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Sustainable Maryland Update
August 2016

College Park Launches Bike Share / Food Forests Sprouting / Summer Listening: Sustainability Podcasts 
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland.  
Black-eyed susans, Maryland's state flower (and part of the SM logo) are in full bloom!

Fairmont Seventh Annual Sustainability Fair
Dates: August 12 
Location: Washington, DC 
DesignDC 2016: From the Ground Up 
Dates: August 24-26
Location: Washington, DC

Looking Ahead

Taste of the Chesapeake 
Date: September 15 
Location: Annapolis 

Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest 2016 
Date: September 29 
Location: Baltimore 
Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill 
Date: September 30
Location: Washington, DC
Montgomery County Ag Reserve Bike Tour
Date: October 2 
Location: Poolesville 
Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference
Oct. 12-14
Solomon's Island

USGBC Maryland's Engineering Green Maryland 2016
Date: November 2
Location: Baltimore 

Ocean City submits for sustainable certification
Burkittsville: Small Village, Big Green Efforts! 

Thurmont Main Street aims to benefit from trail connecting parks, businesses 

Bike share program in College Park launched this summer  

SM-certified College Park, in partnership with the University of Maryland, recently launched a new bike share program meant to better connect the city, the campus and the region. Known as mBike, and operated by Zagster, the program features 125 bicycles (including some adult trikes) at 14 stations, including local Metro stations. Trips less that an hour are free with a $65 membership. This initiative is part of an overall effort to improve alternative transportation options and connections along the Route 1 corridor and improve safety and overall quality of life for both residents and students. Go here for more information on this exciting program. 
Brunswick Food Forest 

Growing food for people and animals, using native plants and sustainable practices, on publicly accessible land. A pretty simple concept, right? While the idea of cultivating a local "food forest" has only recently caught on here in Maryland, it's truly starting to sprout all over. Many of our Sustainable Maryland municipalities have either created a food forest in the past couple of years or are actively planning one. A recent article in the Frederick News-Post profiles the Brunswick Food Forest, which was created in 2013, as well as a food forest that sprang up organically in the City of Frederick, which is planning to nurture this green patch with the help of volunteers as well as educators, who would use it as an outdoor classroom in which to teach edible plant classes to residents. Other food forests have popped up in Greenbelt and Baltimore, and Hyattsville has two separate forests planned for Fall 2016. We look forward to connecting communities looking to create a food forest with the ones that have already planted the seeds! 
As the dog days of summer find us lounging poolside, beachside or in a hammock, why not focus the mind and dive into some cool podcasts with a sustainability theme? Here are some that we're listening to this summer: 

The Urbanist
, "Summer in the City"
Investigating how cities around the world adapt to rising temperatures in the summer months  
99% Invisible, "Home on Lagrange" 
In 1968 a small group of scientists created the Club of Rome to address humankind's most critical threats. Their findings would lead the 1972 bestseller book, The Limits to Growth. 
Living on Earth, July 29, 2016 Episode 
From PRI's Environmental News Magazine, this week's episode covers Boston's strategies amid climate change threats, how Brexit may impact the Paris Climate Agreement, and more.   
The Urbanist, "An 'Urbanist' Melting Pot"
Learn how music and creative industries can positively impact our cities, the Liveable City and the possibility of a zero-carbon London, and the challenges Prague is facing at Resite 2016. 
Tiny Spark, "What's in The Dumpster? Exploring Food Waste and Hunger in America" 
When 40% of the food produced in the US is thrown out, dumpsters don't just consist of spoiled and moldy food, but quite often food resembling what you buy at the supermarket.  
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."

- John Lubbock (1834-1913), British banker, politician, scientist and philanthropist

Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. It is a free and voluntary program designed to help Maryland communities choose a direction for their sustainability efforts, improve access to resources needed to implement action, and recognize their accomplishments. Our sponsors include the Town Creek Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Municipal League. For more information about how your municipality can register in the Sustainable Maryland program, plus customized Green Team training and access to student resources that are available to provide consultancy services for municipal planning, please contact 301 405-7956 or [email protected]   

Mike Hunninghake
Program Manager 
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