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For madre tierra

Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate today and go towards helping us clean up the Bay, address climate change, and Maryland healthy!

 

Protecting the Earth and promoting Environmental Justice are two of the reasons I love working at Maryland LCV. As a Latina immigrant who grew up around nature and green spaces, protecting these is essential to my heritage. Moreover, as an organizer working with Latino communities, I know that fighting for our environment also means fighting to protect the communities that are most impacted by climate change and pollution.

 

Join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before Dec. 31st, every donation will be TRIPLED and help address climate change and ensure Maryland is healthy for future generations>>

 

One of my proudest moment was sitting beside the Chispa Maryland Promotores as they accepted the 2017 John V. Kabler Award for their leadership in their community to green their schools and communities. Thanks to supporters like you, this past summer, we graduated the second class of Latino leaders as Promotores to engage and educate their communities.

 

This work allows me to stand alongside and support amazing community members and leaders to protect their health and fight for justice. This is why I am proud to be part of Maryland LCV and the amazing work to make sure Maryland leads the way in protecting our mother earth.

 

For madre tierra,

 

 

Johana Vicente, Chispa Maryland Organizer

Maryland LCV

 
By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Trading in my work boots for work shoes

UPDATE: We’ve gotten dozens of donations in the past week and we are only $3,000 away from achieving our goal! Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate before December 31st– up to $10,000- give today!

 

I learned the hard way that all the research in the world doesn’t matter once the bulldozers arrive. I started my career as a scientist and researcher in the field catching and releasing bears, bats, and birds. I thought studying their beautiful natural habitats and sharing sound science demonstrating how important they are to ecosystems and the human communities around them would be enough to save them.  But time after time the sound science was ignored by short sighted policies.

 

In a previous position, I taught students to reforest streams along the Potomac River and learned how great policies made thousands of on-the-ground projects possible. Time and time again, I’ve learned how important policy is to protecting the environment we hold dear.

 

Your gift will help us keep the Bay clean, address climate change, and work for clean air. Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate before December 31st!

 

So I traded in my work boots for work shoes and got to work on good policy. Here I am testifying at the Howard County Council meeting for tried and true methods protecting our waterways from the devastating effects of stormwater pollution. I am honored to work for an organization that uses sound science and research to make better policies here in Maryland.

 

Will you join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before Dec. 31st? Every donation will be TRIPLED and help us keep the Bay clean, address climate change, and Maryland healthy for all residents, animal and human alike>>

 

With your support, Maryland LCV is able to ensure our elected leaders represent your environmental values. I’m so grateful to live in Maryland where we’ve made incredible progress over the past year thanks to the conservation leaders that we support.

 

For all of Maryland’s residents, human or otherwise,

 

 

Ben Alexandro, Water Policy Advocate

Maryland LCV

 
By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces First Round of Endorsements for General Assembly

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces First Round of Endorsements for General Assembly

Candidates Have Proven Conservation Records and Demonstrated Leadership

(Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its first round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly in the 2018 state primary elections. The organization said the 20 Senate and 61 House candidates have all demonstrated pro-conservation records and leadership on environmental issues.

“On climate change and the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay, we are at a turning point in Maryland,” said Ed Hatcher, Chair of the Maryland LCV Board of Directors.  “Our mission to elect conservation advocates has never been so important.”

“Maryland LCV’s endorsement process is based on proven leadership on the environment for incumbents and a thorough evaluation of new candidate’s background and commitment to the environment. These candidates all boast a 90% or greater average environmental legislative score over the last two legislative terms (2011-2017), or have been honored as a Green Champion or Legislator of the Year,” said Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland LCV.

Before each state election, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Board of Directors and staff evaluate questionnaires and conduct interviews with dozens of candidates for state-wide office, including Comptroller, Attorney General, and Governor as well candidates as for the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate. In the 2018 Primary and General elections, Maryland LCV will once again campaign to elect pro-conservation candidates.

More endorsements will be released in the coming months.

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For almost 40 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

30 West Street Suite C  Annapolis, MD 21401 • 410-280-9855  410-280-9857 (fax)  www.mdlcv.org

 (Please see attached list of endorsements)

Maryland League of Conservation Voters: 2018 Endorsements – December 12, 2017

Senate:

District 3 – Ronald N. Young

District 8 – Katherine Klausmeier

District 11 – Bobby A. Zirkin

District 12 – Edward J. Kasemeyer

District 13 – Guy Guzzone

District 14 – Craig J. Zucker

District 15 – Brian J. Feldman

District 16 – Susan C. Lee

District 17 – Cheryl C. Kagan

District 19 – Benjamin F. Kramer

District 20 – William C. Smith, Jr.

