Urs Weber and Anahí Espíndola (nominated by Caroline Wick)
Urs and Anahí are residents of the Calvert Hills neighborhood in College Park. They are receiving a Green Award because they maintain a large vegetable, herb, and wild plant garden, and happily share their understanding and enthusiasm with neighbors and passersby. After moving into the house, Urs and Anahí changed their front lawn into a garden that produces vegetables year-round. Their home is adjacent to the trolley trail and they receive many inquiries about their gardening experiences. They have inspired many to begin growing plants and food, and planting natives. Recently, Urs convened a virtual meeting for College Park residents to discuss gardening and share the neighborhood’s experiences.
Rick Borchelt (nominated by Caroline Wick)
Rick is a resident of the Calvert Hills neighborhood in College Park. He is receiving a Green Award based on his efforts to keep his neighbors informed about and connected to the natural world. Most recently, Rick contributed to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Following the GBBC, Rick sent an email to the neighborhood listserv summarizing the results and providing insight about which types of birds were seen. Rick maintains a pollinator-friendly garden and he provides information about his garden to interested neighbors. In the Spring of 2020, Rick shared mint cuttings with interested neighbors. Rick also sends regular email updates to the neighborhood listserv educating neighbors about local wildlife and plants. Calvert Hills residents appreciate all that he does.
Friends of Guilford Run (nominated by Alexa Bely)
The student-led group Friends of Guilford Run is being awarded a Green Award for their environmental stewardship of Guilford Run, a stream running near the southern edge of the City. Guilford Run is a part of the Anacostia River watershed and ultimately flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Friends of Guilford Run is led by University of Maryland undergraduate students affiliated with Hope Lutheran Church.
Started a few years ago by Dan LeKites and Laura Tiffany, the group is currently led by Sandra Roper and Jordan Kreh. Friends of Guilford Run have led regular cleanups of the Run, which receives a considerable input of trash from surrounding roads and development, and have also done native plantings along the banks of the stream. Through their leadership and outreach, the group has helped engage numerous people of diverse affiliations in these activities. The efforts of this group improve the beauty and environmental health of the stream, and positively impact local and downstream communities and wildlife.
Janis Oppelt (nominated by Alan Hew)
Janis Oppelt is the ideal Green Resident we all strive to be. She diligently recycles, composts, utilizes a rain barrel, and plants native plants and plantings that promote pollinators and wildlife. Janis has participated in many community events such as cleanups, community gardening, storm drain marking, and College Park Day. Janis served the City for many years as Chair of the Committee for a Better Environment where she led many workshops and showings of environmental films for our community. Janis also currently serves on the local Sierra Club chapter promoting environmental issues.
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Catherine Oberfield (nominated by Todd Larson)
Catherine resides in Berwyn and is a farmer by trade. She runs a food scrap pickup service, Berwyn Compost. In addition, while she was a student at the University of Maryland, she assisted with the community garden located at the intersection of Fordham Rd and Rhode Island Ave, adjacent to the trolley trail in the Calvert Hills neighborhood of College Park.
Renee Domogauer (nominated by Caroline Wick)
Renee is a long-time resident of the Calvert Hills neighborhood in College Park. For many years she has organized neighbors to plant and maintain flowers & perennials in the planters along the trolley trail in Calvert Hills. This year, she also helped coordinate planting perennials in the planters along the Old Town section of the trolley trail.
Renee has also worked persistently to reduce litter on the streets of Calvert Hills and Old Town. During the pandemic, she organized neighbors to be responsible for picking up litter along individual streets in the Calvert Hills neighborhood and collaborated with UMD students to pick up litter in the Old Town neighborhood. She also successfully advocated for more trash and recycling receptacles along the trolley trail.
Most recently, Renee organized a refurbishing of the Little Free Library near the College Park daycare.
Meg Oates (nominated by Caroline Wick)
Meg was the driving force behind starting the Calvert Hills Green Team during the pandemic. Meg organized a trash pick-up in Calvert Park, a boat tour of the Anacostia River, and many other activities. Meg recently stepped down as co-chair, but her work laid the foundation for the Green Team's current work. Recently, the Green Team removed English Ivy from trees in Calvert Park and did a trash clean-up around Calvert Hills and Old Town.
Kathy Bryant - nominated for her efforts in raising environmental awareness and working to protect a wetland, located just south of the Old Town Playground and northwest of the College Park metro station, is known as the Sentinel Swamp Sanctuary and sometimes referred to as the “primordial swamp” or “frog pond”.
Scott Wilson – for picking up litter throughout northern College Park.
Russell Robinette – for picking up litter throughout Berwyn on a daily basis
Mr. Van & Mrs. Sangi Tluanga – for greening their home and yard and collecting litter in their neighborhood
Proteus Bikes – for its work in educating the community about biking and leading group bike rides to get more people riding bikes.
Stuart Adams – for his efforts in mobilizing opposition to a proposed development on Route 1 that would have removed a last green space.
Committee for a Better Environment Chair, Todd Larsen, presents Green Award to Laurie Lemieux of Proteus Bicycle.
Committee for a Better Environment Chairs, Todd Larsen and Janis Oppelt, present Green Award to Russell Robinette.
The award for the Environmental Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) went to La Prima Catering, a certified "green" caterer located on Berwyn Road. La Prima offers compostable plates and utensils and uses 100% renewable energy to power its kitchens.
The award for Environmentally Friendly Landscaping went to Frank and Faye Hawkins who have made their North College Park yard not only beautiful but a natural sanctuary for birds, bees and other wildlife.
The award for Environmental Achievement went to Stasia and Myron Hutchison for reducing their energy consumption, installing rain barrels and solar panels, and avoiding pesticides to combat ticks.
