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  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters Endorses Elly Tierney in Ward 1

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    For Immediate Release                                                                                 October 17, 2017

    Contact: Bob Gallagher, Co-chair
                      Maryland League of Conservation Voters
                      Anne Arundel Chapter Steering Committee
                      410.263.2417

    Maryland League of Conservation Voters Endorses Elly Tierney in Ward 1

    (Annapolis, MD)  Today, the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) announced its endorsement of Elly Tierney to represent Ward One on the Annapolis City Council.  Elly Tierney has years of experience as a corporate executive, small business owner, civic activist and leader. She will work for consensus and practical solutions to flooding, sustainability, over-development, housing and other quality of life issues.

    Tierney joins a slate of candidates Maryland LCV is backing in the city’s November 7th elections that also includes Mike Pantelides for Mayor and for City Council:  Kurt Riegel (Ward 2), Marc Rodriguez (Ward 5), Shaneka Henson (Ward 6), Rob Savidge (Ward 7) and Ross Arnett (Ward 8).  

    “We are pleased to support Elly Tierney and strong team of candidates in Annapolis that are committed to cleaning- up our city’s waterways, conserving its forestland, and ensuring development is responsible, ” said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, who headed the committee that conducted the endorsement process.  “Each understands that protecting the environment and our quality of life go hand-in-hand.”

    “This election affords a unique opportunity to make a healthy environment and sustainable growth priorities for the city.”    We encourage everyone who cares about conservation to go to the polls and vote on Tuesday, November 7.”

    The endorsements represent the first time that the Maryland LCV has been engaged in City of Annapolis elections. 

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    For almost 40 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of the environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON THE CANDIDATES FOR ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: WARD ONE

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    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 seven 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 seventh in a series that focuses on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Elly Tierney, candidate for Ward 1. See the ward map here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/940.

    Elly Tierney

    Elly Tierney is  a downtown Annapolis resident and business owner  where she and her husband own a Bed and Breakfast. Since moving to Annapolis she has immersed herself in local issues while falling in love with Annapolis’s unique appeal and character. As someone who has worked in construction for thirty years, she has a deep understanding of an aging city’s physical needs and the multi-discipline approach it takes to address them. Flooding, as-built deterioration, and sustainability of the downtown area while working with limited funds, are problems shared by many east coast historical seaside towns. She also believes that protecting our present historical fabric is not incompatible with economic and environmental possibilities for a more livable downtown.
     

    With a degree in Civil Engineering, she began her career at Turner Construction, a national builder and construction manager. She specialized in Preconstruction Management where she coordinated the efforts of the Architect, Owner and Subcontractors to produce a sustainable project design through to completion. More recently, Elly attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture with emphasis in Historic Preservation. 
     

    Elly recently completed a three year term as the elected president of the Ward One Residents Association. 
     

    She is a member of Historic Annapolis, Caritas, Downtown Annapolis Partnership, Spa Creek Conservancy, STAIR,  Citizen Review Board for Anne Arundel County Visitors Center, Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, and Annapolis Bed & Breakfast Association. She resides with her husband Joe Tierney on East Street. They have four grown children. 

    ELLY NEEDS OUR HELP

    Elly needs your help to win. Here is a link to Elly's website where you can volunteer your time and donate to her campaign: https://www.friendsofellytierney.com.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON 2017 GREEN CHAMPIONS: SENATOR PAUL PINSKY

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    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 Paul Pinsky, who represents district 22 in Prince George's County. 

    SENATOR PAUL PINSKY

    Hi, I'm State Senator Paul Pinsky from Prince George's County and I serve on the Education, Health, and Environment Committee where I'm the Vice Chairman. I want to say that the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is a very important organization. It plays multiple functions: it serves as an advocacy group, organizes people, mobilizes people, which makes life easier for us [legislators]. We can be the voice for those grassroots people. And for organizations were doing the good work around the environment.  But it also holds elected officials accountable by publicizes its scorecard. How people still in the issues and lets people know whether they should return to Annapolis or not and that's a very important issue. People want to elect people who take their time and we have to do what it takes to take them out of office and put more progressive people in. 

    Check out his video interview here.

