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  • Celebrate the Bay with me at the Environmental Leadership Awards

    Written By: Will Baker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    I will be honored to represent the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as we receive the Chesapeake Champion Award from our close partner and friend, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

    Thanks to our long history of collaboration, we’ve made great strides to further protect this national treasure. There’s a lot more work to do, but thanks to supporters like you, we will continue saving the Bay.

    As CBF finishes its 50th year, we celebrate progress. But we are not looking back!

    Our goal is a saved Bay that is the model for environmental restoration worldwide.

    We must accelerate pollution reduction, further protect and restore vital natural filters and habitat, and utilize the very best, science-based fisheries management possible. We are pleased that our bi-annual State of the Bay health index score has increased again, this time by over six percent, to a C−, better than the D+ from 2014 but still a grade that is far from acceptable.

    The science is clear, and it has drawn a clear road map for saving the Bay. Now, more than ever, when the Pruitt EPA is trashing sound science, all of the states in the watershed must embrace it. They must hold to their promises to achieve specific pollution-reduction targets by 2025.

    Our elected and appointed leaders need to build on the momentum and do everything in their power to succeed. The fate of America’s most iconic national treasures is at stake.

    I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night.

    William C. Baker
    President
    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

  • Together we’ve protected Maryland from fracking

    Written by Delegate Kumar Barve
    Chair of the Environment and Transportation House committee

    I am so proud to be the recipient of the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. 

    Together with the support of my colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly, I championed the cause to ban the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking) for natural gas. Last session we also passed landmark legislation increasing our Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25% by 2020, as well as my own bill to reduce greenhouse gases 40% by the year 2030.

    Thank you for standing together with your neighbors in support of the environment. Maryland, and in particular my own District 17 near Washington, D.C., have some of the worst air quality on the East Coast.  With these legislative wins, we are now moving our state in the right direction.

    The renewable energy industries, wind and solar, are key to revitalizing our economy’s growth and protecting our air quality. Over half of Maryland’s electricity still comes from carbon-spewing fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas. These dirty fuels are bad for our health, our economy, our climate, and our energy security.

    Will you join me and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters on November 15th to celebrate these environmental victories?

    With the Federal rollback of environmental regulations, work at the state level is more important than ever. Maryland has always led the way. Now we need to double down on our efforts to continue our progress protecting Maryland’s air, land, water, and public health.

    Thanks to activists like you, we were able to: permanently protect Maryland from fracking; override the clean energy veto to increase renewable energy; stop non-therapeutic use of antibiotics on livestock; and close a loophole to stop the State’s use of bee-killing pesticides on pollinator habitats.

    Join me for a celebration of all our hard work at the Environmental Leadership Awards dinner on November 15th >>

    I look forward to seeing you there!

    Event details: 

    Wednesday, November 15th

    Loews Annapolis

  • SPOTLIGHT ON THE CANDIDATES FOR ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: WARD ONE

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed seven candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the seventh in a series that focuses on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Elly Tierney, candidate for Ward 1. See the ward map here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/940.

    Elly Tierney

    Elly Tierney is  a downtown Annapolis resident and business owner  where she and her husband own a Bed and Breakfast. Since moving to Annapolis she has immersed herself in local issues while falling in love with Annapolis’s unique appeal and character. As someone who has worked in construction for thirty years, she has a deep understanding of an aging city’s physical needs and the multi-discipline approach it takes to address them. Flooding, as-built deterioration, and sustainability of the downtown area while working with limited funds, are problems shared by many east coast historical seaside towns. She also believes that protecting our present historical fabric is not incompatible with economic and environmental possibilities for a more livable downtown.
     

    With a degree in Civil Engineering, she began her career at Turner Construction, a national builder and construction manager. She specialized in Preconstruction Management where she coordinated the efforts of the Architect, Owner and Subcontractors to produce a sustainable project design through to completion. More recently, Elly attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture with emphasis in Historic Preservation. 
     

    Elly recently completed a three year term as the elected president of the Ward One Residents Association. 
     

    She is a member of Historic Annapolis, Caritas, Downtown Annapolis Partnership, Spa Creek Conservancy, STAIR,  Citizen Review Board for Anne Arundel County Visitors Center, Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, and Annapolis Bed & Breakfast Association. She resides with her husband Joe Tierney on East Street. They have four grown children. 

