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Request A FREE Bike Rack In Baltimore City

Request A FREE Bike Rack In Baltimore

Department Of Transportation Offers Free Bike Racks

From Baltimore Bike Planner Nate Evans:

After a brief suspension, the Department of Transportation is again offering free bike racks to interested property owners.   The bike rack program was rejunvenated after updating the existing inventory of DOT racks and receiving a generous donation of racks from the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Big thanks go to Anne Draddy & Charlie Murphy at Rec & Parks and Nelson Jackson at DOT for making this happen!

Bike racks can be installed on hard surfaces, preferably concrete sidewalks.  Under some circumstances, racks may be installed in brick surfaces.  A site evaluation will needed to determine if installation is feasible.  Each rack can park at least 2 bikes and 3 or 4 if you’re ambitious.  Racks are powder coated for weather resistance and limit dings to bikes.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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Greening Of Baltimore Featured On Smartplanet.com

Greening Of Baltimore Featured On Smartplanet.com

There is a great article out today on SmartPlanet.com, a CBS site dedicated to people who realize the need to make our world a better place to live, that features Baltimore and its effort to create sustainable transportation, energy, building, and food.

From SmartPlanet:

If Baltimore’s planning director has his way, the city’s east and west sides–known for blocks of abandoned and boarded up buildings–will be getting light rail and produce stands. Yes, produce stands.

Tom Stosur, director of the Baltimore City Department of Planning, has worked in Charm City planning roles for more than two decades. Today, he is counting on a new light rail line, new zoning codes and a new food czar to help transform the blighted sections infamously portrayed in HBO’s The Wire. Stosur talked to me Friday about the new Baltimore.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.



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.

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Baltimore Bioneers 2009 Nov. 5th at Goucher College

BALTIMORE BIONEERS  2009, Cultivating Change, Inspiring Solutions

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Goucher College, Athenaeum Building, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, MD 21204

6:30 p.m., Low Carbon Reception by Bon Appetit

7:30 p.m., Program

Learn what local leaders are doing to change the future of our world, our communities, and our lives.  Join us for a panel discussion to answer the questions: How can we lower our carbon footprint? What is being done in the region to bring environmental awareness to more people and to make positive changes in the way we live?

Baltimore Bioneer’s own, Julie Gabrielli will moderate the discussion with our local leaders:

  • Henry Kay, Maryland Transit Administraion
  • Cheryl Wade, Mill Valley General Store
  • E. Rachael Baird & Jessica Pegorsch, Tilt Studio, Inc.
  • Ali Smith, Holistic Life Foundation

You will also have the opportunity to view two webcasts of the 2009 National Bioneers speakers:

Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance.

Joanna Macy, renowned Buddhist teacher, aco-philosopher, systems theorist and scholar.

For more information, contact ariane.debremond@goucher.edu.

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No Impact Baltimore

No Impact Week Begins October 18th

In Spring of 2009 the No Impact Project was founded.  Soon thereafter the No Impact Project site was created to encourage people to reduce their environmental impact.

Later this year, No Impact Project teamed up with The Huffington Post to create the No Impact Experiment to encourage people to go “No Impact” for one week.  Here is their handy No Impact Guide.  So, come on Baltimore, join today!



Super Green Was Super Interesting
Biomass stove at Mill Valley General Store. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Biomass.

Biomass stove at Mill Valley General Store. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Biomass.

For those of you who missed it, “Super Green” was a sustainability fair that took place at the Mill Valley General Store this past Saturday in Baltimore.  For more information about the fair, you can look at the post below.  There were workshops on making rain barrels, vegetable gardening, solar power and biomass, food from the Whiskey Island Pirate shop and all of the goodies usually available at the store such as organic vegetables from One Straw Farm, Zekes Coffee and sustainably cultivated milk, cheese and meats.  All in all it was fun, informative and I hope they do it again next year.

The thing I knew the least about, but learned a lot, was biomass.  I really didn’t completely understand what it was, but thanks to George L. Peters Jr. who runs the Baltimore Biomass project, I came away with a lot of information.  Basically, biomass is the fuel that is used to run the increasingly popular biomass or “pellet” stoves.  Pellet stoves are gaining traction because, as stated on EPA’s website, “pellet stoves burn a renewable fuel made of ground, dried wood and other biomass wastes compressed into pellets. They are some of the cleanest-burning heating appliances available today and deliver high overall efficiency.”  Additionally they have the potential of greatly reducing your winter heating bills and there is currently a tax credit available (through 2010) that offers 30% and up to $1500 cash back for the purchase and installment of a pellet stove in your home.  Stoves generally cost $2000-$4000 and installation is around $500.

Baltimore Biomass, which is located in the Mill Valley General Store is a conveniently located biomass co-op that offers corn biomass that is grown locally using sustainable practices by Maryland farmers to area residents.  For a link to Baltimore Biomass and more information about biomass stoves, click on the image below.