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  • 1. Dana Koteen  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    This document is very important. A group of professionals from a variety of different fields, although relevant to sustainability, wrote this report after a year of research and coordination.

    The Green Building Task Force (GBTF) report was distributed to the City Council and hasn’t surfaced since. On May 8th, two pieces of legislation are being heard at a public hearing at Living Classrooms.

    For more information, go to http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com and scroll down to the hearing date. There is also the legislative file search tool on the left tool bar.

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  • 2. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 2:18 am

    Baltimore City Government Office of Sustainability creation- update

    Office of Sustainability Bill, 06-0506, http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/detailreport/?key=3096 , which would create a Baltimore City Government Office of Sustainability, is still in Committee. Public hearing in the works. Stay tuned for updates & keep the pressure on your city council members.

    Creating a Baltimore City Office of Sustainability was one of the key recommendations of the Green Building Task Force Report, http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/planning/images/GreenBuilding.pdf.

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  • 3. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 2:23 am

    Four bills that would help make Baltimore “greener” and more “green building friendly” currently in committee:

    06-0506 – Baltimore City Office of Sustainability (http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/attachments/1192.pdf),

    06-0507 – Property Tax Credits – High Performance Buildings (http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/attachments/1193.pdf),

    07-0582 – Resource Sustainability (http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/attachments/1451.pdf),
    and
    07-0602 – Building Code – Green Building Requirements (http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/attachments/1488.pdf).

    Public hearings will be held on two of them on Tuesday, May 8th as part of Baltimore’s Green Week–see “Upcoming Events” tab for further details.

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  • 4. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Maryland Bottle Bill Campaigns

    For info & updates see:

    http://www.bottlebill.org/legislation/campaigns/md.htm

    http://www.mdbottlebill.blogspot.com/

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  • 5. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 11:27 am

    State legislation affecting growth and development currently in the 2007 General Assembly–

    1000 Friends links to current MD State General Assembly page:

    http://www.friendsofmd.org/index.html?page=news

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  • 6. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Julie Eisler stated on April 7th at 1:11 PM:

    As you know we have a serious trash problem in Baltimore. I have a solution I hope you will consider. It’s called a bag tax.

    In many other countries people pay a minimum cost for a plastic bag at the grocery store, perhaps a nickel. Because these bags have some small value most people make a conscious effort to reuse them. If the person buying the bag doesn’t recycle it you can bet that someone else will. In countries that people pay for bags you don’t see bunches of them stuck in trees like you do in Baltimore.

    I think a bag tax would be a great tax because it would not affect the poor like a cigarette tax would. Poor people could just save and reuse bags. In fact people who complain about taxes could also recycle their bags. The only people it would affect are people who want the convenience of getting new bags every time at the store. These people would have to pay for that convenience and this money could be used to pay for sanitation and cleaning up bags and other trash.

    A bag tax would also reduce the number of bags produced and this in turn would conserve energy at a time when energy conservation is critical.

    A bag tax is a new, progressive idea at a time when the need for Green policy is critical. I hope that you consider it. The city could also promote it by selling green reusable canvas bags with some kind of catchy slogan like “Keep Baltimore Clean and Green.”

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  • 7. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    2007 Maryland Legislature Regular Session direct links to bills related to Chesapeake Bay:

    http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/subjects/chesapb$.htm

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  • 8. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Articles on the fate of the Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Coastal Bays Green Fund Bill, a statewide bill currently “bottled up” in Maryland Senate by Senate president Mike Miller Jr. Monday, May 9th is last day of Maryland General Assembly session.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/05/AR2007040501887.html

    http://www.mdcoastdispatch.com/greenfund040607.html

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.miller08apr08,1,1420094.story?page=1

    To find out what to do next & for other actions to save the Chesapeake and other coastal bays, contact:

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation, http://www.cbf.org

    Coastal Bays Program, http://www.mdcoastalbays.org/

    Maryland League of Conservation Voters, http://www.mdlcv.org/

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  • 9. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Maryland State ‘Clean Cars’ Bill sent to Governor O’ Malley for approval– Governor expected to sign

