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Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Thought leaders from industry, academia and government will come together on Monday, October 4th at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore to focus on job creation and business development opportunities inherent in addressing the climate change challenge.

The conference requires registration and $250, but a consumer trade exhibit that coincides with the summit will be free and open to the public from 9:00am – 9:00pm. The trade exhibition will have information on technologies such as wind and solar renewable energies, alternative fuels and biomass and smart energy consumption.

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For more information about the summit, CLICK HERE.



Christians Celebrate Holy Week With Eco-Palms From Baltimore
April 1, 2010, 12:34 am
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Christians Celebrate Holy Week With Eco-Palms From Baltimore

This past Sunday, many Christians in the region started off Holy Week with Eco-Palms that church leaders purchased from Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore.  According to Lutheran World Relief, “More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for U.S. consumption alone-most of them for Palm Sunday”.  On Palm Sunday palm fronds are traditionally distributed to Christians to celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem where crowds were said to have greeted him waving palm branches.

About Eco-Palms:
Typically, palm harvesting is done by community members hired by by local contractors, who then sell palms to large floral export firms. Payment is based on volume so the harvesters are motivated to gather a large number of palms without regard for the quality. As a result, up to 50% or more of the palms are later discarded because of poor quality. This method risks the rapid depletion of the forest’s rich biodiversity, including the many bird species that migrate to these regions during the winter.

In Guatemala and Mexico, an effort is underway to develop a new structure for harvesting palms that protects the environment and also provides a fair income for the harvesters of the palms.

Called Eco-Palms, the palms are harvested in a more sustainable way, whereby the harvesters are paid on the quality of the palms they harvest rather than the quantity, which helps to limit the amount of palms taken from the forest. These communities have taken upon themselves to learn about harvesting practices that minimize impact on the natural forest where the palm grows, and ways to protect this wild species of palm.

For more about the Eco-Palms visit The Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade program at lwr.org/fairtrade for more information.



Green Energy Business Opportunity Conference In Baltimore

From Capitol Wire PR:

The Green Energy Business Opportunity Conference [GEBOC] will convene on May 12 and 13 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the region’s historic center of commerce, Baltimore, Maryland’s Inner Harbor.

The GEBOC initiative is attracting a broad spectrum of national and regional organizations to help organize experts and industry leaders to share insight, business prospects and financing leads.  Major energy and construction industry representatives; small, veteran, women and minority business owners; and capitalists, bankers and investors will gather at the forum led by the President’s Round Table.

From the conference site:
The whole country is on the verge of major changes in energy supply and demand. Maryland and North Carolina have emerged as cutting edge pioneers on the East Coast. This conference will give small businesses an opportunity to understand the energy environment, plan business growth and find financing. It’s time to catch the green energy wave.” said Stanley Tucker, President of the President’s Round Table.

To register or for an updated agenda, panel topics and list of speakers, go to www.businessforgreen.com.



Join The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance

Join The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance


The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance is a Baltimore-based business association educating the public on the importance of supporting the local economy and encouraging businesses and consumers to be environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.  If you are interested in joining the alliance, consider attending their monthly networking event, CSBA Green Mondays.  On the first Monday of each month, CSBA holds an educational and networking event at various locations around Baltimore.

UPCOMING CSBA GREEN MONDAY:

March 1, 2010 at Feast @ 4 East.

  • Enjoy Mardis Gras themed menu provided by our venue host Feast @ 4 East and local wine provided by Black Ankle Vineyards.
  • Hear Prescott Gaylord, LEED AP BD+C, President of Baltimore Green Construction discuss how to apply the principles of “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle” to construction & building.
  • Network with fellow CSBA and Buy Local members.
  • Join CSBA at the event and received 15% off the membership price!

For more information, CLICK HERE.



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.



$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.