About buildings, parks & spaces

March 25, 2007 at 12:26 pm 80 comments

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  • 1. dougretzler  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Friends of Patterson Park
    Includes events, facilities information, & more.


  • 2. dougretzler  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Herring Run Watershed Association
    Improve the environmental quality of the Herring
    for the mutual benefit of its community and the Chesapeake Bay by mobilizing volunteers for advocacy, restoration, and education.

    Fax: 410-254-2206

  • 3. dougretzler  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Gwynn Falls Watershed Ecological Recource Atlas
    Survey project for the Gwynns Falls Watershed Assoc.


  • 4. dougretzler  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Parks and People Foundation

    Non-Profit organization striving to improve the quality of life for all people in the Baltimore area through educational and recreational programs that motivate young people and through partnerships that create and sustain green spaces within our city.


    Comprehensive events calendar, including many activities for and involving Baltimore area kids:


  • 5. dougretzler  |  March 29, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Tour du Parks (Tour Dem Parks, Hon)
    Yearly bike circuit of Baltimore parks


  • 6. dougretzler  |  March 30, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Green Building Institute
    fostering sustainable building practices through education and example

    The Enviro-Center
    7761 Waterloo Road
    Jessup, Maryland 20794
    Tel: (443) 733-1234
    Fax: (443) 733-1219


  • 7. TheGreenPigAlleyHouses  |  April 1, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Green Construction in PigTown-ModerateIncome SharedEquityHomeOwnership-going UtilityFree All Solar Photo Voltaic.


  • 8. loisgreencity  |  April 2, 2007 at 12:37 am

    School is first to go ‘green’ in md– Baltimore Sun 3/26/07 article


  • 9. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Ronald MacDonald House Gets Gift of Energy Efficiency–11/16/06 article


  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:35 am

    The DeckerWalk envirowhomes – A Patterson Park CDC Community

    Created to minimize the negative impact on the environment while providing for improved occupant comfort. Will earn the EPA’s Energy Star Rating.


  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Century Engineering Building in Hunt Valley Opened September 14, 2006

    One of the first commercial buildings completed in Baltimore County that meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) standards for environmental friendliness. Wind will provide the electricity for the building for the next five years.




  • 12. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Green Building Tax Credits available through Maryland Energy Administration for certain buildings in MD w/ at least 20,000 feet of interior space

    – program has provided $25 million in tax credits for 18 projects across the state


  • 13. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Baltimore City Green Building Task Force Report issued April 2006


    Key recommendations:

    -establish Office of Sustainability

    -Develop & implement green bldg stds for public sector projects of Baltimore City

    -Encourage green building & sustainable practices for privately funded & financed construction & renovation projects

    -Address stormwater manaagement, green transportation & material resource issues

  • 14. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Maryland Science Center–Solar Roofs Program

    IMAX Wall-Mounted PV system coming soon!


  • 15. loisgreencity  |  April 3, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Frankford Estates Townhomes–Baltimore City


  • 16. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    BELIEVE in a greener Baltimore

    Baltimore City’s volunteer parks service program funded through the Baltimore City Foundation, and other volunteer conservation programs at:


  • 17. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 9:29 pm


    Effort by Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Forestry Division, the citizens of Baltimore & local businesses to DOUBLE the city’s Urban Tree Canopy and to develop a Management Plan for Baltimore’s Trees and Forests.


    Non-profit, Grant making, and Corporate community should contact Myra Brosius, TreeBaltimore Coordinator at (410) 396-6109, myra.brosius@baltimorecity.gov.

  • 18. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:04 am

    Baltimore City Greenways & Parks List


  • 19. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:06 am

    Bureau of Parks Guide


  • 20. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Gwynns Falls Trail

    Unique urban hiking and biking trail providing access to a scenic and historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City. The Trail travels through an environmentally valuable urban greenway park in west and southwest Baltimore City & was designated as part of the East Coast Greenway and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.


  • 21. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Federal Government EPACT “Green Building/ Renovation” Credits for Consumers and Businesses


  • 22. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:26 am

    2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC: University of Maryland’s LEAFHouse selected. The U of MD team is one of twenty international collegiate teams selected to compete.The Solar Decathlon is an international collegiate competition. Student teams compete to design, build, and operate highly energy-efficient, completely solar-powered houses that incorporate building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The next Solar Decathlon is anticipated to take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2007. (In addition to the 2005 Solar Decathlon, the inaugural competition took place in 2002.)

