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Electrify HoCo

Ongoing Next Steps Meetings

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Join us as we plan next steps to get County Council backing to incentivize new-building electrification in Howard County.

We will work on talking points to use for educating our County Council members. We also plan to set up teams to meet with our individual members. Please forward to anyone who may be interested in this campaign.

Check out our working docs: https://bit.ly/hocobuildings. Follow up resources from our original meetings is HERE.

coming Events


Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. - noon MCCC Mitigation Working Group Meeting via Google Meet: meet.google.com/myo-wkkb-wwz - Agenda: Review of revised draft of Buildings Subcomittee Recommendations.


Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30pm - Climate Change & Local Government: Community Solutions for a Global Crisis. This is the 4th of a series of Maryland Climate Matters panels, this time with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, and moderator Senator Sarah Elfreth. The panel will discuss how the Climate Crisis affects local jurisdictions and what residents and leaders can do to counter this threat.

Join on Facebook Live, at 6:30 PM — or, on MDP’s YouTube Channel.

Sign up here and you will be sent a link.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 Webinar: PFAS, Endocrine Distruption and Shale Gas Development - Join EHP and HHN as Dusty Horwitt, J.D., author of PSR's recently released report Fracking with “Forever Chemicals," discusses the evidence of PFAS within oil and gas operations, the problems with the lack of transparency, and the regulations needed to better protect public health. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” are widely used in many consumer products and industrial applications. Because of their chemical structure, these substances do not break down, which results in their accumulation in the environment and in the body. Health impacts associated with exposure to PFAS are many and varied. Hosted by the Environmental Health Project (EHP) and Halt the Harm Network (HHN). A recording of the event will be available in October 2021. Free registration here.


By Fri Sept 24 noon (or better ASAP) Register to testify Tues Sept 28 & Thurs Sept 30, 6 pm Offshore Wind Hearings - virtual held by Md Public Service Commission. It is critical that clean energy advocate signup to testify for 1-3 min. in favor of wind turbines 13-27 miles of MD’s coast. If you are willing to help drown out the voices of the detractors you’ll need to send an e-mail to susan.howard@maryland.gov ASAP or no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept 24 In the subject line, please include the phrase “Wind Speaker,” and within the text of the e-mail, indicate your name and the date on which you would like to speak. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the virtual meeting. Please do this as soon as possible to be able to testify early and go about your business the rest of the night. CCAN talking points here. Also you may want to sign up with the Sierra Club here, and they will share background information and talking points. See article on Offshore Wind here. The article is rich in reasons to support offshore wind and includes a quote from Sen. Van Hollen. Official announcement here. More here.

If you can’t attend a virtual hearing, submit a public comment instead! Comments submitted electronically must be submitted through the process outlined at www.psc.state.md.us/make-a-public-comment. All comments must include a reference to “Case No. 9666.” Written comments may also be submitted by first-class mail by November 19, 2021



Fri, Sep 24 - Sun, Oct 10 - Regenerative Communities Summit sponsored by TransitionUS.org. The Climate Justice and ReGenerative communities movement must accelerate the spread of regenerative and solidarity economy models and enterprises, providing credible pathways for divesting resources out of the extractive economy and into building thriving communities. Register on Eventbrite here.


Saturday, Sept 25, 3-6 p.m. National Drive Electric Day at Clarksville Commons, 12230 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 - Join us for the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week celebration at the Commons! Check out an assortment of EV makes and models and talk to current EV owners. Other green-minded organizations and businesses will be present to talk about their missions and offerings. For a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card, register to attend and complete a short survey. drawing terms and conditions. All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2021 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements. Register to attend.


Tuesday, Sept 28, ⋅7:00 – 8:00pm Climate Visioning Summit for MoCo sponsored by CCAN and MoCo350.org. The Summit is part of the Energy Foundation's (EF) process of developing strong, equitable climate policy goals for Maryland. Groups need to develop a strong climate agenda for the next MD General Assembly Based on this process Energy Foundation (EF) will develop legislation to introduce in the 2022 session. Join in and hear from these groups, their partners and local leaders, and participate in focus groups to build a strong climate platform. You could be part of shaping climate policy for decades to come! Speakers:

Del. Lorig Charkoudian and Green New Deal Youth Advocate Hashem Khan. Register for zoom here.


