from Edward Murtagh
Going Green Event, May 21 2005
The County will be holding a Going Green at Home Event
Learn how your home can be more energy efficient,
have cleaner indoor air , and make a contribution to
the environment (including Sligo Creek). Event
includes presentations by experts in various fields
(see below). For the whole story,go to www.goinggreenathome.org.
- at Wheaton Regional Park
- on Saturday May 21 from 11 to 3.
- 11:00 a.m.
PBS Pilot Program "Build It Green!" Film Screening
Created by Desert Moon Productions, Inc. "Build It
Green!" is an upcoming half-hour national PBS series made
for national syndication, it will be the first home improvement
style entertainment television show focused solely on
environmentally-friendly techniques. Hosted by
contractor Charlie Popeck and architect Jill Burtin,
the half-hour program will look at new home
construction and renovation projects in various parts
of the country.
- 11:30 a.m.
- Sustainable Energy and Design John Spears, Sustainable
Design Group Inc. and International Center for
Sustainable Development John Spears is an internationally recognized expert in
energy conservation, renewable energy systems, indoor
air quality, and sustainable design. He is a Certified
Energy Manager (CEM) and was awarded the Environmental
Professional of the Year in 1995.
Since 1973, John has been providing design and
consulting services in the areas of residential and
commercial building energy conservation, renewable
energy systems, "Green Building" design, indoor air
quality, and sustainable community development.
- 12:00 p.m.
Effects of Global Warming and Home Energy Solutions
Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network Mike
Tidwell's documentary film - "We Are All Smith
Islanders" - details the
dangers and solutions associated with global warming
in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. In 2002, Mike founded
and now directs the Chesapeake Climate Action Network,
a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to fighting global
warming in the region through the promotion of clean,
renewable energy. His pioneering home in Takoma Park
is fueled almost entirely by
wind, solar and corn power, and is regularly opened to
the public as a
- 1:00 p.m.
Changing the Paradigm, An Ecological Approach to
Jenny Reed and Lauren Wheeler, Natural Resources Jenny
Reed and Lauren Wheeler are partners with Natural
Resources, an ecologically
focused landscape design firm specializing in
residential and community
settings. Jenny Reed earned her M.A. at the Conway
School of Landscape Design and has been designing
landscapes in Maryland for the past fifteen years and
is also an owner of Gardens by Design. Lauren Wheeler
is an ISA certified arborist and also has an M. A.
from the Conway School of Landscape Design. For twenty
years, she has worked as a
landscape laborer, garden designer, company owner, and
- 1:45 p.m.
Door Prizes A drawing for door prizes
includes a canoe trip for two on the Anacostia River,
an organic lawn care kit, tickets to "Wings of Fancy"
live butterfly show at Brookside Gardens,
Building Green books edited by Alex Wilson and Mark
Piepkorn, and more!
- 2:00 p.m.
Sustainable Features for Your Home
Jason Holstine, Amicus Design and Build, LLC.
Jason Holstine focuses on design, construction, and
products that create green, clean, and healthy
buildings. His firm synchronizes contracting services
and responsible products--
such as no-VOC paints, low-VOC flooring, energy
renewable energy options, and alternative framing
technologies--to create a simpler, more affordable way
to realize sustainable goals. Project partners include
the US EPA; Energy Star; US
Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban
Development; the Partnership for Advancing Technology
in Housing; and the New York State Energy Research and
- 2:30 p.m.
Putting Your Landscape Garden to Work: Produce
Attractive, Edible Landscapes and Wildlife Habitat
Louisa Thompson, Gardens that Work!
Louisa Thompson became a master gardener in 1992, was
in the first BayWise training class, was on the Board
of Directors of Maryland Native Plant Society (MNPS),
and now serves on the Steering Committee of MNPS'
Greater Baltimore Chapter. She demonstrates how
different types of environmental gardening practices-
BayWise practices, rain gardens and other kinds of
conservation landscaping, and growing food - can be
integrated with the principles of ornamental landscape