Green Burial: An Environmentally Friendly Option to Return the Body to Earth

Jane Berkow speaking during presentation

View our May speaker series featuring Jane Berkow, the president of the Green Burial Association of Maryland, which she helped found in 2015. In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, where she worked for 20 years as an organization development consultant.

Where the Wild Things Live

Sign denoting wildflower area

Bowie —  Two years after Bowie was certified as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, the community has not stopped promoting its efforts to reverse the loss of wildlife habitat and promote the use of green spaces.

Rural Living, Just Beyond the Beltway

Pig at Cabin Creek Heritage Farm

Upper Marlboro — Cabin Creek Heritage Farm is an example of what the Prince George’s County Planning Department was striving to achieve in its RCP. The goal of the plan is “preserving our existing rural and agricultural communities including our rural viewsheds, farmland, and the agricultural economy.”

Cheverly Draws D.C. Commuters with Small-Town Feel

STEM students play lacrosse in Cheverly

Cheverly embraces its small-town feel—the 1.35-square-mile area is mostly residential. This zoning mimics most of the surrounding area. The 2017 Preliminary Greater Cheverly Sector Plan states that 32 percent of the greater area (2,507 acres) is residential, and 87 percent of those homes are single-family residences.

Hands-on Education for Local Students

Cherry Blossoms at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Bladensburg Waterfront Park — As part of the 2007 Approved Bladensburg Town Center Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment, the Prince George’s County Planning Department envisioned the revitalized Anacostia waterfront as “a draw to the community and an attractive western gateway, balanced by the cultural features of the town’s eastern gateway at the Publick Playhouse.”

Mapping Project Aims to Protect and Improve Maintenance of Cemeteries

Cemetery

The Prince George’s County Planning Department’s internal database of the cemetery locations, not yet available to the public, helps staff identify cemeteries as plans for development begin, and helps developers mitigate issues with preserving, protecting, and providing access to cemeteries.