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 third in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. In this edition we will introduce you to Ross Arnett, candidate for Ward 8. Ward 8 includes most of Eastport. See the ward map here.
Ross Arnett has been working on behalf of the Eastport community for 14 years, first as a Board Member, and then President, of the Eastport Civic Association and now as Alderman for Ward 8.
Ross retired from the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government after 32 years and with a national reputation as a healthcare economist with expertise in healthcare spending an insurance coverage.
Before moving to Eastport, Ross and his wife Kathy, and son Ross, lived on Capitol Hill then Columbia and have always active in civic affairs.
Ross spearheaded reforms to the City's budget process to improve transparency and increase accountability, passed legislation to promote responsible development and prevent overcrowding in our schools and protect our tree canopy, and pushed for improved public safety measures.
During his three terms on the council, Ross has chaired at different times the following committees: Finance, Environmental Matters and Rules and served on the Public Safety and Transportation.
“Our city will continue to face challenges in the next four years. I am ready to apply my years of experience to continue to find common-sense solutions for pressing issues facing Ward 8 and the entire city: Public Safety, the Environment, and Development.”
My name is Katherine Jeffreys and I am senior in college from Hunt Valley, Maryland. I am studying political science and sociology at Boston based Gordon College, and hope to go into a career in law and policy. This year I am on the leadership team for Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF) at Gordon that focuses on advocating for environmental sustainability. ASF organizes events on campus, implements outreach, lectures, and also organizes an earth week to get other students involved in caring for the environment. I am also an NCAA athlete as I play for Gordon’s Division 3 tennis team. This summer, along with interning at Maryland LCV, I coach youth tennis at Mast Tennis Academy.
I am from Hunt Valley, Maryland, in Northern Baltimore county and I care deeply about the environment. The Chesapeake Bay is a unique body of water that requires advocacy and careful policy. When a body of water is polluted and neglected, such as the Chesapeake Bay, the ecosystems and the people that rely on the food are greatly affected. In a chain effect, when runoff from people and corporations pollute the food sources in the Bay, the water and marine life is harmed, in turn harming those who consume the food. The toxins are spread affecting the overall health of the community and the thousands that depend on this water source for their income.
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 first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Marc Rodriguez, candidate for Ward 5. See the ward map here.
Marc grew up spending his summers in Annapolis and completed part of his high school years at Key School. The time he spent in Annapolis during his formative years had a profound impact, which Marc credits to his active involvement in the community. His passion for the environment started with time spent rowing with the Annapolis Rowing Club, which led to a successful tenure in collegiate rowing at the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in Economics. This direct connection with the water instilled in Marc a lesson he will take with him to City Hall: protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay is essential to preserving our quality of life for generations to come.
Marc has continued to be active in the community – he volunteers and serves on the boards of Seeds 4 Success, Monarch Academy Anne Arundel, Annapolis Opera, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, the Youth Advisory Committee at Arundel Lodge, and the VAAAC Chairman's Leadership Committee.
Since January 2016, Marc has been working on Ward 5 and City issues with Alderman Jared Littmann. He has helped address key challenges facing our community, and is especially proud of two pieces of environmental legislation he worked on with Alderman Littmann: the Forest Conservation Act and the No Net Loss of Tree Canopy.
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 Anne Arundel 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 first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Rob Savidge, candidate for Ward 7. Ward7 goes from Forrest Drive to Tyler Avenue to Bembe Beach. See the map here.
ROB SAVIDGERob has made his home in Annapolis for over 16 years with his wife Becca and son Whit. He fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay while earning his degree in Environmental Studies at Washington College, on the Eastern Shore. His career started with the Chesapeake Bay Program, supporting the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. From there he worked for a number of years in private consulting as an Environmental Scientist before starting his career with local government. That career started with the City of Annapolis, where he was the Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Compliance Inspector, reviewing development projects and authoring the City's climate action plan. Now he works for Anne Arundel County as an Engineer/Project Manager for stormwater management projects.Rob is known for "blowing the whistle" on the City when he observed that they were allowing developers to clear protected forests. He successfully lead an effort to protect the forests, and the City is set to turn the area into a new park. Subsequently, he worked with current Aldermen to develop legislation that strengthened the City's Forest Conservation laws, and worked to unite the environmental community in support of these efforts.
