Greening Our Town

Welcome to Greening Our Town, an environmental resources and programs page brought to you by the Town Climate and Environment Committee.  Check out our latest events and other content to learn how our town — and you! — can make environmentally-friendly choices every day.

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Want to help make our town a greener place to live? Email us at to learn about volunteering with our committee or to make a suggestion for future events and programs.

Greener Gardens


  • Healthy Lawns Without Synthetic Chemical Pesticides (October 2021)
  • Reduce Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Use (September 2021)
  • What's the Buzz on Mosquitos? (May 2021)
  • Healthy Lawns (April 2021)
  • Attract Birds with Native Plants (February 2021)



Lee Wick Dennison Sustainable Garden 

Come visit the new Lee Wick Dennison Garden.  The initial installation of the Lee Wick Dennison Sustainable Garden at the southern end of Zimmerman Park was completed in October 2019.  The garden honors the bequest that Ms. Dennison gave to the Town for park beautification within Town.

The grand opening of the garden will take place during the Fall of 2020.  In the meantime, we request that care be taken to protect the fragile plantings by staying on the path. 

Links to all related documents are included here for quick access.

Greener Homes


  • Be Cool! (July 2021)
  • Compost to Reduce Greenhouse Gases! (June 2021)
  • Recycling Made Easy (March 2021)

3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Task Force

Sorting and disposing of household waste appropriately can be confusing, even for recycling enthusiasts! In addition, China’s recent waste management changes have resulted in a <1% acceptance rate of and dramatic price decreases for US recycling materials. In response, the Town of Chevy Chase’s recycling contractor, Goode Companies, has changed its policies for acceptable recycled materials. We are therefore writing to provide you with a brief refresher course in how to dispose of your household waste.

  1. Only include authorized items in your recycling. This is a visual depiction of acceptable recycled items. If an item is not included on the list, it should be either composted (see below) or disposed of in the trash.
  2. No plastic bags! This means you should neither enclose your recyclables in plastic bags nor include bags among the items to be recycled. Instead, recycle plastic bags and plastic films in the bag recycling bin in front of most grocery stores. Cut off any paper labels prior to recycling. Stuff one bag full of other bags, tie it up and pop it in!
  3. Clean all items before recycling. Dirty items, including dirty bulky items, cannot be recycled. Also, dirty items often contaminate other items and prevent their recycling as well. Washing out recyclables including plastic lids, caps, aluminum foil and pans, and metal containers, also helps keep your recycling bins clean.
  4. Separate paper and cardboard. Although we have single stream recycling, loose paper easily becomes contaminated, and small scraps get lost in the shuffle. Putting papers inside a cardboard box or paper bag helps prevent this. Ideally, shredded paper should be enclosed in a paper bag. You can recycle corrugated carboard that does not contain a wax coating, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, books, and wrapping paper.
  5. Sign up for free curbside composting! A wide variety of organic materials are collected every Tuesday by our composting contractor, the Compost Crew, including pizza boxes. Every household can receive one composting bucket free of charge. You can sign up for this service through the Town’s website.
  6. When in doubt, throw it out. Items not specified on either the recycling or the composting list, including cans or bottles of paint, chemicals, motor oil should be put in trash.

And remember, the best way to minimize waste is to reduce purchases, particularly of single-use plastics such as disposable cups and cutlery, and reuse items whenever possible.


Bringing Climate Solutions Home Online Panel Discussion - April 30, 2020

A full audio recording of the panel is available here and the accompanying presentation is available to view here.


Greener Transportation




Green Guides

Local Green Business Directory

Support local businesses that make the environment a priority.

Local Experience Gift Guide

Give the gift of experiences with this mostly local guide.

Renewable Electricity Guide