District 21 – Jim Rosapepe

District 22 – Paul G. Pinsky

District 23 – Douglas J.J. Peters

District 24 – Joanne C. Benson

District 27 – Thomas V. Mike Miller

District 32 – Pamela Beidle

District 39 – Nancy J. King

District 44 – Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

District 46 – Bill Ferguson

Delegate:

District 3A – Carol L. Krimm

District 3A – Karen Lewis Young

District 8 – Eric M. Bromwell

District 10 – Benjamin Brooks

District 10 – Adrienne A. Jones

District 11 – Shelly Hettleman

District 11 – Dana Stein

District 12 – Eric Ebersole

District 12 – Terri L. Hill

District 12 – Clarence K. Lam

District 13 – Vanessa E. Atterbeary

District 13 – Shane E. Pendergrass

District 13 – Frank S. Turner

District 14 – Anne R. Kaiser

District 14 – Eric G. Luedtke

District 15 – Kathleen M. Dumais

District 15 – David Fraser-Hidalgo

District 16 – Ariana B. Kelly

District 16 – Marc Korman

District 17 – Kumar P. Barve

District 17 – Jim Gilchrist

District 17 – Andrew Platt

District 18 – Alfred C. Carr, Jr.

District 19 – Bonnie Cullison

District 19 – Marice Morales

District 20 – David Moon

District 21 – Ben Barnes

District 21 – Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk

District 22 – Tawanna P. Gaines

District 22 – Anne Healey

District 22 – Alonzo T. Washington

District 23A – Geraldine Valentino-Smith

District 23B – Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.

District 23B – Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.

District 24 – Erek L. Barron

District 24 – Carolyn J. B. Howard

District 25 – Darryl Barnes

District 25 – Dereck E. Davis

District 26 – Kriselda Valderamma

District 27B – Michael A. Jackson

District 28 – Sally Jameson

District 28 – Edith J. Patterson

District 30 – Michael E. Busch

District 32 – Mark S. Chang

District 32 – Theodore Sophocleus

District 34A – Mary Ann Lisanti

District 39 – Kirill Reznik

District 39 – Shane Robinson

District 41 – Samuel I. Rosenberg

District 42A – Steve Lafferty

District 43 – Curt Anderson

District 43 – Maggie McIntosh

District 44A – Keith E. Haynes

District 44B – Charles E. Sydnor, III

District 44B – Pat Young

District 45 – Talmadge Branch

District 45 – Cheryl Glenn

District 46 – Luke Clippinger

District 46 – Brooke E. Lierman

District 47A – Diana M. Fennell

District 47A – Jimmy Tarlau

By |2019-12-07T13:11:00-05:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments

Why I’m a Conservation Voter

Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate before December 31st. Your gift will help us keep the Bay clean, address climate change, and work for clean air for Maryland’s children>>

 

I’ve had a challenging (and tiring!) year on many fronts. It has been hard watching the Trump administration threaten the things we value: our clean air and water, healthy communities, and the  foundations of democracy.

 

At the same time, I welcomed a new baby in June and am inspired by all of the new people I see getting involved the issues I care about. Here at Maryland LCV, we accomplished so much in 2017– including increasing our state’s renewable energy goals and banning fracking.

 

We could not have done that without the voices of our long time supporters and new supporters alike. I’ve also been so energized by all of our donors who are increasing their investment in our work. We’ve all realized it’s time to double down on our efforts if we want to protect our environment for our kids and grandkids to enjoy.

 

The environment has been a top priority for me in every election I’ve voted in since 2000, when I turned 18. Growing up in Michigan I spent a lot of time outdoors, especially enjoying Lake Michigan during the warm months. Now that I call Maryland home, I’ve been working since 2010 to help elect pro-conservation candidates. I spent many years working directly on campaigns until my position became available at Maryland LCV.

 

This is my dream job because I am working for an organization that educates voters, expands the voter base, helps elect candidates that will protect the environment, and then- my favorite part– keeps them accountable one they are in office. Will you join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before Dec. 31st? Every donation will be TRIPLED>>

 

One of the things I love most about the Conservation Voters Movement is being connected to a national group in Washington, D.C. that works on federal issues, so we can really dig in and focus on state and local issues. I also love being a part of a network of over 30 other state leagues, including the one doing great work back where I grew up and where much of my family still live.

 

Even though it can be easy to lose hope when we look at federal rollbacks of environmental protections I am here to tell you we are making progress in Maryland and we are just getting started. Our movement is growing stronger every day as Marylanders overwhelmingly support protecting our water, land and air.

No matter what part of Maryland you live in and whether you have lived here your whole life or just part of it- we all have an obligation to leave our planet as healthy as we found it. That effort starts in our own backyard, and at the local and state levels. Please join me and chip in whatever you can to support our work. A generous supporter has agreed to triple your gift until Dec. 31st but don’t delay.

We are already making big plans for 2018. Please give  generously so we can continue our important work. Thank you so much for all you do.

 

I look forward to working with you in 2018,

 

 

Karen Doory, Development Director

Maryland LCV

P.S. Your year-end gift will be TRIPLED if you donate before December 31st. Please give what you can, every gift is appreciated.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

We can’t do this without you

We can’t do this work without you. Will you join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before December 31st?  Every donation will be TRIPLED and help us to do this vital work on behalf of the voiceless, to keep our air, water, and land clean and our communities healthy and strong>>

 

My parents raised my brother and me with the unshakable belief that politics is an active verb, and government is a participatory institution. Its key purpose is to protect and care for those who can’t protect themselves, and so those of us with the ability to speak are bound by a moral duty to do so on behalf of the most vulnerable amongst us.  It is this touchstone belief that led me to the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, and to the work that we do here: protecting the land, air, water, and communities of the Maryland that I love so much.



