Support Forest Conservation Legislation in Maryland

A suite of three bills to tighten up the intents of the FCA is now before the 2019 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly. They are: “No Net Loss of Forest” (House Bill 120/Senate Bill 203); “State and Local Forest Conservation Funds” (H.B. 272/S.B. 234); and the “Forest Conservation Task Force” (H.B. 735/S.B. 729).  Read more by following the link to the Baltimore Sun oped by Dick Williams and Bernadette Roche, co-Leads for Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners, as to why this legislation is vital for wildlife and humans alike. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0222-forest-conservation-20190221-story.html

Third-Party Energy Supply Pros & Cons – Advice for treasurers and wardens:

Many of our Episcopal parishes and parishioners have chosen an energy third-party supplier. In Maryland, there are over 60 suppliers vying for our energy business. WYPR ran a good short overview of supplier issues. We’ve reviewed several parish utility bills and most paid significant price premiums compared to their local utility supply rates. It is possible to save versus your utility and even choose renewable energy supply, but tricky. Laurel Peltier — MEEP member— has been reporting about suppliers and suggests: Parishes can’t “set it and forget it.” Leaving regulated utilities for deregulated suppliers involves a business contract with expiration dates and cancel fees. Many … Continue reading

Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners supports Forest Conservation bill

SUPPORT – Senate Bill 234 – Forest Conservation Fee-in-Lieu Programs Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee – February 12, 2019 The above-listed organizations respectfully request a favorable report on Senate Bill 234 from the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. This bill would bring transparency and accountability to Forest Conservation Act fee-in-lieu programs, and ensure that the replanting requirements of the Act are satisfied when a developer pays a local government a fee in lieu of reforestation. Forest Conservation Fee-In-Lieu Programs Under the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), a developer who clears forests or trees sometimes occurs an obligation to replace … Continue reading

ESG Investing and Alternative Energy Talk at Friends School Baltimore Jan 8

Join Friends School of Baltimore on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30 pm in the Forbush Auditorium for an engaging discussion about community solar and sustainable investing. On hand will be representatives from Glenmede, the school’s investment management firm, as well as Clean Choice Energy, Climate Access Fund, Neighborhood Sun, Power 52, and Solar United Neighbors. Click below for more information and registration for this free event. https://www.friendsbalt.org/page/news-detail?pk=1054124&fromId=198037 Friends School of Baltimore 5114 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210

Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners are investigating Power52 Solar Farms as an option for diocese and parishes.

Jim Truby (co-Chair) and Laurel Peltier (Green Laurel) of the Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners have been working on a proposal to bring locally grown solar power from the solar  farm to a subset of churches and schools the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.  Read about Power52’s outstanding large scale solar farm operations, as well as their job training programs helping at-risk job seekers secure certification and jobs in the clean energy sector, in Green Laurel’s Fishbowl article from November 2017.

Tree Planting Funding Available

Our brothers and sisters in the MD/DE Lutheran Synod have again invited us to join in their native tree planting program celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation.  Please consider planting a tree, along with a care for creation ceremony, on your church grounds this spring or summer.  World Environment Day is June 5, and what better way to celebrate than planting a tree?  For inspiration, please watch the short film of the planting of the new Staff Garden at the Church of the Redeemer on Earth Day 2018.  Check out our page on tree planting for more information.