     
  • SPOTLIGHT ON 2017 GREEN CHAMPIONS: Senator Cheryl Kagan

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    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

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    ​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 UNVEILS NEW AWARD FOR “GREEN CHAMPIONS” AFTER BANNER YEAR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Saturday, September 16

    For more information contact:

    Karla Raettig, Executive Director

    202-674-3174 (c), kraettig@mdlcv.org

    MARYLAND LCV UNVEILS NEW AWARD FOR “GREEN CHAMPIONS” AFTER BANNER YEAR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

    The Environmental Organization Also Releases 2017 General Assembly Scorecard

    Annapolis, MD – Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) unveiled its 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.

    The organization also released their 2017 “Environmental Scorecard,” which highlights the environmental voting record of all 188 legislators and describes the General Assembly’s overall record on those issues each year.  

    “Given the stunning attacks on the environment we are seeing nationally, it is more important than ever than Maryland’s elected leaders work hard to protect our air, land, water, and people; this year’s legislative session showed that Maryland will not back down protecting our natural resources. We’re also thrilled this year to recognize our Green Champions, who have led the way on environmental progress in Maryland and represent the future of political leadership in this state,” said Ed Hatcher, Maryland LCV Board Chair. 

    “Thanks to the Green Champions in the General Assembly, Maryland made tremendous progress during the 2017 legislative session, including overriding a veto of Clean Energy Jobs Act and banning the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing. We will build on our progress in the 2018 Legislative Session as we continue to make Maryland a leader on climate change,” said Karla Raettig, Maryland LCV Executive Director.

    Maryland LCV’s 2017 scorecard shows that, in an increasingly divided political climate, leadership in environmental stewardship can and must be a point of common ground. Maryland passed legislation that makes the state a leader in protecting our land, air, and water from the hazards of drilling, pesticides, and unnecessary antibiotics -- all with strong bipartisan support.

    “I am tremendously proud to work alongside of Maryland LCV and represent the great community of District 15 in Montgomery County. They are an essential resource for all legislators who want to be environmental leaders, and I am honored to be one of the Green Champions of 2017,” said Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo of the Maryland General Assembly.

    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. Maryland LCV has created an interactive map with legislative voting information, which provides Marylanders with contact information for their legislators.

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     Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land, public health, and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through legislative scorecards. A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for almost 40 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.

  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces 2017 Awardees for the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    For Immediate Release                                                    

    Contact:  Karla Raettig, MDLCV Executive Director

    202-674-3174 (c)  kraettig@mdlcv.org

    April 27, 2017                                                                          

    Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces 2017 Awardees for the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – In preparation for the largest environmental event of the year,  Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) announced the awardees for the 2017 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner. Maryland LCV bestows the Chesapeake Champion Award to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, awards the Legislator of the Year Award to House Chair of the Environment and Transportation committee, Delegate Kumar Barve, and the John V. Kabler Memorial Award to the 2016 Prince George’s County Promotores Class.

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. Serving as a watchdog, they fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Their motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. As CBF celebrates their 50th anniversary we thank them for their commitment to Maryland's environment and we are pleased to present them with the Chesapeake Champion Award.

    Delegate Kumar Barve has championed many environmental issues over the years that have helped protect Maryland’s air, land, water and people. This year, he is receiving our Legislator of the Year award for his work passing legislation to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Maryland.  While this was certainly the highest profile environmental victory this year, as Chairman of the Environment and Transportation Committee, he has helped guide many successful campaigns this year- from protecting pollinator habitats, to advancing the cause of clean energy, to ensuring sustainable oyster fisheries.

    Chispa Maryland’s 2016 Class of Environmental Justice and Action Promotores are 13 women who were selected to participate in Chispa Maryland’s highest volunteer program. Chispa’s Environmental Justice and Action Promotores elevates Latino leaders and offers training on grassroots organizing within our own communities while building relationships of respect and dignity with members of the community. Since their graduation, these 13 leaders have been working to bring environmental issues, education and activism to fellow Latinos and people of color in schools, churches, community centers, parks, and around our county.

    “It was a banner year for the environment in the 2017 Legislative session, thanks to the leadership of Chairman Kumar Barve. We are honored to award him Legislator of the Year for his passionate defense of the environment and his work to ban the dangerous practice of fracking,” Karla Raettig, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Executive Director.

    Please follow us on twitter @MDLCV and the hashtag #GreenAwardsMD to follow along during the event.

