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Green Week in Gaithersburg

The city of Gaithersburg invites you to participate in activities that celebrate and improve the environment during Gaithersburg Green Week, April 2 – 12. In addition to being fun and educational, it is also a great way for students to earn service learning credits while making our community a better place to live. This year’s Green Week features a special screening of People of a Feather, a documentary that captures the peril that the Sanikiluaq people are facing due to environmental and ecosystem devastation.

Environmental Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 2, 6:15 p.m., City Hall Gallery, 31 S. Summit Ave.
Sponsored by Gaithersburg’s Environmental Affairs Committee, the 12th Annual Environmental Awards recognize individuals, businesses, schools, homeowner’s associations, nonprofits, and scouting groups for their commitment to the environment.

Green Week and Arbor Day Proclamation
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 31 S. Summit Ave.
With official proclamations, the Mayor and City Council will designate April 2 – 12 as “Gaithersburg Green Week” and Tuesday April 9, 2013, as “Arbor Day” in the City of Gaithersburg.

Environmental Film Night
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. at Kentlands Stadium 10 Theaters, 629 Center Point Way, Kentlands
Presented by the City of Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee
Join us for a special FREE screening of the film People of a Feather, a feature documentary which tells the story of seven winters spent in the Arctic in the world of the Inuit on the isolated Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. The film connects past, present and future in the Inuits’ unique cultural relationship with the eider duck, whose down is the warmest feather in the world and enables both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.

Admission is free but seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please contact Gaithersburg Environmental Services at 301.258.6330 to register.

Make a Difference Day
Friday, April 5
Use less! Do more! Check the city’s website at for suggestions on how you can improve the environment in your daily life and in our community.

Community Green Up Day
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to Noon
Join hundreds of volunteers as they make a difference throughout the community by cleaning up and beautifying local streams, schools, parks, and homeowner association common areas during Community Green Up Day. The City is looking for volunteers for this event. Students can also earn student service learning credits.

Arbor Day Celebration
Tuesday, April 9
Children at a local elementary school will participate in an Arbor Day program on Tuesday, April 9, emphasizing the importance of trees in our community. During the assembly, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present the City with its 24th annual Tree City Award and the Mayor will donate a tree to the school.

If you or your organization would like more information about participating in Green Week, contact the Office of Environmental Services at 301.258.6330 or e-mail

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