Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green D.C. Headlines: Environmental Education Pushes Ahead in Maryland

Environmental Education Pushes Ahead in Maryland
Summary: Environmental education took a giant leap forward in Maryland on Thursday. Previously, schools were only required to expose students once to environmental education sometime between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade. That changed when the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure mandating all Maryland schools to integrate environmental education into the curriculum.

Board Passes Sweeping Plan to Redevelop Crystal City
Summary: Just before the unanimous vote that would approve a sweeping plan to redevelop Crystal City, county board chairman Jay Fisette paused for reflection. Looking back at the four and a half year process of crafting the plan, Fisette remarked that it “an amazing moment and a startling success.”

O'Malley-Ehrlich transportation gulf is wide
Summary: If O'Malley is re-elected, he will almost certainly keep Maryland on a course toward construction of two long-sought but expensive light rail systems — the $1.8 billion Red Line in Baltimore and the $1.6 billion Purple Line in the Washington suburbs. As governor, Ehrlich supported the planning process on both lines, but has turned against them as proposed by O'Malley. The Republican has vowed to scuttle light rail on both lines, saying rapid bus lines are his preferred choice.

Metro loses more than a million riders on bus, rail
Summary: Metrobus ridership plummeted and the number of rail passengers fell well below staff projections during the first month of the agency's new fiscal year -- and the first month of higher fares.

County favors underground airport rail station at Washington Dulles
Summary: Fairfax County officials are still backing an underground Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport, but say costs must come down for the project to remain viable.

Nearly 7,000 Go Car Free in the Metropolitan Washington Region
Summary: Over 6,900 residents in the Washington metropolitan region went car free or car-lite on Wednesday, September 22, making it the region’s most successful year yet in the international celebration of alternatives to solo-driving. Registrants pledged to rely less on their cars by riding metro, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, walking or teleworking.

Walkers Turn Out in Droves for September 26 Debut of WalkArlington's Yorktown Walkabout
Summary: Despite an early morning rain shower, skies cleared by mid-day Sunday, just in time for WalkArlington’s Yorktown Walkabout. More than 75 walkers of all ages and all walks of life turned out for the two-hour, two-mile walking tour of the northwest Arlington neighborhood, the latest in WalkArlington’s series of self-guided Walkabout routes.

Metro Board Member Falls on Slippery Train Platform
Summary: There is a call for change from a Metro Board member after he was hurt boarding a train Thursday. Bill Euille, who is also the Mayor of Alexandria, slipped and fell at the Braddock Road Metro Station as he was boarding a train.

Feds urged to use Bikeshare program
Summary: Three federal agencies are offering employees corporate memberships with the District's Capital Bikeshare program to help promote the new cycling network and reduce the government's carbon footprint.

New On-Street Bike Parking
Summary: Together with WABA’s bicycle parking program coordinator, District Dept. of Transportation crews installed new on-street bike parking corrals in five locations in northwest Washington, DC.

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