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Date: Apr 2013

photo of Chevrolet Spark Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

The first eMotor just rolled off the new production line at the GM plant in White Marsh yesterday, launching the Baltimore County facility as the global manufacturing source for a motor for the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle.  They tell me it’s an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor, and that GM engineers optimize the motor’s performance by using specifically designed bar wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration. 

So, really, what does that mean to me? I’m just driving around the Beltway trying to get to work on time.

First, it means jobs and investment in Baltimore County’s economy. GM has invested $121.3 million in the White Marsh plant for eMotor production, representing GM’s ongoing role in rebuilding American manufacturing.

It means that an American car company is investing in a sustainable electric vehicle, and building its motors in a sustainable plant.  GM’s Baltimore Operations facility is landfill- free, producing 9% of its energy from a roof top solar array. The new e-motor plant means significant investment in a sustainable future, both in the way the plant is run and in the products it manufactures. Green to the core.

There’s just one problem.  It may be a while before we can buy a Spark EV here.  This energetic car with the Made-in-Baltimore County eMotor will arrive in dealer showrooms in California and Oregon this summer, and will then be available in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South Korea. 

I guess that gives me time to find out what a “bar wound copper stator” is.

icon image of a houseBaltimore County sealSue Bull
Baltimore County Homeless Services Coordinator

We call them "the homeless." They are men, women, children and families who are experiencing homelessness and need some help finding a permanent, affordable place to live.

Whether living in shelter or on the streets, those experiencing homelessness are provided supportive services to help pave the way towards stable housing and self sufficiency. Through the County Continuum of Care, service providers collaborate to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families are linked to employment, health care, life skills training and most importantly, housing. Each year, the County helps over 6,000 individuals.

On any given night, there are over 550 men, women and children in homeless shelters around the County. Twentyfive to 30 requests for shelter are received each day through the County Homeless Screening Unit. Over 200 people live on the streets, in encampments and other places not meant for human habitation.

All of these important services wouldn't be possible without the support of our community. Faith leaders, service providers, and people who have received services will gather April 15 for the tenth annual Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless Rally for the Homeless. Join the rally to show community support for housing programs, development of affordable housing, and supportive services across the county. Taking action can make the difference in many lives and make our community stronger. The Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless 10th Annual Rally for the Homeless is April 15, 5:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 120 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson.

Jerry Siewierski
Waste Management Program Manager

Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Do you ever wonder what to do with left over paints and chemicals in your basement and garage? You know that some of these materials are too dangerous to pour down the drain or throw into the garbage can.  Some, like gasoline, paint thinners or pesticides are pretty obvious, but others are not quite so apparent.

Did you know that swimming pool chemicals can react with other materials in your trash to create toxic gases or catch fire?  Or that drain cleaners come in two types, strong acids or strong bases?  You remember way back from high school chemistry class what happens if a strong acid and strong base get together….not good for whoever is nearby. Did you know that fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, or that rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals such as lead or cadmium?

It doesn’t take a chemist to picture what happens when liquid paints leak out of the garbage can or garbage truck onto our roads and streets and people ride over it w/ their cars….makes a real mess.  You probably didn’t know that some latex paints are re-usable.  Baltimore County has been recycling latex paints since 1998 and has recycled over 155,821 gallons.  That’s enough to fill 20 tanker trucks. The paints go to area non-profit groups for distribution to schools, churches and low-income residents.

This time of year, you can take these paints and chemicals to the county’s Eastern Sanitary Landfill drop off center, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from April through November. 

To make the program convenient for residents in other areas, Baltimore County operates one day collection events at other sites.  This year’s events are scheduled for Sunday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Texas Landfill on Warren Rd in Cockeysville; and Sunday, November 10th from 9am to 1pm at the Western Acceptance Facility, 3310 Transway Rd in Halethorpe.

If you are not sure what to do with your leftover household paints or chemicals, or have any questions, call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection at 410 887-3745 and we’ll be happy to help you.


Revised April 6, 2016