    A critical outcome of the Solar Decathlon project is the development and demonstration of solar-powered homes in which, by the year 2015, the whole-house, levelized energy cost has been reduced to $.10/kWh. This needs to be achieved while complying with the criteria associated with the 10 contests that comprise the competition. The 2005 Solar Decathlon Rules and Regulations is the basis for the 2007 competition, though it will be revised prior to the 2007 event.



  • 23. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Zero Energy Homes Project

    Bel Air, Maryland


  • 24. loisgreencity  |  April 11, 2007 at 7:34 pm


    Innovative “green” master plan for Baltimore City being developed by Parks & People Foundation and Baltimore architecture firm Ziger/Snead. Plan would unite the city in an integrated system of parks, street trees, community gardens, landscaped boulevards and paths, squares, schoolyards, college campuses, recreation areas, and other public open spaces.

    For more info & to check out cool green maps illustrating this truly visionary project, see:


    For Urbanite article providing background in the project, see: http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/sub.cfm?issueID=36&sectionID=4&articleID=394

  • 25. loisgreencity  |  April 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    US Green Bulding Task Force – Baltimore Regional Chapter

    Develops ways to educate and involve many in creating healthier, more productive businesses and communities in the state of Maryland. Its programs bring knowledge about and involve people in the process of environmental lifestyle changes.

    It also co-chaired the Baltimore Green Building Task Force along with Baltimore City Councilman Jim Craft, and its efforts were crucial in creating & developing the Green Building Task Force Report, which recommended, among other things, the creation of a Baltimore City Office of Sustainability.


    Maintains a calendar of “Green Community” events at:


  • 26. loisgreencity  |  April 15, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Baltimore Greenways Map/ Atlas link


  • 27. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Saving Parks and Recs (SPAR)
    A coalition of Baltimore, Maryland organizations concerned about public policy as it relates to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
    10 South Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21231
    (410) 327-1626

    WWW: http://www.charm.net/~spar/

  • 28. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Nature Conservancy of Maryland/D.C.
    The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
    5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100
    Bethesda, MD 20814

    (301) 897-8570


    WWW: http://nature.org/states/maryland

  • 29. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Alliance for Community Trees (ACT)
    ACT is a national non-profit network of community organizations dedicated to tree planting, conservation and education. Its mission is to increase local capacity for better urban forest care and management and to serve as a national voice for community based urban forestry.
    P.O. Box 464
    College Park, MD 20741-0464
    (301) 699-2203


    WWW: http://www.actrees.org

  • 30. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Howard County Conservancy
    Protects open spaces to preserve the rural environment and agricultural resources of Howard County, and promotes the preservation and improvement of the natural environment.
    P.O. Box 175
    Woodstock, MD 21163
    (410) 465-8877


    WWW: http://www.hcconservancy.com/

  • 31. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Maryland Ornithological Society
    Promotes knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of natural resources, maintains wildlife sanctuaries, encourages conservation of birds and bird habitat, records and publishes observations of bird life.
    Cylburn Mansion
    4915 Greenspring Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21209
    (800) 823-0050

    WWW: http://www.MDBirds.org

  • 32. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Izaak Walton League of America — Maryland Chapter (IWLA — MD)

    The Izaak Walton League of America’s mission is to conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; and to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
    707 Conservation Lane
    Gaithersburg, MD 20901
    (301) 926-8713

    WWW: http://www.iwla.org/chapters/

  • 33. loisgreencity  |  April 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Clean Energy Open House and Native Plant Garden Tour!

    Sun April 29, 1-5 PM, Takoma Park

    Come see Mike Tidwell’s home, MD’s only 95% renewable energy household! House featured in newspapers, magazines, TV & radio stations across US & Europe!


  • 34. dougretzler  |  April 23, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Greenbuidling links compiled by TerraLogos

    Green Links

    People everywhere are working very hard to build our pathway to a sustainable future. Look here for links to sites we found that have helped us green our business and our lives. It is the place to connect with others who are making a difference. If you have a suggestion for a green link to add to our list, please email us at info@terralogos.com.