Welcome to our weekly segment introducing our summer interns! First is Jessica Jenkins
Hi! My name is Jessica Jenkins and I am one of the Communications Interns at Maryland LCV this summer. I am a sophomore at the University of Delaware studying English with minors in the Environmental Humanities and Journalism. I am originally from Marriottsville, MD but have spent my life frequently visiting my grandparent’s house in Shady Side, where I fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay.
Written by Jessica Jenkins, Communications Intern
As the days get longer and warmer, the average Marylander is spending more and more time in our great outdoors. With this time outside, many are starting their gardening regimen. Thanks to the work of the Smart on Pesticides coalition that we are a part of, we passed the Pollinator Protection Act of 2016 that bans the sale of products containing neonicotinoid (neonics). This helps consumers make safe choices for their families and our pollinators.
On May 25, 2017 Governor Hogan signed the Pollinator Habitat Bill into law. According to the Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition, “Maryland’s pollinators are at risk, due in part to pesticides and a lack of sufficient habitat. The 2016 Pollinator Habitat Plans law aimed to restore and increase habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This law requires that Maryland’s Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Services and the State Highway Administration establish pollinator habitat plans for lands owned or managed by each agency.”
Last year alone, Maryland beekeepers lost 56% of their hive populations to habitat loss and pesticides. This new law specifically bans neonicotinoid (“neonic”) pesticides, which have been proven to kill bees, from state pollinator habitat areas. “Keeping state pollinator habitat free of harmful pesticides will help protect our bees, food supply and the environment,” said Ruth Berlin, executive director of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network. “Maryland is demonstrating once again that we are a national leader in pollinator protection.”
Governor Larry Hogan needs to hear that this is an issue that matters to Marylanders – from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. He needs to hear from you, Friend. Will you join with fellow Marylanders to protect our coast?
When the initial Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft of an energy plan came out in 2015 that included our coastal waters for potential offshore drilling, our movement got organized. It started with the fantastic grassroots efforts of Ocean City residents who kayaked against the drilling of our precious natural resources on the eastern shore. 1
Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces 2017 Awardees for the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – In preparation for the largest environmental event of the year, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) announced the awardees for the 2017 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner. Maryland LCV bestows the Chesapeake Champion Award to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, awards the Legislator of the Year Award to House Chair of the Environment and Transportation committee, Delegate Kumar Barve, and the John V. Kabler Memorial Award to the 2016 Prince George’s County Promotores Class.
The Citizens’ Election Fund is building momentum among various constituencies ahead of the anticipated vote. On April 2nd, Environmentalists for Citizens’ Election Fund drew activists from as far as Washington DC to discuss the connection between strengthening democracy and protecting the environment. The next day, Howard County Council introduced the bill, now known as CB30. Later that week on April 7th, Ben Jealous headlined Women for Citizens’ Election Fund, which focused on how the program would increase access to elected office for minorities and underrepresented residents.
Since then, Fair Elections Howard coalition partners have launched canvasses and hosted grassroots action days intended to build on the groundswell of support. The culmination of these events was last Wednesday’s press conference and public hearing. Before the proceedings, Congressman Sarbanes joined co-sponsors Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa to deliver a rousing address, touting the program and its potential to make history. The hearing that followed drew 70+ proponents and inspired diverse testimony in favor of the legislation. With the threat of an executive veto looming, the large turnout was a good portend for the necessary 4-1 veto-proof margin.
Looking forward to legislative work session and the tentative vote, we are reminded that there are miles to go before we sleep. Accordingly, Council Chairman Weinstein cautioned, “Don’t get complacent because this issue needs to be fought for here [and now].” To make this dream a reality, we need you to continue advocating for the bill in public and private circles and emailing Council. Additionally, we are still recruiting residents of Councilwoman Sigaty's District to lead an in-person visit and ensure that we have her vote.
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MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AND PARTNERS GAIN TRACTION IN 2017 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
Maryland’s Environment Had A Banner Year
Annapolis, MD – The Maryland General Assembly closed the 2017 session with powerful affirmations of the importance of protecting Maryland’s people and environment. Maryland gained national acclaim by banning hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), as well as limiting the over-use of antibiotics in agriculture.