Discussion of public/private partnerships and who will pay for infrastructure?

Join the discussion group and ask questions, share you views and concerns!

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June seminars about: Green Practices for Property Management

Green Practices for Property Management Seminar Series…Read more here!

Tonight (Monday, Oct 10th 7pm) FREE FILM and discussion: join others who care about our kids’ lunch food

Locally grown watermelon, apples and peaches are on the menu at  FCPSWHEN: Monday evening, October 10th at 7pm

WHERE: Maryland Ensemble Theater, 31 W. Patrick , downtown Frederick (basement theater of the FSK Hotel)

WHAT: FREE documentary film Two Angry Moms followed by Judith Gordon, FCPS Farm-to-School Program director.

In the documentary film Two Angry Moms, a pair of mothers team up in a movement to change the way American children eat in school cafeterias and fight for quality nutrition in our school system. (Length: 60 min.)

Judith Gordon, Frederick County’s director for the public school Farm-to-School Program, works to put nutritious and local foods on our kids’ lunch plates. Come to learn more about what she’s doing. Judith will lead our post-film discussion.

refreshments available

Not worried about school lunches? Pass it on to someone you know who might be. Thanks.

 

09-19-11 @ 7 pm Free Sustainability Film: “Sprawling from Grace, Driven to Madness”

06-14-11 @ 7pm Meeting to answer questions on Ft Detrick’s high containment laboratories – and emergency preparedness

A community forum:  7 pm on Tuesday June 14th

To address questions about emergency preparedness and the high containment laboratories at Fort Detrick and elsewhere in the county.

The meeting will be held in the Frederick Municipal Annex at 140 W. Patrick St.  (NOTE:  Meeting location is in Municipal Annex, NOT City Hall)

It will be televised on local channel 99 and available for later viewing online via the City of Frederick website.

Sponsored by the Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee

There will be a discussion and question and answer session with:

Jack Markey, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Frederick County;

Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County Health Officer

Representatives from:

Frederick Memorial Hospital; Health Department; Fire and Rescue and Fort Detrick

We will be talking about communication and emergency response if there is an accident or event at the labs:

What’s the plan and who’s in charge?

Who notifies the public and how?  How will people know what to do?

What kinds of emergencies are being prepared for?

How are biohazards handled?

Where would people be treated?

The public is urged to attend and bring questions or concerns.

Sending questions prior to the meeting would be most helpful.  They can be emailed to CLCAC@cityoffrederick.com

For further information see the Containment laboratory Community Advisory Committee website at:  http://www.cityoffrederick.com/cms/page/index.php?id=547

Please contact Beth Willis,  Chair CLCAC for further information:  CLCAC@cityoffrederick.com

04-11-2011 7pm IMAGINE! Frederick film: A Community of Gardeners at the MET, discussion to follow

PLEASE JOIN US!

Monday, April 11th 7-9pm IMAGINE! Frederick film:A Community of Gardeners released just last month at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, focuses on the people who grow fruits, vegetables and flowers at seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. and shows how these green spaces are changing their lives, their communities and their environment. (a 60 minute documentary by Cintia Cabib Video Productions; see Facebook page)

Followup discussion with  Karen Duha-BuchsbaumRuth Axelrod and Michael Judd on ways to enhance and grow our own community of gardeners.

Thanks to 2011 Spring film series sponsors: Maryland Ensemble Theater, RAM Digital, Sierra Club – Catoctin Maryland Group, Maryland Clean Energy Center, Standard Energy Solutions, Briggs Associates Inc. and Friends of Frederick County.

The show is FREE and open to the public.

04-05-2011 6:30 pm Frederick City Hall forum for citizens to ask questions about Fort Detrick biodefense lab growth

The biodefense research laboratories at Fort Detrick and elsewhere in the county will grow more than 10 fold to some 2 million square feet of high containment lab space over the next decade.   Residents have concerns and questions.  An advisory Committee made up of Frederick residents has been established by the City and the County to work on behalf of the community to try to address those concerns.

The Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Comittee wants to know what’s on people’s minds about the labs.  Find out more about the committee, its purpose and scope, and about the labs here..  Sign up to be notified about the monthly public meetings, forums and other oportunities to participate. All meetings are open to the public and will be televised.

