Thursday, Feb 29 - 9-10 am - Better Buildings Coalition meeting supporting Better Buildings Act for Maryland new building electrification. Weekly until April. Email Doug Siglin for info and to get invite - Doug@bettermaryland.org. Senate hearing on SB1023 is March 4 at 1 pm (moved from March 1) , and in the house version HB1279 hearing is March 6 at 1pm.
Monday, March 4, starting at 1 pm Senate Hearing on Better Building Act in the Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment (EEE) Committee (delayed from March 1) . There will be a link to view under the Senate EEE committee on the MGA website when it goes live at or soon after 1 pm here and also will be broadcast live in this YouTube folder for MGA-EEE.
Tuesday, March 5, 2-3 pm - Zoom on key Maryland bills: Better Buildings Act, Empower, STRIDE and the Warmth Act for the Third Act Maryland Working Group. Long time climate guru Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, recently founded Third Act to build "... a community of experienced Americans over the age of sixty determined to change the world for the better". Join the Maryland Third Act Working Group here, and register for the zoom for the March 5th group meeting here.
(Note recording will be shared with those who register).
Tuesday, March 5, 5-6 - Electrify HoCo Meeting. Hop on our Zoom every other Tuesday at 5 p.m. to get caught up on all that's happening on electrification at the state and county levels. For Zoom link, email email@example.com
Wednesday, March 6, starting at 1 pm House Hearing on Better Building Act in the House Education and Environment (ENT) Committee. There will be a link to view under the House ENT committee on the MGA website when it goes live at or soon after 1 pm here and also will be broadcast live in this YouTube folder for MGA - ENT
Thursday, March 7 - 9-10 am - Better Buildings Coalition meeting supporting Better Buildings Act for Maryland new building electrification. Weekly until April. Email Doug Siglin for info and to get invite - Doug@bettermaryland.org. Senate hearing on SB1023 is March 1 at 9am, and in the house version HB1279 hearing is March 6 at 1pm.
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-12:30 - Empower Rally in Annapolis - A statewide buildings coalition is planning a fun and impactful rally for electrification and the Empower Act in Annapolis that will include music and costumed Houses and Heat Pumps, speakers and more. Plan come and join the fun.
This crucial climate and health bill will reform the Maryland EmPOWER program, which was created in 2008 to improve state-wide energy efficiency and is paid for by fees on our utility bills, by aligning it with state greenhouse gas reduction goals, increasing the proportion of services provided directly to Maryland households, mandating multilingual outreach, and enhancing transparency and accountability requirements for utility companies. To learn more, check out this op-ed from GHHI's Ruth Ann Norton & the Empower Fact Sheet. For more ways to get involved see this link. Email HoCoClimateAction@gmail.com to carpool from Howard County. Register here.
NOTE: AIM/PATH/ACT is meeting with staffers and legislators before and after the rally on Empower and a suite of affordable housing bills, 9:30 to 2. If you want to go the extra mile and join them, or others you’re working do, register for that here.
Saturday April 6, 9 am - 5 pm - Electrify DC's Healthy Homes Fair at the DC Armory (note: 9-12pm Professionals; 12-5 pm General Public) 50+ exhibitors address the needs of homeowners and renters of all ages with fun activities and lots of learning about how to use our homes as tools to combat climate change and live more healthy and comfortable lives. See exciting state-of-the-art technologies and products showcased at the Fair including air heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, induction cooktops, heat pump dryers, solar applications, geothermal applications, battery storage, EV chargers, electric mobility, insulation, landscaping tools and much more. Presented in partnership with the DC Department of Energy and Environment, the DC Department of Buildings and more.
Saturday, April 13, 10 - 3 pm - Greenfest at Howard Community College - SAVE THE DATE