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A monthly environmental education and discussion forum

Sunday, Oct 29, 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/

 

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

 

 

Please RSVP by replying to this email or leaving a message at 410 935 8540, so that we can plan the refreshments.

 

 

The Baltimore Green Forum seeks to educate about 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 of other organizations that also seek sustainability and environmental protection. We thereby promote collaboration among these organizations and networking by all attendees. Next, there is a roundtable discussion until 6:30 pm. Finally, there is often a small gathering at a nearby restaurant. 

So, this Forum is a unique opportunity for in-depth exploration (2.5 hrs., if you stay for the roundtable) of cutting edge environmental topics and for networking with area activist leaders and groups.


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.

Please email us at BaltimoreGreenForum@gmail.com.

Please leave voice mail or text Sam Hopkins at 410 935 8540

Please see our website:  http://www.baltimoregreenforum.org

 

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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.

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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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