Advocacy 201: Talking with decision makers, writing comment letters and testimony
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Advocacy 201: Talking with decision makers, writing comment letters and testimony

Join Audubon Naturalist Society's event to learn how to go deeper on some key advocacy skills: how to write comment letters and testimony so your recommendations get heard and how to follow up with decision makers so they are not only heard but acted upon. We'll teach via role-play and skill-building practice sessions. Led by Eliza Cava and Bruce Gilmore.

$15 ANS members/$20 non-members 

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B'More Wild Festival
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

B'More Wild Festival

Join the National Wildlife Federation for B'more Wild Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 11am to 3pm at Carroll Park. This family-friendly festival will feature wild animals, live music by Stryker's Posse, a stilt walker, snow cones, pony rides, animal yoga and zumba, food trucks, field day games, and more! This free* festival is fun for all ages!

Purchase a B'more Wild Kids Acitivity Pass for additional fun! Each kids pass will be $3 in advance and $5 onsite, (while supplies last), and includes crab cookie decorating, face painting, and a "garden in a jar" craft.

*There will be a small fee for pony rides, the B'more Kids activity area, and the food truck.

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Choose Clean Water Conference
May
22
to May 23

Choose Clean Water Conference

The 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 23 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, PA.

Each year, the Coalition’s Choose Clean Water Conference brings together a comprehensive and diverse group of more than 300 people from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about the most important and up-to-date Chesapeake restoration issues, network with fellow Chesapeake Bay supporters and activists, develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals, and learn from successes.

Conference RFP Now Open!

The Coalition is currently soliciting proposals for 1-hour sessions and field trips. This unique gathering offers a tremendous opportunity to gain broad exposure for a wide range of issues facing the Chesapeake. Any person or organization with valuable experience is invited to submit an application to conduct a session at the Conference. The deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5PM.

Please find the RFP here.

With questions, please contact Kristin Reilly, 443-759-3409.

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Advocacy 202: Using free online tools and social media for organizing
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Advocacy 202: Using free online tools and social media for organizing

Led by Eliza Cava and ANS Communications & Marketing Director Caroline Brewer, this workshop will introduce you to the free organizing and communication tool that ANS uses (Action Network) and show you how you can use it for your grassroots group to maximize your communication with members, the public, and decision-makers. You will also learn how to use images and social media to amplify your message!

Learn more, register for all classes, and become a member at www.anshome.org/training.

$15 ANS members/$20 non-members

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Save the Date: Faith Climate Action Week
Apr
14
to Apr 22

Save the Date: Faith Climate Action Week

Celebrations, sermons, service projects, events, and nature walks will be held, all week, around the theme "Charged with Faith: Leading the way to a clean energy future."

We will be focusing on ways we can green our facilities and homes, take action locally, and advocate nationally for positive steps towards a sustainable, 100% renewable energy future. Join Interfaith Power & Light as we celebrate Faith Climate Action Week. Click here for information about how your community can engage with a whole week of Creation celebration and carbon-cutting activities.

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Water is Life (SERCAP)
Apr
11
8:00 AM08:00

Water is Life (SERCAP)

  • Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Program's annual Water is Life conference will be taking place April 11th in Roanoke, VA.  The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Workshops include a Pipeline Roundtable, Disaster Preparedness, and more! Find out more and register here.

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Community Organizing Summit
Apr
6
to Apr 8

Community Organizing Summit

The Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) invites grassroots groups, organizations, activists, and socially conscious folks who are interested in learning about the grassroots movement, especially those who want to resist the growing threat of oil and gas extraction to attend the Community Organizing Summit.

The goal of the Community Organizing Summit is to empower and strengthen grassroots activism with leadership training, coalition building, and outreach. For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-organizing-summit-hosted-by-the-agwg-tickets-43440355272

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Monthly Webinar: Can Environmental Rights Amendments to State Constitutions Help Protect the Bay?
Mar
27
11:00 AM11:00

Monthly Webinar: Can Environmental Rights Amendments to State Constitutions Help Protect the Bay?

Environmental rights provisions in state constitutions have previously provided few advocacy tools to protect the Chesapeake Bay. A recent Pennsylvania court case has significantly expanded the scope of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and will likely have far reaching impacts on environmental protection. Pennsylvania’s government now has a clear constitutional mandate to act to protect the environment. Environmental groups will also potentially have new tools to further water quality protection. This presentation will review Bay state’s environmental rights amendments and explore what the recent Pennsylvania court decision means for preserving and protecting environmental resources in Pennsylvania and throughout the watershed.