  • 35. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Frederick Douglas- Isaac Meyers Maritime Park


    The Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park is a national heritage site that highlights

    -African American maritime history
    -The saga of Frederick Douglass’s life in Baltimore as an enslaved child and young man
    -The life of Isaac Myers, a free born African American who became a national leader
    -The founding of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company
    -The establishment of the African American Community in Baltimore during the 1800’s
    -Shipbuilding traditions of the Chesapeake Bay

  • 36. loisgreencity  |  May 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm



    A Folklore Collection Project

    FALLS INTO WORDS is a new and dynamic Gwynns Falls Trail Council project to collect stories, poems, songs, and photographs by area residents that help to enrich the experience of the Trail and explain the connection that people have toward the Gwynns Falls as a natural resource. We want you to tell your stories about the past, present and future of the stream valley, its neighborhoods, parks, and people. What is the history of the people who lived and worked along in the stream valley, how does the Trail help to connect people to this natural resource, and what can we learn about the use, conservation and preservation of this resource for the future? We are collecting material you wish to offer about your personal connection to the Gwynns Falls. The written materials and photographs collected may be used by the Trail Council in publications, guided tours, and audio recording on this website. This project is supported in part by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.

    If you want to participate, see click STORY GUIDELINES. To read some of our collected stories, click TELL ME A STORY.

  • 37. loisgreencity  |  May 10, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Wed May 30, 7 PM Public Forum at The Conservatory, Druid Hill Park on “Protecting the
    Olmsted Park Legacy: Constituency Building and the Role of Friends Groups”

    Hosted by The Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks, http://www.olmstedmaryland.org/

  • 38. loisgreencity  |  May 11, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture & Design” exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC

    May 20-June 24


  • 39. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Urban Design Associates’ “Project Green,” which seeks to redevelop the blighted area along the elevated Amtrak/MARC rail corridor in Eastern Batlimore into a green corridor with parks, churches and other large scale institutional and business uses.


    At present, the rail corridor runs diagonally through the neighborhood, acts as a barrier and creates awkward triangular-shaped parcels. Many of the lots adjacent to the tracks are blighted and used as dumping areas.

  • 40. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Growing Smart, Building Green


    Watch the 14 minute streaming video (found on this website) about the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, home of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

    The Merrill Center is perhaps the world’s “greenest” building and first to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Evnironmental Design (LEED). Also connects students, teachers, volunteers, decision-maikers and visitors with the Bay the organization’s trying to save.

  • 41. loisgreencity  |  May 15, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    A green vision for Baltimore, 9/06 article


    Article cites the “green,” art deco Montgomery Park complex as the area’s most extensive use of green design and technology. Although the changes are invisible from the outside, the $70 M Montgomery Park complex utilizes a diverse environmental preservation strategy in an area surrounded by industrial brownfield sites.

    Article poses that the Baltimore area is poised to embrace sustainable construction & that a demand for green development is emerging naturally in the Baltimore market.

    Also mentions some preliminary planning by the city task force for a stretch of ignored waterfront along Middle Branch, which could easily emerge as Baltimore’s “Other Inner Harbor.”

  • 42. loisgreencity  |  May 15, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Volunteer Tree Surveyors Needed!
    Baltimore City’s Department of Planning and Department of Recreation
    & Parks, in partnership with the Parks & People Foundation, will be
    conducting a volunteer sample tree survey in July 2007 and we need your
    help! Volunteers will receive training on tree surveying including how
    to utilize handheld computers and survey software.

    Training sessions will occur in June with surveying scheduled at the volunteers’
    convenience in July. See the volunteer job description on our website at
    http://www.parksandpeople.org/about_employment_vts.pdf for more
    information. Contact Kari Smith at (410) 448-5663, ext. 109, or
    kari.smith@parksandpeople.org by June 1, 2007 to sign up for a training
    session. Visit http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/streettreesurvey to
    learn more and view our tree survey flyer at

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  • 43. loisgreencity  |  May 17, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Update on Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee action on Bills 07-0602, 06-0506, and 07-0582:

    Please know that, despite having scheduled voting sessions for Bills 07-0602, Building Code – Green Building Requirement, 06-0506, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, and 07-0582, Resource Sustainability on Wednesday, May 9, and Monday, May 14, the Judiciary & Legislative Investigations Committee have not voted on the bills due to problems with the bills and subsequent amendments that are being ironed out between the Councilmembers on the Committee (Councilmembers Curran, Clarke, Crider, and Kraft), the Dept. of Public Works, Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Planning Dept., and the Law Dept.

    Billy Hwang
    Office of Councilman Kraft
    City Hall, Room 505
    100 North Holliday Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 396-4821 phone
    (410) 347-0547 fax

  • 44. Lois Tuttle  |  May 17, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Hampton National Historic Site


    Vince Vaise, Chief Ranger

    There are two great National Parks in the immediate Baltimore area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most Baltimoreans immediately think of Fort McHenry, but more of secret has been the National Historic Site in Towson. Well all that is about to change as the National Park Service is putting on the final touches this Summer to the grand reopening of the park this Fall. The grounds and most of the buildings are already open and ready for you to visit as work continues of the main mansion.

