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  • SPOTLIGHT ON 2017 GREEN CHAMPIONS: Senator Cheryl Kagan

    On September 16th, we unveiled our first group of “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes lifetime scores above 95 percents and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years. The ten legislators honored this year are Senators Cheryl Kagan, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, and Shane Robinson. Each week we will shine a spotlight on our champions and showcase a video of them. This week is Senator Cheryl Kagan, who represents district 17 in Montgomery County.

    Senator Cheryl Kagan

    I’m Cheryl Kagan and I’m  very proud to be the Senator representing Gaithersburg and Rockville. I’m also very proud to have a 100% voting record and partner with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the rest of our environmental community. I serve on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs where we deal with many of the issues that affect our Chesapeake Bay and  our environmental quality. I am sponsoring the polystyrene ban bill again, bringing it back with Delegate Lierman, where it has already been banned in Montgomery county, Prince George’s county, D.C., the City of Gaitherburg,  and about 80 other jurisdictions. Let’s get it done. Here’s to victory in educating voters and making sure they vote in June and November in 2018!

    Check out her video interview.

  • Spotlight on 2017 Green Champions: Delegate Brooke Lierman

    ​On September 16th, we unveiled our first group of “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes lifetime scores above 95 percents and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years. The ten legislators honored this year are Senators Cheryl Kagan, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, and Shane Robinson. Each week we will shine a spotlight on our champions and showcase a video of them. This week is Delegate Brooke Lierman, who represents district 46 in Baltimore City.

    Brooke Lierman

    "As a mom and community advocate who lives in an urban area near the water, I know that quality of life goes hand in hand with the health of our natural environment. From supporting local stormwater remediation efforts, tree plantings, and innovative approaches like Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore to pushing for statewide trash-reduction initiatives like plastic bag and styrofoam bans, I am dedicated to cleaning our neighborhoods and waterways of destructive and unhealthy trash and ensuring we are leaving future generations a cleaner state."

    The scorecard is available online and includes records of votes cast on the floor of the House and Senate and in committees, along with past voting records.  Go to http://scorecard.mdlcv.org to see the scorecard and follow #MDLCVScore on social media. We've also created an interactive map with legislative voting information, which provides Marylanders with contact information for their legislators.

  • Maryland LCV Goes on a Field Trip: Tour of Perdue Chicken House and Compost Facility

    IMG_2161.JPGBy Dannielle Lipinski

    I pulled a long white smock over my plastic sealed boots and zipped it up to my neck as the late summer's rainstorm drummed against the curved metal roof above. I carefully put my ponytail into a hairnet and listened as we were told the various safety notices posted on the entry wall. The dozen of us looked ready to go into some scientific lab or microchip clean room. We were actually about to meet Perdue organic chickens on a farm on the eastern shore.

    It was a rainy Monday morning on August 7th when we were invited to a tour of Perdue Farms. Our first stop in the morning was at a farm in Henderson, Maryland where they grow organic chickens. We drove down the long gravel driveway to the long buildings that housed the chickens, we were greeted by Mike Levengood, Vice President Chief Animal Care Officer and Farmer Relationship Advocate and Steve Levitsky , Vice President of Sustainability.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON THE CANDIDATES FOR ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: MAYOR

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the sixth in a series that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to the current Mayor of Annapolis, Mike Pantelides.

    Mike Pantelides

    ​Mike Pantelides is a lifelong Annapolitan. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 17, he developed a love, care and sense of stewardship for the environment at an early age. As Mayor, he has carried that same devotion.  He has worked to stop oversized development such as the original proposal at Crystal Springs.  For the first time in the history of Annapolis and under Mayor Pantelides’ leadership, Program Open Space money was used to purchase land slated for development.  During his time in office, his administration has supported and passed a Forest Conservation Act as well as a No-Net Loss Ordinance that required any removal of trees to be replaced by new trees.  Also under his administration, an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance was passed.  This assured that public schools, roads, sewers, water for fire fighting, police and rescue response times are in concert with development and wouldn't cause unneeded stress on our community for the sake of development.  

