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Sustainable Maryland Update
March 2019


  A Tale of Two Green Teams /
Pet Waste Summit April 18  /  
SM Certification Deadline is June 30  
 
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 

Colmar Manor Green Team
FUNDING
OPPORTUNITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR
 
Davidsonville Green Expo
Date: March 23
Location: Davidsonville

Tree Workshop
Date: March 23, 12-3:30pm
Location: Langley Park Community Center
Info:
eprindle@lidcenter.org


Looking Ahead

Montgomery County Energy Summit
Date: April 3
Location: Silver Spring

Thurmont Green Fest
Date: April 13
Location: Thurmont

Howard County Green Fest
Date: April 13
Location: Howard Community College

Middletown Green Expo
Date: April 27
Location: Middletown
Link

Montgomery County GreenFest
Date: April 28
Location: Wheaton

MD Economic Development
Assn. Conference
Dates: April 28-30
Location: Cambridge

Green Neighbor Festival
Date: April 29-May 4
Location: Frederick

Catoctin Nature Fest
Date: May 4
Location: Middletown

Green Man Festival
Dates: May 11-12
Location: Greenbelt

Boonsboro Green Fest
Date: May 18
Location: Boonsboro

SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND COMMUNITIES IN THE NEWS

4 of the 10 most diverse cities in US are in MD: Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring and Rockville  
More   
 
Supporting Green New Deal in western MD
Link  
 
Climate Change: How Willing Maryland Residents are to Adjust Lifestyle
Link  
 
MAKE MD SHINE - JOIN THE CHALLENGE
There are many ways to help brighten your community, but Neighborhood Sun's community solar offer is an easy, cost-free way to help keep our air free of pollution and in support of our local economy. And, between now and April 22nd, you can register at MakeMarylandShine.com to put your town ahead of the game, and get a chance to win money towards a local charity AND an extra 5% off your electricity bill for a full year. So, join Neighborhood Sun in their initiative to help Make Maryland Shine!

RECENT GREEN TEAM TRAININGS HIGHLIGHT COMMONALITIES BETWEEN TWO COMMUNITIES-BARNESVILLE & COLMAR MANOR

On paper, they are very different places, but in reality the have lots of commonalities. The Town of Barnesville has a population of just 184 people (90% white), and is located in a rural setting with no commerical district, while the Town of Colmar Manor has a population of 1,500 (majority African-American), in a dense urban environment with a busy commercial district.  

However, as SM staff discovered at recent Green Team trainings, both communities: 
  • have very engaged and active Green Teams.
  • have all-women town councils, and majority-women Green Teams.
  • are looking to do regional planning and projects with neighbors (Barnesville with Poolesville, Colmar Manor with other Port Towns).
  • recently installed new sidewalks made of permeable ashphalt.
  • send their students to certified MD Green Schools.
Barnesville Green Team 
 
We hope to bring together communities like these in the future, to learn from each other and inspire more sustainable planning and projects at the local level.   
 
 
3RD PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PET WASTE SUMMIT, APRIL 18
 
 
Where:
Conference Room,1801 McCormick Drive, Largo 20774
 
When:
Thursday, April 18, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Cost: FREE

OVERVIEW: 
Attendees will hear about the County's current pet waste management campaign, share best practices, and access resources to start their own local pet waste management program.  
 
AGENDA: 
 
6:00 - 6:25pm:          Networking/Light Refreshments
 
6:25 - 6:30pm:          Welcome from Prince George's DOE 
 
6:30 - 6:45pm:          County Pet Waste Initiative

6:45 - 7:00pm:          Defining the Problem 

7:00 - 7:45pm:         Pet Waste 2.0: Successes/Challenges '18 
 
7:45 - 8:00pm:          Break    
 
8:00 - 8:40pm:          Pet Waste Management Resources

8:45 - 8:55pm:         Pet Waste 3.0: New Towns and HOAs '19 

8:55 - 9:00pm:         Wrap Up
   
 
Light refreshments will be served. Free parking.   
 
For more information, contact mikeh75@umd.edu or 301-405-7956. 
    
REMINDER: SM CERTIFICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 30, 2019
SOLAR UNITED NEIGHBORS LAUNCHES COMMUNITY SOLAR EDUCATIONAL SITE
Community solar is finally here in Maryland! The statewide program lets people who can't put solar on their property still go solar as part of a shared installation somewhere else. Solar United Neighbors of Maryland is a non-profit solar consumer advocate and they've recently launched a community solar educational site. The website educates on community solar and summarizes offerings available to customers by utility area, showing neutral, consumer-friendly information about each project. 
 
QUOTE

"The turnout on short notice shows that a growing number of folks in Mountain Maryland are getting serious about the global emergency presented by man-made climate change."
 
--- Kim Alexander, Friendsville MD farmer and musician who recently convened a gathering in support of the Green New Deal 
 

Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. It is a free and voluntary program designed to help Maryland communities choose a direction for their sustainability efforts, improve access to resources needed to implement action, and recognize their accomplishments. Our sponsors include the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Municipal League. For more information about how your municipality can register in the Sustainable Maryland program, plus customized Green Team training and access to student resources that are available to provide consultancy services for municipal planning, please contact 301-405-7956 or mikeh75@umd.edu   

Mike Hunninghake
Program Manager 
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