APRIL 2012: GREEN events | Baltimore

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2012 National Main Streets Conference

Apr 1 – 4, 2012

Hilton Convention Center Hotel, Baltimore MD (map)

Rediscover Main Street. For more than 30 years, the people who have been investing, shopping and living in Main Street communities have been waiting for the rest of the nation to figure out what we have known all along – Main Street’s time is now. National retailers, most notable “big box” stores are shrinking so they can fit into urban areas and downtowns. A flurry of national “shop local” campaigns and media attention has put a continuous spotlight on small businesses and how important they are to the economy. Sustainability concerns and shifts in quality of life preferences are forcing sprawling development and super sized retail footprints out of favor. www.preservationnation.org/main-street/training/conference/2012baltimore/


2012 National Symposium on Market Transformation

Apr 1 – 3, 2012

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel: 2660 Woodley Road NW Washington, D.C. (map)

The Symposium will offer the opportunity for a diverse group of attendees to network, compare programs, learn about new MT approaches, and discuss the latest issues facing the energy efficiency and market transformation communities. www.aceee.org/conferences/2012/mt


Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program at promotional cost ends today

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012

The GCP will be available at a promotional cost of $75 until April 1, 2012. The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council proudly introduces the Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program. The program encourages sustainable practices in classrooms to further the mission of creating green schools for everyone within this generation. Green classroom professionals advocate for healthier, more environmentally responsible places in which to work and teach. With the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, the classroom will turn into a living laboratory, creating foundational awareness of greener lifestyles, energy savings, and environmental health in students and educators. http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/curriculum/Greenclassroom.aspx


Wind Works for Maryland Rally

Monday, Apr 2, 2012

Annapolis MD (map)

History shows that – in times of great need – big solutions often require big, creative actions by citizens like you and me. So here’s a request: Please come join hundreds of Marylanders on Monday night April 2nd as we form a “Circle of Support” around the Maryland State House in Annapolis to encourage lawmakers to embrace offshore wind power. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/423/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=73448


Spring Break Week Off Camp -Public Schools

Mon, April 2, 9am – Fri, April 6, 3pm

Irvine Nature Center, MD (map)

A whole week off school? Spend the week exploring the stream, searching under logs and learning about animal habitats. Children will take part in fun-filled activities including trail walks, games, crafts & animal encounters. Kids should wear nature-friendly clothing and bring a lunch. Ages 6-10. $250 members, $280 non-members (after-care available until 5 p.m. for additional fee) Winter 2011-2012 Programs at Irvine Nature Center. The phone number to register for all programs is 443-738-9224.


Volunteer with Audubon’s garden team

Mon, April 2, 9:00am – 10:30am

west of the boat lake in Patterson Park. (map)

Flex your green thumbs while helping us take care of native plant gardens in Patterson Park. We need volunteers to make sure they remain healthy habitats for the park’s birds, bees, and butterflies. Practice gardening techniques, learn identification skills, and spend a nice morning outdoors with friends and family. We’re happy to sign off community service hours for helpful students. Patterson Park Audubon Center 410.558.2473 or ppaudubon@gmail.com. pattersonpark.audubon.org


Proving Your Point: Researched Sustainable Strategies in Historic Housing

Mon, April 2, 12pm – 1pm

This is a part of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community research webinar series. 1 HSW/SD CEH. http://network.aia.org/AIA/Events/EventDescription/?CalendarEventKey=dca9b974-e0cb-47c1-9e86-3ad1d1cddeca


CSBA Green Mondays

Mon, April 2, 6pm – 9pm

CSBA: Chesapeake Sustainable Building Alliance. Green Mondays are first Mondays of every month! www.csballiance.org/pages/monthlymeeting.html


Healthy + High Performance Learning Spaces: Integrative + Green for Schools

Mon, April 2, 6:00pm – 8:15pm

Gilman Hall, Room #50, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 (map)

