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2015 Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes – FREE Download!

Download the booklet HERE! The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 60 solar and green homes on tour (see map below). Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, […]

Click on the booklet to download the PDF version.

2015 Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes – FREE Download!

Download the booklet HERE! The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 60 solar and green homes on tour (see map below). Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, […]

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Under Construction…

Ecologia (www.ecologiadesign.com) founder Michael Judd has spent nearly 20 years working throughout North and South America to promote edible and ecological landscape design. In Nicaragua his non-profit organization Project Bona Fide helps to develop solutions to provide food security and sustainable crops with higher market values in rural communities. He has recently published his first […]

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Seed of Life Nurseries and CSA

Proverbs 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. The idea of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is nothing new, but by truly putting the community first Seed of Life Nurseries has set themselves apart from the competition. For less than $23 a week a family of four […]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns Thriving in D.C. Region

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Ellen Post. The world’s carbon-based economies have a problem. Scientists say we must limit global warming to 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change. To meet this goal, we can burn only 565 gigatons more carbon. But the fossil fuel industry has 2,765 gigatons of carbon in their […]

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SkyTruth

Sometimes it’s impossible to see the changes in the world around you from the ground. You have to get a different perspective. That’s exactly what SkyTruth (www.skytruth.org) a local nonprofit accomplishes with their compelling satellite photographs showing environmental impacts from around the world. SkyTruth’s mission is to empower citizen scientists, government bodies and research organizations […]

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2015 Solar & Green Home tour. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to produce the tour. Our Sponsors… British American Auto Care: We embrace more than just environmental stewardship. As a family owned business operating in Columbia, MD since 1978, we know that we have to take special […]

2015 Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes – FREE Download!

Download the booklet HERE! The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 60 solar and green homes on tour (see map below). Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, […]

Under Construction…

Ecologia (www.ecologiadesign.com) founder Michael Judd has spent nearly 20 years working throughout North and South America to promote edible and ecological landscape design. In Nicaragua his non-profit organization Project Bona Fide helps to develop solutions to provide food security and sustainable crops with higher market values in rural communities. He has recently published his first […]

2015 Solar Tour Sponsors

2015 Solar and Green Home Tours (October 3 – 4, 2015) To all of our supporters, we have some exciting news… this year we are combining the Maryland and the DC Metro area solar and green home tours into one huge regional tour. The 2015 Tour Guide: We anticipate that this year’s guide will be 60+ pages […]

Seed of Life Nurseries and CSA

Proverbs 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. The idea of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is nothing new, but by truly putting the community first Seed of Life Nurseries has set themselves apart from the competition. For less than $23 a week a family of four […]

SkyTruth

Sometimes it’s impossible to see the changes in the world around you from the ground. You have to get a different perspective. That’s exactly what SkyTruth (www.skytruth.org) a local nonprofit accomplishes with their compelling satellite photographs showing environmental impacts from around the world. SkyTruth’s mission is to empower citizen scientists, government bodies and research organizations […]

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns Thriving in D.C. Region

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Ellen Post. The world’s carbon-based economies have a problem. Scientists say we must limit global warming to 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change. To meet this goal, we can burn only 565 gigatons more carbon. But the fossil fuel industry has 2,765 gigatons of carbon in their […]

Save Your Stream From Your Lawn

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Shannon Moore. Your yard is a heaven where dogs frolic, flowers bloom, and a lush green carpet of grass creates a sense of order and calm. It’s also a source of pollution from pet waste and fertilizer. The hot water coming off your roof, walkways and driveways […]

One Day in October

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Ron Kaltenbaugh. The first weekend in October – little did I realize six years ago that this weekend would become so important to me. Discovering the solar tour has sent me down a path leading to many changes in my life, our house, our driving habits, and even […]

Neighbors Going Solar Together, Saving Money

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Emily Stiever. Over the last year more than 500 homeowners from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area have organized themselves into solar co-ops to go solar together and save money! Working with local non-profit Community Power Network (CPN), the co-op members leverage their collective buying power and […]

2014 Solar Tour Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2014 Solar & Green Home tour. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to produce the tour. Our Sponsors… Sustainable Design Group: The mission of Sustainable Design Group is to build homes and communities that are in complete harmony with man, nature and the spirit of the place. We […]

2014 Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have 46 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 4 and 5. Plan your trip in […]

2014 Tour Homes

1. Myersville, MD (address available in booklet) ABOUT THE HOME: This is a 3,300 square foot Net Zero Home, which means it produces as much energy than it uses. This home has a 10.5 kilowatt PV solar system with battery backup along with 4-(30 tube) solar thermal panels. With the energy efficiency upgrades they were […]

Edible Landscaping

A few hundred years ago only royalty could afford to have gardens that didn’t produce food. After centuries spent on gardens that exist only for aesthetic value there is finally a movement towards arranging attractive and edible plants to produce spaces that are feasts for the eyes and the mouth. Edible landscaping is a specialized […]

Consumer Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was conceptualized by a small group of Japanese women in the 1960’s who were concerned about the effects of pesticides and processed foods on their communities. The Teikei Movement, as they came to be called, connected consumers with local growers. Teikei translates to mean “partnership or cooperation” but the members of […]

Solar in Maryland is Booming!

Maryland ranked number nine in the nation in terms of total installed capacity in 2012. We broke into the Top Ten, even though we are a small state. The previous year (2011) Maryland was 12th. In 2012, we more than doubled our installs from 2011 and put in 80 megawatts (MW) of capacity, passing up […]

We Can Make a Difference Through Our Actions

“Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It’s happening now. It’s harmful and human-caused. We can make a difference through our actions.” These are the opening words of Maryland’s “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan”, released by Governor Martin O’Malley in July of this year. The Governor noted in his speech that Maryland is especially vulnerable to […]

State Solar Listserves: A Resource for All Things Solar

Interested in going solar but not sure where to start? Want to connect with other solar enthusiasts in your area? Then check out a solar network in your state!   Citizens in DC, MD, VA and WV have recently formed solar networks as part of an effort to build support for solar in their states. The […]

Campaign To Divest

In his June 25 climate address, President Obama stated: “Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.” The Divest Montgomery County campaign aims to do that, and ultimately encourage installation of solar energy in the County and across the nation. The County’s Employee Retirement […]

Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 48 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 5 and 6. Plan your […]