Monday, September 15, 2014

New D.C. Urban Rain Garden

A new innovative urban rain garden has been installed in downtown Washington, D.C. along the 19th Street corridor. The planted area is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. It is great to see and hopefully there will be more of these urban rain gardens sprouting up around town so the nation's capital can become the greenest city in America and the world.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Costa Rica Adventure August 2014

Arenal Volcano
This summer I took a group eco tour of amazing Costa Rica in Central America. Enthusiastic and experienced environmentalist Ami Greener and his travel company Greener Travel organized the ten-day adventure. The tiny nation the size of West Virginia is one percent of the world's land mass and yet contains five percent of the world's biodiversity. The flora and fauna, the pristine beaches, the happy people, the many cultures, the rainforest, the volcanoes, the cities. When you visit Costa Rica you understand why their most famous saying and national greeting is "Pura Vida," or "Pure Life!"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photos: New Amtrak Cities Sprinter Electric Locomotive

On a recent train trip from Wilmington, Delaware to Washington, D.C. I had the pleasure of riding on a Northeast Regional train with Amtrak's new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive designed by Siemens. The Sprinter is energy efficient and offers a smoother and faster ride. A smart infrastructure investment to improve passenger rail service on the Northeast Corridor.

Photos and Video: Riding New Metro Silver Line

This past Sunday I checked out Metro's new Silver Line Phase One that runs from Largo Town Center in Maryland, through The District, into Arlington along the Orange Line route where it splits off between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and follows the Dulles Access-Toll Road until it elevates and makes its way towards the Tysons area where there are four new stations -- McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill. Then the Silver Line rolls down to ground level and back to the median of the Dulles Access-Toll Road as it travels to its final destination -- Wiehle-Reston East.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Post: 7 Rising Costs and Falling Energy Bills

Rising Costs and Falling Energy Bills 

Almost any adult you speak to will remember a time when products were cheaper. Gas used to be available for under a dollar a gallon. An entire cart of groceries could be purchased for fewer than fifty dollars, and stamps were only a quarter, or less. This day and age has seen a rise in the cost of almost everything, as products become bigger and better or at least more costly. However, there is a product that is coming down in price and can help you save money after installation. You guessed right, solar panels!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photos: Wiehle-Reston East Metro Silver Line Station

After a series of delays and setbacks, the Metro Silver Line is finally set to open to the public on July 26th. Metro's newest line will include four new stations -- three in the Tysons area and the terminus near Reston Town Center. This is Phase One of what will eventually extend past Dulles International Airport to Loudoun County.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Guest Post: 3 of the Founding Fathers On Climate Change

By Michael Marquet

Living in Washington DC one tends to get a little historical. DC, history and green blogging together leads one to wonder what the Founding Fathers would have said about climate change.

Let’s examine 3 test cases: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.