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Kentlands Day

I hope to see you at the third annual Kentlands Day celebration on May 7, 2011.  For more information, click here.  This is always a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is great about the Kentlands — the schools, the businesses, the commitment to service, and the strong sense of community.  Enjoy the parade, the live entertainment, and the delicious foods of the “Taste of Kentlands,” and help support good causes like the Kentlands Community Foundation and Lakelands Park Middle School — organizations that the City has been proud to work closely with and to support.

As a former resident (and continuing property owner) in Kentlands, I can attest to the special quality of life in this idyllic New Urbanist community, and I have worked hard as a City Councilmember to ensure that Kentlands thrives going forward. I participated in the 2007 charrette, and  soon after being sworn in, I pushed for more signage to advertise the many wonderful shops and restaurants.  I also fought for an extra $50,000 in last year’s budget to implement recommendations from the 2007 charrette, even though it was a very tight budget year.  My family and I are frequent patrons of the restaurants and stores in Kentlands (as well as events at the Arts Barn and Mansion, Oktoberfest, the 5K race, the Main Street Music Festival and more).  I was an early proponent of the Kentlands Downtown Partnership when I served as the City Council liaison to the Market Square Advisory Committee, and I have been in discussions with the KDP about exploring the creation of an official Arts & Entertainment District in Kentlands.  Additionally, I have strongly advocated for the “Kentlands alignment” of the future CCT route along Great Seneca Highway.

Kentlands is a special place — the award-winning flagship development showcasing New Urbanism for the nation — and Kentlands Day is a great way to celebrate it.  I hope to see many of you there, and I hope to have your support at the polls in November so I can continue my work on the Council supporting the current and future success of the Kentlands.


Green Week

Green Week in the City of Gaithersburg kicks off today with our Environmental Awards reception.  For details on events throughout the week, click here.  This series of interesting programs is a great way to highlight Gaithersburg’s special commitment to being green.

We have been recognized as a “Tree City USA” for many years, and in recent years we have approved some of the most cutting-edge construction standards to ensure that all new commercial, multifamily residential, and municipal buildings are LEED certified.  Our new Youth Center in Olde Towne recently was named the very first LEED-Platinum youth center in the entire nation! The City’s environmentally friendly vehicle fleet includes hybrid cars, retrofitted diesel trucks, and a new fuel management system to reduce pollution and waste.

We are using stimulus funds to conduct energy efficiency audits at city facilities, and some of our newer developments have committed to LED street lamps.  Our renowned Winter Lights festival has now also converted to LED lights.  We are pursuing legal proceedings to require Pepco to create incentives for converting more street lamps to LED bulbs.  Our city council meeting packets have gone digital to reduce our paper consumption, we have kicked off an employee vanpool, and our development goals focus on walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented communities in line with “smart growth” sustainability standards.

We preserve open space with several city parks and with strict requirements on new development.  We are designing new stormwater management standards in line with new state and federal directives for protecting the Chesapeake Bay, and we offer subsidies for the installation of rain barrels.  Our new procurement guidelines also weigh in favor of companies that use environmentally friendly methods.

And of course, we provide free 65-gallon recycling bins for every single-family home or townhouse that wants one, and we were one of the first jurisdictions in the region to implement “single stream” recycling and accept a wider array of plastic containers and other items for recycling.

It’s no wonder our official city color is green and our logo centers around a tree.  I am proud to have helped institute many of these initiatives, and I will continue my strong commitment to environmentalism and energy efficiency if re-elected.