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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

 

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM

Personalized Sign-up Help in a Separate, Private Room : 4:00-6:30

Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286 
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Neighborhood Sun – Solar for the Rest of Us


Speaker: Emily Tokarowski

Sign-Up Help: Barbara Martinez


 

Emily Tokarowski is the senior marketing and outreach coordinator at Neighborhood Sun (www.neighborhoodsun.solar) a Maryland based company dedicated to bringing solar energy to all of Maryland. She has worked closely with founder and CEO Gary Skulnik to develop campaigns on sustainability, clean energy, B-Corps, social enterprises and many other topics.

Barbara Martinez is a Baltimore-based, Customer Service Specialist.  She is an expert on helping make this new solar option sign-up process easy and quick

Description:

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, anyone who pays an electric bill can go solar! Renters and homeowners alike can sign up, and we go great with wind contracts! Listen to the presentation, get one-on-one assistance, and ask our experts all your questions. Together we are building a great solar community.

Bring your BGE bill, checkbook and credit card to sign-up on the spot with our Baltimore-based customer representative.  You need only to be a BGE customer.  If you have any questions you want answered before you come, just call Ms. Martinez at her office at 240 845 7136.

The website is www.NeighborhoodSun.solar

You may even make an appointment for help by telephone from Ms. Martinez. Just click on this link and follow the prompts and instructions:

Book a call


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The Baltimore Green Forum seeks to educate and stimulate dialogue about what humans can do to make modern civilization more sustainable, including adjusting to finite resource limits and preserving biodiversity and a healthy environment. We do this through 8 monthly meetings a year. The topics are far ranging. They vary from local to planetary and from philosophical to scientific to very practical.


The Meeting Format: There is a speaker and Q&A from 4-5:15 pm. Then there are brief announcements by representatives other organizations that also seek sustainability and environmental protection. We thereby promote collaboration among these organizations. Next, there is an optional roundtable discussion until 6:30 pm. Finally, there is often a small gathering at a nearby restaurant.


BGF is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are collected during the meeting to thank the church for their generous gift of the space to us.

 

Send questions to us at BaltimoreGreenForum@gmail.com.  Or call Sam Hopkins at 410 935 8540.

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The Baltimore Green Forum is Co-Sponsored by:

 

Simplicity Matters Earth Institute ~ Chesapeake Climate Action Network

MD League of Conservation Voters Education Fund ~ Greater Baltimore Group of the Sierra Club

Heathcote Community ~ Retrofit Baltimore ~ Creation Care Group of the Presbytery of Baltimore

Interfaith Power and Light Baltimore Green Currency Assn

 

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a monthly environmental education and discussion forum


 Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Presentation: 4:00-5:15 PM 
Announcements, Snacks and Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM

Round-table Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

 http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Recycling in Baltimore City & the World

 

Why Recycling Is More Important Than Ever Before

The Increase in Single Use Plastics

The Huge Problem of Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans

How Much of What You “Recycle” Never Is Recycled & Why?

The Current Crisis Caused by Demand vs. Supply

The Option to REUSE, not Recycle


Speaker:

Robert Murrow


Coordinator, Baltimore City Recycling Program


Baltimore recycles almost 30% of its trash.   This is a complicated and challenging endeavor.   There are many questions which we have all had about recycling but never had the chance to ask when face to face with a person in charge of a huge and multifaceted recycling program.   Well, this is your chance to ask those questions.

For an overview of the Baltimore City program that is provided by the Maryland MDE click on:
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/RecyclingandOperationsprogram/EducationandOutreach/Documents/www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/recycling/Baltimore_City.pdf

For the website of the Baltimore City Recycling Program click on:  http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Recycling.aspx




BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM


A monthly environmental education and discussion forum


Sunday, June 10, 2018​
P
resentation: 4-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 

 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/


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Speaker:  

​Sam Hopkins
-- long-time producer and moderator of the Baltimore Green Forum

 

Topic:

un-Denial.com
The "Denial Gene" that Most Humans Have But You Probably Don't!!!​

Description:

This astounding theory is explained at the website,
U
n-Denial.com.   Learn this new explanation for why most humans are in "denial" about what makes our current civilization not sustainable.  The "denial" is caused by a genetic mutation that happened about 100,000 years ago. 
But not everyone carries the gene.  That is why if you understand and grieve about the nonsustainability of our civilization, you are special.  You should want to meet others like you and hear more about  this new theory and this gene.  
ONLY because of this
gene could humans create an amazingly complex, rich and comfortable civilization that is also not sustainable. 
Hear the good news that there may be psychedelic drugs that can enable humans with this gene to change!​

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

 

A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Presentation: 4-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 

 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

April 22 is Earth Day.  Please celebrate it with us as  a day of Thanksgiving!



Join us to thank the Earth for all its "ecosystem services." We forget the huge gift of such services that the Earth provides us every day. Elliott Campbell, PhD will be our speaker. His work for the State of Maryland includes estimating the value of all the ecosystem services provided to us in Maryland.



Dr. Campbell will also talk about two other related topics on which he is also an expert.  One is the MD GPI.   He has  created and maintained the GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator) for Maryland.  MD was the pioneer.   Finally, he will explain why we must moderate our expectations and demands for "free" energy that comes directly from the sun.


But at the same time let's celebrate the sun!  Think of it as  part of the wonderful gift of ecosystem services for which we all will give thanks on April 22. 

 

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Speaker: 

 

Dr. Elliott Campbell is a systems ecologist with a Ph.D. from University of Maryland.  He studied under students of the great H.T. Odum who created the field of "systems ecology."    Dr. Campbell has presented to our forum before.  Several years ago he created just for us a wonderful PowerPoint presentation on Dr. Odum's last book, "A Prosperous Way Down."   This explained both why and how humans must plan a transition to using less energy.

 

Dr. Campbell is the director of the Center for Economic and Social Science, Maryland Department of Natural Resources  Just Google "Elliott Campbell Maryland" to see his areas of expertise and achievements.

Email: elliott.campbell@maryland.gov

 

Topics:

 

(1) Ecosystem Services:  Dr. Campbell is now working on this new initiative that is equally progressive.   For the state his is developing measures of the value of the services provided to us by the natural ecosystem in Maryland and monitoring whether they are increasing or decreasing in response to the effect of human habitation on them.  This is a little understood, pioneering concept of ecological economics.  We need it desperately in order to fight for preserving biodiversity and the environment.  Our opponents argue that what we are trying to protect has no significant "economic" value -- that nature is just a luxury that has no "value" compared to the value of things like creating more "jobs."

 

(2) Genuine Progress Indicator:  Dr. Campbell has for several years been employed by the State of Maryland to implement this measure of progress in the lives of all Marylanders.   The purpose is to develop a more truthful measure of well being than the terribly misleading GDP ("Gross Domestic Product") which counts all sorts of bad things as being good.   Maryland was the first state to implement this progressive program.

