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Populations and Pressures And The Bay Symposium

Populations and Pressures And The Bay Symposium

Discussion on the alarming impact of growing human activity on the health of the Chesapeake Bay

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Friday, September 17th, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
615 N. Wolfe Street
Sheldon Hall, MAP IT

Help Preserve The Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Help Preserve The Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Vote online now!

In partnership with Coppin State University and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore Heritage has nominated the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, an 1875 Victorian Romanesque building in Baltimore City, to the “This Place Matters Community Challenge.” The purpose of entering the This Place Matters contest is to bring attention to preservation in our communities as well as offer a chance for funding for rehabilitation.

If the Hebrew Orphan Asylum wins the most votes, Baltimore Heritage will receive $25,000 for the preservation of the landmark.

The contest is put on by the National Trust for Historic Preseration. To learn more about the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, CLICK HERE.


Baltidome in Reuters…

Following the Spirit of Green Building Laws

content by Greener World Media

By Shari Shapiro at Greener World Media

Thu Sep 9, 2010 1:00am EDT

In 2009, Baltimore passed an amendment to its building code requiring public and private buildings above 10,000 gross square feet to “be equivalent to a LEED-Silver level.”

Obviously, the goal was to get buildings in Baltimore to be more environmentally friendly. Fast forward a year, and a controversy is brewing over whether a proposed Big Box project, including a Lowe’s and a Walmart is actually green.

There is some rumbling that the project was not green because it was not being certified by the USGBC, and may not be properly managing its wastewater.

According to Baltidome:

During community testimony at the hearing, the Planning Commission was presented with concern that the developers were not applying for LEED “Silver” certification for the project and that the proposed development appears to be failing in its method for waste water management of the site. Despite the developer’s assertions, the project may, in fact, be ineligible for LEED “Silver” standards set by the city.

Without deeply analyzing the niceties of wastewater management, the resistance to the 25th Street Station project appears to be mainly one of local vs. chain. But I am wrestling with the more basic regulatory concept of incentivizing inner city development because it is green, even if it does not embrace green building practices.

Work with me here. Cities are inherently green. One of my favorite New Yorker articles of all time was David Owen’s 2004 piece on why New York City is sustainable.

The argument for 25th Street Station’s green cred goes like this: “If the 25th Street Walmart project comes to fruition, your average Baltimorean will have greater access to retail within walking or short driving distance. No need to go to the suburbs to shop, wasting fossil fuel and requiring expensive additional infrastructure. In addition, it provides an amenity which makes inner city living more attractive.”

Weighed against that, of course, is the long-distance shipping of goods to WalMart, and potentially the non-green siting and construction practices. But the non-green practices and the long-distance shipping would exist wherever Walmart builds — in downtown Baltimore or in an exurban location.

Baltidome is rightly concerned that Baltimore’s green building regulations are not being enforced, and there is currently considerable stress on municipal budgets which are leading to green building programs being scaled back. In an era of severely constrained municipal finances, are we better off focusing on incentivizing urban development and renewal than specifying (and enforcing) green building practices?

Shari Shapiro, J.D., LEED AP, is an associate with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP in Philadelphia. Shari heads the company’s green building initiative. She also writes about green building and the law on her blog a, where this post originally appeared.

To see the article at Rueters, CLICK HERE.

Learn About A New Baltimore Green Currency At Hampdenfest

Hampden To Get A New Green Currency

The Baltimore Green Currency Association will have a booth at HampdenFest on September 11, 2010.  Stop by and learn about the new green currency coming to Baltimore.

10 am – 7pm
On the Avenue
Hampden, Baltimore 21211

From the Baltimore Messenger (Excerpts):

Hampden could soon see a new kind of cash — the BNote.

Organizers of the Baltimore Green Currency Association are hoping to print their own money, a strictly neighborhood currency that they say would strengthen the Hampden economy, while building community pride and spirit.

Local currency is a growing trend around the country and internationally. The website lists about 30 currencies, ranging from the Pittsboro Plenty in North Carolina and Davis Dollars in California, to Calgary Dollars in Alberta, Canada, and a Lewes Pound in England.

If the BNote is a success, the association will expand the concept, he said.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.