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Second Annual Montgomery County GreenFest is Coming to Takoma Park

by Jessica Jones
All are invited to the largest environmental festival in Montgomery County from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30, at the Takoma Park Community Center. The second annual Montgomery County GreenFest is a free, family-friendly event dedicated to helping people explore their path to a greener life. All attendees will have the opportunity to engage with local and national leaders, as well as connect with businesses, nonprofit organizations and maybe even neighbors, who are each working to improve our community’s health and environment.

There will be lots to do at GreenFest, with something for everyone including: DIY workshops, a film from the Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, more than 80 exhibit and vendor booths to explore and panel discussions on topics, such as energy and water.

Entertainment includes musical acts, an electric vehicle show, children’s activities, book readings, nature photography walks and arts and crafts. Food will also be available for sale. Help celebrate the green achievements of the community by sitting in on the annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Awards or the Takoma Park Neighborhood Energy Challenge Awards.

This year, GreenFest is honored to have Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a featured speaker and special guest. Administrator McCarthy has led the nation’s top environmental agency since 2013. County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Department of Environmental Protection Director Lisa Feldt and City of Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart will be joining Administrator McCarthy onstage.

Getting to GreenFest is easy and sustainable by metro, local bus, bike/bikeshare or by walking. The city of Takoma Park is sponsoring a free, accessible shuttle that will pick up riders at the Takoma Metro station, nearby parking and downtown Takoma Park to the event. Some area streets will be blocked off for the outdoor exhibitors and entertainment but free parking will be available at the nearby elementary school and public lots, with accessible parking behind the library.

The Montgomery County GreenFest is planned by a coalition of partners, including the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, WSSC, Montgomery Parks, the cities of Takoma Park, Gaithersburg and Rockville, University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County Public Schools,, Montgomery College and four local community green nonprofits—Bethesda Green, GreenWheaton, Poolesville Green and Silver Spring Green.

The coalition of partners is excited to host GreenFest and celebrate all the ways that each member of our community can play a role in going green.

Location: 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. This free event is rain or shine. For more information and updates on activities and the schedule, visit  Share the hashtag #MCGreenFest on social media.

To request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, visit their website. 

Jessica Jones is a program manager with the Montgomery County, Department of Environmental Protection.


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