Advocating for Environmental Justice in VA
Nov
27
11:00 AM11:00

Advocating for Environmental Justice in VA

As is the case across our region, Environmental justice issues continue to be pervasive in Virginia. The impacts are many, from proposed natural gas pipelines to coal mining and exposure to air pollution, coal ash, and heavy metals such as lead.

We invite you to join us on November 27 at 11:00 am to listen and learn from a collaborative effort of activists working to raise concerns of environmental justices taking place throughout the Commonwealth. Despite the creation of the Governor’s Council on Environmental Justice, this group has been fighting an uphill battle to restore justice in an effort to protect our rights to access clean air and water. Coalition members and partners will discuss their shared successes and challenges faced before local and state decision makers that impact our most vulnerable communities.

For information on how to access the webinar, contact Kristin Reilly.

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Maryland: Source Water Roundtable
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Maryland: Source Water Roundtable

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When:       Wednesday November 28th, 10 AM - 1 PM

Where:      University of Maryland Howard Extension, 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City, MD 21043

RSVP:        Email Ben Alexandro, balexandro@mdlcv.org

Keeping the water we drink clean and healthy is the number one water concern that resonates with Marylanders, yet we rarely focus on it. This event will compare the emerging threats to drinking water sources of the Potomac watershed and the Baltimore region. We'll scope out what is already being done and where the gaps are to protecting our watersheds and keeping the tap clean. There will be short presentations from experts from the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, etc. followed by an open round table discussion with you! This comes a day after Baltimore's big hearing exploring how the city can better protect the watersheds that feed the reservoirs that feed the 5 county area.  

As always this is a Free event! It is open to Choose Clean Water Coalition members, your board, staff, and any volunteers you want representing you.

Light lunch and refreshments included. (Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.)

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Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners Workshop
Dec
13
10:00 AM10:00

Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners Workshop

Learn the tricks of the trade from the Chesapeake watershed’s most successful conservation field people. If you want rural landowners to say “yes” to voluntary conservation practices and easements, this course is for you.

This workshop is designed for early-to-mid-career field outreach staff at soil conservation districts, land trusts—anyone working directly with landowners to help implement voluntary conservation practices on farm and forest lands. It explores the demographics and decision-making of rural landowners and perceived benefits and barriers of conservation practices and easements, and will assist field staff to cultivate and maintain stronger relationships with landowners to help them reach a decision to pursue conservation on their property. This workshop includes three 90-minute blocks of information and interactive learning, plus a working lunch. Workshop content is based in part on surveys and focus groups of conservation field staff identified by their peers as being especially effective at working with farm and forest landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices.

For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Jennifer Miller Herzog, Land Trust Alliance, jmillerherzog@lta.org, 406-580-6410. Registration is required; see below for details.

Thursday, December 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Farm and Home Center (Multipurpose Room), 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Register here.

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2019 Naturally Latinos Conference
Mar
27
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Naturally Latinos Conference

The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and its generous sponsors and dedicated partners are proud to announce the second Naturally Latinos Conference to be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD.

Attendees will experience thought-provoking presentations by regional and national environmental experts, enjoy the opportunity to network with leading nature professionals and be inspired to use the many strategies and tactics shared here to transform their local communities.

For more information, contact Conference Chair Serenella Linares at Serenella.Linares@anshome.org.

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Lessons from Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
Nov
15
3:00 PM15:00

Lessons from Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay

After 30 years of planning and investment, the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem is showing measurable signs of improvement. There are important lessons from the Chesapeake experience relevant to restoration of the Gulf of Mexico. Rich Batiuk has recently retired after 30 years with the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program where, as Associate Director for Science, Analysis and Implementation, he led the integration of science into multi-partner collaborative decision-making. Rich recently created CoastWise Partners with Holly Greening, former Executive Director of the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. CoastWise Partners provide no cost consulting on estuarine and coast restoration. Rich will share his experience in the Chesapeake with us in the Gulf of Mexico and answer questions.

To join the discussion, click on the link below or use phone numbers provided:

Zoom Video Conference Link:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://tnc.zoom.us/j/396151714

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16468769923, 396151714# or,

+16699006833, 396151714#

Meeting ID: 396 151 714

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Monthly Webinar: Activating Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts to Restore the Bay Watershed
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Webinar: Activating Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts to Restore the Bay Watershed

Webinar: Activating Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts to Restore the Bay Watershed

Presented by: The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

When: November 15th at 10- 11 a.m.

Mobilizing outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including sportsmen and women, is key to restoring the rivers and streams within Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Featuring results from their recently completed Pennsylvania poll, TRCP will do a deep dive into outdoor recreation enthusiasts’ views of state-level policies that help clean up Pennsylvania’s waterways and will share the most effective messaging frames to use when talking to this demographic.

During the webinar, TRCP staff will walk through the poll results, and the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Communication materials will be provided to webinar participants.  

To register, please click here. Feel free to forward this invitation to others in your organization.

