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September 8, 6-7:30 pm Free Online Comment-Writing Workshop for the I-495 Expansion Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Sign up for this free online workshop and write more effective comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the $11 billion plan to expand I-495/I-270 with four privatized, high-cost tollways. Please join National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) staff and representatives from the Rock Creek Conservancy, Audubon Naturalist Society and Maryland Sierra Club on Tuesday, September 8, to learn how to most effectively push back on Hogan's highway expansion plans, BEFORE the bulldozers start rolling over our parks, communities, and lives. The benefits to traffic are doubtful (at best) but the threats to six national park sites, dozens of local and regional parks, plus 30 miles of streams, 50 acres of wetlands, and 1,500 acres of forest canopy are very real. It’s not too late to voice your opposition and speak up for thoughtful, sustainable traffic solutions. The comment period ends November 9.  Register Now. Spread the word.


Wed Sept 9,  8 pm  350.org US Solidarity School - Register here. Monthly for 3 months Wednesdays at 8pm Info: USorganizing@350.org   Description:

Sept 9, 8pm: Defund, Abolish & Divest: Climate, Racial & Economic Justice

Oct 7, 8 pm: Protecting Votes & Building Power: Climate Justice & the Election

Nov 11 8 pm: From Recovery to Restoration: Holding Politicians Accountable & Organizing for a Just

Just Transition


Thur Sept 10, 7-8:30 pm - Maryland's Pipelines to Climate Chaos - HoCo Climate Action, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and MD Sierra Club are hosting a discussion about the planned expansion of fracked gas in Maryland, focusing on new pipelines proposed for the Maryland eastern shore and the upcoming decision on the interstate part of the pipeline  at the Board of Public Works, possibly on September 23.  Speakers include Anthony Field of CCAN, David Smedick of Sierra Club, and Susan Olsen of MD Sierra Club, Lower Eastern Shore. Sign up for zoom link here.  Facebook page here.


Mon Sept 14, 7 pm  HoCoClimateAction Advocacy Meeting.  Register at hococlimateaction@gmail.com.


Tues, Sept. 15th, 7-9 pm ET  - Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protests - Part 1 of a 4 Part 350 Activist Training- Learn how to be mentally and physically prepared for being on the streets protesting. We'll talk about: physical and mental self-care before, during and after an action, jail self-care, what to bring, what to wear, chemical weapons, controlling rumors, and spreading calm. 

Trainers: Kara Sweidel and Alice, 350 Seattle

Part 2. Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101 - Sat, Sept 26, 2-4 pm ET

Part 3. Digital Organizing 101 - Sat, Oct. 10, 2-4 pm ET

Part 4. Grassroots Year End Fundraising - Nov. 21-22 time tbd 

REGISTER for some or all HERE


Thurs Sept 17, 6-7:00 pm - MDE Hearing on the Intrastate Pipeline - Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Project   This is a Virtual Informational Public Hearing on water quality for the intrastate pipeline that is part of the Del-Mar Lower Eastern Shore pipeline project. To view or participate in the hearing, each participant must register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9170295720967923726 and directions will be electronically forwarded to the email provided.  Info here.   See info on Chesapkeake Climate Action webpage here and sign this petition to oppose the pipeline here.

RELATED TDB Date - October 2020 at the earliest - a Board of Public Works meeting on the MDE recommendation from the July 7 interstate pipeline hearing. The will be a result of the water quality hearing of the interstate part  of  the Del-Mar Lower Eastern Shore pipeline project. See:  https://bpw.maryland.gov/Pages/Meetings.aspx    See info on Chesapkeake Climate Action webpage here  and sign this petition to oppose the pipeline here.


Thurs-Sun,  September 17-20  - A-Z Tackling the Impacts of Plastic Summit!  The focus is on strategies, solutions and actions dealing with the impacts of plastic. On Thurs,the director  Stiv Wilson will join us for a special screening of the Story of Plastic. Friday will include a special Healing HeARTS and the Earth Night. Saturday, 10-2pm. there will be a panel, facilitated discussion and a  networking. Sunday, will be SOS! Simultaneous Solidarity on Sunday with art creations, and communities standing in solidarity. From the A-Z Impact of Plastic Team!  This event is on the private Campaign Network (News, events, groups, discussion, and tools to win the fight against oil & gas.) This forum is private to members, and anyone impacted or involved in efforts to halt the harms of oil & gas industry is welcome to join and participate in the discussion. Request to join at  https://www.thecampaignnetwork.org/.  Then see: https://www.thecampaignnetwork.org/events/a-z-tackling-the-impacts-of-plastic-summit


Mon Sept 21  10 AM  - Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) virtual meeting (webinar) to discuss new requirements to control methane emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. To get update and join the email list for stakeholders email randy.mosier@maryland.gov or eddie.durant@maryland.gov.    Join via  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/265572061 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679. Some info and suggested comments from EIP here. Agenda here.


