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Assessment Of Baltimore Recycling Since One Plus One Went Into Effect

Baltimore Recycling Up More Than 50% In Less Than A Year

According to the Baltimore Community Foundation, ” Baltimoreans of all stripes have demonstrated their commitment to recycling in recent months, driving a 53% increase in the number of recyclables collected by the city since the One Plus One program was implemented in July 2009. In addition, the amount of trash taken to landfills has decreased 29% during the same period.”

That’s great news.  The reduction of trash pickup to once a week is apparently having a forcable impact on resident’s recycling habits.  However, before we start patting ourselves on the back, it is important to remember that while recycling is up, so too is the production of plastic products, containers and packaging.  According to the EPA, the amount of plastic in our waste stream is 12 times what it was in 1970.  Plastic cannot be infinitely recycled and it never biodegrades.  The result is a floating garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, otherwise known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that is twice the size of Texas.

What you can do:

  1. Avoid plastic at the grocery store and buy food in glass or metal containers.
  2. Purchase natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture.
  3. Avoid all PVC and Styrene products.
  4. Purchase products with minimal packaging.
  5. Stop buying bottled water. (40 percent of water bottled in the United States comes from public water supplies.)
  6. Support Baltimore Councilman Kraft’s efforts to rid our city of platic bags. Purchase or make cloth bags for shopping.

Why Is Baltimore Responsible For Mountaintop Removal

Do Something About Mountaintop Removal, With The Click Of A Mouse

In their 2003 Annual Report, Baltimore-based Constellation Energy states,  “The primary source of coal we use is produced from mines located in central and northern Appalachia.” So, if you are a BGE (Constellation’s Maryland Utility) customer and you have never made changes to your BGE plan, YOU are responsible for mountaintop removal.

Here is something you can do right now from your computer to make a difference:

Switch your BGE electricity supply source to wind power. You may be unaware that you have an energy choice in Baltimore. Switching to a wind energy source is as easy as the click of the mouse.  When you switch to a wind energy source, your bill will still come from BGE, as they are still your energy provider, but the company that produces the energy will be different and listed as such on your bill.  There will be no interruption in your service and the change is otherwise seamless.  Currently wind power is cheaper than your regular BGE rate, so you will save money too.  CLICK HERE to make the switch.

Make a difference in just a few minutes and then please pass this on.

Have You Ever Been Honked At In A Crosswalk?
November 10, 2009, 12:59 am
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Maryland Shows Little Concern For Pedestrian And Cyclist Safety


Have you ever been honked at from a hurried driver while traversing a crosswalk?  Unfortunately, I suspect that, like me, most of you have.  Given Baltimore drivers feeling of superiority when it comes to getting around town, it is not surprising to hear that Maryland does not rank highly for state government efforts to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.

Be that as it may, what is shocking to hear, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun, a new report shows that not only does Maryland perform poorly, but it is second to last in the nation.  In the report, produced by Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America, “the study ranks Maryland 49th among the 50 states in per capita spending of federal transportation funds on bicycling and walking projects”.

However state officials try to reason the outcome of the report, the pathetic ranking is unacceptable.  According to the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Maryland ranks third in the nation for increased ridership for public transportation, which means an increase of pedestrians, and bicycling is a growing mode of transportation in Baltimore.  Whether for health, the environment, or to save money, more and more Marylanders are leaving their cars at home and turning to alternative methods of transportation.  An increase in foot commuters and cyclists can be a revenue booster for local business, so the least the state can do is to cater to their safety.

-Don’t currently walk to work? -To learn the benefits of being a foot commuter, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore 3rd Best City To Find A Job -What About Green Jobs?

CareerBuilder Names Baltimore A Top City For Jobs -What About Green jobs?


WBAL-TV reported that recently named Baltimore the 3rd best city in the nation to find a job.  Here are the top five rankings:

  1. Kansas City
  2. Washington D.C.
  3. Baltimore
  4. Dallas/ Fort Worth
  5. Philadelphia

That’s great news for Baltimorians in general, but what about earth-loving job seekers?  A search of the web found that the best site for searching green job opportunities in the Baltimore area is  A quick search of the site revealed a handful of green jobs (albeit specialized) in Baltimore and more between Baltimore and Washington DC.  If a job seeker in Baltimore is willing to make a daily commute (by MARC train, of course) to D.C., the green job opportunities are numerous.

For general job listings in Baltimore, visit Baltidome’s Live In Baltimore page.

Station North Flea Market And Vegan Bake Sale Sat, Nov. 7th

Used Stuff And Vegan Goodies


Saturday Nov. 7th, Station North will hold its final flea market of the year.  In addition to the usual selection of antiques, crafts and oddities available at the flea market, the Human League of Baltimore will be holding a Vegan Bake Sale.

When: Saturday November 7, 9am-2pm
Where: Station North Flea Market, 100 block of W. North Avenue, between Maryland Avenue and Howard Street.  More info and directions on the flea market website.

Live TEDx Conference From Leading Mid-Atlantic Speakers Streaming Nov. 5th 8:30am

Attend Conference of Leading Thinkers, Online For Free -A True Green Concept.

TEDxTEDx MidAtlantic will bring together the world’s leading thinkers and doers for a series of talks, presentations and performances and present it online FREE November 5, 2009 at 8:30am. What can you expect to see? Speakers at TED events – some of the world’s most fascinating, innovative and influential individuals – are challenged to give “the talk of their life” in 18 minutes or less.

The conference will present a wide range of speakers such as holistic farmer Joel Salatin, featured in the film Food Inc. and Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Anthony Geraci, Director of Food and Nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools, NPR’s Peabody-Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon, and Aneesh Chopra, the Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

The actual conference will be taking place at Maryland Institute College of Art’s Falvey Hall from 8am – 6:30pm, but don’t plan on attenting the conference in person, it’s full.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


-BUT you can see the recorded presentations
by clicking on the  screen >