    Legislation would tighten emissions standards by model year 2011. Maryland will join California and other states that have emissions standards tighter than those required by the federal government. The Maryland bill would not affect older cars, but it means dealerships in Maryland must start selling the cleaner cars starting with the 2011 model year.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-emissions0405,0,3164400.story?track=rss

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  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    The Supreme Court Rules on Global Warming
    EPA Is Obligated to Regulate Greenhouse Gases, Five Justices Agree

    Washington Post article & transcript of online chat about 5-4 Supreme Court decision on Mon April 2

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/02/AR2007040200487.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/02/DI2007040201041.html

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  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Eco-friendly Era Has Arrived in MD –

    3/28/07 Washington Post article about the proliferation of environmental bills in this last MD legislative session & the new climate of ‘eco-friendliness’ in Annapolis:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/27/AR2007032702328.html

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  • 12. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Baltimore City Government resource links:

    Baltimore City Government main website:

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/

    Links to Baltimore City Municipalities & Departments:

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/index.html

    Balitmore’s Office of the Mayor:

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/mayor/

    Baltimore City Council

    http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/

    Find your City Councilmember & polling place – just enter your street address:

    http://cityservices.baltimorecity.gov/citycouncil/

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  • 13. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Baltimore City Government Department of Transportation & Parking Authority links:

    City Dept of Transportation:

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/transportation/index.html

    City Parking Authority:

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/parking/index.html

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  • 14. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Balitmore City Depts of Planning & Zoning links:

    Dept of Planning

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/planning/index.html

    Bd of Municipal & Zoning Appeals

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/zoning/index.html

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  • 15. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Baltimore City Dept of Public Works

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/dpw/index.html

    Recycling Calendar & schedule found here

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  • 16. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/moon/index.html

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  • 17. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Mayor’s Office of Community Investment

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/cinvestment/index.html

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  • 18. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth & Families

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/mocyf/index.html

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  • 19. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Baltimore City Health Dept

    http://www.baltimorehealth.org/

    Childhood Lead Prevention Project (a project of the Baltimore City Health Dept)

    http://www.baltimorehealth.org/lead.html

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  • 20. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Baltimore City Dept of Recreation & Parks

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/recnparks/home.htm

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  • 21. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Baltimore County Government:

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/

    Advisory Commission on Environmental Quality

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/ceq/index.html

    Environmental Protection and Resource Management

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/environment/index.html

    Office of Planning

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/planning/index.html

    Recreation & Parks

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/recreation/index.html

    Dept of Public Works

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/publicworks/index.html

    Permits & Development Management

    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/permits/index.html

    Office of the Zoning Commissioner
    http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/planning/welcome/zoning_commissioner.html

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  • 22. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Maryland State Govt website

    http://www.maryland.gov/portal/server.pt?

    Of particular interest:

    MD Department of the Environment

    http://www.mde.state.md.us/

    MD Environmental Service

    http://www.menv.com/

    MD Energy Administration

    http://www.energy.state.md.us/

    MD Dept of Planning

    http://www.mdp.state.md.us/

    MD Dept of Transportation

    http://www.e-mdot.com/

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  • 23. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    MD General Assembly website

    http://mlis.state.md.us/

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  • 24. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Maryland Office of the Governor

    http://www.gov.state.md.us/index.asp

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  • 25. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Maryland Attorney General’s Office:

    http://www.oag.state.md.us/

    Emvironmental Crimes Unit:

    http://www.oag.state.md.us/ECU/index.htm

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  • 26. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Balitmore City State’s Attorney’s Office

    http://www.stattorney.org/about.html

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  • 27. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Find your MD state & US Govt legislators & districts –

    By address:

    http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/

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  • 28. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    MD League of Conservation Voters –

    http://www.mdlcv.org/home/

    Non-partisan org that serves as the “political voice for the environment.” Advocates for sound conservation policies, promotes environmentally responsible candidates, and holds individual elected officials accountable through scorecards and reports.

