MDLCV Releases 2019 Environmental Scorecard

A Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MDLCV) blog post (2019-10-03) announced the release of its 2019 Environmental Scorecard. The scorecard ranks Maryland senators and delegates based on key environmental votes they took during the 2019 Session.  The scorecard also displays individual senate and house legislative district ratings on a map. From the blog post: Maryland became the first state to pass a statewide ban on Styrofoam food service products, and Maryland is facing the climate crisis…

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Coalition Calls for Release of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

A Chesapeake Climate Change Action Network (CCAN) news release (2019-10-02) announced that a coalition of 26 Maryland-based advocacy groups have sent a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) urging MDE to release its pending Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan. The Plan will outline what the State and local governments must do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below their 2006 levels by 2030. The Plan is a statutory requirement…

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Sun Interviews New Baltimore County Sustainability Officer Stephen Lafferty

A Baltimore Sun article (2019-10-02) interviewed former Maryland Delegate Stephen Lafferty, who recently resigned his position to become Baltimore County's first sustainability officer. The interview covered Lafferty's legislative work on environmental issues, how the County can become more sustainable, and the long-term challenges posed by climate change. From the interview: Baltimore Sun Media: How would you describe your job? What sorts of things have you been working on? Steven Lafferty: Really, it’s been getting acclimated so far.…

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Guess the Name of Frederick City’s Official Ice Cream Flavor

A Daily Record article (2019-09-16) reported that the City of Frederick has designated "Monocacy Mud" as its new official ice cream flavor. The flavor is German chocolate-based and made by South Mountain Creamery in Middletown. It is available for purchase through the Hometown Harvest Kitchen restaurant located in the city. The official flavor was unveiled at The Great Frederick Fair. From the article: South Mountain Creamery partnered on the promotion with the Tourism Council of Frederick…

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Baltimore City Council Delays Action on Plastic Bag Ban Pending Further Bag Fee Discussions

A Baltimore Sun article (2019-09-23) reported that a Baltimore City Council committee delayed sending a  proposed retailer plastic bag ban to a full Council vote due to ongoing discussions on the appropriate fee for paper bags and how much of the fee should go to the retailers. The article stated that the proposed ban was introduced over this summer and included a ban on plastic bags and a 5-cent fee for other bags. The bill provided that…

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Prince George’s Launches Road Sign Clean Up As Part of “Beautification Initiative”

A Washington Post article (2019-09-23) reported that Prince George's County will seek to remove 5,000 illegal road signs over two days. The removal is part of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks's "beautification initiative," which targets illegal dumping and bulk trash removal. Litter has been a long-standing problem in the County. The article that the initiative is being carried out by the County's Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement along with the Department of Public Works and Transportation, the Department…

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Learn How Businesses Can Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic at Sharing Solutions Event

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a short workshop on how businesses can help combat the opioid crisis. The Foundation is offering the workshop in 10 cities nationwide and Maryland was selected as one of the event sites. The event is titled "Sharing Solutions Maryland: Opioids and the Workforce" and will take place from 8:30 am - 10:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn…

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Registration Open For Local Government Energy Efficiency Workshops Hosted by Sustainable Maryland

Sustainable Maryland is hosting a series of leadership training workshops in November on local government energy efficiency policies. The workshops are titled "Municipal Energy Efficiency: Meeting the Climate Deadline" and are open to county officials. From an email notice: The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland will host Sustainable Maryland's annual Leadership Training workshops in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention, and garner support for sustainability…

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Still Time to Get Tickets for “Taste of the Chesapeake” Event

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is holding its annual "Taste of the Chesapeake" event on Thursday, September 26, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Annapolis Hotel. The event includes local food and drink, a silent auction, and an environmental leadership awards ceremony. From the event's webpage: Join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay at our annual Taste of the Chesapeake for an evening of unique Chesapeake-inspired cuisine, local beer and…

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Carroll County Approves $1 Million For Stormwater Management Projects

A Stormwater Solutions article (2019-09-16) reported that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners designated almost $1 million to retrofit a stormwater management marsh at Shiloh Middle School and acquire three acres to expand a separate stormwater pond. The article indicated that the County awarded $958,300 to W.F. Delauter & Sons retrofit the marsh. From the article: Built in 2003, the marsh is no longer in compliance with storm water standards, Janet O’Meara, county watershed management…

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