 

(3) Hierarchy of Energy:   Dr. Campbell will briefly explain this in terms we can all understand.  It was a pioneering concepts that H. T.  Odum discovered. This concept is vital in order for us not to be unrealistic about how much net, useable energy we can obtain from solar and wind.  He will explain why conservation and even substantial reduction in our total energy use will be needed as we transition to solar and wind, in place of fossil fuels.


Link to PDF of presentation: Energy, Ecology, and Economy

 

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Roundtable Discussion: 4-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

 Dear Friends of the Green Forum,

March 11 will be our first experiment with a  "Discussion Group" idea that I got from a group in D.C.

The leader of the D.C. group sends out an essay on a single subject with references and footnotes that describe and link to additional reading.   The additional reading is not necessary for the 1.5 hour discussion.   But it's a great resource all by itself.   This happens again every month with a new subject.  

 Below is a version of this Discussion Group essay idea and for more than one topic.   We can choose only one topic or more on March 11, depending on your interests.  And unlike the D.C. group, we can continue to address any topic for more than one month.  Also,  you should not feel any obligation to speak at the event.  You are free to come as an observer.

So, please join us for this experiment. 

 Please also join us on March 11 to discuss a new venue option.  We have been given the opportunity to locate at least some of our 7-8 meetings a year at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.  This venue is within Baltimore City and has access to public transportation.   We have been advised that we cannot attract younger people unless  they can take public transportation to our meetings.

 We appreciate a reply, but please come whether or not you can let us know ahead of time.

 Best wishes.

Sam Hopkins
Moderator

410 935 8540

Topic A:  "First things first" with climate change?  
 What individual actions makes the most difference?  Can this information make a difference?

 1.  Paul Hawken's book, Drawdown.   It is by far the most ambitious effort to measure the effectiveness of 100 different ways to reduce and then reverse the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.   Guess what is no. 1.       

This book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change.  The results are surprising.

Hawken is a legend in environmental circles. Since the early 1980s, he has been starting green businesses, writing books on ecological commerce (President Bill Clinton called Hawken’s Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world), consulting with businesses and governments, speaking to civic groups, and collecting honorary doctorates (six so far).

See: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/5/10/15589038/top-100-solutions-climate-change-ranked
This article is an interview with Paul Hawken about this book.  Below are excerpts.

 A chat with Paul Hawken* about his ambitious effort to “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:04am EST

For all the hand-wringing on climate change over the years, discussion of solutions remains puzzlingly anemic and fractured. A few high-profile approaches, mainly around renewable energy and electric cars, dominate discussion and modeling. But there’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors.

At least until now.

It seems Paul Hawken got tired of waiting.

A few years ago, he set out to pull together the careful coverage of solutions that had so long been lacking. With the help of a little funding, he and a team of several dozen research fellows set out to “map, measure, and model” the 100 most substantive solutions to climate change, using only peer-reviewed research.

The result, released in April 2016, is called Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.

It is fascinating, a powerful reminder of how narrow a set of solutions dominates the public’s attention. Alternatives range from farmland irrigation to heat pumps to ride-sharing.


  The number one solution, in terms of potential impact? A combination of educating girls and family planning, which together could reduce 120 gigatons of CO2-equivalent by 2050 — more than on- and offshore wind power combined (99 GT).sis.
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Drawdown is the point in time when greenhouse gas concentrations peak in the atmosphere and begin to go down on a year-to-year basis…

I hadn’t thought about solutions much until I saw the wedges, in 2001.

And so I finally decided to do Drawdown: name the goal and then map, measure, and model, see if it’s achievable. And away we went, for almost three years, with 70 Drawdown research fellows from 22 countries and six continents.

We went in fairly confident about what the top solutions would be. We were wrong — which is validating, in a way. We have a methodology that forfends against bias.

Paul Hawken

We thought at least the top of the list would — solar, wind, wind, solar. Because that’s what you hear from Charles Ferguson, Al Gore, [Jeffrey] Sachs, or Christiana Figueres. They’re all saying the same thing.

It’s understandable — 62 percent of the [greenhouse gas] molecules up there came from fossil fuel combustion, so you just invert it, right? It makes sense. It just doesn’t work out that way.

If you take solar, which is eight and 10 [on the list], and wind, which is two and 22, and you combine them, they are definitely near the top. But you can’t model on- and off-shore wind the same, because the economics are vastly different. And you can’t model rooftop and solar farms in the same model. So in some cases we broke things up that people think of as aggregated.

But even then, the number one solution is educating girls and family planning.

 David Roberts

How do you put numbers on that?

 Paul Hawken

We took the numbers from other agencies — from World Bank, WHO, IPCC. What they are is the delta between the median high population projections of the UN in 2050 and that reduction alone. There are so many ancillary benefits and impacts of 1.1 billion less people, though.

  David Roberts

But it is the 1.1 billion fewer people that is doing the carbon work?

  Paul Hawken

Yeah, absolutely.

 David Roberts

Are there other benign ways of influencing population growth that you considered?

  Paul Hawken

There’s a lack of original science.

Every carbon number [in the book] is peer-reviewed data. We don’t use anecdotal data, or “we think,” or “we’re seeing.” Everything is peer reviewed. If there’s no peer-reviewed data, we can’t model it. And on the economic side, which is more difficult and gnarly, there’s no such thing as peer reviewed data in most cases.

We do lit reviews, tech reviews — we’ve got a couple thousand notes and three thousand references for the content.

We had a guy who’s presenting Drawdown to the [IPCC] Sixth Assessment, the Third Working Group. One of the scientists there took a poke at regenerative agriculture and said, “Well, that’s just climate smart agriculture [CSA], we know about that already.” I wrote back and said, “Show me the model.”

It’s a generality. It doesn’t mean anything. Multistrata agroforestry, fantastic, show me a model. Silvopasture — show me the science. In the process of covering land use, we had to identify what had actually been studied. So we have 22 land-use solutions. We’re splitters, in order to get accurate data.

 David Roberts

If you had to guess, what’s the biggest potential contributor that you had to leave out for lack of data?

 Paul Hawken

War.

David Roberts

How big a role does carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) play in your schema?

 Paul Hawken

None. It’s unaffordable. It doesn’t work. It has to work first, and then has to be affordable. Using carbon capture in Saskatchewan for depleted oil wells isn’t exactly a solution, especially when it’s only 40 percent capture and the company’s depending on the province to subsidize it. There are better results coming out of Texas. We’re watching it.

You can’t achieve drawdown unless you sequester [carbon], but right now the only way we know how to do it in a reliable way is photosynthesis. I mean, there are science experiments going on, but it’s not commercial and it’s not practical.

 

2. Richard Grossman, "The 4 most effective ways to reduce carbon footprint,"  

from his blog at PopulationMatters.org, Nov. 2, 2017

 


  Dear Reader,

From time to time there will be an article that hits the nail on the head. The recent analysis by Wynes and Nicholas is one. You can find "The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions" recently published in Environmental Research Letters at:

https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541

Thanks for reading!

Richard 

Compare Climate Change Strategies

            Recently I asked some authorities on climate change: “what is the most effective way of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions?” They gave stock answers about decreasing consumption. “If you were my students, your grades would all be D’s” was my response.