For more information, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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Taking Nature Black
Feb
28
8:30 AM08:30

Taking Nature Black

ave the date for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 8:30 am – 6 pm. That’s when the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and its partners will host the second Taking Nature Black Conference (TNB). This signature one-day event will be held at ANS’s headquarters, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. For a look back at 2016's historic inaugural TNB Conference, click here.

The Taking Nature Black 2018 conference will feature an all-day Jobs Fair, with networking and professional development components designed to attract college students as well as new and seasoned professionals in environmental fields. Thought-provoking, Ted Talk-style speaker presentations and panels with regional leaders will be scheduled concurrently.

Participants will include African American environmental affairs professionals, activists, and business owners, representatives of regional environmental groups, governmental bodies, as well as regional college students and graduates – all from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

A light breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be provided.

Don't miss this important event! For more information, contact Conference Chair Caroline Brewer at caroline.brewer@anshome.org

Register here.

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Nature For All
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Nature For All

In honor of Black History Month, the National Aquarium is hosting an evening centered on diversity in conservation. The featured speaker for the event is Dr. Mamie Parker, the first African American Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The evening begins with a complimentary reception featuring community groups on the ground connecting their communities to nature, environmental careers and championing action. Mingle with representatives of these local and regional organizations and discover ways you can get involved.

Click here to find out more information or to buy tickets.

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Webinar: Find Your Database
Feb
27
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Find Your Database

Member/donor databases are changing fast.  Old, beloved options are disappearing, and new online databases offer new capabilities – often at higher cost.  What’s best for your organization?  We’ll walk through a matrix to help you assess what you need, what you can afford, and (perhaps most important) what you have the internal capacity to use well.   

 

Baird Straughan Bio:

After a previous life designing databases for nonprofits, Baird has worked for the last twenty years consulting, training and research for environmental and conservation groups.  He spent 9 years as Associate Director at the Institute for Conservation Leadership, and the last 8 as the developer of the WaterGrass database for river groups.

For information on how to join this webinar, contact Kristin Reilly.

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Maryland EJ Screen Webinar
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

Maryland EJ Screen Webinar

Webinar: Mapping Environmental Justice in Maryland

February 21st 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Please join the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network for a conversation with Dan Engelberg, research associate at the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, to learn about a new Environmental Justice Mapping Tool for Maryland.  

Building off of tools like EPA's EJ Screen and California's CalEnviroScreen, this new mapping tool provides a more granular picture of the burdens impacting a community by using more local data and is customized based on the concerns of community members.  This tool was co-developed with the Maryland Environmental Health Network and the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the tool, receive a demonstration, and provide feedback for Dan and his team to consider as this map is built out further. 

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

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Forest Conservation Act: Rally Your Representatives
Feb
20
8:30 AM08:30

Forest Conservation Act: Rally Your Representatives

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Please save the date for February 20th! We are organizing a day where you can join with other advocates and community members to meet with your state senator and delegates in face to face meetings in their offices in Annapolis and talk to them about why they should vote for the FCA and why forests are important to you. More details to come, but please start to organize your members, contacts, networks, and anyone you think might be interested in seeing the FCA pass. For more information, please contact Ben Alexandro.

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Rally: No Potomac Pipeline
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Rally: No Potomac Pipeline

Come to Annapolis on February 15 to join concerned citizens of Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as we raise our voices in a rally on Lawyer’s Mall (in front of the State House), and then march to encircle the Governor’s Mansion!

Maryland has until March to issue a decision about TransCanada’s application to build a fracked gas pipeline under the Potomac River. That’s less than two months away, yet the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is giving no signs that they are conducting a full review of the proposed pipeline’s impact on our water quality according to the Clean Water Act. So, we are bringing our fight to Annapolis to tell Governor Hogan to protect Marylanders, and our regional neighbors, from the harmful effects this pipeline would have on the Potomac River and the drinking water for millions. 
 
Here are the details:
Who: You and concerned residents of MD, DC, WV, PA and VA
What: Rally at Lawyer’s Mall and then March to Gov. Hogan’s Mansion, where we will join hands and encircle his home to make sure he hears our voices!
Where: Meet at Lawyer’s Mall, State Circle - Annapolis MD
When: Thursday, February 15th from 6:00 - 7:30pm
 
RSVP to the Rally here!
 
Get On the Bus!! We will have a bus picking up and dropping off people at 3 locations. Price: Free! Limited Seating - Sign up for a Bus here

  • La Vale, MD
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Martinsburg, WV 

TransCanada wants to build a pipeline to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia, right through Maryland, tunneling under the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Residents of WV, MD, VA and DC have been raising our concerns about the dangers of this pipeline for almost a year now! We spent a summer hosting encampments along the C&O Canal. Over 350 of us joined hands across a bridge over the Potomac in October connecting Maryland to West Virginia. Over 300 citizens came to the MDE public hearing in December to express their opposition to the pipeline, while 100 came to the WV Dept of Environment hearing in January. And on January 22 we rallied outside the MDE hearing in Hancock, MD to boycott their process because they are ignoring our request to conduct an individual 401 water certification, which would most certainly deny this pipeline!
 
