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One Day Exhibit Exploring Sustainability At Second Chance
April 11, 2011, 1:46 pm
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One Day Art Exhibit Exploring Sustainability At Second Chance

Curated by Jason Meyer
Thurs. APRIL 14, 2011 5:30-10pm

Second Chance, 1400 Warner St.
Baltimore, MD (MAP IT)

Regeneration will explore this idea through a one-night-only multidisciplinary art exhibition. 15 local artists will present works in various media including sculpture, installation, painting, print, photography, and video.

Regeneration will be held in a large event space at Second Chance, located at 1400 Warner St (south of M&T Bank Stadium). Second Chance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to retrain and create employment for displaced and unemployed workers in deconstruction methods,” and “reclaim building material to reduce demolition debris overloading landfills.” Salvaged materials are sold to the public in Second Chance’s warehouses. Some of the exhibition’s participating artists will use these materials in their work.

Admission is Free.

Baltimore Officials Grant Lowes/Walmart 25th Street Station Development Project Stormwater Management Waiver

Baltimore Officials Grant Lowes/Walmart 25th Street Station Development Project Stormwater Management Waiver

In 2004, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached the largest settlement for storm water violations as a result of contamination found at Wal-Mart construction sites.

On February 4th, 2011 Baltimore City officials granted the proposed 25th Street Station bog-box development project a Stormwater Managment Waiver from Maryland’s 2007 State Stormwater Regulations.

The 25th Street Station project, originally pitched as a “green development” to area residents, promises to “meet or exceed Baltimore City’s recently enacted Green Building ordinance”.  However, the developers, represented by lawyer and Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, Jon Laria, have now requested a Stormwater Management Waiver for the 25th Street Station and it has been approved.

According to the Baltimore City Stormwater Managment Manual,  Stormwater Management Concept Plans require “Waiver requests, if any” and curiously, the concept plan for the proposed 25th Street Station did not include a waiver request.  In addition, the Baltimore City planning department minutes from a Site Plan Review on December 16th, 2009 (link) of the 25th Street Station state,  “Stormwater Management will be under the new regulations”.

Residents raised concerns about whether the proposed 25th Street Station Development was in compliance with the 2007 Stormwater Management Law at an August 5th, 2010 Planning Commission hearing.  The development’s proposal includes covering a considerable amount of permeable land on the property with buildings and a parking lot.  Concern was raised that the plan does not appear to include adequate Environmental Site Design principles required under the Stormwater Management law.  Members of Baltimore City Planning Department dismissed resident’s concerns, stating the project had been “grandfathered” into the 2000 Maryland Stormwater Management requirements.

After the hearing, residents sought the waiver for the grandfathering of the 25th Street Station proposal.  Baltimore City Department of Public Works responded that a waiver had not been requested for the 25th Street Station.  Residents continued to raise Stormwater Management concerns regarding the proposed development up through the vote by Baltimore City Council on the 25th Street Station Planned Unit Development.

A “Public Notice” for the waiver request quietly appeared in the form of a single page posted within the Department of Public Works section of the Baltimore City website on January 19th, 2010.  One week was given for public comment.

The proposed 25th Street Station development project would encompass 11 acres in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore.  To learn more about Stormwater Runoff, CLICK HERE to visit the EPA’s website.

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.


Busting Out Of The Baltimore Mayoral Gate: Otis Rolley

Busting Out Of The Mayoral Race Gate: Otis Rolley

This fall, Baltimorians will once again have a say in who runs their city.  With the beginning of 2011 comes a flurry of activity as runners announce their candidacy and an alignment of camps begins.  Busting from the gate is Otis Rolley, former Director of Planning for the City of Baltimore and creator of the city’s first Comprehensive Master Plan in 39 years.

In November 2010, Otis Rolley received national attention for his speech on urban renewal at TEDxMidAtlantic conference in Washington D.C. where he garnered much praise for a thought-provoking presentation. Not long thereafter, Rolley announced his bid for mayor of Baltimore and, riding a wave of popularity into the new year, Rolley has quickly been thrust into the spotlight as a formidable contender.

On January 1st, notable Tech Entrepreneur Dave Troy provided a written endorsement for Rolley titled A New Leader For Baltimore where he discusses Baltimore’s past political climate and states “Enough. It’s time to move forward again.”

