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Buy Less Raw Material, Shop Flea Markets and Yardsales This Weekend
Photo Courtesy of Station North Flea Market

Photo Courtesy of Station North Flea Market, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Community Yard Sales & Flea Markets 10/3

1oo block of North Avenue between Maryland Ave. and Howard Street, Free Parking
Every first Saturday of the month through spring, summer and fall, 9am – 2pm.

Household goods, furniture, electronics, bikes, rugs, and more! No early birds!!!
Location: 5709 Roland Avenue, 21210

Over 40 vendors, 4500 Harford Road (across from Safeway)
8am – 3pm.

MULTIFAMILY YARD SALE (Hamilton – Overlea)
4300 block of Bayonne Ave (Greenhill and Bayonne Aves)
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

National Yard Sale Finders:
-Don’t forget to check the classified section of your local newspaper!

America’s best flea markets – CNN

Maryland Plant Trees Program Is Off To A Good Start
September 29, 2009, 2:00 pm
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Herring Run Nursery

Herring Run Nursery

Maryland wants 50,000 native trees planted by 2010. Coupons for your help.

Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Energy, the Environment and the Governor’s Office have come together in the new Maryland Smart, Green and Growing campaign to restore the Chesapeake Bay, preserve our land, revitalize our communities, create green jobs, improve transit, conserve energy and address climate change.

As part of this effort they have created the Maryland Plant Trees Program where the government is working with garden centers and nurseries to offer Marylanders native trees at a discount. A $25 coupon is available for customers purchasing a native tree at $50 or more at a participating business, such as Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore.  Herring Run Nursery is conveniently having a Native Plant Sale this weekend: Saturday October 3rd from 12-4pm

6131 Hillen Road
Baltimore, MD 21239
In the Mount Pleasant Golf Course.  The nursery is a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot.  It is open by appointment and during our fall and spring sales.

As of September 23, 18,450 have been planted.  The coupons are available for use until November 30, 2009.  For a list of participating garden centers and nurseries, CLICK HERE.

Mid-Atlantic Business To Business Green Forum In Baltimore This Month
September 28, 2009, 6:22 pm
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2009 Mid-Atlantic Green Business Forum
Monday, October 26, 2009 – Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Engineers Club
11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD  21201

Two full days of sessions, trainings, exhibits and networking including
– Two Networking Lunches
– Green Business Evening Reception
– Six networking breaks.

Registration costs $195.00 per business.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore City School System First in Nation To Observe Meatless Monday

According to the Baltimore Sun, a radical thing appeared at Hampstead Hill Academy yesterday -Cheese Lasagna.  Ok, so who hasn’t had cheese lasagna, but that is not the point.  The animaless dish signified the first of many Meatless Monday meals to be served henceforth in Baltimore City schools.

“They’re the only school district we know of,” said Ralph Loglisci, director of the Healthy Monday Project at Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.

This program is just part of a master plan created by Tony Geraci, the system’s director of food and nutrition, to make school lunches more nutritious.  Earlier this year Tony Geraci with Great Kids Farm Supervisor Greg Strella welcomed the first group of Baltimore students to the newly installed organic farm.  The farm will be used  for vocational training and organic food production for Baltimore City Schools.

Next on Geraci’s list is installing a fish farm at the Great Kids Farm site and, as the Sun article states, he hopes to have tilapia there by winter.  “Our plan,” say Geraci, “is to get away from those frozen, nasty pre-plate meals by January.”

For the full article in the Baltimore Sun, CLICK HERE.

Green Health Care

Health Care has become a contentious issue.  While we may not all agree with the way we should deal with the rising costs of health care, most agree that Health Care should be a healthy practice.   In recent years people across the United States have been working to make our health care system a healthier place for both its patients and the environment.

Mercury is a neurotoxin that can harm the brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver.  It has been used for years in thermometers, batteries and other devices.  Legislators are working to ban the sale of mercury nationally and many states, such as Maryland, have already done so independently. 

Health Care Without Harm is an organization helping doctors, nurses and others implement healthy practices, such as ridding their offices of mercury and other toxic elements.  According to their site “There is approximately 1 gram of mercury in a typical fever thermometer. This is enough mercury to contaminate a lake with a surface area of about 20 acres, to the degree that fish would be unsafe to eat.”  Non-profit organizations and healthcare facilities and systems can become a member of Health Care Without Harm and receive the latest news and resources in environmentally friendly health care.

Sustainable Hospitals is a another organization working towards a better health care environment.  They offer online technical support for providers seeking products and practices to reduce occupational and environmental hazards.  On their site they have a page where you can search for healthy product alternatives by category, manufacturer, hazard or product.  For a link to the page, CLICK HERE.

Drug Waste
Most people discard unused drugs by flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash.  According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, “a U.S. Geological survey in 2002 sampled streams in 30 states. Of the 139 streams tested, 80 percent had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids, and reproductive hormones.”  Although there is currently no law controlling household waste, the EPA encourages individuals to contact state and local waste management authorities about where to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals.

Baltimore City, for example, has hazardous waste collection days twice yearly for items such as mercury thermometers and pharmaceuticals.  The Baltimore Department of Public Works has an upcoming Hazardous Waste Drop-off event Saturday, October 10, 2009 and Sunday, October 11, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Polytechnic Institute Parking Lot (Corner of Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane) *This event is open to Baltimore City residents ONLY.  In order to participate, you must show proof of residency when you arrive.

Looking at Medicine in New Ways

The longest living people on earth are from Okinawa in Japan.  Not only is it uncommon for Okinawans to live to be 100, but they also appear younger and are remarkably healthier much further into their senior years than others.  While it is recognized that genetics play some role in their longevity, studies show that the Okinawan lifestyle of healthy eating practices, gardening, exercise and the use of a combination of eastern and western medicine is a major contributing factor.  Johns Hopkins University Center For A Livable Future is an organization working to educate individuals and institutions on ideals related to those practiced by the Okinawans.  With both a website and a blog addressing issues such diet, the environment, food production and agriculture, the Center For A Livable Future is a one stop shopping center for anyone wishing to investigate the connection between these topics and human health.

Green Earth Expo Coming To Baltimore

In February 2010, Project Green America will be bringing their second Green Earth Expo to Baltimore.  According to their website, “Project Green America is an alliance of citizens and businesses created for the support and promotion of green commerce, renewable energy technologies, and sustainable lifestyle practices.”

Event Description:

Green Earth Expo is a huge “HYBRID” B2B/B2C Green Marketing & Networking Event,”(over 300 Booths!), dedicated to businesses, industry leaders, organizations, government officials and individuals that will utilize private and government initiatives to create a new green marketplace, effectively reduce US CO2 emissions and build a sustainable, secure, renewable energy based economy within ten years.

The expo will be open to the public and will cost attendees $10.  Businesses are still being invited to join the event.  The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is one of the event’s sponsors.  If you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE.