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Greenlaurel: Beneath the Surface of Baltimore Harbor’s Failing Clean-Up Grade

1 Written by: | Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:37pm

The Waterfront Partnership and Baltimore City have joined paddles to expand the affordable public kayaking program.

At face value, the 2016 Healthy Harbor Report is pretty depressing. Another year of failing grades in swimming stats and fecal matter and pollutant levels. But if you dive beneath the surface, there’s a clear story of progress, pipes and partnership. If only time could speed up a bit so we could all enjoy — maybe even swim — in a cleaner Baltimore Harbor sooner, rather than later.

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GreenLaurel: Does Your Next Car Make a Difference to Our Climate?

3 Written by: | Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:38pm

An electric-fueled (EV) car charged at a home switched to cheaper-than-BGE-electricity is emission-free.


The average two cars that your family tootles around in contribute about 40 percent of your family’s 48,800 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year (see below). Check out how your car’s emissions stack up, and consider switching to a sedan, a hybrid or an electric vehicle to lighten your CO2 load. Then, take two minutes and switch your home to green energy and you’ll be part of the solution. These individual actions can’t come at a more critical time for our climate. The planet just hit historic CO2 levels.

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GreenLaurel: What’s Driving the Chesapeake Bay’s Improving Health?

1 Written by: | Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:50pm

Despite President Trump’s suggestion to eradicate $73 million in federal Chesapeake Bay restoration funding, Congress has kept the money in its proposed budget for next year.

“Save the Bay”: A slogan we’ve seen and heard for decades. And decades is how long it has taken to get the mechanisms, financial support and state, federal and nonprofit leadership in place to revive the 64,000-acre estuary.

The good news is that we are reviving the Chesapeake Bay. The latest University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES) Chesapeake Bay Report Card, as well as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report, both say the Chesapeake Bay is slowly and steadily improving. Here’s why. Read More →

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GreenLaurel: City’s Carver High Carpentry Students Learn on the Job at Second Chance

0 Written by: | Friday, May 05, 2017 8:36am

Carver Vo-Tech’s carpentry team building storage and display shelves at Second Chance.

Since 1925, Baltimore City’s Carver Vocational-Technical High School has offered students a college prep high school education with a pathway to one of nine vocational careers. Today, led by teacher Greg McDevitt, Carver carpentry students are not only trade apprentices, but they also give back to Baltimore as volunteers. The students’ ongoing volunteer project at Second Chance caught our eye.

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GreenLaurel: Big Towson Solar Install is Win For Seniors, Job Seekers and Climate

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 2:11pm

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Constellation volunteers worked side-by-side to install 300 solar panels on St. Ambrose’s Aigburth Vale Senior Community.

We’ve been fishing for stories that spotlight Baltimore’s sustainability partnerships that bring together teams from public, private and nonprofit sectors. From Civic Works’ solar job training to cleaning up the Inner Harbor, many partnerships are making Baltimore better.

On the St. Ambrose Aigburth Vale Senior Community’s rooftop in Towson last week, yet another great partnership was at work. It was there that Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, Constellation solar volunteers and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic solar trainees gathered to outfit the building with a sustainable supply of energy.

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The Seven (Mostly Free) EmPOWER Maryland Offers You May Be Missing

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 4:16pm

Image courtesy of Western Cooling Efficiency Center UC Davis

With little fanfare and even less media splash, lawmakers passed the energy efficiency-related EmPOWER Maryland law this past session. This anti-energy-waste law will save you big cash. Read More →

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GreenLaurel: Four Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Baltimore Today

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 1:24pm

A smart bunch of oceanographers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and others combed through 114 years of Maryland weather data. They discovered something you may already suspect: Baltimore’s weather and climate have changed significantly. Yet, how it’s changing — and will continue to change — our daily life may surprise you. Here’s what to expect and how you can be part of the climate solution. 

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Ignite Your Sustainability at GreenLab@LightCity

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 1:28pm

Light City Baltimore’s electricity bill won’t break the bank this year. The event’s light installations use state-of-the-art energy-saving lighting units. Credit: Light City/BOPA

For a second year, Light City Baltimore will light up our town with a world-class light show, art, music and innovation conferences from March 31 to April 8. According to Jamie McDonald, Light City’s board co-chair, “If the light celebration, music and art is the beauty, the Labs@LightCity innovation conferences during the day are the brains.”

Consider checking out the sustainability-focused GreenLab@LightCity on April 4. GreenLab will offer insights and strategies from national and local thinkers on how we can chart a sustainable future for every zip code.

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GreenLaurel: Marylanders Choose To Ban Fracking

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 2:26pm

Protesters outside Baltimore Sen. Joan Carter Conway’s office in November 2016.

Maryland’s legislature has officially voted to ban fracking within its borders. Yesterday, the Senate voted 35-10 in favor of banning hydraulic fracturing, a little over two weeks after the House of Delegates passed the same ban bill with a veto-proof margin. How Maryland banned fracking is pretty interesting, especially in light of the complete undoing of environmental laws by the Trump administration.

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GreenLaurel: Two April Marches in D.C. Come at Critical Time for Climate Change

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 3:42pm

People’s Climate March 2014 in New York City.

Activists have planned two worldwide protest marches for this April in Washington, D.C. in response to President Trump and the GOP’s all-out attacks on scientists, the Environmental Protection Agency and climate change policies. The March for Science will take place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Following a week of “protests in action,” the People’s Climate March will take place on Trump’s 100th day in office, April 29, 2017.  Read More →

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