            They are, unfortunately, not alone. A recent study listed the 4 most effective activities that people can do to decrease their emissions. Three of them are what you might expect, while the most effective one—by far—might be unexpected.

            The measure used by the authors of this article is tonnes CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year. The average person in the USA causes about 16 tonnes of CO2 to be released annually. (a tonne is a metric ton; roughly equal to our ton of 2000 pounds) Here are the 4, listed from least to most effective.

            Eat a plant-based diet. This has health benefits as well as aiding the environment. It is clear that eating meat, especially red meat, is bad for your health. The effects on the world around us are also negative—excessive use of water, sewage lagoons that pollute ground water and dead zones in the ocean from animal waste. An individual’s annual saving by avoiding meat is almost a tonne.

            Our transportation system depends on fossil fuels, which generate CO2 when used. It makes sense that avoiding air travel and not driving a car would decrease carbon emissions. Giving up both air travel and your car would keep 4 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

            Buying “green” electricity is quite effective, and is inexpensive—thanks to our electrical cooperative. Switching from power produced with coal to renewable sources prevents 1.5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions—and makes our air healthier.

            The most effective thing that an individual can do to reduce his or her carbon footprint is to have one fewer child. The effect is strong because of the “carbon legacy” of a child born in a rich country. The carbon footprint of the individual child is significant, but the legacy of all that person’s progeny (who will go on for many generations) is huge. A child not conceived reduces a person’s carbon footprint by 58 tonnes! Yes, the one best action an individual can take to reduce his or her carbon footprint is to choose to have a small family—or no children at all.

            Unfortunately, most people who study, write and teach about greenhouse gas reduction don’t consider the impact of childbearing. The authors of the paper mentioned above also studied governmental recommendations to reduce emissions from the EU, the USA, Australia and Canada. Not surprising, they found that the recommendations all focused on less effective actions.

            Likewise, the paper examined the content of science textbooks. They searched several textbooks used in Canada for suggestions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Very few of the recommendations were for the 4 most effective actions named above.

            To quote from this paper: “It is especially important that adolescents are prepared for this shift [to reduce carbon emissions]. They still have the freedom to make large behavioural choices that will structure the rest of their lives, and must grow up accustomed to a lifestyle that approaches the 2.1 tonnes per person annual emissions budget necessary by 2050 to meet the 2 ° C climate target.” They went on to write: “Furthermore, adolescents can act as a catalyst to change their households behaviour.”

            They also compared less effective and highly effective interventions: “…a US family who chooses to have one fewer child would provide the same level of emissions reductions as 684 teenagers who choose to adopt comprehensive recycling for the rest of their lives.” The paper concludes: “Some high-impact actions may be politically unpopular, but this does not justify a focus on moderate or low-impact actions at the expense of high-impact actions.”

            I hope that the importance of childbearing gets across at the Climate Change Symposium to be held Thursday afternoon, November 9th. This Symposium will be a new venture for Fort Lewis College Lifelong Learning programs. It will feature 5 outstanding experts speaking on a topic of major importance. The keynote speaker is internationally known scientist Kevin Ternberth.  As with all FLC Life-Long Learning Programs, this event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to help defray costs. It will be held in the Student Union Building ballroom from 1 to 5, followed by a meet-and-greet session with refreshments. Please RSVP by November 6th at: special-events-rsvp@fortlewis.edu or call: 970-247-7608. I hope to see you there!

                                           © Richard Grossman MD, 2017

Topic B. Astounding Recent Warming in the Arctic - Why Does It Matter?

 https://www.ecowatch.com/arctic-climate-change-2539897203.html

 Scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises

Record warmth in the Arctic is unprecedented. The north pole gets no sunlight until March, but an influx of warm air has pushed temperatures in Siberia up by as much as 35C above historical averages this month. Greenland has already experienced 61 hours above freezing in 2018 - more than three times as many hours as in any previous year. The question now is whether this signals a weakening or collapse of the polar vortex, the circle of strong winds that keep the Arctic cold by deflecting other air masses. The vortex depends on the temperature difference between the Arctic and mid-latitudes, but that gap is shrinking because the pole is warming faster than anywhere on Earth. While average temperatures have increased by about 1C, the warming at the pole – closer to 3C – is melting the ice mass. 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/27/arctic-warming-scientists-alarmed-by-crazy-temperature-rises 

 New study sharpens focus on Antarctic ice loss 

Accelerating ice losses from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and reveal surprisingly steady rates of flow from its much larger neighbor to the east.

https://sealevel.nasa.gov/news/110/new-study-sharpens-focus-on-antarctic-ice-loss 

 There is a super-hot sport over the North Pole. It has forced the normal frozen Arctic air to the south, creating this crisis.  We should call this the Dragon from the north, not the Beast from the East. The media has not discussed the connection. This is the only so-far-ultimate consequence of warming the planet and the oceans.  

 The Unusually Warm Arctic Might Scare Your Pants Off

Cities in Europe, meanwhile, are getting hit with unusually cold temperatures and snowfall. That's days after the U.S. East Coast had record highs.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/02/26/these-climate-scientists-tweets-about-unusually-warm-arctic-might-scare-your-pants 

 Siberian blast to SMASH Britain with 'coldest winter snap

Watch the video of icy weather moving into England

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/922667/UK-weather-latest-forecast-Siberian-Met-Office-BBC-weather 

 A Large Area of Open Water Forms North of Greenland During February

Warm winds blowing at up to gale force intensity from the south have assaulted the ice with high waves and above-freezing temperatures for about four days now. The ice edge north of Svalbard is being rapidly beaten back. Perhaps more disturbing, is the fact that the ice pack to the north of Greenland has also now withdrawn — opening up a huge polynya.

https://robertscribbler.com/2018/02/26/a-large-area-of-open-water-forms-in-the-melting-sea-ice-north-of-greenland-during-february

 Onset Of Climate Tipping Points

The global effect of Arctic melting will create almost as much global warming as already produced by the total rise in atmospheric CO2. Once a temperature threshold is breached, abrupt events follow due to amplifying feedbacks, even within a few years, examples being  (1) freeze events which followed temperature peaks during past interglacial peaks due to influx of cold ice-melt water into the north Atlantic Ocean; (2) the Dansgaard–Oeschger warming events during the last glacial period; (3) the Younger dryas stadial freeze and the Laurentian stadial freeze. In some instances it only took a temperature rise of about 1-2 degrees Celsius to trigger extensive ice melt, with a flow of cold melt water into the oceans that triggered abrupt transitions that could occur over a few decades and even few years. 

https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/01/onset-climate-tipping-points

 Interview with Jennifer Francis, climate scientist:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20878:Global-Warming-and-Extreme-Cold%3A-How-One-Leads-to-the-Other


Topic C: Humor Break

https://www.theonion.com/sighing-resigned-climate-scientists-say-to-just-enjoy-1823265249

 

Topic D:   If everyone lived sustainably, what would their lives be like?

 http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/if-everyone-lived-sustainably-what-would-their-lives-be-like/

 

Topic E:   The Water Crisis in Cape Town:  Unique or just the tip of the iceberg?

