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Now until June 12 - Send Comments to Oppose Charles County Compressor Station - Help STOP Dominion Energy's compressor station proposed for Charles County, Maryland, a gas compressor, part of Dominion’s Eastern Market Access Project, to Export Gas to Japan & India. Comments may be submitted in writing to Shannon Heafey, Air Quality Permits Program, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore, MD 21230, or .  Suggestions for  comments are at the lower half of the Amps Creek Council webpage (a local group opposing the compressor (here).   You can also submit comments via this Sierra Club form here.   

Tues  June 12, 6:30 Gather, 7 pm Movie and Discussion.  Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom, a new Sierra Club film with empowering stories from the clean energy front line. Hear directly how people are making our clean energy future.  Reinventing Power underscores the notion that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Location: HoCo Library, Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge MD 21075  Film trailer here.  Info and fact sheets here and here.   Sponsored also by the Maryland Sierra Club Energy Committee, and Sierra Club Howard  County Group.  Register here - or just come.  Reinventing Power on Facebook.

Thurs, June 14, 6:30 pm Ending Incineration:  Zero Waste Solutions in Maryland. Join people working towards sustainable trash and waste solutions.  Guest speaker Neil Seldman of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will discuss how communities across Maryland are organizing to end trash incineration. Incinerators emit more air pollution than coal plants, and have contributed to Maryland having some of the highest rates of asthma in the country. Location: Impact Hub, 10 North Avenue, Baltimore, Md   Co-sponsored by Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee and Greater Baltimore Group.  Info and registration here.  Flier here.  For those unable to attend the event in person, a livestream will be available through the Maryland Chapter Facebook page

Fri June 15  4-8 pm Rally to support the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,  1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Fri June 15  6:30 pot luck supper, move at 7 pm,  Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution - Move showing at Cedar Lane UU, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD.  After the movie a speaker: Armando Gaetaniello, MS, Neighborhood Solar.  If coming for supper please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share for 7 or make a small donation!  Sponsors: Cedar Lane UU Church, EJM, cosponsored by the Washington Ethical Society. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. In “Happening”, the director stresses the enduring power and value of a politically engaged citizenry,

Tues, June 19 - Maryland Commission on Climate Change Full Meeting, Maryland Department of the Environment, First Floor Conference Rooms, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230   Info here

Tues, June 19   7pm - Howard County Climate Action Planning meeting in Columbia.   RSVP

Wed June 20  8pm Plastics, Pipelines, Fracking and Our Planet   Food & Water Watch Webinar   Sign up here  -    Fracking doesn't just fuel power plants, it also provides raw materials to the petrochemical industry. While the public health threat posed by drilling grows more severe every day, the refining of petrochemicals is also an incredibly toxic process. We also know that much of this plastic ends up in our oceans threatening ecosystems and the environment. Join in the fifth webinar in our Climate & Energy Series. Food & Water Action will be joined by Biologist and Author Sandra Steingraber along with our allies Uwchlan Safety Coaltion and Texas Environmental Justice Advocate Services to examine how the petrochemical industry drives fracking, the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, and the transatlantic trade of toxic chemicals.

Fri June 22 9 -6, EPA Public Hearing on denial of petitions from  MD and DE asking EPA to cut down on air pollution from upwind states.   LOCATION: EPA,William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW,Washington, DC.  ID required to enter.  Info on how to testify at the public hearing here.  Written comments accepted  until July 23, info here.

Sat-Tues June 23-25, Crack FERC Open Actions  Washington, D.C.:  Beyond Extreme Energy convergence and actions, including as part of Poor Peoples Campaign mass demonstration on June 23 and at FERC (and elsewhere) on June 25: “There are cracks appearing at FERC; it is time to escalate.”  - BXE is planning a three or four day sharing/training, art-build and action in DC at St Stephen's Church 1525 Newton Street, Washington, DC. Sign up for this convergence and action. Information and registration here.

Wed. June 27, 10-noon - Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Mitigation Task Force at Maryland Department of the Environment, first floor meeting rooms, 1800 Montgomery Blvd, Baltimore MD.  The MD Sierra Club urges people to turn out to to help ensure that Maryland’s major plan to reduce carbon pollution 40% by 2030 includes robust measures to transform our transportation sector into a climate-friendly, clean, safe, and equitable system that works for everyone!.  Sierra Club info about this public meeting here.   Commission agenda posted closer to the date here, event here.

Thurs, June 28, 2018   7-9 pm - "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown"  Paul Hawkens defines Drawdown as:  "that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis."  He consulted  200 researchers and other experts from 22 countries and, they identified  the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions. Come for an intro to Pachamama's Drawdown Project based on Paul Hawken's work. Some participants may choose to continue learning by participating in a 5-session group this fall   Location for 6/28: Greenbelt Community Center, Room 103, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD RSVP requested but not required::    Invite Friends: 

Tues July 10 - HoCo Climate Action Foundation Night at Tino's Italian Bistro 10% of all proceeds including carryout, delivery and dine-in will be donated to HoCo Climate Action, so stop in for lunch, dinner, or a glass of wine. View menu here.

Tues, July 17 7-8:30 pm -  Solar information Session  in Columbia - Come to learn the  basics of solar and how with group buying you can save money.   Neighbors in Howard County are going solar as a group and getting a discount. Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, homeowners will receive exclusive pricing off the standard cost of a solar system.   Co-sponsored by the Columbia Association and  Civic Works/Retrofit Baltimore.  Info and registration  here.  Location: The Other Barn at Oakland Mills Village Center,  5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD

Tues, July 17 7-9 pm - High Tide in Dorchester Film showing and conversation with producer who will talk about  making the film and the issue of sea level rise.  The film is free, but you have to register for seats ahead of time at the opera website here.  Location: Havre de Grace Cultural Arts Center at the Opera, 121 N. Union Ave, Havre De Grace MD

Wed, July 18, 6 pm  - Speaker on the  No Eastern Shore Pipeline campaign  at Harford County Climate Action.  Location: 
12 Medstar  Blvd, Bel Air, MD, first floor conference room,

Sat July 21 - This Zero Hour - youth led demonstration in Washington DC.  The  Zero Hour movement center r the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support this vision) Info    Register here.  CCAN page here

Sat/Sun  Sept 8 and 9 - People's Climate Movement - We Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice  in California and across the country in advance of the  Global Climate Summit in CA starting Sept 12.  Sponsors:  Sierra Club,, SEIU, CWA, Green Faith and many more

Sept 12-14, 2018  California is hosting a huge Global Climate Summit - News Stories here and here. Local sister events - details TBD

Sun Sept 29 - Save the date: Washington DC Demonstration calling for a halt to the expansion of gas and oil infrastructure and for renewables now. For more information:

Wed Oct 24 10 am  National Campus Sustainability Day -  Howard Community College, Science, Engineering & Technology Bldg. Lobby, Outdoor event on Science Quad, Arboretum, and Nature Trails. 10-3,  Tables and workshops  

3-5 Sustainability tours

5-7 Sustainable food demonstrations and samples  Flier here.