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  • 29. loisgreencity  |  April 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Great site for MD Environmental legislative updates:

    https://www.environmentmaryland.org/

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  • 30. loisgreencity  |  April 11, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Environment Maryland’s 2007 Legislative Roundup – Legislative Session Ends with Strong Environmental Victories:

    https://www.environmentmaryland.org/newsroom/other-news/other-news/legislative-session-ends-with-strong-environmental-victories

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  • 31. dougretzler  |  April 24, 2007 at 7:19 am

    Thursday, May 3rd.
    Please know that
    Bill 06-0506 (BALTIMORE CITY OFFICE OF
    SUSTAINABILITY),
    Bill 07-0602 (BUILDING CODE – GREEN BUILDING REQUIREMENTS), and
    Bill 07-0582 (Resource Sustainability)
    will be heard by the Planning Commission during the latter portion of its meeting on
    Thursday, May 3rd.

    Wolde Ararsa
    Acting Chief of Land Use & Urban Design Division, and Site Plan Review Committee Chair
    Baltimore City Department of Planning
    417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor, Room # 839

    t (410-396-4488) f (410-244-7358)

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  • 32. dougretzler  |  May 3, 2007 at 9:04 am

    As most of you may know by now, as part of Baltimore Green Week’s Green Building Day, there is a hearing in the Judiciary and Legislation Investigations Committee scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, May 8th at The Living Classrooms’ Myers-Douglas Museum, 1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 I have attached the event flyer to this email. I would ask that members of the C.C.E. please attend this important event as there will be a good media presence and your commentary is important. I will be preparing the first media advisory today and then three days before, two days before and the day of the event. I would also like to have some official comments/quotes for the news release after the event.

    The bill that effects everyone, not just the green building community is the Office of Sustainability. This would be a new office under the Mayor that would coordinate the various City departments and oversee the green building initiative. You may know from looking at other cities, the Office of Sustainability is an integral asset to the environmental community.

    We need as many people to show up to this event as possible! Please ask the members your organizations to attend and show their support for the Office of Sustainability and the Green Building code requirements!

    I have met with all but three council people, two of which I will be meeting with on Monday – President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and committee member and mayoral candidate Keiffer Mitchell. Most are in support, but the Office of Sustainability is not established yet and we need people out there supporting it. This event could draw as many as two hundred people, but not without your help.

    For more information about the bills go here: http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/mattersearch/ and enter the bill #s. 06-0506 is the Office of Sustainability; 07-0602 is the Green Building Requirements.

    Please contact me if you have any questions.

    D. Alexander Koteen
    Baltimore, MD
    516-652-3558

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  • 33. loisgreencity  |  May 8, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Developers might have to go green, like it or not article from Baltimore Business Journal, 5/3/07

    About 3 bills approved by Baltimore Planning Commission and headed to City Council (Office of Sustainability; Green Building Requirements; renaming to Commission on Sustainability)

    http://baltimore.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2007/04/30/daily43.html

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  • 34. loisgreencity  |  May 11, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Mayor Dixon Announces “Clean & Green” Block Action Plans

    5/9/07 press release

    http://www.baltimorecity.gov/news/press/05-09-2007PRESSRELEASEAlleyGating.pdf

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  • 35. loisgreencity  |  May 11, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Monday May 14th, 10:30 am
    Reeves Conference Room, 4th floor, City Hall

    Baltimore City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee will vote on the three environmental bills discussed in a public hearing during Baltimore’s Green Week on Tuesday, May 8th. Still time to contact your councilmember to urge him/ her to support them!