Thursday, Sept. 30, 3:30-8 p.m. All In: Fight for Safe, Healthy Food; Clean Public Water; A Livable Climate - Food & Water Watch Virtual Conference Featuring keynote speaker Amy Goodman, Host & Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, workshops and more. Register for a ticket here. Full schedule here.


Friday, Oct. 1, 12pm - Another Year of Weather Extremes: Outliers ... or Omens? webinar by Yale Climate Connections. Get more details here. Register here.


Saturday, Oct 2, 2:30-4 PM or Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7 pm, Join the CCAN Power Hour. Find out to how to make a difference as a Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) volunteer. Join the push for groundbreaking bills on the state level to electrify buildings with renewable energy, protect our coastal communities, and revolutionize public transportation. Come to learn about CCAN's work and new membership structure which will help you get involved NOW!

Zoom for Saturday, Oct 2, 2:30-4 PM here, or for Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7 pm here.


Thursday/Friday, Oct. 7 - 8, 1 - 5 p.m., Yes Fest - A Better World Rising, 2021 Two days of lively discussions about the solutions and ideas that go into building a more equitable and sustainable world. Inspiring speakers and panelists include: Vandana Shiva, Alicia Garza, adrienne maree brown, Dallas Goldtooth, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Amanda Alexander, Mariah Parker, and YES! co-founders Sarah van Gelder and David Korten. To register, pay what you can ticket from $0 up. Presented by YES Magazine


Monday-Friday, Oct 11-15 - People vs Fossil Fuels Week of Action in DC. Food & Water Watch, Build Back Fossil Free and others are joining a week of nonviolent civil disobedience to demand that President Biden end the fossil fuel era by stopping approvals of fossil fuel projects and declaring a climate emergency right now, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in November. The event will include Indigenous and frontline leaders, grassroots allies, people of faith, scientists, young people, and others. This is not a single march or rally, but instead a wave of action from October 11th to 15th with people engaging in peaceful civil disobedience and risking arrest outside the White House to a bigger spotlight on the demands. You can pick one day to attend, along with a required nonviolent direct action (NVDA) training the night before. Info and signup here and here.


Oct 14 - Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board - meeting every second Thursday. Info here.

Event series

June 23 -Sept. 15, 4-5:30 p.m., alternate Wednesdays - 2021 Climate & Sustainability Webinars with

Dr. Sara Via - Event Flier 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 different policies work to curb climate change?

Register at: https://climatecorner.org/webinars/

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


HoCo By Design - General Plan Update: Make your voice heard as Howard County explores ideas and draft recommendations for the new General Plan. Join the HoCo By Design team, either in person or virtually.

Key Dates and RSVP for Draft Plan Workshop Series

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6 - 8 p.m. Gary Arthur Community Center in Cooksville

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6 - 8 p.m. Gateway Building in Columbia

Wednesday, Sept. 1, noon - 2 p.m. Virtual Meeting #1

Thursday, Sept. 2, noon - 2 p.m. Virtual Meeting #2

Monday, Sept. 13, noon - 2 p.m. Virtual Meeting #3

Tuesday, Sept. 14, noon - 2 p.m. - Virtual Meeting #4


Mondays, Sept 20 to Nov. 29, 7– 8:30 pm

Weather Reports - The Climate of Now: A Series of Online Conversations Host - Cuppa Tea with Terry Tempest Williams, conservationist, activist and author with an amazing group of writers, activists, poets, filmmakers, and spiritual leaders in a series of conversations.

Free; required registration for each zoom.

September 20 Burning Testament to Climate Collapse -Lucy Walker, film maker Register

September 27 The Climate of Sacred Land Protection - Bernadette Demientieff, Gwich’in activist Register

October 4 -The Climate of Relationships and Intersectionality - Morgan Curtis, MDiv '24, climate activist and HDS student brontë velez, Black-latinx transdisciplinary artist Register

October 18 The Climate of Compassion for all Beings - Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School Register

October 25 The Climate of Grief - Victoria Chang, poet - Register

November 1 (live streamed) The Climate of Consciousness - Michael Pollan, writer - Register

November 8 The Climate of Resistance - Chloe Aridjis, award-winning novelist, Sea Monsters (2020) and organizer for Writers Rebel and Wanjira Mathai, Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute - Register

November 15 The Climate of Attention - Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker staff writer - Register

November 22 The Climate of the Future - Kim Stanley Robinson, novelist Register

November 29 The Climate of Community - Brian Kirbis, Theasophie, A Community Tea Ceremony Register