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Sustainable Maryland Update
May 2019


 
MoCo Stormwater Summit for Homeowners, June 4 /  
Pet Waste Summit Re-cap /
MW-COG Climate & Leadership Awards / SM at Maryland Day   
 
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 

Joseph Gill, Interim Director of Prince George's County's Department of the Environment, addressing attendees at the 3rd annual Pet Waste Management Summit last month

FUNDING
OPPORTUNITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR

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

Bike to Work Day
Date: May 17
Locations: all over MD

Boonsboro Green Fest
Date: May 18
Location: Boonsboro

Looking Ahead
 
Mother Earth News Fair
Dates: June 1-2
Location: Frederick

Urban Salon: Rooftop Farming
Date: June 6
Location: DC

Community Conversation on Climate Change
Date: June 10, 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Word of God Baptist Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Road, University Park
Questions: amarcavitch@upmd.org

Maryland Municipal League Summer Convention
Dates: June 23-26
Location: Ocean City
(Visit the SM exhibit on Main Street!)

Montgomery County Heritage Days
Dates: June 29-30
Location: various

Talbot County Fair
Dates: July 11-13
Location: Easton

Harford County farm Fair
Dates: July 22-27
Location: Bel Air

Old Line State Summit Historic Preservation Conference
Date: July 24
Location: Frederick

SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND COMMUNITIES IN THE NEWS

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College park to get new electric charging station
 
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, for the next few weeks, 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. The campaign's Pepco project is already 90% subscribed and the BGE project is 65% subscribed. So, join Neighborhood Sun in their initiative to help Make Maryland Shine!
BEST PRACTICES SHARED AT THE 3RD ANNUAL PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PET WASTE MANAGEMENT SUMMIT
Last month's Prince George's County Pet Waste Management Summit 
   
Attendees representing more than a dozen municipalities and several homeowners and civic association in Prince Geogre's County attended the 3rd annual Prince George's County Pet Waste Management Summit in Largo last month. Joseph Gill, the Interim Director of the County's Department of the Environment, provided a rousing welcome, urging people to take care of their home places, whether by picking up after pets to improve local streams and beautify neighborhoods, or by engaging in a host of other actions that we can all take to collectively make our planet a better place.  
 
Many of the attendees have been participating in this County initiative for more than a year, having installed pet waste stations provided by the County at no cost, monitored the stations' usage, and launched outreach campaigns designed by the County and customized for each town. They shared their successes and challenges with each other, and suggested ways to improve the program going forward.
 
SM staff, in partnership with Prince George's County Department of the Environment, will be working with several new municipalities on pet waste management this year, including North Brentwood, New Carrollton, Morningside and Cheverly, as well as several civic and homeowners associations.
 
For more information on the Prince George's County Pet Waste Management initiative, contact DMWeller1@co.pg.md.us or mikeh75@umd.edu  
    
SM AT MARYLAND DAY: "SCOOP THAT POOP" IS THE MESSAGE
The University of Maryland held its annual Maryland Day event Saturday April 27, where various schools and programs host
Scoop That Poop at Maryland Day exhibit 
tents and events, as well as fun and games for the whole family. Our Chesapeake Conservation Corp volunteer, Kelly Peaks, along with three other volunteers, Bradley Simpson, Jay Kinnaman, Thomas Urban, and Elena Perry, educated the public about the "Scoop the Poop" program as a new addition to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's tent on McKeldin Mall. The program highlights the importance of cleaning up after your pet because of the harmful effects its waste has on the environment. Those who stopped by were able to play a pet poop toss game, pet dogs, receive community outreach materials, and enjoy freebies. Overall, the event was a success and we were able to educate kids and adults alike on how to better care for the environment and their community.  
 
MOCO STORMWATER SUMMIT FOR HOMEOWNERS, JUNE 4
Rain garden, Somerset
   
Registration is now open for the Montgomery County Stormwater Summit for Homeowners, to be held June 4 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. County residents, civic associations and businesses that are interested in learning more about stormwater issues and methods of addressing them, including the County's RainScapes rebate program, are invited to attend. Free; registration required. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
Click here for more information and to register.
 
 
 
MW-COG CLIMATE & ENERGY LEADERSHIP AWARDS: NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 28
 
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (COG) Climate and Energy Leadership Awards recognize organizations that develop climate stewardship projects and programs that engage and serve the region's underserved communities. The awards program highlights a broad range of climate solutions for their unique engagement practices as well as their results, creativity, and replicability.
 
The award categories include:
  • GOVERNMENT AGENCY (local, state, regional, quasi-govt, utilities or authorities)
  • NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION (non-profit, citizen or community-based groups)
  • EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION (K-12, public, private or higher education)  
Deadline is June 28. For more information, go to the Awards homepage, or contact mdavis@mwcog.org 
 
 
QUOTE
 
"From this moment despair ends, and tactics begin."  
 
--Banksy, UK street artist and activist, commenting on the Extinction Rebellion movement    
 
 

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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