Bluewater Baltimore teaches how to warm your house while lowering you energy bill!

What: Bluewater Baltimore Free Green Workshop Learn tips on how to reduce and save money on your energy bills. Where: 3545 Belair Rd. Baltmore, MD 21213 When: Saturday December 15, 2012 from 10am to 12pm RSVP by calling 1-888-788-9943 or e-mail contactus@abeonagroup.com For more information, click the link for Abeona Group, Blue Water Baltimore, or Smart House Services. Continue reading Bluewater Baltimore teaches how to warm your house while lowering you energy bill!

Park Grants and Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants available for Spring 2013

  Partnership for Park Grants and Neighborhood Green & Clean Water Grants are available for Spring 2013. All Baltimore City community groups can apply. For more information, attend one of the above workshops. You must RSVP four days prior to the workshop you plan on attending by contacting Valerie Shane at (410)448-5663 x111 or valerie.shane@parksandpeople.org. Click here to learn how to apply. Continue reading Park Grants and Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants available for Spring 2013

West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

We are excited to share a few photos from the 17th Annual Greening Celebration where the Friends of West Baltimore Squares, the Sunflower Village Community Garden and local super-volunteer Mike Dorsey all won recognition for our work around community greening in West Baltimore neighborhoods. We all couldn’t keep working without the great support we receive from partners like the Parks & People Foundation, Power In Dirt, Civic Works, neighborhood leaders and residents in West Baltimore communities. Thanks for all your contributions to these great efforts! The 17th Annual Greening Celebration sponsored by Constellation Energy together with include REI, Open Spaces … Continue reading West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

Celebrate green jobs & sustainability with Chesapeake Compost Works this Friday.

Join Chesapeake Compost Works this Friday 11/9/12 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm for the Grand Opening of Maryland’s largest food scrap recycling facility, which will create jobs and promote healthier neighborhoods in Baltimore. Farmers, chefs, and local communities, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will be in attendance providing their remarks on how Chesapeake Compost Works play an important role in the region’s economic health and sustainability. For more information, click here. Continue reading Celebrate green jobs & sustainability with Chesapeake Compost Works this Friday.

Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden featured in video on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

In late August, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Communications Office staff came to Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School to film a rain garden installation performed by Parks & People Landscape Team and BRANCHES Youth Team which was designed by Hannah Bands, a JHU engineering student intern. Here is the video they created featuring Sasha Gallant from the school, Guy Hager with Parks & People, and Inez Robb, a Sandtown community member who has been involved with the community garden. The rain garden will soon be planted by the school students and BRANCHES. Continue reading Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden featured in video on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Who will have the Bloomiest Block? Bloom Your Block Judging & Competition this Saturday

Union Square’s friendly neighborhood greening competition – Bloom Your Block – is back again this Saturday! Join your neighbors in southwest Baltimore for a celebration of beautification and local pride. Donated plants and pots are still available for any Union Square residents still interested in joining in the competition. Judging takes place from 10:00 am to noon followed by a party in the park. Bloom Your Block Judging & Celebration Saturday, June 9, 2012, Union Square Park at Hollins and Stricker Streets Judging and Photos – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Celebration in the Park – 12:00 pm to 2:00 … Continue reading Who will have the Bloomiest Block? Bloom Your Block Judging & Competition this Saturday

Fighting the new mosquito in town with Integrated Pest Management

Thanks to Shannon LaDeau for a guest post on a new project being conducted by collaboration among Baltimore Parks and People Foundation, University of Maryland, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. For more information, contact Shannon LaDeau at LADEAUS@caryinstitute.org. This summer a research group from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and University of Maryland will be out in West Baltimore neighborhoods looking for the invasive Asian tiger mosquito. Researchers will be in your area this summer to help confront this menace – and will specifically be surveying alleys and yards for breeding habitat and knocking on doors in some neighborhoods … Continue reading Fighting the new mosquito in town with Integrated Pest Management

Watershed 263 Workshop: Greening to Improve Water Quality and Quality of Life

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive Enter on the ground floor, east side of Druid Hill Park at the rear of the building. Light lunch and networking to follow the workshop. Please RSVP to Anna_Evans-Golstein@bshsi.org. The purpose of this workshop is to assist community residents in Watershed 263’s eleven neighborhoods to better understand different greening techniques available for improving vacant lots, community spaces, and backyards (including existing green spaces) that can improve water quality and quality of life. Identification of resources available for community projects will be outlined. Technical resources will … Continue reading Watershed 263 Workshop: Greening to Improve Water Quality and Quality of Life

Chris in Hollins Market adopts a lot with Power in Dirt

Did you know that you can adopt vacant lots and turn them into green spaces? Baltimore City has streamlined their adopt-a-lot process and made it much easier! In our area, we also have the support of the hard-working Clean and Green team from Bon Secours. Every year, the Clean and Green team provides a one-time maintenance on around two hundred lots – changing the list of lots annually based feedback from residents like you. Taking over a recently cleaned and greened vacant lot is a great way to start a community green space after the initial work has already been … Continue reading Chris in Hollins Market adopts a lot with Power in Dirt

Trash Free Maryland: Support the Community Cleanup and Greening Act today!

Trash Free Maryland has distributed an Action Alert requesting our support for the  Community Cleanup and Greening Act! Read on for more information on this important legislation then check out their Action Alert to send your state representatives an e-mail with your support. If you work (or live) in Prince George’s County, please share your support for a Prince George’s County Bag Fee. Hundreds of neighborhood and stream cleanups are held in Maryland annually, and one of the biggest culprits polluting our waterways, roadsides, and trees are plastic bags. Removal costs for this litter add millions to county and state budgets … Continue reading Trash Free Maryland: Support the Community Cleanup and Greening Act today!