    ELLY NEEDS OUR HELP

    Elly needs your help to win. Here is a link to Elly's website where you can volunteer your time and donate to her campaign: https://www.friendsofellytierney.com.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON 2017 GREEN CHAMPIONS: SENATOR PAUL PINSKY

    On September 16th, we unveiled our first group of “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes lifetime scores above 95 percents and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years. The ten legislators honored this year are Senators Cheryl Kagan, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, and Shane Robinson. Each week we will shine a spotlight on our champions and showcase a video of them. This week is Senator Paul Pinsky, who represents district 22 in Prince George's County. 

    SENATOR PAUL PINSKY

    Hi, I'm State Senator Paul Pinsky from Prince George's County and I serve on the Education, Health, and Environment Committee where I'm the Vice Chairman. I want to say that the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is a very important organization. It plays multiple functions: it serves as an advocacy group, organizes people, mobilizes people, which makes life easier for us [legislators]. We can be the voice for those grassroots people. And for organizations were doing the good work around the environment.  But it also holds elected officials accountable by publicizes its scorecard. How people still in the issues and lets people know whether they should return to Annapolis or not and that's a very important issue. People want to elect people who take their time and we have to do what it takes to take them out of office and put more progressive people in. 

    Check out his video interview here.

     
  • SPOTLIGHT ON 2017 GREEN CHAMPIONS: Senator Cheryl Kagan

    On September 16th, we unveiled our first group of “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes lifetime scores above 95 percents and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years. The ten legislators honored this year are Senators Cheryl Kagan, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, and Shane Robinson. Each week we will shine a spotlight on our champions and showcase a video of them. This week is Senator Cheryl Kagan, who represents district 17 in Montgomery County.

    Senator Cheryl Kagan

    I’m Cheryl Kagan and I’m  very proud to be the Senator representing Gaithersburg and Rockville. I’m also very proud to have a 100% voting record and partner with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the rest of our environmental community. I serve on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs where we deal with many of the issues that affect our Chesapeake Bay and  our environmental quality. I am sponsoring the polystyrene ban bill again, bringing it back with Delegate Lierman, where it has already been banned in Montgomery county, Prince George’s county, D.C., the City of Gaitherburg,  and about 80 other jurisdictions. Let’s get it done. Here’s to victory in educating voters and making sure they vote in June and November in 2018!

    Check out her video interview.

  • Spotlight on 2017 Green Champions: Delegate Brooke Lierman

    ​On September 16th, we unveiled our first group of “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes lifetime scores above 95 percents and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years. The ten legislators honored this year are Senators Cheryl Kagan, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, and Shane Robinson. Each week we will shine a spotlight on our champions and showcase a video of them. This week is Delegate Brooke Lierman, who represents district 46 in Baltimore City.

    Brooke Lierman

    "As a mom and community advocate who lives in an urban area near the water, I know that quality of life goes hand in hand with the health of our natural environment. From supporting local stormwater remediation efforts, tree plantings, and innovative approaches like Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore to pushing for statewide trash-reduction initiatives like plastic bag and styrofoam bans, I am dedicated to cleaning our neighborhoods and waterways of destructive and unhealthy trash and ensuring we are leaving future generations a cleaner state."

    The scorecard is available online and includes records of votes cast on the floor of the House and Senate and in committees, along with past voting records.  Go to http://scorecard.mdlcv.org to see the scorecard and follow #MDLCVScore on social media. We've also created an interactive map with legislative voting information, which provides Marylanders with contact information for their legislators.

  • Maryland LCV Goes on a Field Trip: Tour of Perdue Chicken House and Compost Facility

    IMG_2161.JPGBy Dannielle Lipinski

    I pulled a long white smock over my plastic sealed boots and zipped it up to my neck as the late summer's rainstorm drummed against the curved metal roof above. I carefully put my ponytail into a hairnet and listened as we were told the various safety notices posted on the entry wall. The dozen of us looked ready to go into some scientific lab or microchip clean room. We were actually about to meet Perdue organic chickens on a farm on the eastern shore.

    It was a rainy Monday morning on August 7th when we were invited to a tour of Perdue Farms. Our first stop in the morning was at a farm in Henderson, Maryland where they grow organic chickens. We drove down the long gravel driveway to the long buildings that housed the chickens, we were greeted by Mike Levengood, Vice President Chief Animal Care Officer and Farmer Relationship Advocate and Steve Levitsky , Vice President of Sustainability.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON THE CANDIDATES FOR ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: MAYOR

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the sixth in a series that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to the current Mayor of Annapolis, Mike Pantelides.