It is my joy and honor to be able to do this work with my colleagues, here, as the political voice of the environment – and your voice in the halls of Annapolis. We can do this thanks to supporters like you.



That would not have been possible without you, Dannielle. Will you join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before December 31st?  Every donation will be TRIPLED and help us to do this vital work on behalf of the voiceless, to keep our air, water, and land clean and our communities healthy and strong>>



We can elect pro-conservation candidates as our elected leaders, who will champion smart, strong and visionary actions to protect our most cherished resources.

 

I am so happy to live in Maryland, in my little Baltimore row-house, where so much progress can be made, thanks to all the people – like you – who are willing to work with and invest in Maryland LCV – and to make sure that government represents our conservation values.



With gratitude,

 

Kristen Harbeson, Political Director

Maryland LCV

 
By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

A few of my favorite things

Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate before December 31st! Your gift will help us keep the Bay clean, address climate change, and work for clean air. 

When I started at Maryland LCV as an intern in 2009, my main motivation was my passion for the environment and my faith in our democratic representative system to elect leaders who reflect good values of their constituents. Now, eight years later along with dedication to my work at Maryland LCV, I am a co-homeowner, wife, and mother to a wonderful four-year old and my main motivation is to protect my family. Which includes their health and our environment. I know the  most effective way to do that is to elect and keep pro-conservation elected officials in office.

I know that with your support we can come together and protect our favorite things about Maryland. Every donation made before December 31st, will be TRIPLED- donate today >>

Because of your support, Maryland LCV is able to ensure our elected leaders represent your environmental values. I’m so grateful to live in Maryland where we’ve made incredible progress on the environment this past legislative session thanks to the conservation leaders that we support. I know that because of dedicated supporters and activists like you, my son Dean (pictured to the right) will be able to grow up in a Maryland we can all be proud of.

For Dean,

Dannielle Lipinski, Communications and Outreach Manager

P.S. Your year-end gift will be TRIPLED if you donate before December 31st. We invite you to take advantage of our monthly giving plan>>

By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Beginning of our End of the Year Appeal- Why I do this work

By Karla Raettig, Executive Director
 
 
This is my 6th year as the Executive Director of Maryland LCV and I am proud to lead this organization. In my 20 years of experience in the environmental community, it’s never been more obvious that elections matter. We cannot make progress on the environment without the right leaders in office, and that’s our mission at Maryland LCV. It’s our job to help elect and secure elected officials who make the environment a priority in their campaign and their elected tenure.
 
Over the year, we’ve seen staggering rollbacks to our basic environmental protections on the national level and disheartening actions against our air, water, land, and public health. From the devastating hurricanes in the south to the wildfires in the West, it’s never been more important to fortify our state environmental protections.
 
In the next two weeks, you’re going to hear from the rest of my staff about what motivates them to do this work. I’m inspired and honored to be on the frontlines with such dedicated and smart staff. I hope you draw inspiration from them like I do every day. 
 
With your support, we’ve able to turn our ideas into actions that elect pro-conservation candidates and send them to represent you in Annapolis. 
 
 
For conservation,
 
 
Karla Raettig, Executive Director
Maryland LCV
 
By |2019-11-23T06:17:20-05:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Endorses Elly Tierney in Ward 1

For Immediate Release                                                                                 October 17, 2017

Contact: Bob Gallagher, Co-chair
Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Anne Arundel Chapter Steering Committee
410.263.2417

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Endorses Elly Tierney in Ward 1

(Annapolis, MD)  Today, the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) announced its endorsement of Elly Tierney to represent Ward One on the Annapolis City Council.  Elly Tierney has years of experience as a corporate executive, small business owner, civic activist and leader. She will work for consensus and practical solutions to flooding, sustainability, over-development, housing and other quality of life issues.

Tierney joins a slate of candidates Maryland LCV is backing in the city’s November 7th elections that also includes Mike Pantelides for Mayor and for City Council:  Kurt Riegel (Ward 2), Marc Rodriguez (Ward 5), Shaneka Henson (Ward 6), Rob Savidge (Ward 7) and Ross Arnett (Ward 8).

“We are pleased to support Elly Tierney and strong team of candidates in Annapolis that are committed to cleaning- up our city’s waterways, conserving its forestland, and ensuring development is responsible, ” said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, who headed the committee that conducted the endorsement process.  “Each understands that protecting the environment and our quality of life go hand-in-hand.”

“This election affords a unique opportunity to make a healthy environment and sustainable growth priorities for the city.”    We encourage everyone who cares about conservation to go to the polls and vote on Tuesday, November 7.”

The endorsements represent the first time that the Maryland LCV has been engaged in City of Annapolis elections.

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For almost 40 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of the environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

By |2019-12-07T13:09:32-05:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Press|0 Comments