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Baltimore Waterways, The New “It Thing”

Baltimore Waterways, The New “It Thing”

Living flotillas, a maxed-out harbor conference and a massive new watershed group are a sign of something brewing (or perhaps purifying) in Baltimore.

With several days still to go before Baltimore’s first healthy harbor conference, the response has been overwhelming and registration for the event is full.  The only hope of attendance now, if you haven’t already signed up, is to add your name to a waiting list for State of the Harbor Conference.

There were signs something was afoot when the Inner Harbor was adorned with floating wetlands this fall and a Mastiff-sized water watchdog was formed from Baltimore’s area watershed groups earlier this month.

In January, Blue Water Baltimore premiered, a merger of Baltimore’s five watershed groups whose headquarters will be housed in the former Herring Run Watershed Center (now the Blue Water Baltimore Watershed Center).

The group describes itself as a community based restoration, education, and advocacy organization working to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams, and harbor.  Through community greening, the Baltimore Waterkeeper program and public policy and legislative advocacy, Blue Water Baltimore has the potential to make great strides towards their goal.

It looks like the next decade is shaping up to be a pretty good one for Baltimore’s waterways.


Design Conversation 27: Materials & Sustainability In Architecture

Design Conversation 27: Materials & Sustainability In Architecture

From Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architecture & Interior Design:

MS&R founding principal Garth Rockcastle and Peter Doo of Doo Consulting LLC will be presenting two perspectives on the role of materials in architecture at an upcoming Baltimore Design Conversation on February 1, 2011, at 6:30 pm. Their discussion will juxtapose innovations in new recycled and low embodied energy materials with the aesthetic reuse and re-appropriation of materials. The event will take place at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave, Baltimore MD 21201. The Baltimore Design Conversations are a monthly forum for ideas about Baltimore and beyond. To learn more, visit D:center Baltimore.

Due to weather, this event has been postponed. It will be held NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8


Vegan Pizza And Drinks Benefit At Johnny Rads
January 27, 2011, 9:24 am
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Vegan Pizza And Drinks Benefit At Johnny Rads

Vegan Pizza and Drinks Benefit
Sunday, January 30 · 4-8:30pm
@ Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria Tavern
2108 Eastern Ave. Baltimore

The Animal Awareness Project is having a special benefit day at Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria Tavern Sunday, January 30th in Baltimore.

AAP will be there between 4-8:30pm.

There will be great vegan pizza specials, and vegan drinks.  A percentage of the sales from the event will go to The Animal Awareness Project.

The Animal Awareness Project is an animal advocacy organization based in Baltimore that aims to reduce industrialized animal cruelty and encourage a plant-based diet.

To learn more about the Animal Awareness Project, CLICK HERE.


Be Green, Adopt A Child
January 25, 2011, 10:16 am
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Be Green, Adopt A Child

Ok, so the title is meant to be provocative.  Clearly there is much to consider before having a child, the least of which for many people may be a baby’s sustainability.  Nonetheless, Baltidome would like to use the notion of adoption as sustainable family planning to put in a plug for an exciting event coming in Baltimore this week:

WYPR presents:
An evening with Scott Simon

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:30PM-9:00PM
Maryland Institute College Of Art
Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

NPR’s Scott Simon will speak this Thursday, January 27th at the Brown Center in Baltimore about the topic of adoption.  Simon will talk about his new book, Baby We Were Meant for Each Other and his personal experience with adoption.

From Publishers Weekly:

This adoptive parenting memoir is a standout among books on the subject, with Simon on the page much the same as Simon on the radio – informative, enlightening, and enjoyable.

To learn more about the event with Scott Simon, CLICK HERE.

Is there a relationship between childbearing and sustainable living?   -A 2009 study on family planning from Oregon State University finds:

In the United States, the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environmentally sensitive practices people might employ their entire lives – things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

For the full study, CLICK HERE.

For more information about adopting a child in Maryland, CLICK HERE.


*FREE* State Of The Harbor Conference

*FREE* State Of The Harbor Conference

Attend the 1st State Of The Harbor Conference for FREE and learn how Baltimore is working to make a swimmable, fishable conference by 2020.  For more information, CLICK HERE.


Baltimore’s Chameleon Cafe Wins National Food Award

The Chameleon Cafe In Baltimore Wins National Food Award

The Chameleon Café, located on Hartford Road in Baltimore, is a restaurant committed to sourcing ingredients from local farms. They offer a seasonal menu and have received a wide range of accolades for their fresh local ingredients. Now they have a new notch for their culinary belt, Leader in Good Charcuterie.

The Chameleon Cafe was one of 15 winners nationally to receive the “Good Charcuterie” award from Good Food Awards, a collaboration of food producers, farmers, food journalists and independent grocers who recognize responsible food production and flavor.

According to Good Food Awards, “Good Charcuterie is made by hand with meat from animals that were raised without hormones and provided with pasture and feed that is free of herbicides and pesticides.”

Here’s what they had to say about The Chameleon Cafe:

Tina Perry handcrafts her Free Range Chicken Liver Pate at the Chameleon Café using her original recipe.  Tina first learned charcuterie at the Baltimore International College, School of Culinary Arts; the craft has now turned into her “labor of love.”  At the Chameleon, they source their chickens from Ferguson Family Farm in Parkton, MD.  All chickens are free range and grain fed, raised naturally and humanely.

To learn more about the award, CLICK HERE. For directions to The Chameleon Cafe, CLICK HERE.