There will be  forum at City Hall at 6:30 pm on April 5th to hear from the community what they hope this committee will accomplish for them.

Read more.

03-16-2011 Strong Towns’ speaker coming to Frederick

Friends of Frederick County is brings guest speaker, Charles Marohn (marohn@communitygrowth.net) , Strong Towns to Frederick to talk about the cost of growth and development.  Strong Towns is a non profit organization focussed on educating and discussing the pros and cons of the way we have designed our towns and neighborhoods.

Charles Marohn (Chuck) is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Please participate in one of these talks and curbside chats offered by Strong Towns – a sequence of talks, all a bit different, and walkable from one to the next.

Charles Marohn, guest speaker on Wednesday 3/16/2011

Frederick County Sustainability Commission (Winchester Hall, 3rd floor meeting room 4-4:45): Mr. Marohn will look at the four Mechanisms of Growth we’ve utilized since WW II, the tradeoffs those create for cities and towns, and why they are all waning.  He will give a preview of what this means for local communities.

Green Drinks (Quinn’s Attic 5:30-6):  Mr. Marohn will review the Ponzi scheme aspects of our current development pattern and the assumptions behind the American model of “growth”. This will be related to why we are having such financial troubles in our towns and neighborhoods.

Curbside Chat (Bernard Browning Community Center, 629 N Market St, downtown Frederick  7-9pm): Mr. Marohn will briefly review the Mechanisms of Growth and how the current financial and housing crisis impact local communities. Then we are going to start a conversation about some of the “dead ideas” we need to let go of and present a collection of strategies for transforming the land use pattern to be more productive. Lots of time for interactive discussion.  Please RSVP to this event:  friends@friendsoffrederickcounty.org.

Speaker bio on website: http://www.strongtowns.org/media-information/

Info on Curbside Chat program: http://www.strongtowns.org/curbside-chat/

05-19-2010 5-7 pm GREEN DRINKS in FREDERICK CITY: talk about wind power

VENUE CHANGE for THIS Month!

Carlos Fernandez, owner of Potomac Wind Energy located in Dickerson, MD will be here to discuss the potential for wind energy in Frederick County. Dr. Fernandez has sold and installed over 30 SKYSTREAM small wind energy systems.

Also, after Green Drinks there will be a free film about how we grow and develop our community shown at the MET. The film is the final showing of the Spring film series on sustainability. It is part of the OurCommonWEalth film series. For more information go towww.ourcommonwealth.us.

Brewer’s Alley upstairs “Booking Room” (5 to 7p.m.)

124 North Market Street

Frederick, MD 21701

Every month people who work in the sustainability field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It can be a force for good in our community.

The spirit of green drinks is that anyone can come, and this makes for interesting interactions. If you are interested in green, ecological, environmental, organic, renewable, and sustainability issues, you are welcome to attend.

RSVP is not required, but it would be helpful to get a head cou

05-19-2010 5-7pm Green Drinks and Potential Wind Energy in Frederick County

Frederick Green Drinks is a great success!

At our April gathering, Michelle L. Liefke a local EcoBroker/Ecosociate launchedwww.leafkey.com. Fred Ugast president of U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc., discussed incentives available in Maryland with an emphasis on the changes enacted by the legilsature last week.

Our NEXT event is on: May 19, 2010 (Wednesday) from 5 to 7pm

Dr. Carlos Fernandez, owner of Potomac Wind Energy located in Dickerson, Frederick County, MD will be here to discuss the potential for wind energy in Frederick County. Dr. Fernandez has sold and installed over 30 SKYSTREAM

small wind energy systems.

Also, after Green Drinks there will be a free film about how we grow and develop our community shown at the MET. The film is the final showing of the Spring film series on sustainability. It is part of the OurCommonWEalth film series. For more information go towww.ourcommonwealth.us.

Quynn’s Attic

10 East Patrick Street (side entrance)

Frederick, MD 21701

Every month people who work in the sustainability field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It can be a force for good in our community.

The spirit of green drinks is that anyone can come, and this makes for interesting interactions. If you are interested in green, ecological, environmental, organic, renewable, and sustainability issues, you are welcome to attend.

RSVP is not required, but it would be helpful to get a head count…

Contact:

Rich Maranto

rich [at] mdgoesgreen.org