Overview:

“Yes, the amount of water on earth is constant.  But only 2.5 percent of it is freshwater.  Of that freshwater only a tiny fraction is readily available.  Almost all of it is frozen or in the ground.  Rivers, an extremely important source of water for humans, contain barely .0002 percent of Earth’s freshwater.  So as the population explodes, human use of water expands, and pollution reduces the already limited amount available, the remaining volume of freshwater accessible to supply this demand grows smaller.”

 Cape Town Story

https://robertscribbler.com/2018/01/24/the-day-the-water-ran-out-climate-change-day-zero-swiftly-approaching-for-cape-town/

The latest estimate is the on April 12, 2018, running water to residents will be cut off.* 

 And the trend of decreasing rainfall  began 80 years ago!   

 * Quote:

Under this very difficult scenario, water pipes to everything but essential services like hospitals would be cut off. Residents would be forced to make daily treks to one of 200 outlet pipes to fill up water bottles. If this happens, then Cape Town will be the first major city in the world to be forced to fully cut off its municipal water supply.

The Conversation, Fixing Cities' Water Crises: Two cities on opposing continents, Santiago and Cape Town have been brought to their knees by events at opposing ends of the climate spectrum - flood and drought. 


Iran's Water Crisis:

 See: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/09/iran-desalination-water


Pakistan's water crisis

http://peakoil.com/consumption/pakistans-water-crisis-is-a-ticking-time-bomb

Rural America's Water Crisis

The New Republic, Rural American's Drinking Water Crisis.



 A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, January 28, 2017

​Socializing, Networking & Brainstorming​: 4:00-5:15 PM

Announcements: 5:15-5:45 PM
More Brainstorming & Discussion:5:45-6:30 PM

Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

A Feel Good  & Brainstorming Experience Especially for Newcomers:

Socializing with Refreshments:

If you have rarely or never been to a Green Forum, you are sure to make new friends at this one!

Come and help all of us Greens feel better in these tough times for Greens

Networking:

Enlarge your network of environmentalists.  Find new projects & new helpers.

Brainstorming:

Tell us what topics would make you want to come to future meetings!

 Share your Experience and Knowledge about Other Green Groups and

Ideas for How We Can Partner with Them 

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

​Roundtable Discussion​: 4:00-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking:5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion:5:45-6:30 PM

Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/


 Suggestions for Discussion Topics:

 

What is the Future for Green Activism?

Can We Understand the Mindset

of the Anti-Green Voters?

Do We Share our Concerns with Children? 

How?

Other Topics of your Choice


 Support Group Session in Separate Room

 

Moderator: Sam Hopkins

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

​​Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017​

  Presentation and Q&A:4:00-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking:5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion:5:45-6:30 PM

Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location

 Topic:

The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative 50% Campaign

Speakers:

Nikki Richards, Jamie DeMarco, and Vinny DeMarco

Speaker Bios:

Nikki Richards, Campaign Co-Manager, was born in Silver Spring and grew up in Baltimore city. Before the campaign, she worked as an office manager for a large pediatric healthcare provider. She was previously a full-time K-3 literacy tutor and has dedicated eight years to working with youth and teens at the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Quaker summer camps. Nikki has been informally organizing small groups for a decade, and she is ready to take on a state’s worth of grassroots work. She is committed to ensuring that Maryland becomes a state powered by the sun.

Jamie DeMarco, Campaign Co-Manager, was born and raised in Baltimore and, during his time at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, he organized grassroots support in Baltimore to help pass legislation requiring the state to reach 25% renewable electricity by 2020. Jamie then worked at the Friends Committee on National Legislation where he lobbied for nuclear disarmament and reductions in Pentagon Spending. Now he has returned to Maryland politics to help ensure that our state reaches 50% renewable electricity by 2030.

Vincent DeMarco is a long time advocate for public health causes including reducing teen smoking and gun violence and expanding healthcare access. As President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, he is working to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all Marylanders. In addition to serving as the President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Mr. DeMarco is chairman of the board of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative.

Description:

Join us for a discussion on the climate and to learn more about what this campaign is doing to combat the environmental crisis.

The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative will bring people together to work for a better Maryland. Carbon dioxide is driving catastrophic global climate change and on a local scale, Maryland has some of the worst ground-level ozone pollution in the eastern United States. Maryland generates more than half of its electricity from fossil fuel sources and we continue to lack adequate industry in our state. For these reasons, the need for united action is clear. Join us to hear more about how the 50% campaign will combat the climate crisis and learn more about what you can do to help.

Link to Event at Baltimore Green Forum Facebook Page

 https://www.facebook.com/events/171818843386767/?active_tab=about

 ​Please use above link  to go to this Facebook EVENT and then INVITE some of your friends.  Thank you!

Or at least please choose "Share in News Feed." ​

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking:5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion:5:45-6:30 PM

 

Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

 

Topic:

Off the Grid Living:

How I Have Been Living Super GREEN for 20 Years

And

How at Least Some of You Can Do this Also


Speaker: Cassandra Naylor

 

​Link to this Event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/298512493905606/


If you have a Facebook page, please click on this link, display Share drop down menu, choose Invite Friends, and then invite some of your Facebook friends.

 

Description:

Join us for an amazing story of radical change in lifestyle, independent living and all with humility, a sense of humor and joy!

Cassandra has done more than anyone we know in the Baltimore metro area to start in her own home really low impact, low energy and all around green in the home living 20 years ago and continue it to today.


She started the hard way by retrofitting a large barn.  But she did it.  This included a combination of  the early solar panel and battery systems in order to disconnect from the electrical grid.  It also included pioneering use of composting toilets, a greywater and garden system, and passive solar water heating for domestic hot water, radiant heat in floors &  indoor forced air. Finally, it means the use of cross ventilation and fans instead of air conditioning.

 

And Cassandra did this all alone in a county whose government makes many such tools for green living very difficult to get approved.

 

Also, for her green living meant giving up dishwashers and clothes washing machines and all the usual soaps, detergents or other cleansers because they contain toxic chemicals. 

 

Finally, in the last two years Cassandra has done it all over again with a new home, designed to prove that such off the grid green living can be much more practical, effective and affordable than when she began it 20 years ago.

 

All those who attend this event on May 21 will be invited to tour Cassandra’s new home at a future date.

 

Please RSVP by replying to this email or leaving a message at 410 366 8540, so that we can plan the refreshments.

 

 


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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Presentation and Q&A:4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking:5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion:5:45-6:30 PM

 

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Potty Training:

How to Green Our Treatment of Waste & Water

The Dos and Donts of

Composting Toilets and Greywater Systems


Speaker: Greg Cantori

Former head of Maryland Nonprofits, the Knott Foundation, and Light Street Housing, Greg Cantori has been living what he believes by frequently commuting 50 miles round trip by bike to work. He's the former president of One Less Car and Bike Maryland. He has lived tiny (lived on his sailboat for 5 years and has a tiny home on wheels). 12 years ago, he disconnected his family home from their septic system - Come learn what happened next!

