Top Five Energy Efficiency Apps

Did you know your smartphone can be a thermostat?

Energy cost is one of the biggest monthly expenses for American households. The first step to lower monthly bills is measuring energy consumption– but in the season of food, family and festivals, who has the time to track how long the lights are on?
Save energy without wasting time by using smartphone apps that not only monitor your energy use, but also help you shop for energy-efficient products and power off your appliances. It’s energy efficiency at your fingertips! (more…)

Maryland Residents Sought for Environmental Education Program

Seeking Participants for New LIFE Class that Begins in January 2018 The Legacy Institute for the Environment (LIFE) is seeking Maryland residents who are interested in learning more about environmental education,restoration, protection, and research programs, and who would like to help environmental nonprofit organizations in their stewardship activities. (more…)

Maryland Announces Recipients for the Value Added Producer Grant Program

Annapolis. The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) announced today the recipients of a total of $195,500 in grant award investments that will help a number of agricultural businesses with implementing value-added projects located in ten counties around Maryland. Out of nineteen project requests that were submitted in a competitive process, thirteen were selected for funding after a thorough review. These grants will assist the recipients in diversifying their businesses to include activities ranging from making cheese and ice cream to enhancing opportunities for agritourism. (more…)

Virginia Conference to Highlight Institutional Purchasing of Local Food

The local food movement that made farmers markets all the rage in recent years is expanding to large institutions in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, as hospitals, colleges and school districts buy increasing amounts of produce and meat from local farmers. The trend has the potential for major positive impacts for the environment and for the survival of small farms in the region. The nature of the trend, its hopeful signs and obstacles, will be the focus of the 13th Annual Conference, of Future Harvest—a Chesapeake Alliance For Sustainable Agriculture, Jan. 13-14, at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, VA. (more…)

Maryland Dog Parks, Historic Sites, Playgrounds and Fishing Spots

Whether it’s for a quiet hike through the woods, spending quality time with man’s best friend, catching sight of a bald eagle, the momentary thrill of shooting down a slide, (or better yet, a half pipe) we all have our reasons to spend an afternoon at the park. Luckily, no matter what your reason is, there’s a Maryland park for you. While you might think of park visits as a summer activity, it’s a great way to get out of the house and get a little exercise during the winter months and what could be a better way to see the colors of fall or the first buds of spring than a walk in the park? Even during the chillier months, Maryland Parks have the facilities to make your afternoon a little more than just a picnic on the grass. (more…)

Honey Bees find new home on Baltimore Green Roof

BALTIMORE, MD. – Tucked into Baltimore’s eastern warehouse district something new is growing. Lead by Green Roof Service and ADI Architecture and Design Inc. the former icehouse of Resource Conservation Technology welcomed one of the regions first Honey Bee oriented green roofs. (more…)

More than 15,000 lbs of trash removed from Deep Run Watershed

Jon Merryman

Jon Merryman is a usability engineer, training developer, and “Go Green Coordinator” at Lockheed Martin in Hanover. But when he is not at his day job, you can often find him walking along the banks of Deep Run on the Howard-Anne Arundel county line. Jon is a volunteer stream watcher for the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, a volunteer group that preserves, protects, and cares for the Patapsco River watershed. In 2011, Jon Merryman led the efforts to remove over 15,000 pounds of trash from the Deep Run/Piney Run watershed, proving one person really can make a difference. (more…)

CBF Report Debunks Myth: “Environmental Regulations Cost Jobs, Kill Business”

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—A recent Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report, titled Debunking the “Job Killer” Myth; How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region, examines claims that environmental regulations hurt the economy and finds them to be false. In addition, the report looks at the jobs that have been and will be created as a result of the Bay pollution limits, and finds that, especially during economic downturns, these regulations will stimulate job growth while cleaning the water, restoring fish and shell fish, and creating a healthy environment for our children. (more…)

Yearly Update from Coordinator of Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition

Thanks to the passion, dedication and sheer tenacity of Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition members across the state, we were able to defy the odds and make history this year with several groundbreaking achievements that have eyes across the nation focused on Maryland.
*First Environmental Literacy Graduation Requirement in the Nation. After years of hard work and passionate support by hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals, Maryland became the first state in the nation to approve an environmental literacy graduation requirement to ensure all public school students receive a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education. Efforts to implement effective environmental literacy programs in every county school system are now moving forward, so stay tuned and check out the new online environmental literacy resources. (more…)

New Report and Parent Guide Says Outdoor Play Time Will Enhance Children’s Sleep

Parents will tell you there are few things worse than a child who needs sleep. With the back-to-school season in full swing, many parents are battling the bedtime routine again, a source of frustration for many families. A new report and parent guide “Green Time for Sleep Time” from the National Wildlife Federation says between racing around on tight schedules and staring at electronic media for hours a day, a majority of kids are sleep deprived.