    Mike Pantelides

    ​Mike Pantelides is a lifelong Annapolitan. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 17, he developed a love, care and sense of stewardship for the environment at an early age. As Mayor, he has carried that same devotion.  He has worked to stop oversized development such as the original proposal at Crystal Springs.  For the first time in the history of Annapolis and under Mayor Pantelides’ leadership, Program Open Space money was used to purchase land slated for development.  During his time in office, his administration has supported and passed a Forest Conservation Act as well as a No-Net Loss Ordinance that required any removal of trees to be replaced by new trees.  Also under his administration, an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance was passed.  This assured that public schools, roads, sewers, water for fire fighting, police and rescue response times are in concert with development and wouldn't cause unneeded stress on our community for the sake of development.  

    Mike believes that Annapolis must take the lead role in environmental protection and responsibility.  In today’s day and age, Mike realized that we must look to new and innovative ways to for renewable energy in partnership with private companies.  It is under his leadership that Annapolis will be breaking ground soon on the Renewable Energy Park.  This park will be the largest of it’s kind in the Nation, on a closed landfill producing clean and environmentally friendly energy for the city.   Not only will this park be environmentally friendly but it will also make the city money to the tune of  $4 million.  

    Mike NEEDS OUR HELP

    Mike’s administration has put our Quality of life first by ensuring that we as a community remain environmentally responsible.  If you would like to learn more about him, get involved in his campaign or make a contribution please visit his website www.mikepantelidesformayor.com

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 2

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the fifth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Kurt Riegel, candidate for Ward 2. See the ward map here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/940.

    Kurt Riegel

    Kurt Riegel is deeply involved in Annapolis civic life.

    He's worked as a member of the West Annapolis Civic Association board to improve his neighborhood and better connect its residents, and participated enthusiastically in the many activities that make Ward 2 and Annapolis a wonderful place to live.

     He has served on several city and county advisory commissions, and as president and board member of the Severn River Association, an organization devoted to protecting and restoring the Severn River watershed which includes Annapolis waters. He also served on Fort Meade's Restoration Advisory Board.

    As a member on the Severn River Commission, he’s provided advice to the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County on how their actions can best preserve, protect and restore the Severn River watershed — and its tributaries like Ward 2's Weems Creek and College Creek.

    Many of his formative years were spent in Maryland. After professional assignments elsewhere, ranging from California to the Netherlands, he has always returned to Annapolis.  He is an avid sailor and treasures the special place that Annapolis holds as a boating community and springboard to the larger Chesapeake Bay. 

    Kurt NEEDS OUR HELP

    Kurt needs your help to win. Here is a link to Kurt’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign and check for upcoming events: http://kurtriegel.com.

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 6

    Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the fourth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Shaneka Henson, candidate for Ward 6Ward 6 is mostly north of Forest and bounded by Truxton Park, Tyler Ave., President St., Janwall St. and Forest Hills Ave. See the ward map here:https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/944.

    Shaneka Henson

    A visionary and humanitarian from an early age, Shaneka Henson was born into a family that changes communities and impacts the world.  Her parents, both former pastors, have traveled across Africa using their gifts and abilities to help build the least-reached communities of the region, while serving underserved communities in Annapolis and surrounding areas as well.

    A native of Annapolis and resident of Ward 6, Shaneka has always been passionate about community service, dedicating her younger years to supporting missionary work and food pantry distributions in Annapolis.  Her eagerness to “pay it forward” transitioned into adulthood as she worked with at-risk and underprivileged children, raised awareness about pro bono services to the homeless, and collaborated with interested stakeholders to discuss and confront domestic violence issues.

    Inspired by her parents to follow her dreams, Shaneka pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Coppin State University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Baltimore.  Upon graduating, Shaneka was admitted into the Maryland Bar as an attorney in 2010 and has worked for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  Shaneka is currently a practicing attorney and mother to her middle-school aged son. 

    This hard-working Annapolitan keeps her finger on the pulse of the city and is deeply committed to creating change on issues that impact her community, including the environment.  With years of hard work and community service under her belt, Shaneka believes The Time is Now for new energy in Ward 6

    Shaneka NEEDS OUR HELP

    Shaneka needs your help to win. See Shaneka’s Face Book page for a link to contribute to her campaign.https://www.facebook.com/ShanekaHensonward6/