For information on how to participate, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners Workshop
Nov
13
10:00 AM10:00

Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners Workshop

Learn the tricks of the trade from the Chesapeake watershed’s most successful conservation field people. If you want rural landowners to say “yes” to voluntary conservation practices and easements, this course is for you.

This workshop is designed for early-to-mid-career field outreach staff at soil conservation districts, land trusts—anyone working directly with landowners to help implement voluntary conservation practices on farm and forest lands. It explores the demographics and decision-making of rural landowners and perceived benefits and barriers of conservation practices and easements, and will assist field staff to cultivate and maintain stronger relationships with landowners to help them reach a decision to pursue conservation on their property. This workshop includes three 90-minute blocks of information and interactive learning, plus a working lunch. Workshop content is based in part on surveys and focus groups of conservation field staff identified by their peers as being especially effective at working with farm and forest landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices.

For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Jennifer Miller Herzog, Land Trust Alliance, jmillerherzog@lta.org, 406-580-6410. Registration is required; see below for details.

Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Augusta County Public Library—Main Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA 22939.

Register here.

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Clean Water Advocacy Workshop
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Clean Water Advocacy Workshop

Pennsylvania’s waterways are facing some of their toughest threats to date. From cuts in funding over the last 16 years at the state level, to the current dismantling of environmental protections at the federal level, it's now more important than ever for you to get involved in the fight for clean water.

That's why we’re inviting conservationists like you to join us for a workshop at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg on Saturday, Nov. 10 to learn how you can help to protect and advocate for Pennsylvania waterways in your community.

With decades of experience in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., staff from Trout Unlimited and PennFuture will host hands-on training, discussions, and presentations about ways you can advocate and use your voice to protect local streams, engage stakeholders, and speak with confidence to decision-makers and the media. Topics will include the Farm Bill, Pennsylvania’s stream upgrades, and other state and federal level clean water issues.

Following the morning workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with members from the General Assembly to advocate for your local waterways and practice the new advocacy skillset you have learned.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Wildwood Park - 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110, United States

Cost: This event is free of charge and lunch is provided.

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VCN's Northern Virginia Regional Meeting
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

VCN's Northern Virginia Regional Meeting

When: Friday November 9th from 11am - 2pm

Location: Marymount University Ballston Center (1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201)

This fall, the Virginia Conservation Network team is hitting the road - hosting regional partner meetings throughout the Commonwealth. The purpose of these meetings is to convene regional and local partners for a discussion on statewide and regional policy priorities and how we can strengthen regional coordination heading into the 2019 General Assembly session. RSVP Here

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Rafferty

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Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum
Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

Join NYLCVEF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition for a full-day conference on where the Chesapeake Bay begins and how the Bay is connected to the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed. The conference will feature special guest speakers and Coalition partners talking about local and regional efforts to protect the watershed. More details and the agenda will follow. 

Register here.

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The Trash Summit
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

The Trash Summit

This year’s Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore private sector leadership on issues of plastic pollution prevention. Join the conversation at the 12th Annual Trash Summit, and help shape regional solutions to the issue. This one-day event will feature presentations from experts, topical panels, networking with local leaders, discussion roundtables, best practices, information sharing, and more. Registration is now open.

For more information, click here.

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Maryland Fail Fest
Sep
27
10:30 AM10:30

Maryland Fail Fest

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We talk a lot about the successes of great projects and try to broadcast them to the world.  However, sometimes failure is the best teacher. Sometimes your beautiful rain garden gets mowed down. Sometimes an agency suddenly won't issue a permit for a project. Sometimes your coalition meeting with an important government official goes up in flames. Sometimes your grassroots engagement campaign falls flat. We can learn a lot from a failed project or program on how to overcome challenges and seeing what obstacles to avoid. 

This round-table will create a safe and private space to explore our failures in a positive and collaborative way. Come learn about when some coalition partners had BMPs, campaigns, or programs that did not go our way. Learn what went wrong and how you can avoid similar pitfalls in the future. We hope this will help us all overcome barriers and challenges in the future as we learn from each other in a constructive way. We hope to walk away from this round-table with tools, knowledge, and maybe even some action items on how we can leapfrog obstacles and reach that success we strive for. 

Free light lunch/refreshments included.  Email Ben Alexandro if you can make it and if you have any dietary restrictions.

After the round-table, we are holding an informal  'War Story' Happy Hour at R House to follow where we can continue the conversation.

 As always, this is free event specifically for Choose Clean Water Coalition member organizations. Feel free to share with your staff, board, or any volunteers you would like to officially represent your org at this round-table.   

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Virginia Environmental Assembly
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Virginia Environmental Assembly

Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues facing the Commonwealth. Each year, this conference is hosted in a different region of the state to highlight Virginia’s distinct natural resources. We’re excited to partner this year with William & Mary Sustainability to host the event in Williamsburg.

The weekend will feature the work of local organizations — including Preservation Virginia, James River Association, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation — to protect the historic and scenic value of the region, especially as we approach Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan. Topics to be discussed include sea level rise, environmental justice, pipelines, and Chesapeake Bay cleanup (see below for more information on featured panels).

Register today!

 

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