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Get Free Mulch From Your Christmas Tree In Baltimore City

Baltimore City Christmas Tree Recycling

From the Baltimore Department of Public Works:

DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January 2012. Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.

For residents who cannot bring their trees for mulching, the Bureau of Solid Waste will offer curbside tree collection from Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection or mulching.

For additional information, please call 311

Sustainable Architecture Firm UrbanLab Lecture On Ecological Urbanism
March 2, 2011, 9:48 am
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Sustainable Architecture Firm UrbanLab Lecture On Ecological Urbanism

Photo Courtesy of UrbanLab

Martin Felsen, of UrbanLab
Lecture: Civic Space Through Ecological Urbanism
Thursday, March 10,
6 p.m. with reception to follow, $15
Falvey Hall, Maryland Institute College of Art

From AIABaltimore:

As a practice whose focus is the engagement of architecture and infrastructure, UrbanLab has been recognized in Architectural Record, Architecture, The New York Times, and Places for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach. Martin Felsen, with his wife and partner Sarah Dunn, founded UrbanLab in 2000.

Together in the neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago, they dove into designing and building a sustainable house – featuring a green roof and hefty insulation – which quickly transformed into the home of their “live + work” architecture firm.

UrbanLab is precisely that; an analytical laboratory focusing on the research and assessment of city systems and communities in relation to pressing sustainable design needs in Chicago and other American metropolitan areas. A combination of observation, analysis, and design is the process by which this unique architectural laboratory explores the full gamut of human needs: from private residential living to commerce at the public scale to our greater inter-connectivity via waterways, railways, and roadways.

This lecture is sponsored by AIABaltimore. To learn more about the event, CLICK HERE.  To visit the UrbanLab website, CLICK HERE. Check out UrbanLab’s many exciting projects. -Click on each heading and then the photographs for individual project descriptions.

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.


Top Ten Posts Of 2010
December 31, 2010, 10:15 am
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Top Ten Posts Of 2010

Baltidome’s Top Ten Posts From 2010:

1 – Port Covington Wal-Mart: A Case Study In Pictures

2 – Skip The Engagement Ring

3 – The Fitzgerald To Be Largest Green Apartment Complex In Baltimore

4 – Baltimore JFX Farmer’s Market Season Opener Sunday, May 2nd

5 – Baltimore Free Hybrid Downtown Shuttle

6 – Would Baltimore’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates Please Step Forward

7 – Chicken Keeping in Baltimore City

8 – Re: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, I Hate To Say I Told You So, But…

9 – Baltimore Blizzard 2010 Photos

10 – What Is A CSA And How Do I Join


City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix
December 20, 2010, 1:37 am
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City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix

Grandstands under installment near trees for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Baltimoreans are split on their take on the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix.  However, most residents would likely agree that removing trees out of convenience for a one-time weekend event is unacceptable, but that seems exactly what organizers intend to do.

Last week the Baltimore Business Journal released an article stating that “the group planning the event wants to uproot about 100 trees to make way for grandstands along the two-mile course.”  Since then, the Downtown Partnership has claimed the BBJ article regarding the trees was wrong, but have nonetheless failed to clarify the fate of the trees.  In fact, the rebuttal of the Downtown Partnership seems only to support the article…

“The Grand Prix has asked to remove numerous trees along Pratt Street, and, in response, we’ve been working with the city and the Grand Prix on a plan to preserve trees where possible and to adopt a strategy for replacing trees or adding other types of landscaping.”

Note the “where possible” portion of the statement.  Doesn’t that suggest the Downtown Partnership is open to the removal of trees for the Grand Prix?  How do you think folks would respond if Denis Whiting wanted to remove trees on The Avenue for Honfest?

According to the Daily Record, “Great races and trees are not incompatible. Even though a million people gather to see the final day of the Tour de France, it is inconceivable that the City of Paris would mow down the trees on the Champs Elysees to allow better viewing of the race. Photographs of the Grand Prix de Monaco show that grandstands and mature trees can live together — some of the grandstands are built around trees.”

If the organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix do not have the ingenuity to integrate grandstands and trees, how can we expect them to safely orchestrate a nearly 200 mile per hour downtown car race?

Please contact the Downtown Partnership an let them know that  you do not support the removal of trees for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
217 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

– Baltimore Business Journal: City to clear trees for Indy Grand Prix
– Downtown Partnership President says BBJ’s editorial on Pratt St. trees wrong
– Daily Record: Editorial Advisory Board: First … let’s kill all the trees


Baltimore To Test Biofuel At Three City Facilities
December 15, 2010, 9:23 pm
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Baltimore To Test Biofuel In City Facilities

From a Baltimore Sun article by Tim Wheeler today (excerpts)…

The Board of Estimates has approved an agreement to spend up to $1.3 million over the next year to test 440,000 gallons of vegetable-based fuel in the boilers of three city facilities – the Back River wastewater treatment plant, Eastern health center and the Pimlico fire and training complex.  The fuel is to be supplied by New Generation Biofuels, which has a production plant in South Baltimore.

The biofuel, made from vegetable and soybean oil, is no more expensive than heating oil, according to Michael P. Cook, energy chief for the city’s general services department.  The biofuel provides just 70 percent of the heat value when burned as does fuel oil, but it’s also priced 30 percent less.

Should this next year of testing prove out, the city would put out to bid a contract to switch more city buildings to biofuels, Atwood said.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.