Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Aug 14, 2014
By: Seth Bush

Sign up for a bus to join the People's Climate March on September 21st in NYC!

We are at a tipping point in the fight to halt climate change.

Clean energy is becoming cheaper than dirty fuels, but policymakers in the US and around the world continue to keep us chained to coal, fracking, dirty oil and nuclear power. We need to inspire with real solutions to reduce climate pollution.

That’s why a broad coalition of over 100 (and counting) different organizations are coming together on September 21st in New York before the UN Climate Summit with the goal of having 250,000 people marching together to show both solidarity and to reignite the environmental movement at a critical time.

This is the People’s Climate March.

Visit peoplesclimate.org/maryland for more information!

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Date: Aug 04, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The developers of Crystal Spring, facing major public opposition to their plans, said in June they were trimming back the development, but a close look at their “new” plan revealed little in the way of changes. Read more


Date: Sep 09, 2014
By: Seth Bush

Yesterday, numerous concerned citizens and partner organizations attended and testified at a meeting of the Air Quality Control Advisory Council (AQCAC), where the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) submitted its most recent draft limits on smog-forming emissions from Maryland’s coal-fired power plants for review by the council. The AQCAC is a citizen's advisory board that can effectively approve or deny air-related regulations proposed by MDE. We need them to approve the new coal plant regulations with expediency or they could be weakened under industry pressure by more delays.

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Date: Aug 29, 2014
By: David O'Leary

Maryland is not a very large state, but we do have a lot of variation in our natural diversity, from the beaches of the Eastern Shore to the urban parks of Baltimore to the mountains of Allegany and Garrett counties. I've really enjoyed hiking, camping and canoeing in parks and forests across the state over the past nine years.

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Date: Aug 29, 2014
By: Seth Bush

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A Fundraising message from the Chapter Chair went out to Sierra Club members and supporters in August. Thank you for your support!

We are closer than ever before to cleaning up four of Maryland’s dirtiest coal plants, and we need your help to finish what we started.

After years of delay, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) is poised to require that all of Maryland’s coal-fired power plants meet stringent pollution limits that will protect Maryland families from smog and toxic sulfur dioxide.  But the coal lobby is stepping up its opposition, and we need to fight back to help MDE protect the health of our families.

If you have already donated, thank you! If not, please consider donating to help our campaign to finish this critical job.

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Date: Aug 28, 2014
By: Seth Bush

The Sierra Club has organized 8 buses across Maryland that are going to the People's Climate March in NYC on September 21st, and we want you to join us.

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Date: Aug 28, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

Will the Boom in Solar and Wind Power Propel the U.S. to a Renewable Energy Future?

Solar and Wind Energy Forum  
Tuesday, September 16, 7 pm
Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD
 
"Lighting the Way" is Environment America's new study of increased solar capacity nationwide and in Maryland.  Maryland is number eight in the nation in the most solar electricity per capita.  According to the Department of Energy, the U.S. was the fastest growing wind power market in the world in 2012.  Recent developments in offshore wind for Maryland will enhance the market for wind in the U.S.
 
Find out what you can do, individually and collectively, to move toward a renewable energy future.  The program is free and open to the public in partnership with the Town Center Community Association.
 
The League of Women Voters Howard County (LWVHC), HoCo Climate Change, Transition Howard County, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment, Environment Maryland, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, National Council of Jewish Women and the Sierra Club Howard County are co-sponsoring the Forum.
 
• Joanna Diamond, Director of Environment Maryland
• Tommy Landers, Maryland and D.C. Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
• Richard Deustchmann, Ameresco Federal Solutions, Inc.
• Vanessa Deutschmann, SolarCity, MD 
 
Questions? Contact Betsy Singer at the League of Women Voters/Howard County at elizabethsinger446@hotmail.com
 

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Date: Aug 21, 2014
By: Seth Bush
 
The Maryland Beyond Coal Team is coming up on a critical moment in our campaign to retire Maryland's dirtiest coal-fired power plants, and we need help more than ever to protect the health of Marylanders.
 
After months of stalling, the Maryland Department of the Environment is finally ready to propose emissions limits that could force every coal plant in the state to install state-of-the-art pollution-cutting equipment -- an expense that is likely to push the plants toward retirement. Of course, it looks like the limits might be much weaker than is necessary to make any substantial difference. That's why we need to keep pushing back and calling for the health protections Marylanders need.
 

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Date: Aug 11, 2014
By: Rich Reis

Attend the People's Climate March with the Maryland Sierra Club

New York City Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Date: Aug 06, 2014
By: Seth Bush

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