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Baltimore Green Business Awards

Green Business Awards

From the Baltimore Business Journal:

Green business can be good business, often helping the bottom line. Do your environmentally friendly businesses, organizations, products or policies have your competitors green with envy? Don’t delay.

Submit your nominations today!

The Baltimore Business Journal will recognize the greenest businesses in seven different categories: green business of the year, green entrepreneur, green school/nonprofit organization, green restaurant/retailer, green product/service, green policy and green development.

The contest deadline is Friday, March 12.

Winners will be announced in the April 16 issue of the BBJ and at a special event on April 15. More event details to come!

For more information about the contest and editorial content, please contact Special Projects Editor Heather Harlan Warnack at (410) 454-0517 or hharlan@bizjournals.com.

For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Micah Damareck at (410) 454-0510 or mdamareck@bizjournals.com.



Clean, Green…And Indy Racing?
January 28, 2010, 12:28 am
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Clean, Green…And Indy Racing?

St. Peterburg, Florida Grand Prix 2006

If Jay Davidson, chief operating officer of Baltimore Racing Development LLC, has his way, cars will soon be racing around the Inner Harbor.  According to a recent article in the Daily Record, plans to bring the first grand prix-style race to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor are revving up and incoming mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is “very excited about the prospect”.

Does burning rubber and large amounts of fossils fuels next to our already troubled Inner Harbor sound like a Cleaner Greener Baltimore to you?  According to Rawlings-Blake Roll Call Issue #130, “As currently proposed, the race would take drivers on a course through the streets around the Convention Center and stadium areas. Organizers say the event will not be branded as a race, but rather a ‘three-day festival of speed that’s family-affordable,’ featuring concerts.”

If approved, the Baltimore Grand Prix would likely take place in the summer of 2011.



BGE Prepares For Electric Vehicles
January 27, 2010, 2:39 pm
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BGE Prepares For Electric Vehicles

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is testing the waters with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging in anticipation of the cars hitting Greater Baltimore streets later this year.  BGE has signed an agreement with GridPoint Inc. of Arlington, Va., to use its electric vehicle management technology in a demonstration project to test the system. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.”

The recent push for electric cars is generating a strong interest and raising questions about how and where the vehicles will be charged and how it will affect urban electric grids.

“We recognize many Maryland consumers are looking forward to buying plug-in vehicles and we want to ensure we’re ready to meet their need for smart charging options,” John J. Murach, director of business planning and corporate performance for BGE, said in a statement. The testing with GridPoint’s technology will help BGE understand the impact of car charging on the grid, he said.

For the full article in the Baltimore Business Journal, CLICK HERE.



Baltimore GM Plant: First High Volume Electric Car Manufacturer In US

Baltimore GM Plant To Be The First High Volume Electric Car Manufacturer In US

What may become…

General Motors announced Tuesday:

General Motors will invest approximately $246 million in electric motor and electric drive manufacturing including construction of a high volume electric drive production facility at the Baltimore Transmission plant that will begin to manufacture in 2013 electric motors for GM’s Two-mode Hybrid system.  The plant will be the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the U.S. operated by a major automaker.

GM has selected the Baltimore plant in White Marsh to be GM’s exclusive manufacturer of the two-mode hybrid drivetrain. The GM Baltimore Transmission Plant, where GM made the announcement, is an environmentally friendly facility, that was certified in 2007 as landfill-free, and in 2008 included several solar arrays that provide a significant portion of the plant’s electricity.

Again, from GM:

By bringing this capability to the U.S., GM will create approximately 200 jobs.  Local and state incentives, along with the Recovery Act funding announced in August 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy, are helping to make this facility expansion and job creation possible.

For more information about the proposed electric vehicles in Baltimore, CLICK HERE to go to the GM blog.



$250,000 Funding Available For Green Tech Startup

Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund

From the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute:

New Venture Capital Financing Available for Maryland State Startups with Innovative Technologies Addressing Air and Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Area

The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland announces the launch of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund.

The fund, supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and administered by Mtech, will invest $250,000 annually over a three-year period into Maryland-based startup companies with innovative technologies that may help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay area. Fund recipients are jointly selected by Mtech and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

To apply, please contact Jim Chung, Director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator Program, at (301) 314-7804, or jwchung@umd.edu.