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July 2016
Helping Communities Thrive
Plisko Sustainable Solutions (PSS) is committed to improving the places we all live, work, and play and more importantly, people's health. We engage the community through project work and through volunteer activities on professional boards, coalitions, and committees. This month, learn about our commitment to serving the communities we are part of!
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Strategy: Resiliency Hubs
As a volunteer member of the Baltimore City Resiliency Hub Advisory Committee, Joan Plisko is lending her expertise to help create four pilot hub sites in Baltimore. A resiliency hub consists of a building or set of buildings and neighboring outdoor space that will provide shelter, backup electricity, and access to resources such as food, fresh water, ice, and charging stations in the event of an emergency. Read more about climate and resilience on the Baltimore Office of Sustainability website and on the PSS Blog.
Integration: Pearlstone Center
Joan Plisko has joined a coalition to guide Pearlstone Center’s Community Sustainability Initiative. Pearlstone Center is a national leader in Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education programming,  serving more than 16,000 guests each year through retreats, school groups, and family visits.
The Coalition’s mission is to embody and  inspire the ecological wisdom of Jewish tradition in order to foster a more sustainable future and  enhance Baltimore's vibrancy. Through education, advocacy, and action, the coalition aims to  increase Jewish Baltimore’s contribution to environmental health and bolster environmental practices  and values in schools, synagogues, agencies, organizations, businesses, and homes. To get involved in the Coalition, contact Joan   
Results: Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grants!

As part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), Joan Plisko has been participating in sessions geared to helping CBT extend its grant offerings to a wider audience and variety of projects. For example, the Community Engagement Mini Grant program for 2016-2017 opened on July 1, 2016. PSS encourages healthcare facilities and faith-based institutions, among others, to apply for eligible projects such as:

  • Community gardens,
  • Community clean-ups,
  • Projects that combine art with an increased awareness of stormwater issues,
  • Projects that beautify communities, capture rain water and improve wildlife habitat, and
  • Projects that educate and get residents outdoors.

Contact Joan Plisko for assistance in completing the grant process.

About Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Joan Plisko, PhD, President
Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Plisko Sustainable Solutions (PSS) can help your company develop innovative strategies, optimize operations, and appraise performance related to environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainability programs. The PSS team will provide expertise and guidance as you improve your company's economic, environmental, and social performance.