    06-0506 Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
    07-0582 Resource Sustainability
    07-0602 Building Code – Green Building Requirements

    http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/

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  • 36. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    TreeBaltimore Draft Public Review
    Baltimore City released the draft of TreeBaltimore, the management plan
    to increase Baltimore’s Urban Tree Canopy over the next 30 years.
    The draft will be open for public review from now until May 31, 2007.
    Please read it and make comments! The draft of TreeBaltimore is available
    at:
    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/recnparks/treeBaltimore.html

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  • 37. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Mayor Dixon’s “Clean and Green” Agenda

    Visit the link below to learn more about Mayor Dixon’s Cleaner
    Baltimore initiative:
    http://www.baltimorecity.gov/news/press/PRESSRELEASE100days.pdf

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  • 38. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Energy Efficient Maryland

    http://www.marylandpirg.org/MD.asp?id2=32539

    Maryland PIRG’s Top Priority

    Maryland PIRG is calling on Gov. O’Malley to reduce Maryland’s energy use 20 percent by 2020 by using the energy we already create more wisely. By prioritizing simple solutions like insulating our homes and businesses better and making more efficient appliances, Maryland can get back on track with reducing its energy use.

    How You Can Help:

    Send an e-mail to Gov. O’Malley and ask him to reduce Maryland’s energy use by 20 percent by 2020.

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  • 39. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Smoke Free Restaurants and Bars– Baltimore & Maryland

    VICTORY! On April 9th 2006 the Maryland General Assembly passed one of the nation’s strongest smoke-free workplace laws which Gov. O’Malley has promised to sign. The statewide victory follows on the heels of Baltimore City’s vote earlier this year to go smoke-free.

    http://marylandpirg.org/MD.asp?id2=23968

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  • 40. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Maryland PIRG’s No Nukes in Maryland Campaign

    http://marylandpirg.org/MD.asp?id2=31155

    What’s New
    Constellation Energy has proposed expanding the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Calvert County. Building a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs would be expensive, threaten public health, and damage the environment.

    How You Can Help
    E-mail Governor O’Malley and ask him to oppose state subsidies to Constellation and its partners to help fund the new nuclear reactor.

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  • 41. loisgreencity  |  May 14, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Maryland PIRG’s Stop Testing Pesticides On People
    Campaign

    http://marylandpirg.org/MD.asp?id2=23973

    What’s New
    The Bush administration’s EPA has issued new rules that allow the agency to use dangerous, unethical and unscientific pesticide tests conducted on humans to weaken public health laws. Despite a congressional mandate to protect vulnerable populations including children and pregnant women, the new EPA rules have loopholes large enough to fly a crop duster through. The fight now moves back to Congress where Maryland PIRG will continue working with Senator Boxer and Representatives Solis and Waxman to decide on the best legislative strategy for putting an end to testing pesticides on people.

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  • 42. loisgreencity  |  May 15, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Ulman sees county role as ‘green’ leader

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-ho.green20apr20,1,4561302.story

    4//20/07 Baltimore Sun article – County Executive Ken Ulman urges Howard County to make itself a national model for progressive environmental practices.

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  • 43. loisgreencity  |  May 15, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Green City Solutions: Sustainability Directors Conference

    http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid1022.php

    Boulder, CO
    Nov 2-3, 2006

    Baltimore’s Sustainability Program Manager, Beth Strommen, was in attendance along with approximattely 30 other survey participants from various other cities around the country

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

    Baltimore City Councilman (1st District) James B. Kraft’s “Growing Green: My Vision for a Sustainable Baltimore City”

    May 2007

    14-page report with supplements at:

    http://www.jimkraftcc.com/pr/GreenPlanFINAL_May07.pdf

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  • 45. loisgreencity  |  May 15, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Sierra Club’s “Cool Cities” Campaign in Baltimore

    While Mayor, Martin O’Malley, signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement–the first step to becoming a Cool City. Be the first to sign up as an activist in this city and help Mayor Dixon follow through on Mayor O’Malley’s commitment.

    Copy of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement which Mayor O’Malley signed can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate/PDF/Resolution_FinalLanguage_06-13-05.pdf

    To help take action & see that Baltimore becomes a “Cool City,” go here: http://www.coolcities.us/taxonomy_menu/2/36/191 and click the Get Involved button on the website to register and join the Cool Cities community.