The award for Conservation of Natural Resources went to Girl Scout Troop #1734 and its leader Donna Weene for their monthly trash cleanups along Rhode Island Ave in North College Park. Congratulations and thank you all for being so green!
No Green Awards this year, because the group decided to have a contest for a logo design.
Congratulations to the Kathy Everett and Gina Tomko, the winners of the City of College Park's Committee for a Better Environment Litter Logo Contest!
The Committee for a Better Environment set out to find a logo design that raised awareness of litter, proper waste disposal, and recycling in our city.
A design contest was then held during the month of April. Designers of all ages and abilities were asked to incorporate graphic elements, characters, colors, and/or a text slogan to evoke a liter-awareness message.
The winning submission and final design by Gina Tomko and Kathy Everett from the Non-student/Resident Category – they won $250.
Girl Scout Troup 1734 College Park Methodist Church won second place $100 and were in the Elementary/High School student Category
Michelle Delabrer won third place $50 from the University Student Category.
Thank you to all who submitted their designs!
No Green Award given, but the following were nominated:
La Prima La Prima Catering, 5105 Berwyn Rd, College Park, MD 20740 (nominated by Phil Aronson) dedicated to improving our environmental impact. Currently, we offer green services for all catered events, including compostable plates and utensils and farm-to-table menus with organic, locally grown food. Environmental goals include:
Mr. Van & Mrs Sangi Tluanga, 9300 Davidson Street, College Park, MD 20740 (nominated by Zari Malsawma)
Rain barrel, vegetable garden in the backyard, compost pile. Sangi also collects recyclable trash for recycling as she walks the Buck Lodge trail & park.
Mr. Paul & Mrs. Rose Haldemann, 9118 St. Andrews Place, College Park, MD 20740 (nominated by Zari Malsawma)
Just went solar a couple of months ago - solar panels installed on two sides of rooftop. Rose is dedicated to keeping her block clean by picking up trash on the road in front of her house, and keeping the picnic area in the CPW Neighborhood Park across from her house clean.
Stasia and Myron Hutchison of Cherry Hill (nominated by Mary Cook)
Examples of how they protect the environment include: installation of solar panels; use of solar panels to charge battery to run TV displaying their daughter, Caitlyn's environmental video; use of lemon and eucalyptus spray to combat ticks; turning down the thermostat in the winter and up in the summer; use of rain barrels
Clay Gump: Conservation of Natural Resources
Dr. Victor Yakovenko: Environmental 3-Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Christiane Williams: Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification
Robert Boone: Other Environmental Achievements
Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification: Rick Borchelt, botanist and horticulturist, for his garden, which is registered as a National Wildlife Habitat and as a Certified Butterfly Garden; for his use of native and heirloom plants in landscaping; and for his minimal use of herbicides and pesticides.
Conservation of Natural Resources: Vicky Hageman for her work as a Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC) activist to protect Indian Creek, including coordinating clean-ups, reporting dumping violations, and instigating a storm drain awareness program.
Award for Other Environmental Achievements: Eric Maring for his work as an environmental educator of children through music.
"Environmental 3-R's: Reduce - Reuse - Recycle": Spellman House for its installation of 50 solar panels, a cool roof, and an energy-efficient furnace; for use of recycled materials in its fencing and outdoor furniture; and for other environmental efforts, including use of nontoxic paints, installation of a pervious crushed stone walkway, and extensive landscaping.
Jason’s Deli received an honorable mention.
Russell Robinette – Litter cleanup
Joanne Calabrese – Conservation of Natural Resources
Recognition but no award to Department of Public Works (3 Rs);
Boy Scout Troop 740: Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification
David Ruppert: Conservation of Natural Resources and native tree propagation
Davey Rogner, UM student: Other. Founded the University Group on clean energy. Promoted environmental sustainability through music.
National Archives : The 3 R’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Major efforts to decrease energy and water consumption. Invested 10 million dollars in improvements such as low wattage bulbs, and motion sensing lights.
College Park Wesleyan Church: Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification
Chuck and Liz Dorcey: Conservation
Teresa Wertz: Other – Environmental Achievement. Litter reduction in Hollywood
Jackie Kelly received special recognition
Jackie Kelly: 3 Rs. Leadership in reducing reusing, recycling.
Rev. Richard Graham of Hope Lutheran Church: Landscaping and Beautification. Environmentally friendly landscaping
Loren LaVoy, Green Clean, LLC: Conservation of Natural Resources
Lourene Miovski and Tom Bannister: Other Environmental Achievements
Honorable mentions went to Jan van Zutphen and John Krouse
Berwyn Café: Environmental Reuse and Recycling - compost, recycling
Boy Scout Troop 740: Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification – planted 87 trees with Anacostia Watershed and trash cleanups.
University of Maryland Solar Decathalon Team: Conservation of Natural Resources
University of Maryland Garden Club: Other Environmental Achievements - Created first of its kind organic urban garden, and kitchen composting on campus.
Honorable mention went to MOM’s
Moms Organic Market (MOMs) – founding members of clean energy partnership. Recycles all goods, educates on sustainability. Sponsored road clean-ups.
Bill Kelly – Bicycle coalition and individual encouraging biking as an activity and an alternative means of transportation.
Special recognition goes to the Education Subcommittee from University of Maryland for their Elementary School Program, and the UMUC Inn and Conference Center for its LEED Building
Sean & Angela Doyle
Dr. & Anne Riley
Gregory Jones, Principal Holy Redeemer School
Mary Ahalt – garden
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Stevens – Garden planting under Pepco lines
Mr. Cleveland Eugene Taylor – Garden
Alpha Xi Delta Sorority
Mr & Mrs. Walter Melo
Donald Spicer and Lynn Morrison
Joan von Endt
Mary Ellen Gould