Wed, Sept 23, 10 to 4pm - "Virtual People's Hearing on the Abuses of FERC" - Hear the stories of experts, advocates & people directly impacted by FERC’s actions, including granting pipeline companies the power of eminent domain for private gain, using tolling orders to keep pipeline opponents in legal limbo, and refusing to take into consideration the climate impacts of the shale gas infrastructure projects they approve. Witnesses will share stories about their personal experiences, documenting the many instances in which FERC has skirted critical regulations and laws, infringed on states’ rights, hired biased consultants, and ignored requests for transparency. These stories will demonstrate to Congress the need to reform this notoriously opaque agency. Info from Appalachian Chronicle here. Registration is required for the Webinar here: bit.ly/RegisterVirtualHearing


Wed Sept 23, noon   Discuss Proposition 1 on 2020 Ballot with Delegate Korman. Proposition 1 will be on the ballot in Maryland this November. It is an opportunity to finally allow the General Assembly to have real input to the budget. Delegate Korman will help us understand what it's really about and how to advocate for it. Many climate activists will support this as a way for the General Assembly to have greater influence on climate programs and priorities currently solely under Governor Hogan's Administration. To get more info or participate email - mdlegislativecoalition@gmail.com 


Thurs Sept 24, 2-4 pm - Meeting Mitigation Working Group of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MTG of MCCC). Join the public meeting online  at: https://meet.google.com/wpv-wxtk-brp

Sat Sept 26, 2-4 pm - Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101,  Part 2 of a 4 Part 350 Activist Training- Learn how to maximize remote organizing and engagement of new volunteers now and following the election with a focus on remote organizing & engagement.  Trainer: Amy Gray, 350 Colorado

Part 3. Digital Organizing 101 - Sat, Oct. 10, 2-4 pm ET
Part 4. Grassroots Year End Fundraising - Nov. 21-22 time tbd 

Tues Sept 29 noon-5 pm - Clean Air Act Symposium: 50 Years of the Clean Air Act - onlne symposium - To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act and the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments, American University’s Center for Environmental Policy, Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the American Lung Association are hosting a half day virtual symposium. See impressive agenda here which includes past EPA Administrators. Watch the short film “Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air" created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. Go in-depth with experts on a variety of clean air topics by watching the recent webinars. Free signup here.


Tues Sept 29, 6 pm - EPR and Break Free From Plastic Pollution with Sen. Tom Udall and Judith Enck, President, Beyond Plastics. Find out why the new Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (SB 3263/ HR 5845) is the gold standard of federal legislation to make meaningful reductions in plastic pollution in the U.S., and get answers to any questions you may have. Register here.


Thurs, Oct 1, 5 pm - This is the deadline for written comments to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on the Intrastate Pipeline - Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Project re: water quality for the intrastate pipeline that is part of the Del-Mar Lower Eastern Shore pipeline project. Submit comments to:  Mary Phipps-Dickerson at Mary.Phipps-Dickerson@maryland.gov . See CCAN info page here and sign petition again this Del-Mar Eastern Shore Pipeline project here.

RELATED TDB Date - October 2020 at the earliest - a Board of Public Works meeting on the MDE recommendation from the July 7 interstate pipeline hearing. The will be a result of the water quality hearing of the interstate part  of  the Del-Mar Lower Eastern Shore pipeline project. See:  https://bpw.maryland.gov/Pages/Meetings.aspx    See info on Chesapkeake Climate Action webpage here  and sign this petition to oppose the pipeline here.


Wed Oct 7.  8 pm  350.org US Solidarity School - Register here. Monthly for 2  months Wednesdays at 8pm Info: USorganizing@350.org   Description: 

Oct 7, 8 pm: Protecting Votes & Building Power: Climate Justice & the Election

Nov 11 8 pm: From Recovery to Restoration: Holding Politicians Accountable & Organizing for a Just

Just Transition


Sat, Oct. 10, 2-4 pm  - Digital Organizing 101, Part 3 of a 4 Part 350 Activist Training- Learn digital organizing basics, best practices, and get tips for ramping up your digital organizing game in preparation for the post-election influx. Email and social media strategy and top digital tools. Trainer: Sam Payne, 350 Massachusetts.

Part 4. Grassroots Year End Fundraising - Nov. 21-22 time tbd 



Thurs, Oct 22 - Howard Community College Sustainability Day - This will be online this year and is in planning stage. For information and to have input contact Bob Marietta, HCC Sustainability Manager, rmarietta@howardcc.edu


Wed Nov 11,   8 pm  350.org US Solidarity School - Register here.  Last in a series on Wednesdays at 8pm Info: USorganizing@350.org   Description: 

Nov 11 8 pm: From Recovery to Restoration: Holding Politicians Accountable & Organizing for a Just

Just Transition


Nov. 21-22 time tbd  - Grassroots Year End FundraisingPart 4 of a 4 Part 350 Activist Training - Learn how to plan your group’s end of year fundraising campaign. Tips and templates from network affiliates and info on running individual crowd sourcing campaigns. Trainer: Sonia Silbert, 350 VT   Register here.


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