Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Apr 25, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

PHG Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 13 2015, 7:00 pm at Miller Library.

The Patapsco Heritage Area was created in January 2015, with Patapsco Heritage Greenway as the managing entity of it. An Executive Director, Mary Catherine Cochran, was hired in March 2015.

The Sierra Club was involved with the review of the Management Plan for the Heritage Area. The PHG 2015 Annual Meeting represents the first opportunity for an update to the public since the certification. Note that reservations are requested; contact patapscoinfo@gmail.com.

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Date: Apr 24, 2015
By: Ridg Mills

Make plans now to attend a reunion picnic at Hillsmere Shores Community Beach

Saturday, June 20, 2015

12:00 until 4:00 pm

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Date: Apr 22, 2015
By: David Smedick

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took swift action during his first day in office this January to unlawfully block the implementation of critical clean air regulations that would have protected the public health by cleaning up pollution from Maryland’s coal-fired power plants. These carefully-crafted safeguards were the product of a fifteen-month stakeholder process that brought together power plant owners, public health groups, environmental advocates, and concerned citizens. The protections were formally adopted by the Maryland Department of the Environment after receiving the unanimous endorsement of the state’s independent air quality advisory council, and were hours from being published when Governor Hogan took office and stopped the presses. Now, after taking no action to implement the protections during his first three months in office, Governor Hogan has invoked “emergency” rulemaking authority to ram forward dramatically weakened rules without any public input.

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Date: Apr 17, 2015
By: Kristin Cook

Safe Lawn Care Bill 52-14

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Date: Apr 17, 2015
By: Kristin Cook

Testimony of Montgomery County Sierra Club

Montgomery County MD, County Council Transportation and Environment Committee

4/16/15

 

Thank you, Chairman Berliner and Councilmembers for holding this briefing on the status of greenhouse gas emission reduction in Montgomery County.  My name is Michal Freedman and I am here as a member of the Montgomery County Sierra Club Executive Committee, representing the more than 5,000 Sierra Club members in Montgomery County.

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Date: Apr 16, 2015
By: Doreen Cantor Paster

Maryland’s 2015 Legislative Session just ended!  It was a nail-biter to the end – one of our bills was finally voted on at 10:32 PM on the final day of session (Monday April 13).  All in all, we had a number of significant victories, including several priority bills we identified last fall – thanks in part to the many people who responded to emails and calls by making their views known to their legislators!  Read on to see where our lobbying made a difference.

VICTORIES

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Date: Apr 16, 2015

Maryland’s 2015 Legislative Session just ended!  It was a nail-biter to the end – one of our bills was finally voted on at 10:32 PM on the final day of session (Monday April 13).  All in all, we had a number of significant victories, including several priority bills we identified last fall – thanks in part to the many people who responded to emails and calls by making their views known to their legislators!  Read on to see where our lobbying made a difference.

VICTORIES

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Date: Apr 15, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Howard County's FY 2016 proposed budget has set aside a large sum to install synthetic turf in six different locations within the county, including Centennial Park and three high schools. Artificial turf has a reputation for injuring athletes; the material also contains dozens of toxic chemicals, and may even be linked to cases of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in teens with high exposure to the turf. Because of the potential risk, both the Los Angeles Public School System and the New York City Department of Parks have stopped installing synthetic turf. 

On top of that, grass fields with the right maintenance programs can actually be cheaper than the imitation. 

There will be a hearing open to the public on Monday April 29th at 7:30 pm in the Banneker Room of the Howard Building (3430 Court House Dr #100, Ellicott City, MD 21043). Sign up to speak or go online to submit testimony. Then stand with us at the hearing to save our green playing fields.

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Date: Apr 09, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

When we said renewable energy source, we didn't mean garbage. And burning garbage for power is not the "energy answer" we were looking for. Now that both the Howard County government and school system have separately cancelled their contracts with Energy Answers International, it's almost certain that the trash-fueled incinerator at Curtis Bay will never be built. 

Thank you to the Howard County officials who made the choice for clean energy...and incidentally, support reducing, recycling and composting that particular resource instead.

To celebrate, there will be an outdoor concert for people from all over Maryland to explore positive alternatives for Curtis Bay--like an exciting solar energy proposal--alongside the residents there through art, music, and fellowship.

WHAT: Concert and Art Festival for Fair Development

WHEN: April 25, 2015, at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

WHERE: Benjamin Franklin High School, 1201 Cambria St., Baltimore, MD 21225 

RSVP 

Sierra Club Carpoolhttp://www.groupcarpool.com/t/khazxv

Questions? Contact the Staff Organizer for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, Seth Bush, at seth.bush@sierraclub.org.

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Date: Apr 08, 2015
By: Seth Bush
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today that it will invest an additional $30 million in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign to secure replacement of half the nation’s coal fleet by 2017 with clean energy. Building on a successful, state-driven strategy that has made it possible for the U.S. to be a world leader in aggressive emission reductions, the new round of funding builds on a previous commitment of $50 million, raising the foundation’s overall investment in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign to $80 million.