John Boecker is coming to Baltimore and has agreed to share his knowledge with us speaking on Healthy + High Performance Learning Spaces: Integrative + Green Design for schools! John Boecker, AIA, LEED Fellow, is author of highly acclaimed, The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building. John serves as a founding partner in 7group, an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary consulting firm focused on green and regenerative development. His architectural design work has been recognized with over 40 awards, and John has been an invited speaker and integrative workshop facilitator in 35 states and 14 countries. John has served as LEED Faculty since 2001 and he was appointed a LEED Fellow in the inaugural class of 2011. www.usgbcmd.org/Default.aspx?pageId=917685&eventId=468336&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Good Jobs, Green Jobs East Coast Conference;

Apr 3 – 4, 2012

Philadelphia, PA (map)

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Regional Conferences and take advantage of the opportunity to meet like-minded people and build coalitions to move us forward to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous economy. Join us in 2012 and demonstrate the strength of the green building industry by attending and/or sponsoring the conferences. www.greenjobsconference.org


Rainy Day Green Activities

Tue, April 3, 9am – 12pm

Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

During the spring shower season, join us as we share rainy day, eco-friendly ideas and create natural play dough, recycle old crayons and turn magazines into jewelry, coasters and more! Bring your broken crayons and old magazines. All ages. $15 members, $30 non-members. Please call 443-738-9230 for more details or 443-738-9224. www.explorenature.org/


Design Conversations

Tue, April 3, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Windup Space ,10 W North Ave Baltimore MD (map)

The Design Conversations are a monthly series of events loosely curated by a group of volunteers, focusing on rotating topics that are timely and engaging. These events are always free, always at the Windup Space, and now on the first TUESDAY of every month! Design Conversations are encouraged by the generous support of D:center Baltimore and Baltimore Community Foundation. Cash bar, AV hookup available for spontaneous presentations! www.dcenterbaltimore.com/


GBI Green Building Network Meeting

Tue, April 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Green Building Institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup, MD (map)

The general public is always warmly invited to GBN meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month, except for holidays, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Enviro Center. GBN meetings and activities will be announced through GBI e-newsletters and on the GBI web site. For further information, or to submit an event, please email Leslye@greenbuildinginstitute.org. www.greenbuildinginstitute.org/GBN.html


Deadline: ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects: Race to DC

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012

EPA invites all architects to team up, lace up their sneakers, and jump into the Race to DC! Help your region win the Race by submitting the most design projects that achieve ENERGY STAR. The winning region, projects, and A/E firms will be showcased at the AIA Convention in Washington, DC, May 17 -19, 2012. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_bldg_design.new_bldg_design


Vegetative Roof and Storm Water Management System Design Seminar

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012

Hilton BWI Hotel, 1739 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090 (map)

Join the most knowledgeable experts in the field of roof top storm water management and vegetated roof system design. Learn the latest information on soil selection and plant varieties for successful plantings, along with how to select the best roofing components. Register today! Contact Sherry Bowser, ACP, LLC, 410-737-2100; sherry@acpllc.com. Register no later than March 23rd.


LEED 260: Daylighting and IEQ Credit 8.1: Understanding the May (2011) Addendum & Achieving Success in Daylighting

Wed, April 4, 8am – 10am

USGBC MD Headquarters, 230 Schilling Circle, Ste. 132, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (map)

Join us for this engaging webinar session discussing the May 2011 addenda revisions to IEQ Credit 8.1: Daylight and Views- Daylight, and how these revisions are intended to help project teams earn the credit. Gain a deeper understanding of daylight best practices as our subject matter experts walk through examples and the available USGBC tools and resources. Upon completion of this webinar session, attendees will be able to articulate what changes were made to UEQc8.1, outline strategies for achieving the credit, and document credit achievement. GBCI LEED Specific and AIA 1.5 hours. www.usgbcmd.org/Default.aspx?pageId=917685&eventId=468614&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Deadline submission to EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

Friday, Apr 6, 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for its 11th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The award is open to both public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially and economically. Winners will be chosen from three categories, including Programs and Policies, Equitable Development, and Main Street or Corridor Revitalization. epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.