    Hampton is the story of people — enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, industrial and agricultural workers, and owners. It is also the story of the economic and moral changes that made this kind of life obsolete. When it was finished in 1790, Hampton was the largest house in the United States. Set among beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, it remains a showplace today.

  • 45. loisgreencity  |  May 17, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Baltimore City Urban Tree Canopy Report



  • 46. loisgreencity  |  May 17, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    In March 2006, Baltimore City adopted the Urban Forestry Task Force recommendation for an Urban Tree Canopy Goal by doubling the existing land area that is covered with tree canopies from an estimated 20 percent to 40 percent over the next 30 years (by 2036).

    This goal is in response to the greater need for urban areas to better manage their storm water run off adversely affecting Chesapeake Bay water quality as well as achieving many other community quality of life benefits provided by trees. The goal will be achieved by the public and private sectors (and all property owners) aggressively planting new trees and better caring for existing trees. A work group is currently developing an Urban Forest Management Plan anticipated to be ready by May 2007 to aid in the goal achievement.

    For more, see:

  • 47. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 12:01 am

    CSBA’s Green Building links & resources


  • 48. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 12:16 am

    EPA – Green Buildings on Brownfields Initiative – Baltimore


    The National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Center for Aquatic Life and Conservation, Baltimore, Maryland (EPA Region 3). To meet the needs of a rapidly growing collection of current and future exhibits, as well as expanding programs in research, husbandry, and conservation, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is building a new aquatic animal care center. A seven-acre brownfield located near major highways and bus routes in Baltimore City is the planned location for the new facility. The Aquarium will seek at least the Silver or Gold level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. A multi-use conservation education center, public access to trails, and boardwalks bordering wetlands are also proposed.

  • 49. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Baltimore Landmark Homes

    900 W. 36th Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21211
    410- 889- 3193


    An integrated development and homebuilding firm, proudly based in the City of Baltimore. BLH believes that the neighborhoods of Baltimore deserve high quality development that honors their history, protects our natural environment and respects the needs of the surrounding community.

  • 50. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Furbish Company, LLC

    PO Box 27084
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    (443) 874-7465


    Delivers state of the art, innovative building systems – systems that enhance comfort and health, lower utility bills, increase asset value, and restore the natural systems that support us.

  • 51. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Resource Conservation Technology


    Baltimore-based supplier of advanced technology for energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible building since 1984.

  • 52. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:32 am

    Terralogos EcoArchitecture, PC

    1101 East 33rd Street
    Suite B301
    Baltimore, MD 21218



    A unique, full-service architecture firm dedicated to the practice of sustainable design or “green” architecture.

  • 53. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Green Building Template – A Guide to Sustainable Design Renovating for Baltimore Rowhouses


    Prepared Dec 2001 by Terralogos ECO Architecture for Maryland Dept of Natural Resources

    Terralogos’ customization package of Green Building Template that was originally prepared for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with the intent to make green rowhouse renovation and rehabilitation accessible and affordable for home owners and developers:


  • 54. dougretzler  |  May 21, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Green Roof Plants at Emory Knoll Farms
    Emory Knoll Farms is a leading supplier of plants and plant expertise for extensive green roof systems. We offer a high level of service in selecting the optimal plants for each installation. We currently stock over 100 varieties of green roof plants and are always acquiring and testing new plants.
    Emory Knoll Farms is the only plant supplier that focuses exclusively on plants for extensive green roofs. We are experienced in working with different roofing systems, soil mixes, manufacturers & designers, and climates. Our business model is based on offering the highest level of service in the industry.
    410.452.5319 fax


  • 55. dougretzler  |  May 21, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    US Green Building Council
    The nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.


  • 56. dougretzler  |  May 21, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Green Roofs.com
    A site dedicated to sharing and exchanging information to promote green roof interest and development through a dynamic and interactive “living” research document.


  • 57. loisgreencity  |  May 22, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Baltimore’s Architecture Foundation


    Launched in 1987 by AIA Baltimore, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation is a non-profit, educational, public-oriented outreach organization. The Foundation is a member-based organization with a 26-member board of directors drawn from the architectural, business and cultural communities.

    The Foundation today focuses its attention and energies on helping to promote an understanding of and an appreciation for Baltimore’s built environment – it does this through walking tours, lectures, public programs, and an architecture-in-the-schools program.

