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EPA Reaches Out to Communities of Color

The Environmental Protection Agency was established on Dec. 2, 1970 under Republican President Nixon in the wake of elevated concerns about the environment. On Oct. 28, 2016, the EPA released their 5-year environmental justice plan covering the years 2016-2020. What does the plan entail and how will it effect people of color? There is finally […]

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EPA Works to Protect All of America

The EPA-Environmental Protection Agency was established on December 2, 1970 under Republican President Richard Nixon’s administration in the wake of elevated concerns about the environment. On October 28, 2016, the EPA released their 5-year Environmental Justice-EJ strategic plan for advancing environmental justice for the years 2016-2020. What does the plan entail and how would that […]

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Gardening: A Healthful Medicine for Seniors

Over the past year, I have been active with seniors presenting hands-on environmental projects at nursing and assisted living facilities.  I know as an environmental educator, working with the soil through gardening exercises promotes all over good health for people and the environment. In today’s society, we as humans have detached ourselves from nature.  As […]

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Sioux Tribe Engaged in Sacred Environmental Battle

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota are reportedly engaged in a legal environmental and sacred battle against Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the D.C. District Court over a proposed oil pipeline that would run near their reservation – arguing that the pipeline […]

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Breaking Down Solar Energy Options

Many thanks to my readers!  I received several requests to summarize the difference between owning, leasing, or signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a residential solar system.  So here goes…. Owning A Solar System: Solar power systems can cost $15,000 to $30,000 before any rebates and incentives.  Once installed, the owners receive rebates, tax […]

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Baltimore Nature Center Built By Baseball

Did you know that Maryland is home of over 40 natural native nature centers?  One nature center in particular is linked to baseball. Cathy Allen Eddie Murray, a Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer, left an endowment to the City of Baltimore to open the first of its’ kind urban nature center, after he was traded […]

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How to Avoid G.M.O.s in Your Food

What are G.M.O.s?  Genetically Modified Organism (G.M.O.) is the result of laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.  Genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or human and are known also as “transgenic” organisms. Cathy Allen G.M.O. […]

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Buy Fresh Food from Local Maryland Farmers

Cathy Allen Did you know that Maryland’s largest commercial industry is agriculture? Producing billions of dollars annually in revenue for the state and employing over 350,000 people. But the average consumers in Maryland are not buying locally and not buying fresh from their local farmers. Today, Maryland has 100 farms over 7,679 acres of land […]

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The Greener Side of Real Estate

A few years ago, I was doing some research on how Maryland was leading the charge when it came to sustainable building practices and stumbled across millions of dollars in the form of: grants, loans, tax incentives, tax waivers and rebates from federal, state and local agencies for property owners and home buyers all in […]

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Grading Elected Officials on Environmental Issues

Did you know that the House Delegates and Senate elected officials are graded on their stance of environmental issues in Maryland? The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land and water. LCV holds elected officials accountable through a grading system […]

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