See also Mr. Cantori's website: www.cantori.com

Link to Event at Baltimore Green Forum Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/220961785040168/

 

Description:

Join us for some potty training and humor!

With some simple modifications and a few hundred dollars, Greg's family of four has been using a dry (aka composting) toilet and gray water system he installed with the help of his teen daughters. They are now far beyond the 'ick!' factor!

It's time to get beyond that cultural fear and 'ick!' factor of reusing our humanure and liquid gold.


You will learn how:

 

       Flushing is an impossibility for 2.4 billion people (1/3 of our population!) worldwide that have no access to toilets at all

       To modify your plumbing system to eliminate using water for flushing

       To set up a simple gray water system and garden

       To create a garden oasis by compositing your family's nutrients

       An actual working dry (composting) toilet looks and operates...we're going to 'doo' fun potty re-training for adults!


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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Low cost energy efficient shelter: Is it even possible? 

Answer: The “Tiny House”

Speakers: Jack Arnold and a Tiny House DIY’er

Jack Arnold has had a long environmentalist career beginning with real farming.

He presented his first low cost energy workshop in 1977.  In 1980, he designed and built a passive solar greenhouse retrofit on an urban row home. In 1990, he designed and built, what at that time was a state of the art, green residence.  Since then he has become involved in the Tiny House movement.  Over all this time he has been an activist in green building, local economy, and building community

We are also  featuring a single mother of two girls who wanted to lessen her dependency on money, her carbon footprint and increase quality time with her children and time to pursue her passions. She also had a desire to live in community and normalize alternative living situations. So, in July 2015 she began building her tiny house on wheels, and by August 2016 her family was living tiny! Despite limited prior construction experience and the resulting many mistakes, she created her house in only 13 months!.  She is now an expert on the wrong things as well as the right things to do when designing and building your tiny house.  And she is eager to teach others!

Link to Event at Baltimore Green Forum Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/101878573665385/

Description:

The press would have us think that the "greener" the house you build, the more it will cost.  Not true.  This event will focus on the most economical green house-- the so called “Tiny House”, built  either on wheels or on a foundation.   The speakers will tell you how either you can find the right manufacturer to sell you one ready made or build it for you or how you can build it yourself.    

But you will also learn why you have NOT seen or heard more about Tiny Houses.  The two main reasons are: (1)  city, county and local building codes and zoning codes and  (2) NIMBY (not in my backyard).   These are obstacles to getting permission to build,  install on site,  and/or live full time in a Tiny House.  You will hear how you can help us to reduce or overcome these obstacles.

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

1105 Providence Road Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

The Youth Perspective on the Problem with Plastics -- and More!

Speakers: Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson

Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson are high school students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. They've been involved in environmental work together for a few years, but their motivations to pursue conservation differ. Claire is an avid birder and approaches environmental activism from a natural conservationist's world. Mercedes aspires to be a doctor and addresses environmental problems from the public health perspective.

Claire and Mercedes recently started Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a youth-led, action-oriented organization dedicated to reducing waste in Baltimore City. Plastic is both a public health and environmental concern that threatens the livelihoods of future generations. Sign up for the organization's mailing list, and learn more at http://www.bmorebeyondplastic.org/.


Description:

The Baltimore Green Forum welcomes its first youth speakers to present about the new generation's perspective on the problem with plastics on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 4-6:30 PM.

Plastic is one of the world's most dangerous substances, containing neurotoxins and carcinogens. Yet we still rely on it for everything including food consumption. Single-use plastics threaten our Earth's waste capacity. Come listen to fresh insight from two Baltimore youth on our plastic obsession, alternatives, and how to live a plastic-free life. The two teens will also briefly discuss other broader environmental threats and ideas on the future of the sustainability movement and how youth typically get involved in environmental advocacy.


In the Q & A and Roundtable Discussion that follows their presentation Ms. Wayner and Ms. Thompson will also be happy to discuss their youth perspectives on the additional challenges that they embrace in the Mission Statement on their website.  Here is a copy at the bottom of the HOME page at their website.

Mission Statement: Baltimore Beyond Plastic coordinates youth advocacy efforts around a diverse range of environmental problems facing Baltimore City, such as:

  1. waste and trash
  2. climate change and energy
  3. economic inequalities and job insecurities
  4. lack of green space

We have a special focus around plastic pollutants.

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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

1105 Providence Road Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Community Solar – Solar Is for Everyone

Speaker: Gary Skulnik

Gary Skulnik is the founder of a new social enterprise called Neighborhood Sun (www.neighborhoodsun.solar) and a leader in developing the clean energy market on the East Coast. As President of Clean Currents, he started the movement for clean power in Maryland and the region. Gary is an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, B-Corps, social enterprises and many other topics.

Description:

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar! Community solar allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment on your roof. It’s clean energy from a local project in your neighborhood. Come to this presentation and learn how you, your business, and your neighbors can join together to build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment.

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Credit for Logo at top of this flyer:  This design was created at no extra charge by Fast Signs, when we had them make a fabric sign for us to use to identify our table at an environmental expo earlier this year.   We asked just for our name, but Fast Signs gave us more.


BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM
a monthly environmental education and discussion forum
 

Sunday, October 2, 2016 

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Rising to the Challenge:

The Transition Movement and People of Faith

Speaker: Ruah Swennerfelt 

 Ruah Swennerfelt is an activist, homesteader, blogger, and author working on environmental issues as General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness and on the boards of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light and Transition Town Charlotte, Vermont. This book is the result of a decade of experience with the Transition Movement, numerous interviews in Europe, Palestine, Brazil, and the United States.

Description:

Learn about the Transition Movement: real people coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

“The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and “environmental” groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self reliance and resilience.

They succeed by regeneratively using their local assets, innovating, networking, collaborating, replicating proven strategies, and respecting the deep patterns of nature and diverse cultures in their place. Transition Initiatives work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems.”

From the website transitionsus.org



BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Speakers 4:00-5:30 PM
Open Discussion 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Maryland Green Party's Perspectives

Tackling Environmental Challenges As Candidates

Come hear ​some of Maryland’s Green Party candidates in the recent primary, including some of the winners who will be on the November ballot

These include candidates for the U.S. Senate, the Mayor of Baltimore & President of the City Counciland​​ ​for some seats in the Baltimore City Council and the U.S. House of Representatives. See b​elow​ for the names of ​the17 ​candidates we invited and the 8 who have accepted our invitation as of April 25, 2016

 Here are some questions we shall ask the candidates:

- Is there a consistent Green Party perspective on how to respond to climate change? (e.g., how profound and rapid must be the changes especially in the most advance societies?)

- What are the first five things you'll do if you're elected?

- How do you reach people,  since the Green Party prohibits candidates from taking any funds from corporations, PACs, or unions?

- What made you run and dedicate so much time and energy from your personal life, when it appears you have little chance to win?

- What distinguishes you from the candidates on the most progressive edge of the Democratic Party?

- What are your top two issues and your positions on them?

