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Organic Lawn Care Leads Off as Climate Solutions Speaker Series Sprouts This Spring

March means the launch of Rockville’s Climate Solutions Speaker Series, featuring a look at how organic lawn care can lead to a healthier environment and lawn.

Other series speakers will explore sustainable landscaping and a net-zero energy home.

The series kickoff, “How to Maintain a Healthy, Organic Lawn” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, features Mary Travaglini, manager of the organic lawn and landscape program for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Travaglini will present practical lawn care steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and help protect Rockville’s environment. For more information, and to register for this online presentation, visit

Thursday, April 7: “Sustainable Home Landscaping 101,” 7-8 p.m. Virtual. Learn first steps and practical tips for creating a beautiful and sustainable home garden with Beth Ginter, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council. Topics will include planning and design tips, choosing plants, using natives and reducing invasives, and creating wildlife habitat. Register at

Thursday, May 12: “Building and Living in Montgomery County’s First Certified Net Zero Energy Home.” 7-8 p.m. Virtual. A middle-income family living in a 1951 Twinbrook Cape Cod remodeled their home to be 100% powered by the sun. Learn from Clark Reed, chair of the Rockville Environment Commission, how his home became Montgomery County’s first certified net-zero energy home, using colonial architectural features to improve climate resiliency. Register at

For future lectures, in the fall, see and future issues of “Rockville Reports.”

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