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HoCo & MD Climate Events


SERIES of Events 

June 23 -Sept. 15, 4-5:30 PM -Alt Weds - 2021 Climate&Sustainability Webinars with

Dr. Sara Via - Event Flyer here.

June 23 Climate impacts on insects and native plants: Restoring biodiversity 

July 7 Natural climate solutions: Letting plants reduce atmospheric CO2

July 21 Don’t mess with the carbon cycle & the path(s) to “net-zero”

Aug. 4 Your carbon footprint and how to shrink it  

Aug. 18 Taming residential food waste

Sept. 1  Moderation in all things: Moving toward a plant-based diet

Sept. 15 How well do d

ifferent policies work to curb climate change?  

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Cosponsored by HoCoClimateAction, Live Green Howard, Transition HoCo & others


Tues, July 13 , 1-3 pm - Mitigation Working Groups Buildings Subgroup Public Meeting

This meeting will include a presentation by E3 on preliminary results for Maryland's buildings study. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and participate in the discussion. Agenda and login info here. Join with Google Meet, or join by phone (US) +1 662-450-4134 (PIN: 623689358)

It includes:

Maryland Building Decarbonization Study Presentation by the consultant Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) (45 minutes)

Open Discussion on Maryland Building Decarbonization Study (40 minutes)

Tues, July 13, 5 pm - MD LCV Town Hall with Rep. Steny Hoyer focusing on how the American Jobs Plan will put millions of people, and Marylanders, to work by making major investments in infrastructure, while also speeding up our transition to clean energy. Creating family-wage paying jobs and prioritizing environmental justice are at the heart of this historic policy. Info and login for streaming link here.  It will also be live-streamed on Facebook here.   More info on American Jobs plan here

Tues, July 13, 7 pm - Green Amendment Day: A Panel of Leading Environmental Justice Voices The first Green Amendment Day is a wake up call for environmentalists everywhere to come together in support of our right to clean water and clean air! Join a zoom presentation/panel of leading environmental justice voices from across the nation, united in ending environmental racism and restoring environmental justice through constitutional empowerment. Panelists include Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.  Details and register here

Thurs, July 15 - National Sunrise Movement Day of Action  - as part of this day Baltimore Sunrise is holding a rally to support a robust climate centered infrastructure package and civilian conservation corps noon-1 at 100 S. Charles St, Baltimore MD.  Details and registration here.  Search for other local actions here.  More on the National Day here.  

Thur July 15, 5:30 pm HoCo Green Drinks at Black Flag Brewing Company, 9315 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia md.

July 16, 17, 18 Special Online Viewing this Weekend - Dark Waters is a gripping thriller about a corporate defense attorney who risks his career and family to challenge a chemical company - exposing a lengthy history of pollution. It is also a true story! Trailer here.  Don't miss it. Sign up at:  Resources on the toxic chemical PFAS and fracking here.

Mon July 19, 3-4 pm Dark Waters Film Discussion  - Film discussion with Dusty Horwitt, author of the report Fracking with Forever Chemicals.  Transparency, the right to know, environmental law, PFAS, PFOA, working with victims of pollution, and fighting big industry -  these are all themes in the film Dark Waters.   Join to discuss themes in the movie with the knowledge that these chemicals have now been connected directly with fracking operations. Register for zoom link here.

Mon, July 19, 7 pm HoCoClimateAction Advocacy meeting - Josh Feldmark, Howard County Director of Community Sustainability, will answer questions about the new county climate planning process. And then we will gather comments and set priorities for our submissions to the county's request for comments on the plan. Comments are due July 30. See County Request for Comments here.  Email and specify 7/19 zoom link.

Tues, July 20, 10-noon - MD Commission on Climate Change Mitigation Workgroup Public Meeting via Google Meetings: -    Presentation by Buildings subgroup

Maryland Builidings Decarbonization Study presentation by E3

Tues, July 20, 6 pm - Carolyn and Meagan are inviting people from many HoCoEnvironmental Groups to a zoom to share comments on the county climate plan See County Request for Comments here.  

Email for link and specify 7/20 zoom link.

Thurs July 22, 7-8:30 pm - "How to write a Letter to the Editor" Training by LCV. 

Right now, Congress is negotiating legislation that could become the most significant federal action to combat climate change EVER. This could mean millions of good-paying green jobs, a pathway to 100% clean energy for the whole country by 2035, and a commitment to invest billions of dollars in Black, Brown, and low-income communities that have been hardest hit by the climate crisis. 

But the fossil fuel industry is fighting to block this historic investment, and we must make sure our members of congress listen to us! We have to push back with our people power, our stories! 

AND What has the climate crisis looked like in your neighborhood? What member of your family could benefit from a good, green job? Why do YOU personally care about environmental justice?

Your answers to these questions are a critical component of our campaign strategy. Members of Congress are going to be home in Maryland in August. Imagine what an impact it would make if every time they opened their local newspapers, they saw a Letter to the Editor from one of us telling them exactly why we need bold action on climate change. Don’t worry if you have never written a letter like this before. Don’t worry if you’re uncertain about what your story would be. Sign up to learn how to write a letter to the editor and how to get it published. Sign up here.

Mon, July 30 -COB Comments due to Howard County on New County Climate Plan

See County Request for Comments here.   Comments were initially due July 19, but the date was extended to July 30.


Thurs- Sat August 17-21, 10-6 pm - 7th Annual UMD Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium.  Register: The 7th UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities (#UMDejsymposium2021) will convene numerous community members, nonprofit organizers, and researchers for an in-depth examination of ongoing environmental justice and health disparity issues affecting the DC-Maryland-Virginia region. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be conducted virtually. This year's symposium will reprise many of the hallmark topics discussed in previous years (e.g., food sovereignty, climate justice, community organizing, energy equity, law and policy, and others) in addition to new focuses on Gender and Reproductive Justice, Indigenous Human Rights, Health Disparities in the Prison System, and more!