The Great Frederick MD Flea, RE-Merchant Market

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012

Frederick Eventplex, Frederick Fairgrounds. (map)

The NEW Venue for Selling Unique & REnewEd Objects! The only RE-ally Great Flea in the Central Maryland Area. Open to Micro Business, Vendors and the Public to Sell, Buy and Collaborate. RE-Sellers of Vintage, Collectibles, Found Objects, Outsider Art, Artisan Wares, Uniques, Antiques, Industrial, Shabby Chic, Re-purposed Goods of all descriptions. No new goods, other than artisan, handmade will be sold. No political or franchise vendors allowed. Monthly through 2012. March 3, April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4, October 6, December 1. Presently Taking Vendor Applications. Small Business Sponsorships also available. www.greatfrederickmdflea.com


Natural Egg Dyeing

Sat, April 7, 10am – 12pm

Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

Play with beautiful colors – made only with nature’s ingredients! All materials are included, just bring up to a dozen eggs and wear clothes that can get messy. All ages. Free for members, $10 non-members. Please call 443-738-9230 for more details or 443-738-9224. www.explorenature.org/


the 99% Spring

Apr 9 – 15, 2012

all across America (map)

April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to train ourselves in non-violent action and join together in the work of reclaiming our country. History is calling; it’s time to step up. http://the99spring.com/


Improving Energy Efficiency for Existing Buildings

Tue, April 10, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Kelly Gearhart, Triple Green Building Group, LLC. According to an ASHRAE Journal article, approximately 86% of building construction expenditures relate to renovation of existing buildings, & it is estimated that over the next 30 years that about half of the entire building stock in the U.S. will need to be renovated. Based on these statistics, it is clear that the greatest opportunity for reduction of primary energy in the U.S. is in existing buildings. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?uid=WPL_&eid=7114&mid=1859072&rid=153587044&rtype=mm


LEED GA Exam Prep Session 1 — Green Building and LEED Overview

Tue, April 10, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WPL Publishing Co., Inc., and Green Building Services, announces this valuable interactive webinar series- LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation. Registration for this multi-media LEED Green Associate exam preparation program includes: Four 1.5-hour webinar sessions PLUS the complete sessions recorded on CD and presentation materials. Approved for 6 AIA LUs. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?uid=WPL_&eid=7105&mid=1858249&rid=153587044&rtype=mm


Green Building Institute’s Youth ECo monthly meeting

Tue, April 10, 7pm – 7pm

ENVIRO CENTER, 7761 Waterloo Rd., Jessup, MD (map)

Actual HD video creation with http://www.ourtask.org! Join us to learn how, get involved & take action! Focus on video & outreach, snack & beverages! Focus is on filming outreach efforts for a rain garden installation/educational program at River Hill High School and an edible garden located on the UMBC campus by the main dining facility. Educators & students interested in sustainability projects are encouraged to attend. FREE with rsvp to 443.733.1234 info@greenbuildinginstitute.org


Deadline: Immortal Architecture Design Competition

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012

Design a building with an extremely long lifespan. The design must meet some special social need in its setting- in keeping with our interest in humanitarian architecture and design. http://tesseractcompetitions.com/current/


ENR Global Construction Summit 2012- Strategies for Growth in Global Markets

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012

McGraw-Hill Companies Headquarters ; New York (map)

The ENR Global Construction Summit will bring together industry representatives from the major construction markets around the world, as well as industry leaders in the U.S., to explore growth opportunities and investigate solutions to the most pressing global industry challenges. Join us as we focus on overall global strategies as well as interactive breakout sessions by geographic region. http://construction.com/events/2012/globalsummit/


Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation exam

Wed, April 11, 1pm – 3pm

Annapolis, MD (map)

www.greenroofs.org/index.php/eduprogram/grnroofpro-grp http://www.cvent.com/events/annapolis-green-roof-professional-grp-accreditation-exam/event-summary-85e96890ccd440eab95da4aa1f202e6a.aspx


Green Operation Series: Sustainability and Healthcare – What is the Nurse’s Role?

