Green News & Events, Week of June 20-26, 2011

by Dan Rudt

Capital Bikeshare May Be Coming to Rockville Next Year – According to the Washington Post, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board approved the use of a $1.9 million Federal grant last Wednesday to fund the expansion of the Capital Bikeshares program into Rockville. The plan calls for 200 bicycles and 20 docking stations at Metro stops, Rockville Town Center, Montgomery College and Rockville Pike. The program now serves 13,835 annual members in DC and Arlington with 1,100 bicycles. Grant money will be used to pay for memberships for low-income Rockville residents.

How Did Your Representatives in Annapolis Vote on the Environment this Year? – Environment Maryland has published its 2011 Legislative Scorecard, created in conjunction with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. The scorecard lists each State Senator and Delegate’s votes on several key environmental bills. Bethesda’s State Senator Brian Frosh scored 100% in favor of the environment, as did Bethesda Delegates Ariana Kelly and Susan Lee. Delegate Bill Frick scored 80%. A PDF file of the scorecard, with summaries of each bill and scores for all Maryland Delegates and State Senators can be found here.

Major Announcements about Electric and Hybrid Production from Renault-Nissan and Ford – With all the news media focused mercilessly on a certain New York Congressman recently, you might have missed the June 9 news from Ford Motor Company about their plans to triple hybrid production and introduce a plug-in by 2013. That would mean an output of 100,000 EVs and hybrids a year. Not to be outdone, Renault-Nissan’s CEO told he was ready to invest $5.6 Billion to build 500,000 electric cars a year by 2013. These are aggressive (and impressive) plans when you consider total electric car sales worldwide in 2010 came to 20,000 vehicles.

Upcoming Green Events

Bethesda Solar ExpoSaturday, June 25, 10 am  – 4 pm – Bethesda Green invites you to the second annual free solar expo. Get your questions answered by solar experts, local solar contractors and neighbors who have switched to solar power. More information and pre-registration here.

Green Night at Big Train BaseballWednesday, June 29, 6:30 pm – Treat yourself to an evening of fun, friends and green information. Game time is 7:30 at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Park, but come early and meet Bethesda Green staff and supporters, as well as Dartmouth College’s amazing Big Green Bus and our friends from Honest Tea.

BG 101Thursday, June 30, 4 – 5:30 pm – Bethesda Green’s monthly orientation session. Learn about Bethesda Green history, programs, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Greening Condos Series, Session 5 – Wednesday, July 6, 7 – 8:30 pm – The topic of this free Bethesda Green and ecobeco educational session for condo owners and residents, condo boards and property managers, is Eco-Friendly Exteriors – Solar PV, Solar Hot Water, Green Roofs, and eco-Landscaping. Seating is limited. More information and RSVP here.