News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Takoma Park Quarter Finalist for Georgetown University Energy Prize!

Friday, August 8, 2014

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The City of Takoma Park is a quarter-finalist for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The City is among a very select group of only 52 small to medium sized cities and counties from across the country that have advanced to the quarterfinalist round of the competition. Arlington Virginia is the closest competing jurisdiction.

You can read more about the competition at There is also a press release from Georgetown University available.

Community Development Block Grant Program

Monday, August 4, 2014

Applications due September 8, 2014

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to fund activities that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents of Takoma Park. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to programming or projects that address local housing, employment, crime prevention, childcare, health care, drug abuse prevention, education, mental health, welfare, neighborhood revitalization, or recreation needs.

Approximately $13,500 is available for programming which primarily benefits individuals or households of low and moderate incomes. An estimated $77,500 is available for capital projects benefiting low and moderate-income neighborhoods. The project could be something that an organization does on its own or in partnership with the City of Takoma Park. Funds would be available in mid to late 2015.

Additional information and a copy of the FY16 CDBG Application can be accessed online at

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Takoma Park's Housing and Community Development Department at 301-891-7119.

The August Newsletter is Here!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Takoma Park's new sustainability manager is moving quickly with plans to green the city, and older Takoma Parkers are considering the importance of community as they age. Learn more, plus see survey results showing what residents think of their home town, profiles of artists and writers, and gorgeous photos of the Fourth of July parade in this month's newsletter!

Download the newsletter here or check it out on our newsletter page (and includes archived newsletters from previous months!)

Quick Home Energy Check-up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Canvassers are in Takoma Park this week (July 28, 2014) to talk energy efficiency and help you sign up for a Quick Home Energy Check-up (QHEC). During a QHEC you can get free items such as new light bulbs and shower heads, advice from a certified energy expert, and a report to show you more ways to save energy and money. Be sure to look for the canvasser's ID badge before you sign up, and always ask for a call-back phone number if you are concerned about legitimacy. The name of the company providing the QHECs for Pepco in this area is called ECOBECO.

To learn more about the Quick Home Energy Check-up program go to

Two Great Upcoming Library Events!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Takoma Park Maryland Library has two amazing author events coming up in late August!

Kate DiCamillo

Mark your calendars to meet a true children’s literature star! Author Kate DiCamillo – the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – will speak on Friday, August 29 at 7:00 pm (calendar) at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. DiCamillo won the 2014 Newbery Medal for her book “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” and she’ll talk about that book, her 2004 Newbery Medal-winning book “The Tale of Despereaux,”  her latest book, “Leroy Ninker Saddles Up,” and more. DiCamillo will sign books at the end of the program; books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore. But no purchase is necessary to attend this free – and very special! – program.

Peter Brown

Award-winning children’s book author/artist Peter Brown will speak about his newest book, “My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not!),” on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm (calendar) at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. Brown’s program will include a drawing demonstration.  Brown is the creator of such popular picture books as “The Curious Garden,” “Children Make Terrific Pets,” the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book “Creepy Carrots,” and “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” the winner of the 2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Picture Book Award. Brown’s books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore, but our event is free and no purchase is required to attend.

See you there!

2014 Resident Survey Available for Review!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The City of Takoma Park Resident Survey 2014 Report of Results are now available for viewing and download! The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey was mailed to 3,000 randomly selected Takoma Park households. Of the 2,862 eligible households who received the survey, 1,071 completed and returned the mailed questionnaire.

The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey serves as a consumer report card for Takoma Park by providing residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in the City, as well as the community’s amenities, service delivery and their satisfaction with local government. The survey also permits residents to provide feedback to government on what is working well and what is not, and to communicate their priorities for community planning and resource allocation. This was the third implementation of the Takoma Park Resident Survey; the first was conducted in 2007 and the second in 2009. 

The 2014 survey, along with those from previous years, are available as a PDFs on the Resident Surveys page:

New at the Library: Energy Use Meter for Home Use!

Friday, June 27, 2014

You can now check out a Belkin "Conserve Insight" energy use meter at the Takoma Park Library. The device is similar to a Kill-a-Watt, and can help you identify which appliances and gadgets in your home are using the most electricity. Simply plug the Conserve Insight into an outlet, then plug an appliance or other electronic device into the Conserve Insight, and the meter will display how much money and electricity the item uses. Understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. This new item is being offered in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, a City-wide effort to reduce energy use. You can check out the Conserve Insight at the library main desk, the lending period is 3 weeks.

If you have questions about the device, contact the Sustainability Manager, Gina Mathias, at, or 301-891-7623.