Maryland made history by banning fracking within our borders last year. But our state is not safe from the dangers of fracking in neighboring states. Let’s tell Governor Hogan to finish the job of protecting Maryland from fracking by protecting Maryland from fracked gas infrastructure.

For more information, please contact Brent Walls, Potomac riverkeeper.

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Delaware Clean Water Campaign Kick Off
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Delaware Clean Water Campaign Kick Off

The Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice campaign is a statewide education and outreach effort focused on securing funding for clean water. We support improvements to wastewater systems, flood reduction initiatives, innovative toxic and excessive nutrient removal technologies, and investments in drinking water quality. We need people like you, Water Warriors, to fight for clean water! Please join the Partnership for the Delaware EstuaryThe Delaware Center for Horticulture, and The Delaware Nature Society for a fun and informational campaign kick off event at The Delaware Center for Horticulture, with complimentary food and drinks while supplies last! There's plenty of free parking in the lot across from TheDCH!

Come learn about the campaign and how you can get involved, it's FREE!!

Register here.

More information on our efforts can be found at http://cleanwaterdelaware.org

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Delaware Wetlands Conference
Jan
31
to Feb 1

Delaware Wetlands Conference

  • Chase Center at the Riverfront (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for this two-day event where connecting science and communities to protect and conserve wetlands is our top priority! 

Wetlands play a vital role in our everyday lives, protecting our communities from flooding and erosion and boosting our economy. For the last 17 years the Delaware Wetlands Conference has served as a hub where wetland experts and enthusiasts from the Mid-Atlantic region gather to share the latest in wetland research, innovations in outreach and education, and the progress of conservation and wetlands policy programs.

Click to register!

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Virginia Conservation Lobby Day
Jan
22
7:30 AM07:30

Virginia Conservation Lobby Day

Virginia Conservation Network organizes Conservation Lobby Day each year to ensure a strong conservation voice is heard early in the legislative session. Volunteer advocates are invited to join professional staff of Network Partners as we meet with state legislators and encourage them to support environmental policy advancements. All updates about this annual event will be posted to vcnva.org/lobby-day

With questions, please contact Kelley Gallowina.

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Maryland Legislative Summit
Jan
18
12:00 PM12:00

Maryland Legislative Summit

Come for a informative afternoon with the Maryland environmental community!

Open to All - Free Admission
Workshop - 12-3pm - a half day bring-your-own-lunch workshop with advocacy training and conversations to go more in depth on upcoming environmental legislative priorities and network with fellow advocates!
Summit - 4-6 pm - hear from advocates and elected officials about Maryland's environmental legislative priorities, with Bob Perciasepe, former MDE Secretary and Deputy Administrator of EPA, as our keynote!

Happy Hour to Follow at location TBD

Where to Park: https://annapolisparking.com/parking-locations/

Register here

With questions, contact Ben Alexandro.

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Future Harvest CASA's Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference
Jan
12
to Jan 14

Future Harvest CASA's Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

Join us for three days of local farm and food workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities.

Interact during 8 pre-conference, skill-building workshops for farmers and their allies! 3 Free pre-conference trainings! 

Experience 6 conference tracks and 30 sessions and participate in our new Farmer-to-Farmer Chat sessions where you can come together with peers to problem-solve and get advice! 

Enjoy delicious farm-to-table meals, this once-a-year networking opportunity, the Foodshed Photo Contest, and the Farmer of the Foodshed Awards!

Click here to register

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Watershed Restoration
Dec
12
9:00 AM09:00

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Watershed Restoration

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Skeo Solutions will facilitate a one-day training for a limited number of Choose Clean Water Coalition members on December 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. During this training, we will review concepts of DEI, understand concepts of culture and cultural humility, build a shared understanding of the relevance of DEI strategies to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and identify opportunities and constraints for DEI within our work. If you are inserted in participating, please fill out this short application. The first 35 applicants will be accepted to attend.

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Maryland Water Monitoring Council 23rd Annual Conference
Dec
8
7:30 AM07:30

Maryland Water Monitoring Council 23rd Annual Conference

  • Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks and of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You'll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and at the post-meeting social.

Following the theme of this year's conference – Managing Water Quality in a Changing World – concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. Topics include:

  • Agriculture and water quality
  • Citizens science
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Communicating progress and successes
  • Leveraging data sources
  • New monitoring technologies
  • Stream restoration biomonitoring
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