    Cool Cities Info, Guide and Fact Sheet at: http://www.coolcities.us/ ; http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/releases/pr2005-10-12a.asp ; http://www.coolcities.us/files/coolcitiesguide.pdf & http://www.coolcities.us/files/CoolCitiesfactsheet.pdf

    More on the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement at: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate/

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  • 46. loisgreencity  |  May 17, 2007 at 11:43 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
    bhwang@baltimorecitycouncil.com

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  • 47. loisgreencity  |  May 21, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    2/19/07 Waste News Article about Tonya Simmons, Baltimore’s new recycling coordinator – plans to target recycling in urban areas & schools. Go to p 14:

    http://wastenews.texterity.com/wastenews/20070219/

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  • 48. loisgreencity  |  May 21, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Baltimore’s latest recycling stats as published in 2/19/07 Waste News Municipal Recycling survey. Go to page 18:

    http://wastenews.texterity.com/wastenews/20070219/

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  • 49. loisgreencity  |  May 29, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    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.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.ci.herring07may07,0,5529523.story?coll=bal-local-baltimorecity

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  • 50. loisgreencity  |  June 1, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Bush Proposes Talks on Global Warming-
    Pre-Summit Speech Marks Shift by US

    5/31/07 Washington Post article at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/31/AR2007053100934.html?hpid=topnews

    Bush’s speech came as several members of the Group of Eight have been pressing — despite U.S. opposition — for specific cuts in greenhouse gases as part of the June 6-8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. The German proposal calls for limiting the worldwide temperature rise this century to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit and cutting global greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, both of which the administration rejects as impractical.

    By contrast, Bush is calling for a new set of talks aimed at bringing together a broad array of nations — including China, India, Brazil and members of the European Union — to negotiate goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2012. This new discussion, which would run parallel to the U.N. framework that produced the Kyoto Protocol, could include specific reduction objectives as well as voluntary measures.

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  • 51. loisgreencity  |  June 1, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Van Jones reports back on his tesimony before Congress and of “Green Collar” Jobs Legislation Efforts underway in Congress–
    Van Jones, an award-winning human rights lawyer who recently spoke at an OSI-Baltimore Awards luncheon honoring its newest class of Community Fellows, reports back on his experience testifying before the U.S. Congress’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in favor of Congresswoman Solis’ Clean Energy Jobs proposal.
    The proposed bill is to be introduced on July Fourth (”Energy Independence Day”), and will allocate $120 million to “clean energy” vocational training programs, nationally. They contemplate that this money would help 30,000 U.S. workers (and would-be workers) become “green-collar” workers in clean and green industries. Under the proposed leglslation, about $20 million would go specifically to help low-income people and those with barriers to employment.
    See:

    See: http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/?p=36
    and http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/?p=37

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  • 52. loisgreencity  |  June 6, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Baltimore Environmental Lawyers.com

    http://www.baltimoreenvironmentallawyers.com

    –advertises itself as “the only exclusive Environment [legal] directory online. Not only do we offer this unique service as an exclusive listing for law firms across the country, we also provide news articles from around the nation.”

    Baltimore Environmental Lawyers.com resource center also includes a user-friendly interface, frequently asked questions, statistical data, and a 24-hour emergency assistance program and considers itself a one-stop-lawyer-shop.

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  • 53. Lois Tuttle  |  June 7, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Interesting Baltimore CityPaper 11/12/2003 article providing some background & history to the City’s land development projects and transporation plans/initiatives:

    Field of Schemes
    A Cavalcade of Baltimore Projects, Done and Undone

    by Van Smith

    http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=3316

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  • 54. loisgreencity  |  June 14, 2007 at 11:28 am

    New bill to prohibit city’s groceries and pharmacies from providing their customers with non-biodegrable bags introduced by Baltimore City Councilman James Kraft 6/11/07. Currently in committee.

    For bill, see: http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/detailreport/?key=3490

    On July 9th, Annapolis Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire is planning to introduce a measure which would prohibit such stores from providing plastic bags to their customers entirely. July 9th.

