The Edmonston Green Team’s vision is to carry out existing green policies and to provide a platform for new ideas and initiatives. The primary goal is to make Edmonston a healthier place to live. The community’s health requires a multi-faceted approach: increased accessibility for cyclists, runners, and walkers; clean air and energy; a tree canopy for each street that mirrors efforts from the green street; sustainable efforts for recycling, compost, and trash; and promotion of healthy and local food.
The Green Team meets from 7-8 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month, and encourages citizen involvement. It is active year round. Besides helping Edmonston to create the first “Green” Street in Maryland, The Team has obtained the Tree City USA designation for the Town, helped to create a community garden and a fruit forest. They have completed design and begun construction an additional “Green” street in Edmonston. The Green Team has promoted Dumpster days, the Community Forklift Garden Party, ECO City Food Day, ECO City CSA program and worked with the HEAL initiative to give away fruit trees to residents and vegetable containers. Members have volunteered with Earth Day, Clean Up Green Up days, Port Towns Farmers Market, Edmonston Day and Night Out Against Crime. The team meets monthly at the Edmonston Town Hall. The Green Team has been instrumental in the Town receiving national recognition for its environmental efforts. America In Bloom awarded Edmonston its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015 to Edmonston for its environmental efforts.
The Green Team reviewed and updated the 2013-2016 Action plan at their June 15, 2016, meeting providing updates on each objective. The Team brainstormed new action items for the next 3 years. Download action plan (2016-2019) [.xls].
The original Edmonston Green Team was founded under the leadership of former mayor, Adam Ortiz. The first rendition of the Edmonston Green Team implemented a Green Street, which spans the length of Decatur Street, and features:
- Increased accessibility for bikers, walkers, and runners – including permeable bike lanes that connect to trails leading north into Maryland and south into Washington, D.C.
- Storm water bio retention and filtration system – featuring bio retention cells that divert storm water runoff into beds of native plants and grasses, keeping the Anacostia River (and subsequently the Potomac and Chesapeake) a little cleaner
- Efficient, LED streetlight fixtures, powered by clean wind energy
- Recycled Materials whenever possibility The Green Team consists of residents from Edmonston, elected officials, businesses and staff from the Town of Edmonston.
America in Bloom. For the past three years, Edmonston has participated in America in Bloom. This year Edmonston received four blooms. Read the Community Profile (pdf) below:
Edmonston Community Garden. Through a partnership with the Port Towns Community Health Partnership, Kaiser Permanente, Home Depot, Community Forklift, ECO City Farms and the Town of Edmonston, the Edmonston community garden became a reality in 2016. Volunteers from the University of Maryland and Ft. Lincoln Medical Clinic helped build the garden plots in time for the May 8, 2016, grand opening. The garden has 10 plots and is flanked by a fruit forest around. John Johnson, local resident and Town Council member serves as the Garden Coordinator. Currently, 9 of the 10 plots are leased by Edmonston residents. The 10th plot is used as a pollinator garden with flowers. The garden is located at 5010 47th Avenue in Edmonston. The Town obtained a long-term lease for the land the garden, which is owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Though M-NCPPC owns the property, it is maintained by the Town of Edmonston Public Works employees with the assistance of volunteers.