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April 1, 2007 at 8:48 am 30 comments

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  • 1. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Environmental Justice Project:

    Baltimore City-based legal aid project seeks to obtain equal protection from environmental, public safety, and health hazards for all people regardless of race, income, culture, and social class and the meaningful involvement of impacted citizens in decision-making processes. The Community Law Center provides assistance to Baltimore city and Maryland organizations with environmental justice issues, ranging from air pollution from heavy truck traffic to fighting landfills to ensuring that demolition protocols are followed.


    Find application forms at the website or contact the organization at (410) 366-0922.

  • 2. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 9:01 am

    The Changing Face of Environmentalism article (April 2007) featured in Urbanite magazine: http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/sub.cfm?sectionID=4&articleID=642&IssueID=47

  • 3. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Baltimore Community For Environmental Justice Inc
    1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205
    (410) 558-0016

  • 4. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 2:41 am

    EJ and Transportation Planning-

    Blurb & info on Baltimore Metropolitan Council website.


  • 5. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Legislative background for Environmental Justice:

    The legal foundation for environmental justice considerations is Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/title_vi.htm , which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in any program receiving federal assistance

    In 1994, Presidential Executive Order 12898, http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/eo/eo12898.htm , directed every Federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies, and activities on “minority populations and low-income populations.”

    From Baltimore Metropolitan Council website:

  • 6. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning


    2714 Hudson Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21224-4716


  • 7. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Black + White = Green

    Photo shoot to dramatically enact why all of our community needs to come together to protect the environment and work on issues of economic justice.

    Sat, March 5, 2 PM in Druid Hill Park


    As reported in March 07 issue of Urbanite magazine.


  • 8. loisgreencity  |  April 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Environmental Justice Partnership

    A partnership formed in 2003 as a way to promote healthy behavior in the East Baltimore community and to better involve the community in the research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Comprises staff and faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, 11 different East Baltimore organizations, and faculty and students from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Created to promote healthier behavior; to involve the community at research in the Bloobmerg School; and to address the greater burden faced by East Baltimoreans from environmental health hazards, such as lead paint and air pollution, compared to some wealthier communities.



  • 9. loisgreencity  |  April 7, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Coalition for a Lead Safe Environment

    2714 Hudson Street, Baltimore MD 21224


  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 7, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Baltimore Commuinity for Environmental Justice – EBDI East Baltimore Development Inc.

    1809 Ashland Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21205
    (410) 558-0016


  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program


    Through the Baltimore City Health Department. Program provides:
    – Free Blood Lead Testing
    – Legal Enforcement
    – Outreach & Education

    – Case management for children with lead poisoning.
    Contact us: Call 443-984-2460

    The Program’s Lead Abatement Action Project provides grants and loans for lead abatement to qualified property owners in Baltimore City.

  • 12. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Southeast Baltimore Transporation study


    & SE Baltimore Transportation Study Stakeholder Participation Plan


  • 13. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Rachel’s Environment and Health News
    Published by the Environmental Research Foundation (ERF) in New Jersey (formerly Annapolis), Rachel’s provides understandable scientific information about the influence of toxic substances on human health and the environment.


  • 14. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Physicians for Social Responsibility – Baltimore
    Represents more than 20,000 physicians, nurses and health care professionals devoted to nuclear disarmament, violence prevention and environmental health. PSR’s environment and health program focuses on the health effects of climate change and persistant organic pollutants, air quality, drinking water and related legislation.
    Larry Egbert, M.D.
    325 East 25th Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    (410) 235-7760

    WWW: http://www.psr.org

  • 15. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG)
    An advocate for the public interest. Its mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects the environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.
    3121 Saint Paul Street, Suite 26
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    (410) 467-0439


  • 16. loisgreencity  |  May 7, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Organizers of Baltimore’s Fourth Annual Green Week Are Looking for a Color-Blind Focus

    Focus on two major events this Ecofest (May 5, 2007):

    -Black + White = Green Photo op
    -“Toxic Tours” showing polluted sites in E Baltimore neighborhoods

    article in Daily Record


  • 17. Lois Tuttle  |  May 11, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    US EPA’s Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers the Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool, an online searchable database that provides information for preliminary analysis of Environmental Justice areas of concern.

    Assessment variables include demographics, such as persons per square mile, per capita income, and percent below the poverty line. The EJ Assessment tool provides the ability to review these assessment variables and others with respect to several types of regulated facilities.

    Users can zoom-in by specifying a city, county, state, ZIP code or facility address.


  • 18. loisgreencity  |  May 22, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Various grants and loans available to help Baltimore families live in lead safe homes:. See:


  • 19. loisgreencity  |  June 1, 2007 at 5:41 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: http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/?p=36
    and http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/?p=37

  • 20. loisgreencity  |  June 18, 2007 at 9:49 am

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


    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.”

  • 21. 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:


  • 22. Andreina Cecilio  |  September 19, 2007 at 1:35 pm

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  • 23. greencitybaltimore  |  January 24, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Sunday January 27th, 2008 (last Sunday of each month)
    4:30 – 6:30 PM
    Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson

    Ted Rouse, a Baltimore Bioneers organizer and founder of the Chesapeake
    Sustainable Business Alliance, will make a presentation about the goals for both
    of these organizations and the future of sustainability efforts in the Baltimore
    area and in the world.

    At the same event we will show the video: ‘Environmental Justice for All’: Two
    nationally recognized activists, Majora Carter and Van Jones, spoke at the Fall
    Bioneers Conference on issues of eco-justice, describing strategies for
    including marginalized and underserved groups in environmental action campaigns.
    We will watch their recorded speeches; Carter’s theme of greening the ghetto and
    Jones’ theme of a green economy that lifts people out of poverty both provide
    inspiring visions of an all inclusive response to eco-racism. Both are also
    extremely entertaining and energizing speakers.

    View the FLIER (in PDF format):


    Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286
    The Baltimore Green Forum is co-sponsored by Simplicity Matters Earth Institute,
    Green City Baltimore, Hooked on Nature, and Network of Spiritual Progressives.
    Literature will be available about numerous “green” Baltimore organizations.
    baltimoregreenforum [at] gmail.com or 410-812-1447 for questions or comments.

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


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