  • 58. loisgreencity  |  May 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    TreeBaltimore wants to know what you think about Baltimore City’s Urban Forestry Management Plan http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/recnparks/treeBaltimore.html – effort to DOUBLE the city’s tree coverage.

    Join us at one of two meetings:

    Thursday, May 24, 2007
    Virginia B. Baker Recreation Center, Patterson Park, 2601 E. Baltimore St.
    7-9 p.m.

    Saturday, June 2, 2007
    Fred B. Leidig Recreation Center, 4521 Frederick Ave.
    10 a.m.-noon

    For more info, please call Myra Brosius at (410) 396-6109.

  • 59. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Tour dem Parks’ Baltimore Biking and Recreation & Parks Links:


  • 60. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Baltimore Herb Festival- Saturday, May 26, 2007 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


    Come Celebrate all Things Herbal!

    Leakin Park, 1900 Eagle Drive, Baltimore, MD

    This is the twentieth year that the Baltimore Herb Festival has been in existence, celebrating the healing properties of herbs, in addition to it’s wonderful qualities as a food additive. The theme this year is the 2007 Herb of the Year, Lemon Balm. The festival features bluegrass music, train rides, and plenty more!

  • 61. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Support the Friends of Patterson Park – Wine Tasting at Sunset

    Thursday, May 31st (Rain date, June 7th)

    Tickets – $50 – To purchase tickets visit: http://www.pattersonpark.com

    Join our hosts, Dr. Levi Watkins and Daniel Barnycz, at the beautiful, historic marble fountain for featured wine from our even partner, Chesapeake Wine Company and delicious appetizers from local restaurants and markets. Enjoy the last of spring by mingling with neighbors and fellow advocates of Patterson Park while sampling the diverse flavors invoked by the great wines selected by the fine folks at Chesapeake Wine. A silent auction will be held with donated items being offered from local artists and businesses. Acoustic performances of a variety of classics will be provided by Rob Fahey to round out the evening. Proceeds benefit Friends of Patterson Park, a nonprofit which has vastly improved the vitality of the park by supporting the Department of Recreation and Parks in keeping Patterson Park well maintained and well used through active volunteer projects and support of family programming and events throughout the year.

  • 62. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Friends of Mount Vernon Place – Revitalizing one of the finest city squares in the Nation


    News, Events, History & More

  • 63. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Guided Saturday aftternoon hikes in May-June at Leakin and Gwynns Falls Parks-

    by Baltimore City Dept of Recreation & Parks

    Guided tours begin at 3 PM & covers many topics of interest related to history, the city & nature. Pre-registration required- please call 24 hours in advance at: (410) 39607900.

    Recommended for ages 7 & up.

  • 64. loisgreencity  |  May 29, 2007 at 11:01 am

    City to give funds for green building-
    Watershed group to open center in fall. May 7, 2007 article in Baltimore Sun

    About Mayor Sheila Dixon’s pledge of $100,000 to the Herring Run Watershed Association for its new enviro center on Belair Road. New enviro center to be one of the greenest buildings in Baltimore – complete with composting toilets, a tankless hot water heater & a roof that recycles storm water.


  • 65. loisgreencity  |  May 29, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Baltimore Dept of Recreation & Parks – Special Facilities
    webpage on Baltimore City govt websites highlights:
    – The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore
    – Carrie Murray Nature Center
    -Cylburn Arboretum
    among others.

  • 66. loisgreencity  |  May 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Groups coordinate in drafting green building standards
    5/30 Waste News article at:


    A proposed standard for minimum green building practices is being released for public review and comment. The standard is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The standard will cover areas such as energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

    The proposed standard will be available only during public review periods. To read the addenda or to comment, visit http://www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

  • 67. loisgreencity  |  June 1, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Volunteer Tree Surveyors Needed!

    Baltimore City’s Department of Planning and Department of Recreation & Parks in partnership with the Parks & People Foundation will be conducting a volunteer sample tree survey in July 2007 and we need your help!

    Volunteers will receive training on tree surveying including how to utilize handheld computers and survey software.

    Training sessions will occur in June with surveying scheduled at the volunteers’ convenience in July. See attached volunteer job
    description for more information.

    Contact Kari Smith at (410) 448-5663 x109 or kari.smith@parksandpeople.org by June 1, 2007 to sign up for a training session.