 

Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org

For more info contact baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com,​​  

Sam Hopkins at  ​410-554-0006​,

or ​http://www.baltimoregreenforum.org

 

Green Party Candidates who have ​been ​​invited to the above May 15 event.  

"A"  to left of name = ​Accepted

Name of Candidate              Office for which he or she is a candidate

​A - ​Margaret Flowers                     US Senate

Nnabu Eze                                        US House of Representatives  (3rd district)

A - Kamesha Clark                        US House of Representatives  (4th district)

George Gluck                                US House of Representatives  (6th district)

​A - ​Myles Moeing                           US House of Representatives  (7th district)

​A - ​Nancy Wallace                         US House of Representatives (8th district)

ElizabethCroydon                          US House of Representatives (8th district)

Charles “Teddy” Galloway, III        US House of Representatives (8th district)

 

Joshua Harris                                 Mayor

A - David Marriot                            Mayor

​​Emmanuel McCray                        Mayor

 

​A - ​Connor Meek                           President of City Council

 

Andreas "Spilly" Spiliadis               City Council (3rd district)

Richard T. White                            City Council (6th district)

​A - ​Jamie Frierson                         City Council (9th district)

A - Amanda Maminski                   City Council (10th district)

Ian Schlackman                             City Council (12th district)

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Special Announcement about the Baltimore BNote

We owe special thanks to Jack Arnold for work on arranging the above Green Party Candidates event.

In return we are sending out this special appeal for help with the Baltimore BNote project which he helped found.

To Friends of the Baltimore Green Forum from Jack Arnold:

We have only a few days left to raise the necessary funds to get the BN10 and 20 printed.

The BNote has released the designs for its new currency, including the BNote10 and 20.  We would appreciate your support in helping us print them by visiting this Indiegogo site and making a contribution, of whatever size you feel comfortable.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/print-the-baltimore-bnote-second-series#/

Thank you, 

Jack


BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM
a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking:
5:15-5:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

  Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:
Maryland Electric Power Generation: Fossil Free by 2018?


Speakers: Will Candler and Phil Favero

 

The speakers are members of Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis (CSGA). Will Candler worked in the World Bank. Both Will and Phil have Ph.D's and have been on University agricultural faculties (Purdue and Maryland respectively). Will is also author of the self published book, “Global Warming: The Answer” (available from Amazon).

Description:

Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates that 20% of electric power supplied by utilities be accompanied Renewable Energy Certificates (REC's) certifying the utility bought the power from “Clean” (not nuclear or fossil) suppliers. Environmental groups are aiming to raise the Clean percentage to 25% in 2020, and 40% in 2030. This will still leave 75% in 2020 (60% in 2030) supplied from fossil or nuclear. Will and Phil will make the case for getting off fossil power by 2018. 
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Help us publicize this event!
Please post a copy of this flyer in your workplace or neighborhood!
​See attached PDF file​

 
 

BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM
Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM


Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/


Topic:

Electric Vehicles (EVs) and EV-ready Transit Hubs

Speakers: Jill A. T. Sorensen and Paul E. Schoen

Ms. Sorensen directs the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI), a Maryland non-profit focused on EV education and outreach. She drives a fully electric Nissan LEAF and an electric assist covered bike (velomobile) she exhibited at the Montebello Reservoir Fair in September. Paul Schoen is a self-employed electronics design engineer with a long-term interest in electric vehicles and other technological methods of improving efficiency and conserving energy and other resources.

Description:

Transportation comprises roughly 30% of our petroleum consumption and emissions. Electric vehicles, bit by bit, are displacing combustion engine vehicles and, with that advance, greening and cooling the planet. Though first introduced in the 1800s, electric vehicles lost out to gas-powered engines. Environmental concerns and advances in motor, battery, and controller technology have now resulted in fast, sporty, and practical cars like the Tesla, Chevy Volt, and Nissan Leaf. We will examine the pros and cons of EVs for personal, commuter and commercial transportation, including active transportation and new city designs under discussion around EV-ready Transit Hubs.

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM 
  Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/


Topic:

Returning to Earth: Why Green Burial Cemeteries

 Speaker: Shelley Morhaim

Ms.  Morhaim is a filmmaker, writer, and editor and a longtime civic and environmental activist. Her award-winning documentary on sustainability "The Next Industrial Revolution" has been screened at the Baltimore Green Forum. She is the Vice-Chair of the newly formed Green Burial Association of Maryland.

Description:

The green burial movement promotes an environmentally intelligent way to return our bodies to the natural world and to help preserve open space at the same time. Green burial - also called natural burial - has always been standard practice in Europe and much of the world. In contrast the US follows an industrialized model promoted by the funeral and cemetery industries. The first American green burial cemetery was opened in South Carolina 15 years ago. There are now over 200 across the country, but none in Maryland. The newly formed Green Burial Association of Maryland is working to bring this concept and practice to our state.

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

 Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Presentation and Q&A: 4:00-5:15 PM 
  Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM
Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

Adapting Strategies for Sustained Impact:
Reflecting on the Initial Years of

The Johns Hopkins Sustainability Program
​and Adjusting Efforts to Address New Challenges

 Speaker: Ashley Pennington,

 Program Manager for the Office of Sustainability

​Evolution of the University Wide Sustainability Initiative, 2006-2015, and What We Have Learned​

Ms. Pennington will  give an overview of what has been accomplished in these nine years.

Then,  she will describe all the efforts to prevent the otherwise inevitable loss of initiative.  These efforts include constant adjusting of tactics, recalibrating priorities, addressing new challenges to campus efforts and engagement, and cultivating a wide network of peers, partners and programs.  All this complex web of efforts and strategies will continue to be needed to achieve the necessary changes , sustain them, and make the university a world leader in sustainability.  

 Review and Reflection Five Years In

o   Lessons Learned

o   Metrics that Matter

o   Refocusing the Vision

·         Overcoming New Obstacles

o   Shifting Trends on Campus

o   Combating Assumptions

o   Shrinking Resources

·         Achieving Success Across Silos

o   Universal Approach, Localized Application

o   Critical Communications

o   Eschewing Scope Creep

·         Community Connections

o   Expanding Local Partnerships

o   Best Practice Networks

o   Leveraging for Collective Impact





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 BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Support Group: 4:00-5:30 PM 
Announcements & Optional Discussion Group: 5:30 – 6:30 PM


 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htm


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Second Annual ‘Support Group’ for Greens

Learn about and experience the benefits of a ‘support group’

This event is offered for all who are upset about or at least discouraged by the lack of progress in preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and making civilization more sustainable.  Since last year the impact of fracking and the worsening of climate change, e.g., California drought and arctic warming,  may be of particular concern


What Is a ‘Support Group’?