Wed, April 11, 2pm – 3pm

In healthcare sustainability, I hear a common complaint; not enough content is geared toward care givers specifically. This presentation is an overview of 4 important topics: waste reduction, energy reduction, toxic and biohazard materials, and responsible purchasing. Myths are debunked, participants will learn quick and easy strategies that focus on their own behavior (changes they can control!), and will help bring clinicians up to speed in the world of “sustainability know-it-all’s.” This presentation is NOT all about Fairview. It’s more of a common sense sustainability crash course for clinicians; the people at the bedside who want to make a difference, but to which sustainability is not their area of expertise. www.prolibraries.com/pgh/?select=webinar_register&conferenceID=1


LEED GA Exam Prep Session 2 — Sustainable Sites and Water

Thu, April 12, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WPL Publishing Co., Inc., and Green Building Services, announces this valuable interactive webinar series- LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation. Registration for this multi-media LEED Green Associate exam preparation program includes: Four 1.5-hour webinar sessions PLUS the complete sessions recorded on CD and presentation materials. Approved for 6 AIA LUs. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?uid=WPL_&eid=7105&mid=1858249&rid=153587044&rtype=mm


APA Annual Conference

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (map)

ReIMAGINE The City, ReIMAGINE Your Career, ReIMAGINE The Possibilities: Take a fresh look at the work you do every day and a first look at the challenges you’ll face tomorrow. Join APA in Los Angeles for the 2012 National Planning Conference: the world’s largest planning event with four days of unparalleled networking and learning opportunities. Hear from experts. Connect with colleagues. Pick up new skills. Move your career forward. Imagine the possibilities. www.planning.org/conference/


HCM’s 3rd annual Project Clean Stream

Sat, April 14, 9am – 12pm

Baltimore, MD (map)

The HCM (Hord Coplan Macht) team will be cleaning up the trail from Sisson Street to Falls Road and the area around the viewing platform over the Jones Falls. In addition to picking up trash, we are adding to the excitement with INVASIVES REMOVAL!! Bring your significant other. Bring your kids. Bring your friends. We are coordinating our efforts with the Friends of Stony Run, so that the entire stream and trail will be covered! Please rsvp to Julie, JHiggins@hcm2.com. www.hcm2.com


Howard County GreenFest 2012

Sat, April 14, 10am – 4pm

Howard Community College Galleria (map)

Saving the Environment One Yard at a Time http://countyofhowardmd.us/GreenFest.htm


Bowie Green Expo

Sat, April 14, 1pm – 4pm

Kenhill Center (former Bowie City Hall) (map)

Our world is changing and it is leading us to rethink how we live, work, and socialize. We need to live a greener lifestyle for ourselves and our future generations. Bowie Green Expo is dedicated to helping us all lead a greener life. We look forward to seeing you there. www.bowiegreenexpo.org/


Grow It, Eat It

Sat, April 14, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

This beginner course, “Container Vegetable Gardening – Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces,” is led by the Maryland Master Gardeners. Free for members, $10 non-members. Please call 443-738-9230 for more details or 443-738-9224. www.explorenature.org/


Spring Family Camp out

Sat, April 14, 6pm – Sun, April 15, 9am

Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

Experience a night under the stars! Pitch a tent at Irvine, head out for a night hike with us, do some stargazing and then enjoy a campfire snack before bed. In the morning, we’ll listen to the sounds of the forest waking up and share a light breakfast. Pre-registration is required; Irvine provides a limited number of tents (please mention if you need one when registering). All ages. For families of 4+: $20 members, $40 non-members. Individuals: $6 members, $15 non-members. Please call 443-738-9230 for more details or 443-738-9224. www.explorenature.org/


Deadline -7th annual Wide Angle Youth Media Festival

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

The 7th annual Wide Angle Youth Media Festival is seeking submissions from Baltimore City youth, ages 10-20. Our youth festival committee wants to know about your experiences growing up in Baltimore. Submit your individual or group media projects by April 15, 2012 to be a part of this year’s festival. Tell us who you are, what your life is like, what challenges you face, and what makes you proud to be a young person in Baltimore. This is your chance to shine, and to convey your life experiences to a large community audience. www.wideanglemedia.org/


Deadline for Proposals: 7th ENERGY FORUM on Solar Building Skins Economic Forum

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

ENERGY FORUM on Solar Building Skins: December 6-7 2012, Bressanone, Italy Solar architecture is part of an overall design approach based upon the interaction of energy, light, air and intelligent materials and systems. The main objective of the conference is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach among architects, engineers, scientists, energy managers and manufacturers, with the aim to reduce energy consumption while improving the comfort and health of the building’s occupants. Emphasis will be placed on the latest developments and innovations in integrated components for the building industry, in particular with regard to the use of renewable energy and multifunctional building elements. www.energy-forum.com/


Deadline: Global Green’s Citizen Entrepreneur Contest

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

Help us celebrate local green heroes with our Citizen Entrepreneur Contest. And nominate someone — or yourself — today. Nominate a Citizen Entrepreneur before April 15 and we will choose 10 finalists before opening up the voting online to the public. The winner will be awarded $1,000 to help fund their local green project — and get a chance to join our delegation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the UN “Earth Summit” in June 2012, where we will share the inspiring stories of citizen entrepreneurs on a global stage. http://globalgreen.org/citizenentrepreneur


The Earth Forum of Howard County

Sun, April 15, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

First Presbyterian of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD (map)

Third Sunday of the month, spring and fall. The Earth Forum is free and open to all Information. e-mail: earthforum@firstpreshc.org www.earthforumhc.org


7th Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

Apr 16 – 17, 2012

University of MD (map)

The path to sustainability is a journey. But what does it mean to move beyond the low-hanging fruit to create transformational change? How can we manage the tension between sustainability performance and campus growth? The Conference brings together attendees who are working to answer these, and many more questions. www.sustainability.umd.edu/content/community/sscc.php


BGW, Sustainable Speaker Series

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch (map)

Justin Martin, former staff writer for Fortune magazine and the author of Greenspan: The Man Behind Money and Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon joins Baltimore Green Works’ Sustainable Speaker Series to discuss Frederick Law Olmsted in Martin’s new book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. While Olmsted is best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Stanford University’s campus, he was also a Civil War hero, a fervent abolitionist, a social reformer, and an early voice for the environment. Presented in partnership with Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The Sustainable Speaker Series events are offered free and open to the public. http://baltimoregreenworks.com/events/sustainable-speaker-series/


LEED GA Exam Prep Session 3 — Energy and Energy-Related Indoor and Environmental Quality

Tue, April 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WPL Publishing Co., Inc., and Green Building Services, announces this valuable interactive webinar series- LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation. Registration for this multi-media LEED Green Associate exam preparation program includes: Four 1.5-hour webinar sessions PLUS the complete sessions recorded on CD and presentation materials. Approved for 6 AIA LUs. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?uid=WPL_&eid=7105&mid=1858249&rid=153587044&rtype=mm


International Workshop on Integrated Design & Delivery Solutions (IDDS)

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Ballston, VA (map)

The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) will be holding a one-day international workshop on April 18, 2012, to showcase global research, technology and innovative practices in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). www.nist.gov/el/cib.cfm


LEED Seminar Series

Wed, April 18, 8:00am – 5:30pm

Marriott Tyson’s Corner, VA (map)

Accu-Tech will be hosting (2) four hour courses- morning and afternoon sessions. Morning session (8-12:30): Energy Consumption Reduction Techniques – CPI, (8 -9:00am); LEED and Integrated Technology – General Cable, (9:10-10:10am) ; Green Initiatives for Data Center Infrastructure – TE (Tyco Electronics), (10:20-11:20am); A New Approach to Lighting: Low Voltage – Redwood Systems, (11:30am-12:30pm). Breakfast from 7:30am – 8:00am.. Lunch will be from 12:30pm – 1:00pm. Credits received: (4) Bicsi – RCDD, (4) Bicsi – NTS, (4) Bicsi – DCDC, (4) Bicsi – RITP, (4) AIA, (4) LEED AP, (4) LEED GA, (4) BOMI (FMA, SMA, RPA) Afternoon session (1-5:30): The Impacts of LEED Design on Wireless Communications – Corning DAS (1- 2:00PM); Converged Cabling: Data, Video, BAS & Beyond – Siemon (2:10-3:10PM); The Role of a Unified Physical Infrastructure in a LEED Gold Project – Panduit (3:20-4:20PM); Sustainable Practices and LEED – Leviton (4:30-5:30PM). Credits: (4)Bicsi – RCDD, (4) AIA (SD/HSW) Please join us at Shula’s American Steakhouse for “Green Scene” following the afternoon seminar for refreshments & appetizers. Morning Session- www.eventbrite.com/event/3041367813 ; Afternoon Session- www.eventbrite.com/event/3041694791 </a


USGBC Members-Only Webcast: April Addenda and Interpretations – What’s Changed and Why

Wed, April 18, 3pm – 4pm

Eligible for: Eligible for LEED credential maintenance under the “Live Presentation” or “Self Study” activity types


LEED GA Exam Prep Session 4 — Materials, Materials-Related Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation

Thu, April 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

WPL Publishing Co., Inc., and Green Building Services, announces this valuable interactive webinar series- LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation. Registration for this multi-media LEED Green Associate exam preparation program includes: Four 1.5-hour webinar sessions PLUS the complete sessions recorded on CD and presentation materials. Approved for 6 AIA LUs. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?uid=WPL_&eid=7105&mid=1858249&rid=153587044&rtype=mm


International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Training

Fri, April 20, 8am – 3pm

Talbot County Community Center, Route 50 at Easton Airport, Easton, MD (map)




Fri, April 20, 8:00am – 9:15am

USGBC MD Headquarters, 230 Schilling Circle, Suite 132, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (map)

Spend an hour with USGBC MD staff and chapter leaders to get to know us a little bit better, figure out how you can get involved. Propel this chapter and green building! This session is designed for new member, new employees of National Member companies and those companies interested in designating members or looking for sponsorship opportunities. www.usgbcmd.org/Default.aspx?pageId=917685&eventId=468578&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Application Deadline – Youth As Resources

Fri, April 20, 5:00pm

Youth As Resources, Baltimore’s youth-led grant making organization has funds available! Youth (up to age 21) in Baltimore who want to put their community building ideas into action are invited to apply for funding. Grants up to $3,500 are available for community organizing initiatives that are created and carried out by young people. (410) 576-9551. www.youthasresources.org/


What are the bees telling us?

Fri, April 20, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Waldorf Upper School / Yellowwood Community Center; 4801 Yellowwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209 (map)

free lecture, 7:30 p.m. For information and to register, call 410-367-6808


9th Annual Baltimore Green Week (BGW)

Apr 21 – 28, 2012

Each April, as Earth Day nears, BGW hosts Baltimore Green Week, a week-long series of programs focused on promoting environmental awareness and best sustainable practices in and around Baltimore. In an effort to highlight local resources, BGW partners with local businesses, organizations, and individuals who work to provide earth friendly and sustainable products and services to our community. http://baltimoregreenworks.com/events/baltimore-green-week/

BGW Ecofest

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012

Druid Hill Park, Baltimore MD (map)

Baltimore Green Week kicks off with a community celebration & outdoor festival, EcoFest. EcoFest is held each year in Druid Hill Park and is host to an all local line-up of musicians, food vendors, and nearly 100 local vendors and exhibitors who share our vision for a greener Baltimore. Attendees are also encouraged to take part in the free yoga classes, bike rides, kid’s nature play space and other workshops and activities throughout the day.http://baltimoregreenworks.com/events/baltimore-green-week/


What are the bees telling us?

Sat, April 21, 9am – 3pm

Waldorf Upper School / Yellowwood Community Center; 4801 Yellowwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209 (map)

Workshop with Gunther Hauk, renowned Biodynamic beekeeper & former Waldorf teacher. 9am – 12:30pm. Cost: $48 adults/ $38 students (pre-register or pay at door) Mini Bee Festival, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Talk in person with Mr. Hauk & shop with bee-related vendors; free / open to the public For information / / register, call 410-367-6808


 Junior Naturalists!

Sat, April 21, 9am – 12pm

Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

Spend Saturday mornings exploring nature. Junior naturalists take part in fun-filled activities including trail walks, nature games, stories, puppet shows, animal encounters and more. This program is a 3-part series, but you can sign up for individual sessions. Kids should wear nature-friendly clothing. Ages 6-9. $15 members, $30 non-members. Please call 443-738-9230 for more details or 443-738-9224. www.explorenature.org/



Sunday, Apr 22, 2012

In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to “force this issue onto the national agenda.” 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. www.epa.gov/earthday/history.htm www.earthday.org/


GEF’s end of National Green Week 2012

Sunday, Apr 22, 2012

GEF- Green Education Foundation. You have until Earth Day, April 22, to join the largest waste reduction campaign, so get started with one of the fun ideas below. Then, submit your activity for a Green in Action award! Organize a waste reduction program, Make crafts from recycled material; Start a recycling initiative in your classroom; Read environmental books to your students; Teach your students about green travel. The ways to participate are endless! You should also check out Green Energy Challenge lessons, easy school energy audits, and the Adopt-a-Plant contest. www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub


Irvine – An Earth Day Celebration for Families!

Sunday, Apr 22, 2012

Irvine: 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (map)

Kids Unplugged, Irvine’s “get outside” initiative, encourages children and their families to literally “unplug” from video games, television and other forms of electronics to participate in activities focused on Mother Earth. At Irvine, children can: make recycled crafts; throw seed “bombs”; play green games; take nature hikes and do other ‘active’ challenges; participate in sack races and animal bingo for prizes; meet the Plastic Bag Monster. It’s a great way for families to celebrate Earth Day together. Bring a picnic lunch a make a day of it! $10 per child. Free for adults and children under 2 years old. http://explorenature.org/experience-irvine/kids-unplugged


Designing for Eco-Dollars: Building a Sustainable Business Environment and Economy

Sun, April 22, 8am – 2pm

O’Callaghan Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis MD (map)

National Trust for Historic Preservation, AIA Maryland− The American Institute of Architects, & Annapolis Economic Development Corporation. On Thursday, March 22, attend two panel discussions designed to address key concerns of small businesses in today’s marketplace: economics and energy efficiency. At noon, explore issues related to rehabilitation, community development, and commercial revitalization during a luncheon presentation by Donovan Rypkema, a distinguished historic preservationist and economist. Cost: $45/workshop and luncheon; $35/luncheon only www.aiamd.org/March_22_Workshop_Registration_Form.pdf


The Baltimore Green Forum

Sun, April 22, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD (map)

Fourth Sunday of the month. For updated program info, baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com, 301-345-2234, www.baltimoregreenforum.org


Solar PV Installer Boot Camp Training + NABCEP Entry Level Exam

Apr 24 – 26, 2012

Baltimore MD (map);  www.heatspring.com/courses/solar-pv-installer-boot-camp-training–baltimore


April AIA COTE Meeting and Presentation

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012

AIA Baltimore Board Room (upstairs) 11 1/2 West Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (map)

An introduction to the Living Building Challenge- A Philosophy, Advocacy Platform and Certification Program for the Holistic Building. Join an inspirational discussion with Peter Doo, FAIA, LEED AP, founder and partner of Doo Consulting, LLC. He is a recognized leader in the sustainability industry with experience assisting companies and project teams in meeting their sustainability goals. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Baltimore City Sustainability Commission and is a member of the State of Maryland Green Building Council. 1 AIA/CES (HSW/SD) credit with registration. RSVP to baltimoreCOTE@gmail.com. www.aiabalt.com/cde.cfm?event=381055


Baltimore City Sustainability Commission Meetings

Tue, April 24, 4pm – 5pm

Department of Planning, 8th Fl, 417 E. Fayette St. Baltimore MD (map)

The Baltimore Commission on Sustainability holds regular monthly meetings usually on the fourth Tuesday of every month. All meetings are open to the public. The Commission is made up of 21 members representing environmental groups, community organizations, labor unions, public health and environmental justice interests, and private industry. www.baltimorecity.gov/Government/AgenciesDepartments/Planning/OfficeofSustainability.aspx


Commercial Green Building Tax Incentives

Wed, April 25, 12pm – 1pm

Eligible for: Eligible for LEED credential maintenance under the “Live Presentation” or “Self Study” activity types. www2.gotomeeting.com/register/232887018


BD+C 252: Water Efficiency & Innovation in Design

Wed, April 25, 4pm – 6pm

USGBC MD Headquarters, 230 Schilling Circle, Ste. 132, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (map)

Interested in furthering your understanding of the urban heat island effect and ways to reduce it? This session is designed to teach individuals about strategies useful in meeting LEED requirements in various credit categories. GBCI LEED Specific and AIA 1.5 hours. www.usgbcmd.org/Default.aspx?pageId=917685&eventId=468616&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Green Schools Initiatives in Baltimore City

Thu, April 26, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Hord Coplan Macht 750 E. Pratt St #1100 Baltimore MD 21202 (map)


GREEN BEATS-A Social Mixer for a Better Baltimore

Thu, April 26, 6pm – 8pm

The Red Maple, 930 N. Charles St. Baltimore MD (map)

Presented by Civic Works’ Green Projects. Are you passionate about making Baltimore a more sustainable city? Do you want the opportunity to mix with other like minded Baltimoreans? Join Civic Works? Green Projects for our new series, Green Beats! Dress to impress, grab a Sustainabili-tini, shake your bon bon on the dance floor, and chat it up with all of Baltimore?s sustainability minded movers and shakers. $5-$20 Donation encouraged; 21 and older. RSVP: www.GreenPartyforaPurpose.org



Friday, Apr 27, 2012

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April. www.arborday.org/arborday/


MD H2E Trailblazer hospital – Greening the Surgical Services

Fri, April 27, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Anne Arundel Medical Center with Practice Greenhealth (map)

AAMC replaced operating room surgical lights with LED lights and started a program to move from disposable single use medical devices to reprocessed and remanufactured devices. Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) presented Trailblazer Awards to five Maryland hospitals in November 2011 at a ceremony at the Environmental Excellence in Health Care conference. Each winner hosts an educational event highlighting their sustainable successes and showing how YOU can do it too! Attendance is open to all. However, priority will be given to hospital and health care employees when limitations occur. To register, send your name, title, facility name, e-mail, and phone to Englund@son.umaryland.edu.

Restoration and Renovation Fair

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012

Maryland Historical Society 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore (map)

Preservation Maryland; http://preservationmaryland.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/save-the-date-card-20121.jpg

Audubon Center Bird Watching, Tiny Tots and Children’s Day Events

Sat, April 28, 8am – 2pm

Patterson Park Audubon Center (map)

8:00 – 9:30 am; Urban Bird Watching Walk with Audubon; 10:00 – 11:00 am: Audubon’s Tiny Tots: Fabulous Frogs; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Día del Niño Children’s Day A Bilingual Family Event; 410.558.2473 or ppaudubon@gmail.com. pattersonpark.audubon.org

Webinar: Introduction to Perkin + Will’s 2030 e2 Energy Estimating Tool

Sat, April 28, 3pm – 4pm

Join us as Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will presents the 2030 e2 Energy Estimating Tool, which he and his team created to support the firm’s commitment to tracking and achieving the 2030 Challenge targets. 2030 e2 allows users to set target goals for four key areas: energy efficiency, green power offsets, on-site renewable energy and grid-supplied renewable energy, when designing new buildings or retrofitting existing ones. www1.gotomeeting.com/register/308100281?utm_source=January+Newsletter&utm_campaign=Jan12+Newsletter&utm_medium=email


CleanMed conference

Apr 30 – May 2, 2012

Denver CO (map)

CleanMed, the premier global conference on environmentally sustainable health care, will feature more than forty sessions and workshops, unlimited networking opportunities, and a dynamic exhibit hall. www.cleanmed.org/2012/speakers/default.php

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