  • 68. loisgreencity  |  June 6, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    June summer free Film Fest in Herring Run Park:

    Two weekends: June 8-9, June 15-16, dusk

    For more info:


  • 69. loisgreencity  |  June 11, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    June 07 edition of Urbanite

    Sustainable City: Home Sustainable Home: New environmentally sensitive rowhouses are going up in Baltimore. But are buyers biting?

    With featured floorplan/ description of the Decker Walk Envirowhomes.


  • 70. loisgreencity  |  June 11, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Sustainable City: Hope for a Sustainable World

    May 07 Urbanite article by Mare Cromwell

    Describes Baltimore as being recognized “on a local level…as a leader in energy efficiency measures,” includuing retro-fits for various fire, police, municipal buildings and schools for more efficient energy; electric cars in the city fleet and flex-fuel cars in the police fleet; and a planned City biofuels pump for that fleet by middle of 2007 (paralleling efforts by the Biodiesel Coop).

    Also describes Baltimore as a “leader in the adaptive reuse movement, an approach that creatively renovates derelict buildings.”


  • 71. loisgreencity  |  June 16, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    List of various Gwynns Falls Trail/ Leakin Park/ Carrie Murray Nature Center summer events at:


  • 72. loisgreencity  |  June 18, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Opportunity for ACTION with regard to Swann Park Toxic Park Issue– public comment period on Federal report OPEN through July 30th!

    That report, released June 14th, concluded that playing on arsenic-tainted soil in south Baltimore’s Swann Park is not likely to cause cancer or other illnesses, unless children eat the dirt.

    The 11-acre waterfront park, popular among childrens’ sports leagues, was closed by the city in April after tests showed arsenic in the ball fields from an adjacent pesticide factory that closed in 1976.

    For summary, report and related Baltimore Sun article, see:




    For more Swann Park updates from Baltimore City Health Department:


  • 73. dougretzler  |  June 19, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Green Building Network
    Initiated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Green Building Network (GBN) is an ad-hoc, informal group of architects, builders, contractors, developers, planners, landscape architects, related professionals, and citizens.GBN focuses on promoting and encouraging the design and construction of buildings, and the development of sites, in a manner that encourages efficient use of natural resources and raw materials, protects the environment, and promotes sustainable communities.Public meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.
    For more information, contact Sean McGuire, Green Buildings Program Coordinator, at smcguire@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 260-8727.


  • 74. dougretzler  |  June 19, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Pollution Prevention in Gardening and Landscaping
    E.P.A. suggestions for environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices and designs.


  • 75. dougretzler  |  June 19, 2007 at 2:44 am

    How to Make a Rain Barrel
    In the mid-Atlantic area most rain storms or events produce 2 inches or less of rain over a 24-hour period. However, even two inches of rain falling on the roof of a small house can send over 600 gallons of water down the drain spouts. This site shows how to create a low cost water collection system for your home.


  • 76. loisgreencity  |  June 25, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Mobtown Beat | Community Watcher in the Woods article – Baltimore City Paper, 6/20/07

    Members Of Neighborhood Environmental Preservation Group (Woodbury Land Trust) Concerned When Loyola College Cuts Down Protected Forest

    Link to article here: http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=13759

  • 77. loisgreencity  |  July 23, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Trail of Stones Marks Path of a Mind Game

    7/20/07 Baltimore Sun article about mysterious “stone game” played by some area women on the Gwynns Falls Trail

    For article, see: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.ci.stones20jul20,0,6588447.story?page=1

  • 78. dougretzler  |  October 24, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Community Greens -Shared Parks in Urban Blocks
    The mission of Community Greens is to catalyze the development of shared green spaces inside residential blocks in cities across the United States. We call these green spaces community greens. We believe that the Community Greens approach presents the best opportunity to add usable green space to our cities by converting underutilized backyards and dysfunctional alleys into functional and beautiful shared green spaces that are owned, managed, and enjoyed by the people who live around them.


  • 79. dougretzler  |  November 4, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    The Park Advocate
    An advocacy group for the care ,maintainence and development of Baltimore’s parks. The Park Advocacy Force has hosts many dialogs and initiatives on behalf on park stewartship and care.


  • 80. dougretzler  |  April 29, 2008 at 5:42 am

    NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.
    Helps preserve and support neighborhood open spaces.NeighborSace works in partnership with block and garsen clubs, community associations and other groups to identify land that can be protected and turned into community assets.
    Info: Dave Green, Baltimore County Office of Planning 410-887-3480

    P.O. Box 6715, Towson,MD 21285


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