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2010 DIY Fest at 2640 Space Oct. 24th
October 19, 2010, 12:11 pm
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2010 DIY Fest at 2640 Space Sunday, Oct. 24th

2010 DIY Fest
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St.
12 – 6pm, MAP IT

DIY Fest 2010 (Do It Yourself Festival) will be the 4th DIY Fest to be held in Baltimore.  The free (donations are greatly appreciated) event is open to anyone wanting to learn a new skill, teach or present their skills/hobbies or just check out what goes down at a DIY Fest.

Past Fests have had workshops such as (this is nowhere near a complete list): bike repair, beer making, drywall repair, hula hoop making, intro yoga, environmentally friendly screen printing, animal skinning, basic pet care, knife making, pop up card making…..


Making Aquaculture Sustainable Discussion
October 18, 2010, 5:38 pm
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JHU Student Government Considers Bike Share Program

JHU Student Government Considers Bike Share Program

Bike Share at the University of California Irvine

A recent article in the Johns Hopkins Newsletter reports that the college Student Government Association is considering a bike sharing program for students.  From the article:

At the Tuesday evening meeting of the SGA, the Senate reviewed a proposal to start a bike-share program that would allow students on campus to rent a bike for a short period. It would potentially begin as soon as next March.

“It’s based on University of Chicago’s bike-library system,” senior class senator Max Dworin, one of the sponsors, said. The University of Chicago has a computerized system, and Dworin said, “we’d ultimately like to see a modern-automated system.”

To learn more about computerized bike sharing programs, check out the B-Cycle video below to learn more.


MD Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council Call For Entries

MD Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council Call For Entries

Herring Run Watershed Center, Image courtesy of Ziger Snead

The Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its call for entries for the organization’s sixth annual awards celebration.

Utilizing a “WinterGreen” programming theme, more than twenty different categories will recognize excellence in green building design and construction, as well as the people and companies responsible for sustainable efforts throughout Maryland. The awards program is scheduled for Thursday, January 27 at the new Thames Street Wharf in Harbor East.

Members and non-members of the Maryland Chapter of USGBC are encouraged and eligible to submit nominations to “WinterGreen” by visiting

Awards will be presented in two categories: Projects and Leadership.

Project-based awards will be given to outstanding green projects, separated by project type. The Leadership and Inspiration Awards are designed to recognize the people, projects, initiatives and organizations that have contributed to market transformation, community organization and change.

There will be a $50.00 entry fee for all Project submissions, but all Leadership entries remain free. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 16.

To qualify for a “WinterGreen” award, the entered project must be located in the State of Maryland or the primary architect or mechanical engineer must retain an office in the state. Most importantly, any nominated project must be registered for certification in any of the following programs:

– Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED)
– Baltimore City Green Building standards
– Green Globes
– Collaborative for High Performance Schools
– Earthcraft Green Homes
– Enterprise Foundation Green Communities
– NAHB Green Homes.

“Locally, there are numerous examples of projects that utilize innovative thinking and creative execution to achieve specific sustainable objectives,” said Katy Byrne, Executive Director of USGBC’s Maryland Chapter. “WinterGreen is designed to showcase these projects so we may all learn from them.” [tweetmeme]

Urban Foraging Tour of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
October 15, 2010, 10:02 pm
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Urban Foraging Tour
Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park

Thursday, October 21, 2010
10:00am – 12:00pm

Food from Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park? What!? Yes, indeed you can find food right in the City’s urban parks. Tour the park with forager, committed locavore, botanist, and author Leda Meredith. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching us how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, we will have lunch and spend some time on a Q & A with Leda as we taste treats made with wild edible ingredients.

We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch, water, a pen and paper, and perhaps a camera to record the plants you’ve found.

There is a $5 suggested donation for this event.

To RSVP, please email Alex Kraus or call her at (410) 448-5663 ext. 119. Meet at the Crimea Mansion.

About Leda Meredith


Leda Meredith is the author of The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget. Her previous book, Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes, chronicled her 250-mile diet eating almost exclusively foods grown and raised within 250 miles of New York City. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden specializing in edible and medicinal plants. She is also the recipient of Adelphi University’s Teaching Excellence award. You can follow Leda’s local foods adventures on her blog at


A Day Of Sustainable Food At Baltimore Museum Of Industry

A Day Of Sustainable Food At The Baltimore Museum Of Industry

FREE Sustainable Food Processing Workshop
Baltimore Museum of Industry MAP IT

Saturday, October 23, 2010  9:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Please join the Baltimore Green Works’ Sustainable Speaker Series and the Baltimore Museum of Industry in discussing the history of the canning industry along the shorelines of the Chesapeake in conjunction with a day focused on our local agriculture and waterways as resources.

Our keynote speaker, Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture and lima bean expert, Ed Kee will trace the history of food processing along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Secretary Kee is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on vegetable science and has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles in scholarly journals and the book, Saving Our Harvest: The History of the Mid-Atlantic Canning and Freezing Industry.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early and register to join in on the following breakout sessions:

  • Chemicals on your foods and in your packaging
  • Sustainable Fishing
  • Schoolyard Gardening/Farming
  • Living SOLEfully, take the challenge!

This is a family friendly event.  Children’s activities and workshops will be available throughout the day. This is a free event, open to the public.  Donations are appreciated and refreshments will be served.  Please check back for updates and changes.

This event is presented in partnership by Baltimore Green Works and the Baltimore Museum of Industry and sponsored by Maryland Humanities Council, Lorenz, Inc., Living Classrooms Foundation and Urbanite Magazine.