Dave Troy (excerpts):

In 2010 we saw some new trends: long-term incumbents who fit the old standard – of merely not being demonstrably corrupt or incompetent – were booted out. And not because of typical anti-incumbent anger, but because people saw something else: that maybe we could demand better.

I support Otis Rolley in his candidacy for Mayor of Baltimore in 2011. At 36, Otis is part of the new guard.

Baltimore is Otis’ first priority. He has no aspirations for higher office. He wants to work for Baltimore and for all of you. In 2011, we have the wind at our backs – cities are on the upswing, and the Internet is connecting us in unprecedented ways. It’s time to take back our cities and make them the vital, beautiful, functional, and inclusive places we all know they can be. Otis Rolley can help us do that. This is Baltimore’s moment; let’s seize it together.

On Friday, Rolley spoke on Go Green Radio about creating a sustainable Baltimore.  He explained how populations are shifting to urban areas and these areas need to be as sustainable as possible.  When asked about what makes a “sustainable city”, Rolley spoke about a holistic approach that focuses on public health, parks and schools, a city’s walkability, access to quality foods and architectural preservation.  “The greenest buildings are the oldest buildings” Rolley points out and explains the importance of reinvesting in Baltimore’s structures, to which he adds, are “some of the best in the country”.

In regards to a green Baltimore and its relationship to the business community, Rolley calls attention to his endorsement from Troy and explains how Baltimore offers a wealth of opportunities for green tech companies.  Rolley notes our close proximity to other cities and the rich pool of talent offered at Baltimore’s many colleges and universities.

Rolley also explained how, if he is elected mayor, there will be a shifting of priorities from chasing after Fortune 500 companies to “recognizing the strength and long term sustainability” of small and start-up businesses in Baltimore.  He cites Under Armour as an example. “We didn’t recruit them from somewhere else”, Rolley reminded the listening audience and described quality jobs created from such businesses.

To learn more about Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley, CLICK HERE.


Have A Green Idea? -Funding Here.
November 26, 2010, 7:42 am
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Have A Green Idea, But Need Funds?

Baltimore program offers grantseeker workshop.

If you have an idea for strengthening your neighborhood, then Baltimore Community Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants Program wants to see you on December 20!

On that day, the Baltimore Community Foundation will be hosting two grantseeker workshops for community organizations interested in tackling neighborhood improvement projects. Participation in one of the two workshops is mandatory for all Neighborhood Grants Program applicants.

Monday, December 20, 2010
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street, Baltimore

Come learn about BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program, review the application process, and network with other residents interested in creating lasting change in their communities.

Interested in attending one of the workshops?
Please RSVP to Dion Cartwright by Thursday, December 16, via email.

Read more about BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program. To see examples of past grants, CLICK HERE.


Artscape Is Taking Steps To Go Green
July 14, 2010, 12:34 am
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Artscape Is Taking Steps To Be A More Environmentally Friendly Festival

Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, is happening in Baltimore this weekend.  This year the organizers have created the Artscape 2010 Green Plan, an initiative to make the festival more environmentally friendly.  Below are some endeavors that will be employed in an effort to make this year’s festival green:

10 stations will be located around the festival:

• Each station will contain 4 single stream recycling containers and 2 food waste (composting) containers provided by Waste Neutral and each station will have volunteers to assist festival goers with waste placement.

Food Vendors
• All Artscape food vendors must dispose of their grease in large drums.  The grease is taken daily to be turned into biofuel.
• Grey water is also collected in drums and disposed of properly.
• Artscape’s food vendors and beverage service is advised to use recyclable and compostable service ware.
• The sale of healthy alternatives to traditional festival fare is encouraged.

Charm City Circulator
The Circulator will have a dedicated festival bus/route for the Artscape weekend.

• This air-conditioned and accessible shuttle will run 30 minutes prior and one hour past Artscape’s hours of operation.
• The Charm City Circulator’s purple route will still be running with a detour at Biddle Street.

Bike Parking
• After a very successful introductory year, Bike Parking is back and bigger than before.  We are adding 10 bike racks, which will accommodate 50-70 additional bikes.
• Location: Maryland Ave. at Mt. Royal Ave.
• Bikers will receive the souvenir button as a thank you for their green efforts.

Festival Merchandise
• The 2010 official Artscape T-shirt will be made from recyclable material.  The shirt costs $20.  All sales help keep the festival FREE and open to the public.
• Also for sale is a reusable Artscape water bottle.  Cost: $5.