    If bans pass, B-more and Annapolis would join San Francisco in passing a partial ban on certain types of plastic bags. Similar measures being considered in other cities across the country.

    For articles, see:

    http://wjz.com/local/local_story_159060533.html

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/annearundel/bal-te.ar.plastic08jun08,0,1791647.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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  • 55. loisgreencity  |  June 18, 2007 at 1:44 am

    “City Invites BRAC Growth – Officials prepare for the expected influx of jobs and residents”

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/news/citistat/20070205_BRAC.pdf

    2/5/07 Baltimore Sun article re: expectations that Baltimore will get about 2,500 households from Base Realignment and Closure (”BRAC”) relocations of military and defense contract workers whose jobs are being moved from Northern VA and New Jersey to Fort Meade (Anne Arundel County) and Aberdeen Proving Ground (Harford County) through 2015, and City’s plans to accomodate this growth through, among other things, housing and transit -oriented development.

    Key BRAC City docs:

    BRACtion Plan Executive Summary

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/downloads/pdfs/BRACtion%20Plan%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

    Draft BRACtion Plan

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/downloads/pdfs/Draft%20BRACtion%20Plan.pdf

    City’s BRACtion Plan Press Release

    http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/news/press/05-18-2007-PRESSRELEASEBRAC.pdf

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  • 56. loisgreencity  |  June 18, 2007 at 9:48 am

    University of Maryland School of Law Professor Rena Steinzor Named Legal Technical Adviser to Baltimore City Environmental Task Force article at:

    http://www.law.umaryland.edu/news_detail.asp?news=256

    In a response to findings of arsenic in the soil of a Baltimore City Park, Mayor Sheila Dixon and Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein have announced the formation of a team of experts to investigate current and potential environmental violations. The School of Law’s Professor Rena Steinzor has been selected as legal technical advisor to the team, and joins leaders from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the City Solicitor’s office, and the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association.

    The Swann Park Task Force will report to the Mayor on why arsenic contamination in Swann Park is only coming to public attention decades after the contamination occurred, and what steps should be taken to avoid such situations in the future. “The community deserves to know why the Park is the focus of our attention in 2007 and not much sooner,” said Mayor Dixon. “I am pleased that such respected community leaders and national experts are willing to share their time and expertise.”

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  • 57. 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:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-arsenic0614,0,4160163.story?coll=bal-local-baltimorecity

    http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/2007_06_14_summaryatsdrreport.pdf

    http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/2007_06_14.swannparkpubliccommentrelease.pdf

    For more Swann Park updates from Baltimore City Health Department:

    http://swannpark.blogspot.com/

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  • 58. loisgreencity  |  July 4, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    NEW- Mayor Dixon’s “Cleaner Greener Baltimore” Initiative website now up.

    See: http://www.cleanergreenerbaltimore.org/

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  • 59. loisgreencity  |  July 4, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Want to go to St. Thomas USVI next January? Just buy a raffle ticket for $20. What a deal.

    Please see the information below and help support the Green Building Institute. Flights are from either BWI or Washington.

    If you can post a flyer for your office, contact Leslye Wilson in my office @ leslye@greenbuildin ginstitute. com and she’ll forward you the .pdf. We are also looking for help selling the tickets, so please do what you can.

    Or Go to http://www.Greenbuildingin stitute.org to find out more.

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  • 60. loisgreencity  |  July 8, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Green is a rage in political fashion

    6/25/07 Baltimore Sun article highlights eco-friendly actions taken by local Baltimore City and County legislators:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-md.ho.green25jun25,0,7258662.story?coll=bal-local-howard

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  • 61. loisgreencity  |  July 12, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Lady Bird Johnson, Leading Environmentalist & Beautification Advocate, dies at 94

    For 7/12 Seattle Times News Service article, see:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003785568_ladybirdobit12.html

    Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park, at 14th Street and Memorial Bridges in Arlington, VA, just outside of nearby Washington, DC, can be visited in 3-D at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1027377&categories=Sports%20&%20Rec%20Locations

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  • 62. loisgreencity  |  July 18, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Sign Transit Riders Action Council(“TRAC”)’s on-line petition to “Require the MTA to study Metro Subway (heavy rail) for Baltimore’s Red Line!”

