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Celebration of a Key Leader of the Maryland Conservation Movement

Do you know the history of our most prestigious environmental award in Maryland?

John V. Kabler on the Chesapeake BayWe were founded in 1979 by a small group of volunteers who knew that our environment needed protecting, and still does. So they established the Maryland League of Conservation Voters to be the watchdog of our elected officials and ensure they vote for the environment and our communities.

John Valentine Kabler was one of our founders. As a native of Baltimore, he was spurred to environmental action in the wake of the Three Mile Island crisis in the late 1970s.

Mr. Kabler inspired a handful of his environmental colleagues to become active in political campaigns. Together these leaders founded the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in 1979. Until his death in 1996, John Kabler was a key leader of the Maryland conservation movement.

It has been 20 years since Maryland lost one of its toughest environmental advocates and we plan on honoring John V. Kabler at our annual Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner. Will you join us?

Sandy Kabler, the wife of the late John V. Kabler, remembers his passion and dedication to preserving the Chesapeake Bay. “He saw a need for action to protect the Chesapeake Bay and stepped up to bring the community and leaders together and hold our elected officials accountable. John saw a need for leadership on our most emblematic Bay and worked tirelessly in the cause. He would be so happy to see a group like the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association honored for their work in protecting a key asset in our ecosystem and community under his name.”  

In the past we’ve honored Former Governor Parris Glendening as our first Kabler awardee, and more recently in 2014 our co-founders Nancy Davis and Ajax Eastman. We’re excited to extend this honor to the Central Maryland Beekeepers’ Association for their grassroots effort in helping us pass the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act and banning bee-killing pesticides in Maryland!

This marks the 20th year of his death, and the 15th year we’ve had an award in his honor. Established in 2001, the John V. Kabler Memorial Award is presented annually to Maryland’s most outstanding environmental leaders and organizations. We hope to live up to Mr. Kabler’s legacy in awarding the Central Maryland Beekeepers’ Association and we hope you will join us in celebration.

As one of the few environmental organizations that make electoral endorsements of conservation champions and score our legislators on how well they vote, we need your help.

We selling tickets fast and we’ll soon run out, make sure you get your tickets today to celebrate the life of John V. Kabler and the continued conservation of our environment in his name.

Sandy says it best with I know John would like to thank and honor all the many people who have carried on  and have worked so tirelessly over the last 20 years to protect the Chesapeake Bay and all  of our Natural resources.  It takes a community of grassroots organizers and legislators to work together to protect the environment for future generations. Thank you to all of you!”

See you on October 13th-

Karla Raettig

Executive Director

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

To find a full list of all our Kabler Awardees, go here: /john-v-kabler-award

By |2019-11-23T06:17:22-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Fair Elections Howard County

On Tuesday night, more than 70 Citizens’ Campaign Fund supporters gathered at Kelsey’s Restaurant in Ellicott City to attend the Fair Elections Howard Kickoff. From the outset, we could sense that folks were eager to learn more about the issues but even more excited to fellowship with like-minded neighbors. 

This event marked the official start of a movement in Howard County that began when the County Council passed the “citizen funded campaign system” resolution in March. With election day now less than two months away, the effort to get citizens of Howard County to “Vote Yes on A” is in full swing. 

Joined by Senator Ben Cardin, Congressional member John Sarbanes, and Councilmembers Jon Weinstein, Jen  Terrasa, and Calvin Ball reminded the crowd that when office seekers choose to opt into a public campaign funding system, it broadens and deepens their engagement with communities they serve. More simply put, “It changes the company we keep!”  

Senator Ben Cardin reminded us all what’s on the line here, insisting that “the integrity of our democracy is at stake.” Congressman John Sarbanes picked up where Senator Cardin left off, underscoring his dedication to this work: “This is the solution that people have been waiting for, to feel like you have a voice again in your politics. Liberate us to talk to regular citizens, rather than fundraise. You are the change that I’ve been waiting for.”

The citizen funded campaign system makes this a reality through public matching of small citizen donations, so participating candidates can stop chasing corporate and Political Action Committee money and spend more time and resources listening to voters. Attendees nodded in agreement and pledged to take action this November to retake our democracy, with above 50% signing up to knock doors, make calls, and host house parties.

The event closed with remarks from several Fair Elections super volunteers who urged their neighbors to go the extra mile between now and November to achieve success on Question A. Even after the launch wrapped, supporters stuck around to discuss what public campaign funding could mean for Howard County and beyond. In the words of one woman, “[We] cannot wait to see what that future could look like.”

As Maryland League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Karla Raettig explains, “At the heart of the fair elections movement is the desire to reclaim our democracy and have elected officials who are both accessible and accountable. We can’t make progress on the pressing environmental issues of our time without a level playing field for candidates who share those values.” We at Maryland LCV could not agree more!

Take action today and pledge to vote YES on Question A!

By |2019-11-23T06:17:46-05:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Maryland LCV Releases 2016 Environmental Scorecards

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
July 25, 2016
Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c)
MARYLAND LCV SCORECARD LAUDS LEGISLATURE FOR STRONG ACTION ON ENVIRONMENT BUT SAYS SOME PRIORITIES OVERLOOKED OR DEFEATED
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Annapolis, MD – Maryland General Assembly gets positive marks for passing strong legislation on climate change and pesticides but loses points for failing to ban plastic bags and protect underserved communities from harmful health and community impacts, according to the 2016 Environmental Scorecard released this week by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV).
The scorecard highlights the environmental voting record of all 188 legislators, and describes the General Assembly’s overall record on those issues each year.
“Maryland legislators demonstrated strong leadership on environmental issues, but our scorecard showcases tremendous opportunities for growth and improvement,” says Karla Raettig, executive director of Maryland LCV. “Our elected officials made great strides in passing strong legislation to promote renewable energy and aggressively reduce Maryland’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as landmark legislation eliminating harmful pesticides from consumer use.”
Despite these important victories, the environmental community was unable to secure passing votes on several other critical issues. Legislation died in committee that would have cleaned waterways and provided opportunities for underserved communities to protect their health and neighborhoods in more meaningful ways. In addition, the group highlighted the legislators’ failure to reduce agricultural pollution and increase the reliability and safety of public transit vehicles.
“We look forward to working with the General Assembly next year to aggressively address issues of environmental justice, climate change, trash, and bay pollution,” says Marcia Verploegen Lewis, Board Chair of Maryland LCV.
Lewis said that Maryland LCV will work with legislators to overturn the Governor’s veto of Renewable Portfolio Standards legislation that would have increased the amount of the amount of energy used by Maryland in an effort to confront climate change and reduce greenhouse gasses.
“This will be a top priority of the organization in the next legislative session,” said Lewis. “Make no mistake about it.”
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 www.mdlcv.org/scorecards to see the scorecard.  Maryland LCV has created an interactive map with legislative voting information, which provides citizens with contact information for their legislators.
“The legislature will be confronting many serious issues next year, and we rely on Maryland LCV scorecard to hold legislators accountable for their votes. The scores help all of us to talk with colleagues to craft our 2017 environmental agendas,” says Delegate Shane Robinson, who chairs the Montgomery County Delegation.
Go to www.mdlcv.org/scorecards for past scorecards and follow #MDLCVScore on social media.
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The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through legislative scorecards. A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for more than 35 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.
By |2019-12-07T12:45:28-05:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Press|0 Comments

Welcome to the Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ new website!

We are an environmental non-profit based in Maryland’s capital city of historic Annapolis. Our mission is the political voice of the environment.

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through our scorecards.

 A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for nearly 35 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.

Enjoy our site, and sign up for our email updates here.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:46-05:00July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments