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  • 1. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Credit Card Setting Aside 1% of spending for curbing greenhouse gas emissions nearing launch. Article at: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/credit-card-cut-greenhouse-gas/story.aspx?guid=%7BC25D2193-F760-4854-B270-9E8D36A55F92%7D

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  • 2. dougretzler  |  April 2, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    CSBA: Buy Local Baltimore
    Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance’s buy local campaign is an educational campaigne to support locally owned and operated businesses

    http://www.buylocalbaltimore.com

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  • 3. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    The Center for a New American Dream

    http://www.newdream.org/index.php

    Takoma Park, MD

    helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.

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  • 4. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Green on a budget or just a cheapgreenskate?

    See “Living Green Below Your Means” article on New American Dream’s website:

    http://www.newdream.org/living_green/

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  • 5. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Washington Post Article about AutoNation’s E-Vehicle program

    To begin April 10th: Largest US national auto dealer’s campaign to promote greater consumer awareness of cars and trucks available online and in stores that have the best fuel efficiency. E-Vehicles must get at least 28 miles per gallon, or deliver at least 10 percent better fuel efficiency than the average for their vehicle class.

    Qualifying vehicles will be identified with a green leaf logo. A yellow leaf logo will be assigned to models capable of running on ethanol or other biofuels.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/05/AR2007040501348.html

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  • 6. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 1:29 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 11, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Starbucks Teams up with Chesapeake Bay Foundation in “Bring A Cup, Save the Bay” campaign:

    Btwn April 3-May 14
    Starbucks to help educate almost 1.2 million watershed residents about what they can do to help save the Chesapeake Bay. Also, for cutomers who buy their favorite drink & bring their own tumbler btwn these dates, Starbuck to donate 10 cents from the price to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

    http://www.cbf.org/site/News2?abbr=SB_News_&page=NewsArticle&id=24551&news_iv_ctrl=0

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  • 8. loisgreencity  |  April 13, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Sustainlane

    A community powered directory of green products and businesses and user reviews.

    Help your friends and family go green by recommending the green businesses and products you love.

    http://www.sustainlane.com/

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  • 9. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Baltimore Free Store

    Collects donated and salvaged goods, and provides them to people without charge at one day temporary free marketplaces in various neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. A Free Market will include 20+ eight-foot tables piled high with goods and provide items to as many as 300+ people at a time. While the Free Store targets low-income neighborhoods they do not require one be low income to take items. All Free Markets are open to anyone who wishes to come.

    The Baltimore Free Store is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    http://www.freestorebaltimore.org/

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  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 20, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Finding Eco-Friendly Electronics Products:

    4/20/07 Washington Post “It’s Not Easy Being Green” article

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/20/AR2007042000269.html

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  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 20, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    The Green Mop

    Arlington, VA based “Green” Housecleaning company

    http://www.freewebs.com/thegreenmop/

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  • 12. dougretzler  |  April 22, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    National Green Papers -Co-op America
    National directory of screened & approved green businesses

    http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/greenpages/

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  • 13. dougretzler  |  April 22, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Alternatives in Simple Living Catalogue — simpleliving.org. Catalog with lots of books and ideas about non-commercial holiday celebrations, “Whose Birthday is It Anyway?”

    http://www.simpleliving.org/osCommerce/catalog/index.php

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  • 14. dougretzler  |  April 23, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Green Seal
    Provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Our industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life

    http://www.greenseal.org/

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  • 15. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Discovery Plans ‘Green’ Channel

    The Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications says it will replace the Discovery Home channel with a channel devoted to ecologically responsible travel and living.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2007/04/02/daily34.html

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  • 16. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 2:41 am

    The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service lets you opt out of receiving direct mail marketing from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a “delete” file and made available to direct-mail marketers. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that are not registered with the DMA’s Mail Preference Service.

    To register with DMA, send your letter to: Direct Marketing Association
    Mail Preference Service
    PO Box 643
    Carmel, NY 10512

    Or register online at http://www.the-dma.org/consumers/offmailinglist.html

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  • 17. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 2:45 am

    How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam & Telemarketers

    Tips, techniques, specific addresses to write, and numbers to call to get off those nasty junk mailing lists and telemarketing lists across the U.S.

    http://www.ecofuture.org/jnkmail.html

    http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/

    http://www.exuberance.com/docs/junkmail.html

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  • 18. Lois  |  April 28, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    The Women’s Industrial Exchange – A National Treasure

    http://www.womansindustrialexchange.org/history.htm

    HIstoric gift shop & tea room in downtown Baltimore on Historic Charles Street. Originally founded in late 1800s shortly after the Civil War to help Civil War widows and other needy women “discreetly earn a living” by selling their crafts. Its mission is still to actively support women’s economic advancement. The Exchange serves disadvantaged women, families, displaced workers, and others seeking to establish careers – particularly home-based careers. It provides them with opportunities for greater financial security by maintaining a sales room for their handcrafted items and by developing new programs and services.

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  • 19. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Maryland Yard Sale Online:- powered by ebay

    http://www.mdyardsaleonline.com/

    Hello and Welcome to Maryland Yard Sale Online

    Selling items here at Maryland Yard Sale is an excellent way to make those extra money — and having fun while you’re doing it! It’s easy, it’s simple and best of all you can try it out for FREE!

    To sell an item, click the Sell An Item! link located at every left side page of our website. Our Sell An Item! Form asks for the city where you would like it listed, the title or name of the item you are selling, description, your selling price, priority and images. For now, you are allowed a maximum of (3) three pictures for every item. (Picture Sells!)

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  • 20. loisgreencity  |  May 31, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Going Green Expo: Local Products and Services, Saturday, June 30, 10 am to 4 pm: Interact with local businesses that offer environmentally friendly products and services, giveaways, samples and door prizes. For more information: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Libraries/newsandevents/PR_details.asp?PrID=3547

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  • 21. loisgreencity  |  June 8, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Great Green Gifts for Father’s Day

    6/7/07 article on Alternative Consumer Blog at:

    http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2007/06/07/great-green-gifts-for-fathers-day/

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  • 22. dougretzler  |  September 7, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Declare your independence from junk mail.
    The production and disposal of direct mail alone consumes more energy than 3 million cars! So if junk mail adds clutter and annoyance to your life AND exacerbates climate change, why not take action to lighten your load?

    A Carbon Conscious Consumer action.
    Free forms to take yourself off some of the main junk mail lists and other actions to reduce and stop junk mail

    http://www.newdream.org/junkmail/

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  • 23. dougretzler  |  December 9, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    The Story Of Stuff
    This an excellent overview of the phenomenon of commodities and their impact in our world.
    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

    http://storyofstuff.com

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  • 24. Tara  |  November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    HI , I WOULD LIKE TO TELL EVERYONE IN MARYLAND THAT WE CAN SAVE MONEY ON OUR GAS AND ELECTRIC BY USING 20% GREEN ENERGY, WITH A VIRIDIAN. THEY SUPPY 20% OR 100% CLEAN ENERGY. I FOUND THAT 20% SAVES YOU MONEY AND 100 IS COSTLY DEPENDS HOW MUCH YOU CARE FOR THE ENVIROMENT. CHECK http://www.viridian.com/sabinah or liveviridian.com

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