Working for a More Sustainable Mount Rainier Maryland

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Mount Rainier Inaugural Bike To Work Day

On May 21, the Mount Rainier Green Team and the Mount Rainier Bike Coop host the first Bike To Work Day at the soon to be remodeled Mount Rainier Bike Coop. It was a great opportunity for those working from home to get back into bike commuting and essential workers to meet up with other bikers as traffic picks back up. A great time was had by all and nearly 50 people signed up for the inaugural pitstop in Mount Rainier.

April 1st – Climate Workgroup Meeting

The City Council passed a resolution to commit Mount Rainier to become net zero emissions for municipal operations. We will be having a Green Team Climate Workgroup meeting to develop materials and strategize in order to make sure a new City Manager can move forward with implementation. The meeting will be held on Zoom on April 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The information for attending the meeting is below.

Fall Clean Ups!

The Mount Rainier Green Team represented at two clean up events this past month!

First, we did some work at the 37th Street Park. This included cutting down invasive plants…

Weeding the native pollinators garden…

And mulching the young edible forest trees planted last spring.

Second, the Green Team helped out at the Mount Rainier Elementary School Growing Green With Pride event, bringing trash pickers and gloves.

Thanks to all who have helped keep Mount Rainier green and clean!

Take our Survey on Curbside Composting in Mount Rainier!

The Green Team is working on a program that would allow residents to sign up for FREE curbside compost pick-up. If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information about it, please fill out an interest survey here: http://bit.ly/compostsurveymtr

Green Team Explores New Composting Program

What is compost? 

Compost is simply decayed organic matter, and it’s great for rich, garden soil. Most of the items we throw away can be used for backyard compost, including fruit and vegetable scraps, yard waste, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, newspaper, cardboard, and even dryer lint. The brand-new Prince George’s County Composting Facility can also take meat and bones, dairy products, compostable dinnerware, cardboard ice-cream containers, soiled pizza boxes, and much more.

Can composting save money? 

Yes! Composting is MUCH more economical than throwing everything into a landfill. Organic matter is heavy and thus expensive to throw away. About 853,000 pounds of compostable waste is thrown away every year in Mount Rainier. That costs our city over $25,000 per year.

Does composting help the environment? 

Yes! Composting keeps organic matter out of landfills, where it would otherwise break down into greenhouse gases. Compost also enriches our soils naturally, so harsh chemical fertilizer applications can be avoided. Composting keeps our air cleaner and healthier to breathe, because it captures and eliminate 99.6% of volatile organic compounds from the atmosphere. And compost acts as a “carbon sink” by sequestering carbon in the dirt, thus further reducing greenhouse gases.

How can I compost?

For now, your main option is to build or purchase and maintain your own compost bin in your yard. However, the Green Team is working on a program that would allow residents to sign up for FREE curbside compost pick-up. If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information about it, please fill out an interest survey here: http://bit.ly/compostsurveymtr

Stop by the Green Team Meeting 9/9

The Green Team is hosting its monthly meeting on Monday, 9/9 at City Hall from 7-9 PM.  We will be talking about lots of fall events, composting, parks updates, bike lanes and more.

You can also send us a message if you are interested in learning more, but cannot make the meeting

Stop by the Green Team Meeting 8/12

The Green Team is hosting its monthly meeting on Monday, 8/12 at City Hall from 7-9 PM.  We will be talking about composting, park upgrades and fall activities.

You can also send us a message if you are interested in learning more, but cannot make the meeting

Stop by the Green Team meeting 7/8

The Green Team is hosting its monthly meeting on Monday, 7/8 at City Hall from 7-9 PM.  We will be talking about composting, bicycle facility upgrades, mosquito control and our parks.

You can also send us a message if you are interested in learning more, but cannot make the meeting

Stop by the Green Team Meeting 6/10

The Green Team is hosting its monthly meeting on Monday, 6/10 at City Hall from 7-9 PM.  We will be talking about updates to bike and pedestrian paths, composting and recycling education and planning for summer events.

You can also send us a message if you are interested in learning more, but cannot make the meeting

Summer Haze Got You Down?

Summer is here and it is time to be air aware.  In our region the worst air quality is seen in the summer and breathing the air can lead to health problems, especially for sensitive groups like the elderly, children, and people with immune system problems. Here is makes the air bad, how it can affect Mounties, and what Mounties can do to help make it cleaner.

Over the years air quality has gotten much better due to Federal and State regulations but there are still problems in the DC area. The two main types of pollution we are concerned about are fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone, which together often get called haze or smog. Ozone and PM2.5 have been linked to premature death, heart attacks, lung disease, and asthma, there are other potential effects that are still being researched. The DC metro area is not meeting the Federal ozone standard and while it is technically in compliance with Federal PM2.5 standards many scientists say the standards should be stricter.

The air is not bad every day but there are days when air quality is a concern, mostly during the summer during the late afternoon and early evening. To get forecasts and alerts of when the air is bad you can sign up for email alerts here http://enviroflash.info. “Code orange” means the air is bad for sensitive people and “code red” means it is bad for everyone.

Much of the pollution is caused by burning fuel or releasing volatile gases. To help reduce pollution on bad air days, you can:

  • Take public transit or bike – cars are the #1 cause of air pollution in the DC area
  • Put off yard work if you use gas equipment or go electric
  • Don’t refuel your car since the gas vapors are volatile
  • Don’t paint or use turpentine since the vapors are also volatile

Even if it isn’t a bad air day, if your check engine light is on in your car, get it fixed: that light means your car probably is a big polluter.

So this summer be air aware, know when the air is bad, keep you and yours safe when it is, and do your part to keep our air cleaner.

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