  • ·        A support group is a proven method for helping individual participants feel better, despite many difficulties they have been facing.  This can happen just from listening to others – but  also from speaking.
  • ·        A ‘facilitator’ enforces certain ‘support group’ rules.  They are few and simple.
  • ·        Confidentiality is agreed to by all participants.  Therefore, many participants feel free to voice feelings that they may have only rarely or never shared about environmental degradation, overpopulation, peak oil, climate change, and activist responses to these things.
  • ·        Then, it is helpful to many participants, when they discover that more people share some of their feelings than they ever would have imagined.
  • ·        All  participants are offered an equal number of chances to speak.  But no one is required to speak.  And the facilitator will prevent any one participant from using too big a part of the time available.  The facilitator will also quash any criticism or other unhelpful "cross talk."  Sometimes, however, asking questions for clarification can be helpful and is allowed. 
  • ·        So, no criticism, argument, or proselytizing is allowed.  This group exercise is for "support” of the well being of participants, not of causes they may espouse.
Sam Hopkins will "facilitate" this event.   He has had several years of experience as a facilitator.   First, Sam will give a brief explanation like the above and answer any questions or concerns.  Then, attendees will be invited to participate. 

Support Group Guidelines Memo
If you would like more details about how a support group works, just sent me an email request at sbh@HopkinsAndAssociates.com.   We will also offer on June 6 a hard copy of the guidelines as a handout.  Feel free to ask for an electronic copy, even if you cannot attend the support group on June 6.
  
Round Table Discussion Afterwards

During the optional roundtable discussion period from 5:45 - 6:30 pm, you will no longer be restricted by the above support group rules.  So, you are free to critique your support group experience and the rules and to make other suggestions.  If you are interested in participating again, you can help plan the next one.  

Future Group Meetings

BGF (Baltimore Green Forum) is willing  to facilitate such a group on a regular basis.  The group will probably want to meet at times and places other than the regular BGF monthly meetings.   But a small group could meet at the church during a BGF event in a different room.  A small parlor room is available.   In any case, the consensus a year ago after the first Support Group on 5-18-14 was that we should offer one at least once a year.


Examples of Why Some Greens Can Benefit from a Support Group

If you want some examples of the above cited frustrations, anger, despair, etc., see one or more of these recent articles.  Do these help you articulate some of your own feelings?

Why I’m quitting environmentalism

About Paul Kingsnorth

Interview with Paul Kingsnorth

Feeling OK about the end of the world as we know it

Let this Earth Day be the last

Internal obstacles

 

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, April 26, 2015

4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

 http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

Topic:

A Unique, Holistic Approach to Sustainability at

The Johns Hopkins University:

The Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute

 Speaker: Katie Irgrec
Program Coordinator for this Institute

 

Addressing environmental challenges requires holistic approaches that cut across fields to understand causes and consequences of environmental change, as well as to develop sustainable solutions. The Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute (E²SHI) coordinates and encourages innovative, integrative and interdisciplinary research, teaching, policy and practice of environmental sustainability by leveraging the expertise of scholars from across Johns Hopkins University. Katie Igrec will provide an overview of the Institute’s work and highlight some of the research that aims to contribute to addressing environment challenges, including those in Baltimore.

 

For more information about the institute, visit http://e2shi.jhu.edu.    

 



  

BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM
a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, March 22, 2015
4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

Topic:
The Baltimore City Recycling Program

Speaker:
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Robert Murrow
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Coordinator, Baltimore City Recyling Program

Baltimore recycles almost 30% of its trash.   This is a complicated and challenging endeavor.   There are many questions which we have all had about recycling but never had the chance to ask when face to face with a person in charge of a huge and multifaceted recycling program.   Well, this is your chance to ask those questions.

For an overview of the Baltimore City program that is provided by the Maryland MDE click on:
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/RecyclingandOperationsprogram/EducationandOutreach/Documents/www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/recycling/Baltimore_City.pdf

For the website of the Baltimore City Recycling Program click on:  http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Recycling.aspx





BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, February 22, 2015
4:00-5:30 PM
'Round Table' Discussion 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
 

Topic:

What Is Killing the Bees?  What Can We Do about It?

 Speaker:Josephine D. Johnson, Ph.D.*

Pollinator declines worldwide have raised concern for future food security.   In the case of bees, factors such as invasive mites, pesticides, pathogens, nutritional status, and management practices have been implicated as causes of declines.  The neonicotinoid class of pesticides has received attention in Europe, Canada, and the US as being especially toxic to bees.   Dr. Johnson will explain rudimentary bee biology, the issues of declines,  the  toxicity of the neonicotinoids,  some of the  positive and negative outfalls of banning the use of these pesticides, and what the consumer can do to help.  

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 * Bio for Josephine (Jody) Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson graduated with a degree in toxicology from the Univ. of MD, Baltimore in 2012. For her doctorate she studied the sublethal effects of several pesticides (with an emphasis on the neonicotinoid imidacloprid)  on honey bees at the USDA lab in Beltsville under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Pettis. She established her own company, Cullaborate,  in 2014 to research pollinator health and raise pollinator awareness. Currently she is working on projects to increase pollinator friendly habitat in Maryland, to study urban pollution using honey bees as environmental samplers,  and to investigate the biophysical properties of plants during the pollination event.


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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM
a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, November 23, 2014
4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

T
opic:
Killing Us Softly - The Science and Politics of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Other Wireless Devices - and 100 Ways To Protect Yourself and Your Family
Speaker:
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Nancy Wallace
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The last twenty years have seen an explosion of wireless devices in our daily lives.  We depend on our cell phones, laptops, iPads, WiFi, e-readers such as Kindle, baby monitors, wireless headphones, wireless video game controllers, and home security systems.  Yet due to a scientific mistake in the 1970s by the Federal Communications Commission, their actual environmental and health impacts have been marginalized in our society, not covered by the media, and ignored in federal regulation.  One of the world’s largest industries, the consumer electronic device manufacturers, has exploited this mistake to stop further regulation in the US and education of the public.  Meanwhile, environmental and health activists, especially mothers, have created a self-protection movement around the world to stop the harmful and fatal effects of this wireless radiation.
 
What’s true in all this, and what can we do about it?

This presentation provides a fact-based, comprehensive survey of the science, politics, and self-protection (1) for wireless radiation-based devices.  (See more on each of these 3 topics in  footnote (1) below this flyer.)

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* Bio for Nancy Wallace:
Ms. Wallace has been a Maryland environmental and progressive activist for 40 years.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Safer Wireless (CSW), a national nonprofit created in 2009.    See:  http://centerforsaferwireless.us/   (See more about CSW also in  footnote (2) below this flyer.)
Nancy has worked professionally on endangered species, oceans, and population public policy at the national and international levels for 15 years with national environmental groups. She has worked in IT for federal agencies for the past 25 years.
 
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Footnote (1):   More details on science, politics, and self-protection:

Science – the basic physics of wireless radiation, how it affects living cells, and peer-reviewed medical studies showing harm to humans, plants and wildlife.  We’ll discuss the links to doubling of brain cancer, DNA damage to human sperm, correlation with childhood illness based on exposure during pregnancy, altered immune function, breast cancer in teenage girls, changes in glucose metabolism, and where to read more of the thousands of medical studies.

