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Earth Day 2014

April 22, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year Baltimore County is celebrating Earth Day all month. You can participate by planting trees, conducting a do-it-yourself home energy audit, purchasing rain barrels, switching to renewable energy, and more. For locations, times and additional information for events, select any of the links below. 

Earth Month Events

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Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale
On May 3, Baltimore County will host a compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale in White Marsh.

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Big Trees Sale Event
On May 10, residents can purchase native trees for planting on private property at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture. Residents can pre-order Big Trees through an online order form.

Prettyboy Day
Baltimore County is partnering with Baltimore City and the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance to host a celebration of our reservoirs and watershed lands. Exhibits, live music, food, tours of the dam, wildlife and prizes are all a part of the event. The event will take place May 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Prettyboy Dam located at 18100 Prettyboy Dam Road, Parkton, Maryland. 21120. For more information, please contact 410-545-6541 or email Baltimore City Public Works at publicworks@baltimorecity.gov.

Reforestation for Rural and Urban Properties
The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is interested in working with citizens and communities to increase our tree canopy through rural and urban (street-side) reforestation plantings. Reforestation projects include free planting design, the installation of County-purchased trees and tree shelters, and a maintenance period.

Clean Green 15
Take part in 15-minute trash pick-ups in any area of the County. These are quick, informal volunteer clean-ups for your group or family to pick up litter in a messy area near you. You determine the times and location, and then tell us how much you picked up! We’ll track the amount of trash collected as part of EPS's Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. Help us help the bay!

Environmental News and Updates

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Policy and Guidelines for Community Tree Planting
Because space for planting on public lands is limited, a process for review of planting proposals has been established. Citizens and community groups who wish to plant on Baltimore County-owned property (parks, public schools, libraries, fire stations, etc.) are requested to contact EPS to inquire about a particular site. Once the site is approved, citizens and groups should refer to the Policy and Guidelines for Community Tree Planting Projects (PDF) for details on developing successful planting plans.

What's Your Community's Tree Canopy Cover?
See how your community's tree canopy cover compares to the County's 30 Census Designated Places (CDP). Tree canopy maps and data on land cover are available by request for each CDP. These may be useful for finding opportunities for planting trees, for an understanding of overall tree canopy in a community and other such uses.

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Recycling Opportunities for Apartment and Condominium Managers
Apartment and condominium managers interested in starting a recycling program, or improving an existing one, may contact Public Information Specialist Rashida White of the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management for assistance at 410-887-2069 or rwhite@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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Bay Restoration Fund Septic System Upgrade Grant Program
Grants are available for septic system users to upgrade onsite systems with the Best Available Technology (BAT) for nitrogen removal. Apply online today to see if you are eligible for grant funding.

Get to Know Your Watershed Association
This is a great time of year to check out the programs and volunteer opportunities of all the watershed associations in Baltimore County. Find out more about your local watershed today!

Report Environmental Concerns
Report pollution incidents or other activities that may be harmful to the environment by filling out an online form. EPS staff will investigate the complaint.

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More Environmental Resources

Tree-Mendous Maryland
Tree-Mendous Maryland offers reasonably priced trees for planting on public lands, including parks, public schools and community colleges, government facilities, rights-of-way and homeowner association open spaces.

Invest in Clean and Renewable Energy
Residents, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in Maryland can invest in renewable energy without the need to install equipment. Maryland utility companies provide customers the option of switching from their electric utility to a "green" energy supplier.

Conduct a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit (PDF)
Looking for ways to save energy in your home? Complete the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit and find low cost solutions to reduce energy and water bills.

Consider an Easement
Conservation easements are the ultimate way to provide for protection of farm or forest land for long term protection of the resources. Consider donating a conservation easement to a local land trust or government agency.

Loading Dock Reuse Program
Baltimore County has partnered with The Loading Dock, Inc. to accept reusable building materials such as appliances, doors, cabinets, etc. Donations keep materials out of the landfill and help communities rebuild.

For more information about any of the events or programs listed, please email Ayla Haig at ahaig@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Revised April 9, 2014

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