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noun: the pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

Creating living, thriving places shapes our identity. Sustainable urban areas can work in concert with the environment. Strategic planting of trees decreases the heat island effect. Water quality can be improved by reducing runoff through filtration strategies like green roofs. Pocket parks can foster habitats that support wildlife.

How can we encourage new development that better connects our community to the natural world?


140,272number of acres in the county planted in turf grass
32,600number of acres of parkland in the county
93,400number of forested acres in Montgomery County
72number of butterfly species in Montgomery County

ReThink Speaker

How can we encourage new development that better connects our community to the natural world?
Speaker: Kate Herrod (Director of Ashoka’s Community Greens). Watch. (05/20/2010)

Learn more about the speaker series.

Past Speakers

Andrew Miller, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems at University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the founder of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education. (11/12/2009)

Neil Weinstein, Executive Director of the Low Impact Development Center in Beltsville, MD. (10/08/2009)

Ken Pensyl, Administrator of the Sediment, Stormwater, and Dam Safety Program at the Maryland Department of the Environment. (02/19/2009)

James Murley, serves on the Board of Directors of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Chapter of CNU. (11/15/2007)


No Impact Man
one man's effort to live without impact on the environment

The Vertical Farm Project
skyscrapers can deliver tomatoes

Green Streets - An Innovative Street Design Approach
the best streets derive from a conscious act

Green Streets - City of Vancouver
citizens become volunteer street gardeners