March 13, 2013
E.J. Pipkin, Environment, General Assembly, martin o'malley, Maryland, Septic tank, Sewage treatment, wastewater treatment plants
Maryland Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall
I am writing in response to Sen. E.J. Pipkin‘s letter to the editor in which he called me the state’s land planning czar (“O’Malley is waging war on rural Maryland,” Feb. 26). The senator may think such name-calling and his “war on rural Maryland” slogan is strategic for him. However, it is bad for rural, suburban, and urban Maryland. This type of rhetoric damages the “One Maryland” approach that has helped bind all of the state’s communities together for many years. As a matter of fact, the state provides more assistance per capita in rural counties than it does in the more suburban and urban counties in Central Maryland. More
February 27, 2013
Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Environment, governor o'malley, Maryland, md septics law, Mid-Atlantic
All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we live right on the water or miles from the Chesapeake, our actions have a profound effect on the Bay. More
February 22, 2013
Brookings Institution, christopher b leinberger, economic growth, Environment, Maryland, smart growth, Sustainable development
Trophy presented to awardees
The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission held its first annual Sustainable Growth Forum & Awards Ceremony on February 5, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. The focus of this first forum was economic opportunities created by smart growth.
Christopher B. Leinberger, noted speaker and author on sustainable growth and “walkable urban places” delivered the keynote address uinder the theme ”Economic Growth through Smart Growth: How Smart Growth Makes Economic Sense for Maryland.” Mr. Leinberger is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
View the videos and pictures from the 2013 Sustainable Growth Forum & Awards Ceremony at http://bit.ly/sgforum13.
June 8, 2012
bernie fowler, Chesapeake Bay, Environment, patuxent river, sustainability, wade in
As a young man in the 1950s, Bernie Fowler stood chest-deep in the Patuxent and was able to see his feet on the river bottom while netting blue crabs.
Senator Fowler held the first Patuxent “wade-in” in 1988 to assess whether he could still see his white sneakers while wading into the river.
This became known as the “Sneaker Index.”
This is a conversation with Bernie where he tells of his love for this river and his desire to see it restored for future generations.
May 10, 2012
Land Use, Planning, Smart Growth
Environment, Suburb, Suburbia, sustainable communities, Urban sprawl, Walkability
The following inforgraphic appears in the April 30, 2012 post, “Burbs Going Bust“ by Megan Jett, on the archdaily.net archictectural website. It tells the story of the dcline of the suburbs. The author says that “we should begin thinking about how to retrofit the suburbs for the needs of our changing culture, reinventing Suburbia as a sustainable alternative to urban life.” I found this to be a very effective use of data and charts as narrative. Enjoy!