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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.

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

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.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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

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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.

While securing our lab-like uniforms to enter the chicken house, Mike and Steve began to tell us about the chickens we were about to meet. Perdue is an  integrator and the chicks were  Global Animal Partnership certified. Hundreds of chicks, no more than 11 days old, scattered as we entered the chicken house; their soft down feathered bodies scampering across the expanse of wood chip bedding and over small ramp pallets dispersed throughout the chicken house. Organic houses like this house are required to have two organic “enrichments” per 1000 chickens, and they have sunlight,  outdoor access, and are fed with organic feed. Once the chickens are 21 days old, and if the temperature outside is not too hot or cold, the farmer opens the gates and lets the chickens venture outside. The farmer planted organic grass seed and plants in the outside enclosure and lets the chickens peck around.

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For a chicken house to be certified organic, the ground on the farm must be treated and maintained with organic plants and products for three straight years. Before the farm was a chicken house, it grew organic fruits and vegetables so it was a shorter transition to an organic chicken farm. Due to the lag time between converting a traditional chicken house to an organically certified house, the chicks grown and marketed from there are labeled GMO- free (Genetically Modified Organism).

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Perdue Farms also stated their willingness to become environmental stewards and work with neighbors and the relationships built in government and communities to find a solution for all. Our final stop on the tour was actually in our neighboring state at the Perdue AgriRecycle in Seaford, Delaware. This facility is recently opened in January 2017 and began to compost litter produced by the chicken houses nearby. Right now they are selling compost to sell in nurseries. They are operating at 15,000lbs and working on a permit to expand to 35,000 lbs.

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My biggest take-away from our time with Perdue Farms was the power of consumer and the strength of voting with our wallets. The business philosophy in Perdue Farms  responding to consumer demands for organic and the health of chickens has transformed their practices to better reflect this. As the political voice for the environment, we believe in the power of community to of protect our air, land, water, and public health. We are grateful to Perdue Farms, that they  took the time to give us a full day tour of their operations.  As agriculture is a large part of the Eastern Shore economy, we look forward to continuing the dialogue with Perdue Farms to ensure environmental protections.

 
By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00September 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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/

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 8

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

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.”

Ross NEEDS OUR HELP

Ross needs your help to win. Here is a link to Ross’ website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign: http://www.rossforward8.com/. Or, you can reach campaign manager Lee Finney at: rossforward8@aol.com. And, check the website for coming events.

P.S. Meet Ross and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Annapolis City elections. It will be on Tuesday, August 15th from 6 until at Beth Garraway’s house. Here is a link to the flyer.
By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Meet the interns: Katherine Jeffreys

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.

I am particularly interested in how the food supply can harm consumers by covert labeling and ineffective regulations allowing toxins in food. With a rise in food allergies and other diseases related to a polluted food source, care for the Bay can be recognized as a health policy issue as much as a marine life preservation issue.  The area of research and policy I hope to pursue in the future would include the food safety and security issues. The protection and preservation of the environment directly affects the wellbeing of those inhabiting it. As an athlete, in particular, I have committed to food that is organic and pure. In the future, I hope to write and implement policies that protect and grow organic farming standards, and bring transparency to the American people in how their food is made, processed and labeled as a steward of the abundant creation God has given us.

I have political experience working on the Hill in Washington DC with the honorable Congressman Andy Harris, and campaigning for Delegate Kathy Szeliga, both of whom were steeped in the legislative workings of general policy implementation. An internship at Maryland LCV provides in-depth experience working with environmental legislation. I am very excited to work at an innovative and dedicated organization, with people who truly care about conserving and protecting the environment. As a sociology major, I look forward to exploring issues of environmental justice and the ways that the degradation and pollution of water, air, and food specifically affects racial minorities and those in poverty. I hope to go to law school after graduation and study food security policies. In my internship, I have been doing research into food deserts in Maryland and across other states. I have the privilege of interning under the Political Director, who already in the first few weeks of my internship has shared her vast knowledge of research and her understanding and connection to the state political system. I look forward to continued work on environmental policy and advocacy.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments