Jack was in goat heaven Oct. 7. He was up on his hind legs, happily eating the leaves off invasive vines in a wooded area near Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s East Towson substation at East Pennsylvania and Railroad avenues.
"The goats make quicker work of it, and, "it's a lot more (environmentally) sustainable," Hopkins said. "Goats aren't in there burning gasoline."
"Commissioned to settle a long standing boundary dispute between the Penns, the proprietors of Pennsylvania, and the Calverts, the proprietors of Maryland, the survey established the boundaries of what is now Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania."
Floating garden launched in New York’s Gowanus Canal.
A new “floating island” was launched recently in the canal in an attempt to clean the water. Landscape architect and urban designer Diana Balmori calls the project “GrowOnUS,” and the island includes 19 plant species living in metal culvert pipes filled with plastic bottles.
A newly formed environmental group is bringing surrounding neighborhoods together to draw attention to the need for more trees and open space — and to have a say in Baltimore County's development approval and comprehensive rezoning process.
"There is this rapid urbanization taking place in downtown Towson and we thought we could lend a voice that was previously missing," said Jacobs, who is a greening volunteer in West Towson."
The Essex-Middle River Civic Council (EMRCC) welcomed Baltimore County Council chairwoman Cathy Bevins as its guest speaker during the EMRCC’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Along with informing her constituents on upcoming legislation, she made it clear she wanted to let the truth be known on the highly debated legislation — Bill 53-15 — concerning a proposed outlet mall on MD Route 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).
On August 28, Blue Water Baltimore hosted nearly 500 students, faculty, and staff from Goucher College for a day of service in South Baltimore. Goucher Connects, a one day orientation event that connects first-year students to each other, faculty, staff, and community organizations in the Baltimo...
We asked the students, “was there a particular piece of trash that made you mad today?” Many students responded, loudly, with the types of trash that were found the most of on the shorelines which included, Styrofoam, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.
"In addition to the challenges of meeting existing infrastructure needs, growing urban populations and a changing climate require local governments to make additional, preemptive investments for the future of their communities, to plan and prepare for growth and sustainability."
The multistory parking garages rising next to Interstate 795 stand as the most visible signs of new construction near the Owings Mills Metro station.
just behind the car-centered structures, officials say development of a dense and walkable downtown is starting to take off — validating the idea of the transit-oriented development that was first proposed there more than 15 years ago.
The Baltimore County Planning Board is considering a resolution by County Councilman David Marks to create a special overlay zoning district specifically for downtown Towson as the county's urban center.
Several members of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations urged the board to table consideration of the resolution until they have a chance to study it closely, while others like Wendy Jacobs of the West Towson Neighborhood Association said, "We want to see more clearly defined open space requirements," as well as requirements for restrained lighting in development projects.
Chances that this new overlay would make the new vibrant and attractive Towson that most want to see, any more likely are dim. Most importantly, they won't make the path there more transparent, predictable and enforceable.
Towson communities have been on high alert for some time. One can expect a lively hearing tonight.
Carbon pledges from 147 nations to Paris climate summit ‘are not enough to stop temperature rise’, experts conclude
"A rise of 2C is considered the most the Earth could tolerate without risking catastrophic changes to food production, sea levels, fishing, wildlife, deserts and water reserves. Even if rises are pegged at 2C, scientists say this will still destroy most coral reefs and glaciers and melt significant parts of the Greenland ice cap, bringing major rises in sea levels.'
WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s most important conservation program will vanish at the stroke of midnight tonight, putting some of the nation’s most treasured parks, forests, and other landscapes at risk
The program’s termination means critical conservation needs estimated at over $30 billion will go unmet for now, increasing development pressure on parts of Florida’s Everglades, Petrified National Forest in Arizona, and more.
While we marvel at Nasa’s discoveries, we destroy our irreplaceable natural resources – so we can buy pre-peeled bananas and smartphones for dogs
Human ingenuity is on abundant display at Nasa, which released those astounding images. But not when it comes to policy. Let the market decide: this is the way in which governments seek to resolve planetary destruction.
Attempts to increase the fees that Baltimore County developers pay for open-space projects have stalled again.
Marks said a more comprehensive approach addressing fees in all county zoning districts is a better strategy. Quirk said the county first needs a plan for what kind of open spaces are needed, not only traditional parks, but also walking paths, wooded areas and other community amenities.
Too often, we build communities where walking is unsafe. That discourages physical activity, and is contributing to an epidemic of pedestrian deaths across the country. This leaves Americans with no choices about how to get where they need to go.
"Every cloud has a silver lining," reads the sign in developer David Schlachman's conference room.
"The PUD process has been turned into a means for a developer to get what it and the county government want, which cannot be built under current zoning, over the objections of the impacted communities, so long as the developer and government agree on a menial payoff to entice communities to sit down and shut up. That is not how the PUD is supposed to work."
"Green space in cities shouldn't be considered an optional luxury," wrote Charles Montgomery in "Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design." He points to an "explosion of research into the benefits of nature," which could include this summer's robust data by researchers in Toronto showing that living on a city block with 10 or more trees on it has the same benefits as boosting your income by $10,000 or being seven years younger.
"We are people in need of nature. Urban nature — not vacation nature. Not the woods, not off the grid, just a simple blurring of the lines. Climbing vines that soften the sharp cubist edges of all these brick buildings going up in Metro Centre. Greenery that soothes, rejuvenates and amplifies."
Two neighborhoods recently created a “Green Benefit District.”
The neighborhoods known as Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill recently established the country’s first Green Benefit District (GBD). Through the program, property owners will pay a small assessment that will go toward maintaining and improving parks, plazas, gardens, sidewalks and more.
'Chances that this new overlay would make the new vibrant and attractive Towson that most want to see, any more likely are dim. Most importantly, they won't make the path there more transparent, predictable and enforceable.
Towson communities have been on high alert for some time. One can expect a lively hearing tonight.'
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