• Farm Lobby Must Step Aside, Because Bay Can’t Wait Any Longer – This column by WashPost’s Robert McCartney argues it’s time for the national farm lobby to stop fighting two proposed bills before Congress that would give federal and state governments genuine authority for the first time over all kinds of polluters — including farmers — in the six-state Chesapeake watershed. The goal would be to cut pollutants—the single largest source of which is farm runoff—by 2025 to levels low enough to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s health.
  • U.S. Water System Needs Better Enforcement, Smart Investment to Ensure Quality – Municipal water systems in the U.S. are a huge success story, providing clean, drinkable water at a tiny cost. In an article in the Washington Post, writer Peter Gleick, however, argues there is plenty of evidence that tap water in some places isn’t as safe as it could and should be. Investments in maintaining and improving water systems, their pipes and treatment plants are falling behind the need. Regulatory agencies have fallen far behind technology.
  • Clean Energy Rewards Program Closes — Montgomery County’s Clean Energy Rewards Program, which paid homeowners and business owners incentives to buy electricity from clean, renewable sources, closed down June 15 due to county budget cuts.  According to the program’s website, “Since its inception in 2007, the Clean Energy Rewards program has encouraged over 6,000 residents and 300 businesses to make the switch from electricity generated by fossil-fuel fired power plants to clean energy sources like wind and solar.  Together, program participants have avoided over 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide by switching to clean energy!”
  • Interview With Seth Goldman of Honest Tea: Our friends over at KissMyCountry.com recently posted this interview with Bethesda Green co-founder Seth Goldman, who is also TeaEO of Honest Tea. He discusses his success, his heroes, and how Bethesda Green got started.

Upcoming Green Events:

  • June 23, 6:30 p.m. — Biking, Walking, Public Transport: Smart Mobility for the 21st Century A discussion at the Goethe-Institut Washington, part of their Green Living series. Get more details and RSVP.
  • June 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m. — Bethesda Green 101This monthly session for newcomers, young and old, provides an introduction to Bethesda Green and ways to get involved as a volunteer or intern.
  • June 30, 6:00-9:00 p.m. — Green Night at the Big Train Baseball Game — Join Bethesda Green and supporters for a fun summer night at the Bethesda Big Train baseball game at Shirley Povich field in Cabin John Regional Park. Other “green” folks participating include the Big Green Bus from Dartmouth College; Honest Tea; the Maryland Greenhawks basketball team and star player Byron Mouton; and Jeff Green, a former Georgetown University basketball star now with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.
  • June 30, 6:00-11:00 p.m. — “Local Warming” Film Premiere, Wine Tasting and Solutions Fair. Join writer and director Tom Reilly for the DC premiere of ‘Local Warming,’ a humorous and realistic look at reversing one’s impact on global warming. $10 ticket includes one glass of wine. Proceeds benefit green solutions organizations. At the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.