    John V. Kabler Memorial Award

    Established in 2001, the John V. Kabler Memorial Award honors the vision and accomplishments of John V. Kabler (1942-1996). Motivated to act on behalf of the environment in the wake of the Three Mile Island crisis in the late 1970s, Kabler inspired his environmental colleagues to become active in political campaigns. Together these leaders founded the Maryland LCV in 1979. Until his death in 1996, Kabler was a key leader of the Maryland conservation movement. Past recipients of the John V. Kabler Memorial Award include Governors Parris Glendening and Harry Hughes, U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski, Joseph Tydings and Paul Sarbanes, U.S. Representatives Wayne Gilchrest and Chris Van Hollen, Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh, EPA Administrator Russell Train, the Chesapeake Waterkeepers, former Maryland DNR Secretary John Griffin, 1000 Friends Executive Director, Dru Schmidt-Perkins, Maryland LCV Founders Nancy Davis and Ajax Eastman, Adam Ortiz, and the Central Maryland Beekeepers.

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  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AND PARTNERS GAIN TRACTION IN 2017 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   
    April 10, 2017                                                                        

    Contact: Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c)
    Email: kraettig@mdlcv.org
                                                       

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AND PARTNERS GAIN TRACTION IN 2017 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

    Maryland’s Environment Had A Banner Year

    Annapolis, MD – The Maryland General Assembly closed the 2017 session with powerful affirmations of the importance of protecting Maryland’s people and environment.  Maryland gained national acclaim by banning hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), as well as limiting the over-use of antibiotics in agriculture.

    The legislature opened its Session by overriding Governor Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, and then renewed its commitment to the clean energy economy through several other successful legislative efforts. The legislature reinforced our state’s protection of pollinators from dangerous pesticides. Many of these legislative victories included bipartisan support, demonstrating that in a state that values the environment as well as the economy, the environment can bridge the partisan divide.

    Maryland LCV is disappointed that the House failed to pass a task force to examine the Forest Conservation Act and how to best protect our State’s tree canopy, but will look forward to working with the with the House legislators assigned to examine this issue. Similarly, there is hope that a workgroup exploring concerns of plastics in our waste stream will set the stage for landmark trash-reduction legislation next year.

    “Every successful enterprise in Annapolis relies on a partnership of legislators and advocates – both the advocates in the halls of the General Assembly, and engaged citizens. The rise of local action groups in the last several months made a tangible difference in our ability to pass strong environmental legislation,” said Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland LCV. “Your calls and e-mails joined with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of voices from every corner of the state in support of strong protection for people, land, water, and air.”

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    The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through legislative scorecards. A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for almost 40 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.

  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG: STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR HOGAN’S SUPPORT OF THE FRACKING BAN

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

    March 17, 2017

    For more information contact:       

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org                                                                                               

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG:

    STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR HOGAN’S SUPPORT OF THE FRACKING BAN

    Annapolis, MD- Today, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters commends the Governor’s recent stance on supporting a full ban of the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland. He joins the bi-partisan effort of a ban after the Maryland House of Delegates passed the legislation with overwhelming support.

    We also want to recognize the tireless efforts of our legislators in the Maryland General Assembly, Chairman Kumar Barve, Delegate Shane Robinson, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Senator Bobby Zirkin and Chairwoman Joan Carter-Conway for their support of this bill.  This action would not have happened without the dedication and work of thousands of advocates from more than 140 organizations across the State.

    We look forward to working with the Governor and General Assembly to protect Maryland from this dangerous practice for the good of all Marylanders and the planet.

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  • MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG: STATEMENT ON THE FRACKING BAN VICTORY IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

    March 27, 2017

    For more information contact:       

    Karla Raettig, 202-674-3174 (c) kraettig@mdlcv.org                                                                                               

    MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KARLA RAETTIG:

    STATEMENT ON THE FRACKING BAN VICTORY IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Annapolis, MD- Today, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is honored to stand with the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition in celebration of the passage of the Fracking Ban through the Senate chamber with a bipartisan vote of 35-10.

    After the March 10th house vote, and with the Governor’s recent stance on supporting a full ban of the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, this cements the protection of all Marylanders against this dangerous practice.

    When we began working on this issue seven years ago, we knew this would be an uphill battle. Over the years since passing the moratorium in 2015, the science and policy are now in alignment to protect all Marylanders from fracking. This resulted from the enormous grassroots efforts of the Don't Frack Maryland coalition and our legislative leaders, Chairman Kumar Barve, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Delegate Shane Robinson, Chairwoman Joan Carter-Conway, Senator Bobby Zirkin, Senator Paul Pinsky, Senator Roger Manno, and others in championing this cause and blazing a trail for our neighboring states.

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