Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Oct 30, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

The Howard County Sierra Club urges you to vote for our endorsed candidates.

For Howard County Executive, the Sierra Club endorses Courtney Watson. Some highlights of Courtney's environment vision are given below. 

Zero Waste - Implement key “reduce, reuse, and recycle” strategies to reduce by 90% the amount of household waste reaching landfills by 2035 and encourage better practices in government facilities

Create incentives to encourage green energy

Protect water resources and reevaluate environmental policies related to development

Erosion and Sediment Control inspections – Require more Erosion and Sediment Controls (E&S) inspections during construction with increased remediation requirements. (Learn more about how Exposed Soil = Pollution and the local campaign to address the issue.)

Instill an environmental ethic in all sectors of our community

For the District 9 Senate seat, we are proudly endorsing Ryan Frederic. Ryan received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and since then, has gone on to be the co-founder of three companies. He is passionate about preserving our farmland and open space, and understands the tremendous opportunity in growing a greener economy. 
 
In County Council District 5, we are endorsing attorney Alan Schneider. Alan worked on a zoning referendum aimed at giving Howard County citizens more of a say in zoning decisions that affect countywide regulations and large-scale density increases. The petition called for a redefinition of Smart Growth standards where developers, not taxpayers, should pay for infrastructure improvement. He has also been heavily involved in fighting for citizen rights and environmental protection with the proposed mortuary on Route 108 in Clarksville. More recently, he has testified for Agricultural Preservation in Dayton, speaking against industrial mulching in the western part of the county.
 
We need your vote. Be sure to go to the polls on November 4!

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Date: Oct 26, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

If you don’t want it in your stocking, you sure don’t want it in your lungs. The Sierra Club’s national campaign “Beyond Coal” is cleaning the air by eliminating coal-fired power plants. In Maryland, David Smedick is the Beyond Coal Campaign and Policy Representative, and Seth Bush is the campaign organizer.

Join us on for a multimedia presentation:  

"Energy, Health, and Climate Change in Maryland"
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 7 – 8 pm
Ellicott City (please register for directions)

Seth Bush will describe our latest successes in limiting pollution from coal-burning power plants, and increasing the use of renewable energy.

The presentation will be preceded by a half-hour meeting of the Executive Committee; all are welcome. Please register online and we'll save you a seat.

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

Want to be more involved in the Club?  Or at least want to have a say in who leads it?  Then tune in to our annual executive committee election, coming soon.

The next issue of the Chesapeake, the Maryland Chapter’s newspaper, will be carrying candidate information and ballots.  In Anne Arundel, our group has a 10-member executive committee, and retirements and relocations have opened some vacancies.  If you’d like to serve just email a 100-word statement by October 20 to the group chair, david.prosten@mdsierra.org .

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Anne Arundel Sierra Club has called a General Membership meeting November 8, and every member is encouraged to attend.  A special incentive: first-hand accounts, and a great video, about the 400,000-person People’s Climate March in New York City September 21.

“If you come to only one Club event this year, make it this one,” says Group Chair David Prosten.  “And if you’ve never participated in any of our activities before, this is your chance to see what we’re doing and, perhaps, get more involved in our work.”<--break-> Read more


Date: Oct 03, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman
Please join us:
 
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet and Greet with District 9 Senate candidate Ryan Frederic
Ryan Frederic Campaign Office
8173 Main St 
Ellicott City, MD
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook to check out any last minute details.  See you there!
 

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Date: Oct 30, 2014
By: David Smedick

Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide. Life-size tatues at the dock are up to their knees in water.

Annapolis City Dock at King Tide - see below for photo source. (i)

 

As the environmental community prepares for this weekend’s release of the final piece of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), many people will be focusing on the big international agreements needed to address our climate crisis. And while I could spend hours and hours digging into the importance of international agreements on climate change, I often find myself asking the questions of “What is happening in my own backyard? What can I do right here, right now to show my community is ready and willing to tackle this challenge?”

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Date: Oct 30, 2014
By: David Smedick

Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide. Life-size tatues at the dock are up to their knees in water.

Annapolis City Dock at King Tide - see below for photo source.i 

 

As the environmental community prepares for this weekend’s release of the final piece of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), many people will be focusing on the big international agreements needed to address our climate crisis. And while I could spend hours and hours digging into the importance of international agreements on climate change, I often find myself asking the questions of “What is happening in my own backyard? What can I do right here, right now to show my community is ready and willing to tackle this challenge?”

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Date: Oct 30, 2014
By: Michaela Kyburz

 

By Brian Ditzler

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland in 1838 and came to the US at age 11.  Scotland has now honored him with a 134 mile trail across central Scotland.  Read more


Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Annapolis area community’s concern over the impact of the proposed 110-acre Crystal Spring development on Forest Drive took an unexpected turn in September when a group of historians released a report indicating the land in question was the likely location of a long-lost Civil War site, Camp Parole 2.

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