    152 sigs so far. We should be able to get these numbers much higher than that. Send petition/ link on to family/friends/ all concerned about public transportation/ accessibility/ air quality/ global warming/ foreign oil dependence/ related issues.

    Click here: http://www.petitiononline.com/trac/petition.html

    For TRAC’s Metro Fact Sheet, go to:
    http://www.getontrac.org/MetroFactSheet.htm

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  • 63. loisgreencity  |  August 10, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Baltimore City Mayor Dixon seeks members to serve on the new Sustainability Commission – deadline to submit 8/10/07!

    Mayor Dixon Launches the Sustainability Office as a Part of Her Cleaner, Greener Baltimore Initiative

    Candidates sought for membership on the City’s new Sustainability Commission

    Baltimore, MD (July 17, 2007) – As a part of her ongoing commitment to a Cleaner, Greener, Healthier Baltimore, Mayor Sheila Dixon has established a Sustainability Manager position in the Department of Planning, who will develop a sustainability and environmental management program for the City of Baltimore.

    “As we continue to move Baltimore forward and bring in new residents and new development, I am committed to ensuring the long-term environmental stability of our communities,” Mayor Dixons said. “The new Sustainability Manager will help us create and maintain the green spaces, tree canopy and quality environment we all deserve.”

    The Sustainability Manager, under the direction of the Director of Planning, will oversee the implementation of the sustainability plan and represent the city’s interest with boards, commissions, and organizations regarding environmental management.

    In addition to the Office of Sustainability, the Commission on Sustainability is being formed to oversee development of a sustainability plan for the City of Baltimore and to offer advise on the plan’s implementation. The sustainability plan will address environmental areas of concern such as air quality, resource conservation and recycling, energy, public health, environmental justice, reduction of greenhouse emissions, transportation and other issues.

    The 21-member commission will be comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders inclusive of representatives from community organizations, environmental groups, labor unions, public health and environmental justice advocates, private industry, city agencies, city council, the Mayor’s Office and persons with general interests in environmental issues.

    “By combining the efforts of the Mayor’s Office, city agencies, stakeholder groups and the citizens of Baltimore, we will achieve a cleaner, greener, and ultimately, safer, healthier Baltimore for generations to come,” the Mayor said. “I am especially appreciative of the leadership shown by Councilman Jim Kraft on this important quality of life issue.”

    1 2

    Those interested in volunteering for the commission should submit a resume and letter of interest By August 10, 2007 to:

    Tom Stosur, Assistant Deputy Mayor
    Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood and Economic Development
    100 Holliday St., Room 250
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    or email:

    tom.stosur@baltimorecity.gov.

    # # #

    Please visit our website at http://www.baltimorecity.gov

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  • 64. greencitybaltimore  |  January 24, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Baltimore City Climate Action Network (www.baltimoreclimate.org),
    (a chapter of of CCAN: Chesapeake Climate Action Network:
    http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org)
    Meeting on Thursday, Feb 7th, 2008 7 – 8:30 PM
    WINNING A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT IN MARYLAND
    Our state is on the verge of adopting the strongest climate protection act in
    the nation. Holly Gorman, CCAN MD organizer, and Claire Douglass, CCAN Campaign
    Coordinator for MD & D.C., will review the new recommendations of the Governor’s
    Commission on Climate Change, the case for action, and how to build on our
    momentum to mobilize the Governor and our own state legislators.
    St. John’s United Methodist Church
    2640 St. Paul St.
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    http://www.redemmas.org/2640/
    For questions, contact: mail@baltimoreclimate.org

    The link to this event on the local Baltimore environmental events calendar is
    at:

    http://www.baltimoreclimate.org/content/1/2/61.html#BCCANfebruary

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