kathleenstubbs3 SILVER SPRING — A water main break near the intersection of Connecticut and Georgia Avenues in Aspen Hill left more than 300 customers without water Sunday night and Monday and led to a school closing Monday. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission received a call about the break of a 10-inch […]

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Council considers extending the smoking ban to include public restaurants outdoor seating By Neal Earley ROCKVILLE — Following the precedent of Rockville, members of the Montgomery County Council are considering banning smoking in the outdoor seating areas of restaurants. While the County Council passed a ban in 2003 on smoking inside restaurants, there is an […]

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With an impending hurricane making its way toward the East Coast, Montgomery County and state officials prepare for storm that could cause damage here. While the latest weather trajectories have Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina on Friday, the storm’s impact is likely to be felt in Montgomery County, emergency officials said. Depending on […]

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