    Mike believes that Annapolis must take the lead role in environmental protection and responsibility.  In today’s day and age, Mike realized that we must look to new and innovative ways to for renewable energy in partnership with private companies.  It is under his leadership that Annapolis will be breaking ground soon on the Renewable Energy Park.  This park will be the largest of it’s kind in the Nation, on a closed landfill producing clean and environmentally friendly energy for the city.   Not only will this park be environmentally friendly but it will also make the city money to the tune of  $4 million.  

    Mike NEEDS OUR HELP

    Mike’s administration has put our Quality of life first by ensuring that we as a community remain environmentally responsible.  If you would like to learn more about him, get involved in his campaign or make a contribution please visit his website www.mikepantelidesformayor.com

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 2

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the fifth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Kurt Riegel, candidate for Ward 2. See the ward map here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/940.

    Kurt Riegel

    Kurt Riegel is deeply involved in Annapolis civic life.

    He's worked as a member of the West Annapolis Civic Association board to improve his neighborhood and better connect its residents, and participated enthusiastically in the many activities that make Ward 2 and Annapolis a wonderful place to live.

     He has served on several city and county advisory commissions, and as president and board member of the Severn River Association, an organization devoted to protecting and restoring the Severn River watershed which includes Annapolis waters. He also served on Fort Meade's Restoration Advisory Board.

    As a member on the Severn River Commission, he’s provided advice to the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County on how their actions can best preserve, protect and restore the Severn River watershed — and its tributaries like Ward 2's Weems Creek and College Creek.

    Many of his formative years were spent in Maryland. After professional assignments elsewhere, ranging from California to the Netherlands, he has always returned to Annapolis.  He is an avid sailor and treasures the special place that Annapolis holds as a boating community and springboard to the larger Chesapeake Bay. 

    Kurt NEEDS OUR HELP

    Kurt needs your help to win. Here is a link to Kurt’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign and check for upcoming events: http://kurtriegel.com.

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 6

    Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the fourth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Shaneka Henson, candidate for Ward 6Ward 6 is mostly north of Forest and bounded by Truxton Park, Tyler Ave., President St., Janwall St. and Forest Hills Ave. See the ward map here:https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/944.

    Shaneka Henson

    A visionary and humanitarian from an early age, Shaneka Henson was born into a family that changes communities and impacts the world.  Her parents, both former pastors, have traveled across Africa using their gifts and abilities to help build the least-reached communities of the region, while serving underserved communities in Annapolis and surrounding areas as well.

    A native of Annapolis and resident of Ward 6, Shaneka has always been passionate about community service, dedicating her younger years to supporting missionary work and food pantry distributions in Annapolis.  Her eagerness to “pay it forward” transitioned into adulthood as she worked with at-risk and underprivileged children, raised awareness about pro bono services to the homeless, and collaborated with interested stakeholders to discuss and confront domestic violence issues.

    Inspired by her parents to follow her dreams, Shaneka pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Coppin State University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Baltimore.  Upon graduating, Shaneka was admitted into the Maryland Bar as an attorney in 2010 and has worked for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  Shaneka is currently a practicing attorney and mother to her middle-school aged son. 

    This hard-working Annapolitan keeps her finger on the pulse of the city and is deeply committed to creating change on issues that impact her community, including the environment.  With years of hard work and community service under her belt, Shaneka believes The Time is Now for new energy in Ward 6

    Shaneka NEEDS OUR HELP

    Shaneka needs your help to win. See Shaneka’s Face Book page for a link to contribute to her campaign.https://www.facebook.com/ShanekaHensonward6/

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 8

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.
     
    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
     
    This is the third in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. In this edition we will introduce you to Ross Arnett, candidate for Ward 8. Ward 8 includes most of Eastport. See the ward map here.

    ROSS ARNETT

    ​Ross Arnett has been working on behalf of the Eastport community for 14 years, first as a Board Member, and then President, of the Eastport Civic Association and now as Alderman for Ward 8.

    Ross retired from the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government after 32 years and with a national reputation as a healthcare economist with expertise in healthcare spending an insurance coverage.

