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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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Maryland’s Community Solar Is A Climate Game-Changer

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 2:04pm

Community solar “canopy” over a parking lot. Cooler cars, cool renewable energy.

Since the election, the trend of environmental news has been so awful that you may not believe this positive development: In one to two years, you will be able to buy locally harvested, solar-generated electricity priced lower than that coming from your utility.

“Community solar will make it possible for anyone in Maryland to directly access and benefit from renewable energy,” explains Corey Ramsden, program director for the nonprofit MD SUN.

Community Solar’s rules and tariffs are almost set. Pilot projects are in the works. And once the beta projects are analyzed, Community Solar will be ready for prime time in a year or two.

Thanks to legislation codified in 2015 by your state senators and delegates, Maryland renters, businesses, low- to high-income homeowners, farmers, crabbers, Republicans, Democrats, independents, city dwellers and even folks living on a mountaintop, will be able to buy affordable solar energy. Here’s how.

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GreenLaurel: Will Maryland Ban ‘Foam’ Food Containers?

1 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 12:12pm

Avoid using foam cups. Instead of tossing, use foam cups to collect grease and fats when cooking. Fat and grease should never go down any drain (including the toilet!)

A coalition of anti-trash groups and governmental agencies is urging the Maryland General Assembly to consider a bill that would ban the foam. If approved, organizations in Maryland would not be able to package food in foam products, cups, to-go clam shell boxes and trays.

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Making Your Voice Heard: To Frack or Not in Maryland

2 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 10:38am

This West Virginian mountaintop in Doddridge County was flattened to create a six-acre fracking well pad hosting six fracking wells. 

The decision to frack or not in Maryland is finally upon us. Even though most of us don’t live in western Maryland atop the natural gas fields, our state senators and delegates will cast votes to either ban fracking permanently, continue a moratorium or allow fracking permits in October 2017. Here’s the inside news about Maryland’s fracking fight, as well as the best actions you can take to make your voice heard about fracking’s fate in western Maryland. Read More →

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New Beginnings Barbershop: ‘Doing Our Part To Make A Meaningful Difference’

2 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 11:58am

The New Beginnings Barbershop/Kaiser Permanente (KP) dream team is ready to to see you. From left to right: Troy Staton and Caira Daniels (New Beginnings Barbershop owners), Donette Jones (KP nurse), Sayonia Cheeks (KP lab technician) and Dr. Eddye Bullock (KP Physician).

“Our Hollins Market community sits between Baltimore’s two negative stories: The Corner and The Wire,” said Troy Staton, owner of the New Beginnings Barbershop located in Baltimore City. “We’re so much more than those two stories.”

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GreenLaurel: Education and Recycling Come Together at the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 11:21am

Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is a great reason to clean out your office.

“When you see posters, pictures, pencils, and supplies in a classroom, more than likely, a teacher paid for that,” said Melissa Badeker, co-founder of the super-cool nonprofit Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap.

Together with Kathleen Williams, Badeker solved this school supply “distribution” problem with help from an Open Society Institute-Baltimore grant. The former Baltimore City teachers opened a school supply hub where educators can shop for classroom materials at no cost. Since 2014, they’ve swapped $78,000 worth of supplies that would have most likely been trashed. Learn from their effort how you can shop, donate or volunteer and help make Baltimore’s schools better and teachers happier. Read More →

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‘I’ll Have A Burger, Fries and a Large Fluorinated Chemical, Please’

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 1:45pm

Is “food-non-stickage” worth the health issues?

A bunch of smart scientists sampled 400 fast food wrappers and boxes and found that many of the big fast food chains have used unhealthy fluorinated chemicals in their packaging. The group published its findings in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Their conclusion helps to explain how we all have “fluorinated chemicals” in our blood. Read More →

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Md. Take Note: PA’s Fracking Water Contamination Complaints Jump to 40 Percent

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 3:52pm

Can you imagine drinking this well water? Homeowner lives in the Woodland’s community north of Pittsburgh. Claims fracking ruined water. DEP claims fracking did not. Photo courtesy: Dr. John Stolz and Public Herald.

Guess what was found in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) filing cabinets after gas operators drilled 10,027 fracking wells over the last 12 years? Only 9,942 citizen-reported fracking complaints. And forty-four percent of those are drinking water-related. Pennsylvania’s DEP finally released the complaints to Public Herald, an investigative journalism nonprofit. There’s much to learn from Pennsylvania’s now-public 9,942 fracking complaints as legislators decide to frack or not to frack in Western Maryland. Read More →

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Switched Your Energy Supplier to XOOM? You May Be Eligible for a Refund

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 12:30pm

If you switched your home’s energy supplier to XOOM Energy anytime between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014, the rebate information below applies to you. Hurry, though: you only have until next Monday to get your refund paperwork to XOOM.

Those who switched their home’s energy supplier should check to see if they are overpaying for electricity. Though the purchase of switching is regulated to some degree, the pricing part of changing energy suppliers in Maryland is 100 percent “buyer beware.” At least $137 million has been sucked out of Marylanders’ checkbooks into energy suppliers’ vaults. That’s a shame, since energy choice is a good idea — in theory at least.

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