Politics - why the Federal Communications Commission is regulating wireless as a radio device, versus the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration.  We’ll discuss the role of the cell phone industry in suppressing warning labels for the public.  We’ll also cover the role of the Republican and Democrats in Congress prohibiting any lawsuits against the wireless industry for health damages; and the refusal of the FCC to respond to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ request for an overhaul of US safety standards.  Finally, we’ll see how the wireless industry, with the help of the Obama administration, is extracting tens of billions of dollars from our local taxes to fund large microwave exposure of our children in the nation’s public schools.

Self-protection – fortunately, activists around the world, especially mothers, have developed many simple steps we can take in our daily lives to dramatically reduce our exposure.  We’ll review the 100 steps you can take today or within a week, how to hook up with the grassroots movement, and where to find more information and resources.  We’ll cover cell phone safe use, how to evaluate devices in your life, and how to teach children to exist happily in a wireless-free environment.
 
Footnote (2): More about CSW
Center for Safer Wireless (CSW) is a national nonprofit
created in 2009 by four activist mothers who became concerned about this new threat to children’s health in the rapid proliferation of technologies producing radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RFR) without significant federal safety regulation. CSW’s mission is to educate all sectors of society on the risks and safer use of wireless technology (pulsed radio frequency radiation, RFR).  CSW provides accurate, unbiased scientific and medical information understandable to the general public, with practical steps for individuals to reduce their own RFR exposure.


BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, October 26, 2014

4:00-5:30 PM
Optional Discussion
5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/location-2/

NEW KOINONIA

A New Concept for Intentional Communities

Speakers: Paul E. Schoen and Robert Thomason

Intentional communities have been in existence for hundreds of years, but many have failed for various reasons. New Koinonia plans to include older proven concepts and evolving technology to provide a healthy alternative to the unsustainable lifestyles to which most people aspire, and may set an example for those who wish to live in harmony with nature and yet not totally abandon the comforts and frills to which we have become accustomed. This is a new concept which is still evolving and we invite everyone to contribute ideas and share in its building and continued existence.

Paul is a long-time member of the Baltimore Green Forum, The Sierra Club, and other environmental organizations, and lived and worked at the original Koinonia that inspired his dream. Robert supports the concept and is cultivating a nature preserve.

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, September 28, 2014

4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htm

Topic: Carbon Is Not the Problem

Speaker: Alan Hastings

Description

"Make no mistake, carbon is a problem, a big problem, and it is one which we absolutely must solve.  But it is not the problem, and
unless we solve the problem, we will not be able to solve carbon. Fortunately, understanding what the problem is not only strongly
suggests that we can solve the problem, but gives us some good insights into how to solve it."


Hint about what is the problem
Unlike Alan, the conservatives do not try to find a way around it. Instead they use it to oppose reducing fossil fuel use.  
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                                                                             Short Bio for Alan Hastings 
Alan Hastings has had two careers so far. The first, as a computer engineer began in the 1970s with the design and marketing of an earlydesktop computer, embedded computers for use in industrial process control, cryptography and medical systems.  His second career (and byfar the better) was as a full time parent, which left plenty of time for computers, Linux, music and pipe organs.  At a time when some people arechoosing to retire, he is embarking on a third career trying to make a difference on climate change and economic justice.




BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Special Event: 4:00-5:30 PM 
Announcements & Optional Discussion Group: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

 Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htm

 

Special Event: ‘Support Group’ for Greens

Learn about and experience the benefits of a ‘support group’

This event is offered especially for all who feel frustration about the lack of progress in preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and making our civilization more sustainable.

What Is a ‘Support Group’?

·        A support group is a proven method for helping individual participants feel better, despite many difficulties they have been facing.  This can happen just from listening to others – but  also from speaking.    

·        A ‘facilitator’ enforces certain ‘support group’ rules.  They are few and simple.

·        Confidentiality is agreed to by all participants.  Therefore, many participants feel free to voice feelings that they may have only rarely or never shared about the environmental movement, peak oil, climate change, the future, etc.    

·        Then, it is helpful to many participants, when they discover that more people share some of their feelings than they ever would have imagined.

·        All  participants are offered an equal number of chances to speak.  But no one is required to speak.  And the facilitator will prevent any one participant from using too big a part of the time available.  The facilitator will also quash any criticism or other unhelpful "cross talk."  Sometimes, however, asking questions for clarification can be helpful and is allowed. 

·        So, no criticism, argument, or proselytizing is allowed.  This group exercise is for "support” of the well being of participants, not of causes they may espouse. 

Sam Hopkins will "facilitate" this event.   He has had several years of experience as a facilitator.   First, Sam will give a brief explanation like the above and answer any questions or concerns.  Then, all attendees will be invited to participate in a support group session.

   Round Table Discussion Afterwards

During the optional roundtable discussion period from 5:45 - 6:30 pm, you will no longer be restricted by the above support group rules.  So, among other comments, you will be invited to give your critique of your support group experience.  If you are interested in participating in such a group again, you will also have a chance to help plan the next one.  

Future Group Meetings

BGF is willing offer to facilitate such a group on a regular basis.  But the group will probably want to meet other times and places than the regular BGF monthly meetings.   A small group could, however, meet at the at the same time and place in a separate parlor room that is available at the church.


Greens in Need

If you want some examples of the above cited frustrations, anger, etc., see one or more of these recent articles.  Do these help you articulate some of your own feelings?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/magazine/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-he-feels-fine.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1

http://www.thenation.com/blog/179375/let-earth-day-be-last

http://www.thenation.com/blog/179468/why-im-not-totally-bummed-out-earth-day

http://www.thenation.com/article/179460/change-within-obstacles-we-face-are-not-just-external

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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, April 27, 2014

4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM

  Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htm

Topic: The Cost of Carbon: An update on critical Maryland climate campaigns and discussion about putting a price on carbon

Speaker: Megan Jenny, Maryland Field Coordinator for Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)

Description

With its 3,200 miles of coastline, Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the U.S. to sea level rise and climate impacts. Given that, we should be leading the way in calling for strong solutions that move us towards stability, not for more polluting energy sources. CCAN uses grassroots action to call for the changes we need at the local, state, and national levels. Megan will give an update about the critical climate and energy campaigns happening now: both to pass bills in the General Assembly and to stop big polluters, like the proposed fracked gas export plant at Cove Point. She'll also lead a discussion about the environmental movement's views on putting a price on carbon as an important piece of the climate solution puzzle. 

 

 



BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

a monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, March 23, 2014

4:00-5:30 PM 
Optional Affinity Groups 5:30 – 6:30 PM


Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htm


Topic: What Johns Hopkins University is Doing to Set an Example for Sustainability

 Speaker: Ed Kirk, CEM, LEED AP 

Energy Manager & Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University


Energy reduction initiatives: conservation, efficiency and renewables
Water use reduction: rainwater use, reusing black water
Waste reduction, recycling and composting
Sustainable purchasing, investing, teaching, and operations
Sustainable partnerships with local design consultants, BGE, USGBC, etc. 
Every job is a green job, awareness initiatives
Faculty, staff and student engagement
Behavior change
Uncompromising standards
Eliminating the reasons for "no" and getting to "yes"
What has worked so far
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