Maryland Smart Energy Communities FY22 Applications Now Open

The Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program is now open and accepting applications for the more than $1.03 million available in Fiscal Year 2022. Existing MSEC communities and first-time applicants are encouraged to apply for the MSEC program administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Funding may be used for energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation projects. The deadline for submitting applications is November 12, 2021. From MEA: Now in its 10th year, the MSEC…

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Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Want Bigger Bay Bridge

Officials from both Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s County are calling for a larger Bay Bridge as intense traffic becomes a regular issue.  In response to a growing need for congestion relief on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, both Anne Arundel County Council and Queen Anne’s County Council recently passed matching resolutions. These resolutions call for the state to upgrade the current bridge to one continuous structure with eight lanes. "'As the lead sponsor of the…

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State Park Leaders Echo Concerns Presented by MACo and Others

At the latest hearing of the State Park Investment Commission, State Park Leaders voiced funding concerns and stressed the need for investment.  Echoing the testimony of local government officials in September, leaders of Maryland's state parks told the State Park Investment Commission about the dire need for investment. Currently, park rangers make just under $12 an hour, making retention a constant challenge. The pandemic has highlighted the need for outdoor recreational space and the value…

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Gov. Hogan Unanimously Nominated Co-Chair of ARC

Governor Larry Hogan was unanimously nominated as states co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  Earlier this week Governor Larry Hogan was unanimously nominated as co-chair of ARC. This January Hogan will succeed Virginia Governor Ralph North; and will be serving with federal co-chair Gayle Manchin. "'At this regional summit, we have had productive discussions about the successes and the great potential of Appalachia to drive more economic growth and upward mobility,' said Governor Hogan.…

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B’More Mayor Signs Legislation Divesting Fossil Fuels from City Pension Funds

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott recently signed a bill requiring city pension funds to divest from fossil fuels within five years.  In a move to help fight climate change, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott recently signed legislation mandating that city pension funds divest from fossil fuel companies within the next five years. According to Maryland Matters: With the pension bill now signed into law, Baltimore’s three employee retirement systems have five years to divest from…

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Governor Hogan Announces Principles for Environmental Legislation

While attending the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council with VA Gov. Northam, Gov. Hogan announces key principles for environmental legislation. During the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, Governor Larry Hogan announced four principles for legislation needed regarding the Chesapeake Bay, climate change, and clean and renewable energy. "'While we have worked hard to make Maryland a national leader on climate change and environmental stewardship, we are committed to building on that…

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Montgomery Extends Free Fares for Ride On Buses Through Jan. 1

In response to ‘Fare Equity Study’ Recommendations, Montgomery County Executive announces the Free Fares for Ride On Buses through the rest of 2021.  Montgomery County's Ride On buses instituted the "fare holiday" as a wider county response to Covid 19. The policy was meant to help low-income families economically impacted by the pandemic. After the release of the “Fare Equity Study”, conducted by the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), County Executive Elrich proposed extending this…

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2022 Keep Maryland Beautiful Applications Open

The program has $320,000 for grants related to Community Beautification, Greening, and Environmental Initiatives. Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants are part of a partnership between Forever Maryland and the Maryland Environmental Trust. For 2022, the program is funded up to $320,000. Grants can be used to fund city beautification projects, greening, and other environmental initiatives. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2021.  "'We are pleased to work with our partners again to offer Keep Maryland…

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MDTA Opens Second Comment Period for American Legion Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced the opening of the second comment period for tolls on the American Legion Bridge. Comments will be accepted now through October 28 at 5pm.  The MDTA has opened the second comment period, part of the toll rate range setting process for proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. According to an MDTA press release, comments can be submitted one of…

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Calvert Earns National Parks and Recreation Accreditation

Calvert County recently earned National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation. Calvert County's Department of Parks & Recreation recently received accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This prestigious accreditation is granted to first in class parks departments nationally. "'Achieving CAPRA accreditation is proof of Calvert County’s commitment to providing world-class parks, facilities, and programs to our residents,' said Board of County Commissioners President Earl F.…

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