• Change is blowin’ in the wind: Last week, American University announced it has purchased 100 percent wind power through wind-generated renewable energy credits. The credits are equivalent to AU’s annual electricity usage of 53 million kilowatt hours. Among local colleges, only Catholic University has also purchased green power.
  • One local who is promoting wind power is Mike Tidwell, head of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, he urges Virginia to drop its offshore oil drilling plans and instead build offshore wind turbines.
  • Local blog AwesomeDC.com notes that the Finnish Embassy now features a banner saying it is green—the first LEED certified green embassy in DC. Apparently they got the status back in February, according to their website.

Upcoming green talks, classes and more:

  • May 20, 7:30 p.m — ReThink Montgomery Speaker Series – Kate Herrod, Director of Ashoka’s Community Greens, will discuss effort to enhance communities by integrating citizen-managed shared green spaces into places where people live and work.  M-NCPPC Auditorium, Ground Floor, 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring.
  • May 20 and 22 (10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. both days) — Conservation Landscaping Techniques Workshops, one session, given twice by the county RainScapes program. Learn how conservation-based landscaping techniques can beautify your yard and neighborhood, restore native habitats, and help improve the environment all while saving you valuable time and money. Explore ways to replace traditional lawns with native landscapes to benefit out local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. $10. Takes place at Brookside Gardens.
  • May 21 — Bike to Work Day Join the Bethesda Transportation Solutions staff and Maryland State Delegate Bill Bronrott at 6:30am on Friday, May 21st at the Bethesda pit stop (Reed Street, at the corner of Bethesda Ave & Woodmont Ave).  Attendees will enjoy breakfast, prizes, DJ entertainment, bike tune-ups on site by REI and City Bikes, and more, all for FREE! Register in advance online at: http://www.waba.org/events/btwd/md_bethesda.php
  • May 22,   9:00  to 1:00 — Second Annual Volunteering for Business Day at THE BUTTON FARM. Help prepare soil for planting, plant seeds, stack wood, clear trails, create signs….there is something for everyone and every bit helps! The Button Farm is run by the Menare Foundation, which is a Bethesda Green incubator organization! Location: 16820 BLACK ROCK ROAD, GERMANTOWN, MD 20874. Get More Event Info from the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County.

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