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Sustainable Maryland Update
September 2019

 
 
UMD Students Create Sustainability Web Pages for 2 Towns /  
Leadership Trainings on Energy Efficiency in November /  
Welcome Aboard North Chevy Chase! /  
Congrats to CCC Grad Kelly Peaks! /
DC Climate Strike, Sept. 20 /  
Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20-27 
 
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 
FUNDING
OPPORTUNITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR


National Drive Electric Week Events in MD
Date: S ept. 14
Location:  Annapolis
Date:  Sept. 15
Location:  Hyattsville
Date: S ept. 21
Location:  Poolesville
Link

Design DC
Dates: Sept. 16-18
Location: DC

Global Climate Strike
Date: Sept. 20th, 27th
Location: All across MD, the US, and the Planet
Link

Hyattsville Community Cleanup
Date: Sept. 28
Location: West Hyattsville Mtro Station

Looking Ahead

Festival del Rio Anacostia
Date: Oct. 12
Location: Bladenbsurg Waterfront Park

Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference
Dates: Oct. 13-15
Location: Cambridge
(including the annual SM Certification Awards Ceremony - stay tuned!)

5th Annual DC Sustainability Summit 
Date: Oct. 16
Location:  DC

Net Zero Schools Summit
Date: Oct. 17
Location: Silver Spring

Maryland Clean Energy Summit
Date: Oct. 22
Location:  Hyattsville

Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference 
Date:  Nov. 19-20
Location:  Baltimore


SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND COMMUNITIES IN THE NEWS

City of Annapolis Launches "Plastic Free Annapolis"
More
 
 
NOMINATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL HERO!


The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has created the annual President Theodore Roosevelt Award in recognition of the individual, group or organization whom through a specific action, event or body of work will leave a positive conservation legacy that mirrors the ethos of President Theodore R. Roosevelt.

Awardees will be recognized at the annual Maryland League of Conservation Voters/Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Environmental Leadership dinner on October 24 in Annapolis.
 
Nominations are due by Sept. 30. More info here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SM PROJECT ASSISTANTS CREATE SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCE PAGES FOR TWO TOWNS 
 
In our earlier June 2019 newsletter, Sustainable Maryland offered to help towns with populations of less than 10,000 to build an online Sustainability Resource Center.  
 
Two UMD students, Galina Koroleva and Emma Lipsky, have created online Sustainability Resource Centers for the towns of Barnesville and Landover Hills, with potential plans to create hardcopy brochures as well. These website pages were created with Wix, which can easily be linked to an already established website. The UMD students and the respective towns worked closely together over the summer to incorporate desired resources and information on these web pages.
 
These resource centers highlighted each town's respective sustainability accomplishments and goals, as well as other county, state and non-profit resources, and will count for 5 points on each town's future Sustainable Maryland certification application.  
 
If you are interested in receiving similar technical assistance from Sustainable Maryland, please contact mikeh75@umd.edu 
 
WELCOME ABOARD TOWN OF NORTH CHEVY CHASE!
SM staff are pleased to announce that the Village of North Chevy Chase (Montgomery County) is our 76th SM-registered community, bringing us very close to 50% of all of Maryland's municipalities being engaged with the program!
 
The village recently formed an Environment Committee/Green Team, which posts a regular "Sustainable Living" article on different topics in each month's municipal newsletter. The village is also working on completing a tree inventory. We look forward to working with North Chevy Chase! 
 
6th ANNUAL SM ANNUAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOPS

TOPIC: MUNICIPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY - MEETING THE CLIMATE DEADLINE
   
Sustainable Maryland's 6th annual Leadership Training workshops are coming up in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention and garner support for sustainability initiatives.
 
Hyattsville's electric Chevy Bolt police car - the first in the US
The most recent IPCC report brings the news that humanity faces dire consequences if emissions are not drastically reduced by 40% in the next decade. Cities have a unique role to play, as they are responsible for land use, transportation systems, and the attributes of buildings. While energy efficiency is often the first and most critical step in any local climate strategy - often the cheapest and most cost-effective form of clean energy - the extent to which cities can implement wide-sweeping energy efficiency policies varies due to different baseline knowledge, resource capacities and available funding. 
 
This year's workshop topic,  MUNICIPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY: MEETING THE CLIMATE DEADLINE, will help communities i dentify and begin to  develop and implement energy efficiency policies that will equitably reduce city-wide energy consumption to meet their own climate mitigation and resilience goals. The workshop will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities to become more energy efficient, save money, decrease carbon pollution and fight climate change.  As more and more cities get serious about climate action planning, energy efficiency is at the forefront, both nationally and at the state level. Learn about the benefits of energy efficiency; the policies and practices that can help reduce costs; funding sources and technical assistance available for increasing efficiency of municipal operations; and examples of how to engage residents and to lead communities through this vital transformation for our collective future.
 
3 DATES / 3 LOCATIONS
- SAME GREAT PROGRAM!

Choose the most convenient date/location:

Thursday, November 7, 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: Cambridge Public Safety Building, Cambridge
 
Tuesday, November 12, 9:00am - 4:00pm  
Location: University System of Maryland, Hagerstown
     
Thursday, November 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: City Hall, Hyattsville
 
 
REGISTRATION FEE: $35.00
(includes breakfast, lunch, program materials, free parking)
 
AGENDA COMING SOON!
 
Questions? Contact Mike Hunninghake at mikeh75@umd.edu or 301-405-7956 
 
SM'S KELLY PEAKS GRADUATES FROM CHESAPEAKE CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM
CBT Executive Director Jana Davis and CCC member Kelly Peaks
Congrats to Kelly Peaks, our 2018/2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, who graduated from the program last month. Kelly worked on a wide range of SM and EFC projects this past year, has been instrumental in teeing up SM's impending New Actions and New Certification Tier (stayed tuned!), and was simply a great pleasure to have as a colleague!  
 
CCC members are funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and assigned to host agencies across the state each year. SM has been fortunate to receive several of these full time post-grads for a year's commitment with our organization. We are grateful for the added capacity these young people add to our work. Click here to learn more about the program and the incoming Class of 2020. 
 
Kelly is now off to Public Policy grad school here at UMD, where we look forward to hearing about her expanding horizons!
 
DC CLIMATE STRIKE, SEPTEMBER 20
   
 
It's Now or Never! Show Your Support for Protecting the Planet! Join the DC Climate Strike on Sept. 20, part of the Global Climate Strike Sept. 20-27.
 
QUOTE
   
"It's insane that a 16-year-old has to cross the Atlantic in order to take a stand, but that's how it is," she said. "It feels like we are at a breaking point. Leaders know that more eyes on them, much more pressure is on them, that they have to do something, they have to come up with some sort of solution. I want a concrete plan, not just nice words."
 
---Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist, upon arriving in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit 
 

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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