    Before moving to Eastport, Ross and his wife Kathy, and son Ross, lived on Capitol Hill then Columbia and have always active in civic affairs.

    Ross spearheaded reforms to the City's budget process to improve transparency and increase accountability, passed legislation to promote responsible development and prevent overcrowding in our schools and protect our tree canopy, and pushed for improved public safety measures.

    During his three terms on the council, Ross has chaired at different times the following committees: Finance, Environmental Matters and Rules and served on the Public Safety and Transportation.

    “Our city will continue to face challenges in the next four years. I am ready to apply my years of experience to continue to find common-sense solutions for pressing issues facing Ward 8 and the entire city: Public Safety, the Environment, and Development.”

  • Meet the interns: Katherine Jeffreys

    My name is Katherine Jeffreys and I am senior in college from Hunt Valley, Maryland. I am studying political science and sociology at Boston based Gordon College, and hope to go into a career in law and policy. This year I am on the leadership team for Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF) at Gordon that focuses on advocating for environmental sustainability. ASF organizes events on campus, implements outreach, lectures, and also organizes an earth week to get other students involved in caring for the environment. I am also an NCAA athlete as I play for Gordon’s Division 3 tennis team. This summer, along with interning at Maryland LCV, I coach youth tennis at Mast Tennis Academy.

    I am from Hunt Valley, Maryland, in Northern Baltimore county and I care deeply about the environment. The Chesapeake Bay is a unique body of water that requires advocacy and careful policy. When a body of water is polluted and neglected, such as the Chesapeake Bay, the ecosystems and the people that rely on the food are greatly affected. In a chain effect, when runoff from people and corporations pollute the food sources in the Bay, the water and marine life is harmed, in turn harming those who consume the food. The toxins are spread affecting the overall health of the community and the thousands that depend on this water source for their income.

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 5

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.
     
    The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
     
    This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Marc Rodriguez, candidate for Ward 5. See the ward map here.

    MARC RODRIGUEZ

    Marc grew up spending his summers in Annapolis and completed part of his high school years at Key School.  The time he spent in Annapolis during his formative years had a profound impact, which Marc credits to his active involvement in the community. His passion for the environment started with time spent rowing with the Annapolis Rowing Club, which led to a successful tenure in collegiate rowing at the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in Economics.  This direct connection with the water instilled in Marc a lesson he will take with him to City Hall: protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay is essential to preserving our quality of life for generations to come.

    Marc has continued to be active in the community – he volunteers and serves on the boards of Seeds 4 Success, Monarch Academy Anne Arundel, Annapolis Opera, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, the Youth Advisory Committee at Arundel Lodge, and the VAAAC Chairman's Leadership Committee.

    Since January 2016, Marc has been working on Ward 5 and City issues with Alderman Jared Littmann. He has helped address key challenges facing our community, and is especially proud of two pieces of environmental legislation he worked on with Alderman Littmann: the Forest Conservation Act and the No Net Loss of Tree Canopy. 

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 7

    The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
     
    This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Rob Savidge, candidate for Ward 7. Ward
    7 goes from Forrest Drive to Tyler Avenue to Bembe Beach. See the map here.

     

    ROB SAVIDGE

    Rob has made his home in Annapolis for over 16 years with his wife Becca and son Whit. He fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay while earning his degree in Environmental Studies at Washington College, on the Eastern Shore. His career started with the Chesapeake Bay Program, supporting the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. From there he worked for a number of years in private consulting as an Environmental Scientist before starting his career with local government. That career started with the City of Annapolis, where he was the Sustainability Coordinator and  Environmental Compliance Inspector, reviewing development projects and authoring the City's climate action plan. Now he works for Anne Arundel County as an Engineer/Project Manager for stormwater management projects.
     
    Rob is known for "blowing the whistle" on the City when he observed that they were allowing developers to clear protected forests. He successfully lead an effort to protect the forests, and the City is set to turn the area into a new park. Subsequently, he worked with current Aldermen to develop legislation that strengthened the City's Forest Conservation laws, and worked to unite the environmental community in support of these efforts.