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It's BlogDay - What Are Your Favorite Blogs?

Blog Day 2007

Today is BlogDay—the third annual, I might add. The point of BlogDay is to get to know other bloggers and help blog readers find new and interesting blogs. So, in the spirit of sharing the wealth, here are my five recommended blogs:

  • Bay & Environment is the Baltimore Sun's blog devoted to news about Maryland's environment. Contributing reporters Tom Pelton, Rona Kobell, Tim Wheeler, and Chris Guy do an excellent job with their interesting and informative posts. I'll often reference and link to Bay & Environment posts from here, I like them so much.
  • Earth 911 empowers the Earth's citizenry with community-specific 'actionable' environmental information for you to use in everyday life for the purpose of living responsibly by contributing to the solution of sustainability." This blog has so much great info and posts so frequently I have a hard time keeping up. Once I get on their site I could cruise around for hours.
  • National Parks Traveler is not, as you might assume from the name, a travel blog. Rather, it follows the issues involving our national parks. Our national parks are--like the Chesapeake Bay--national treasures. And as with the Bay, if we don't concern ourselves with their health and well being, they might not be there for future generations to enjoy.
  • Woody's Kayak Trip Reports is the first blog a came across when I started at CBF. I was looking for folks who enjoy this national treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay. I've kayaked twice in my life--I love it but I'm definitely not "active." But that's okay because Woody's reports take me out there and are wonderful reminders of why I love the Bay so much.
  • Clagett Farm, John Smith Water Trail, CBF Tech and CBF's other blogs. Yes, I know, I'm cheating on this one. But here's why I like them:
    • The folks on Clagett Farm post some seriously awesome recipes, along with updates about their Community Supported Agriculture program.
    • CBF Tech is currently all about CBF's implementation of Blackbaud's BBDM product. It's not so much that I need to keep up on the project as that author Michael Sola is simply fun to read.
    • The John Smith Water Trail, well, because I write it!

What are your favorite blogs? Please share them with us.


Oct. 15 is Blog Action Day for the Environment

On October 15, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone's mind - the environment. Sure, we do that every day here at CBF, but I encourage you to share information about Blog Action Day for the Environment with your friends, and if you have a blog, register now.

The aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.As an alternative to (or along with) blogging about the environment, bloggers can opt to participate by donating their blog's proceeds from Oct. 15 to one of several environmental organizations chosen for this purpose, including The Conservation Fund.

Watch the video on YouTube


Free Range Studio Battles the Farm Bill

Foodbattle

Today, Free Range Studios released its latest socially-conscious film in support of changes to the Federal Farm Bill—The Farm Bill Food Battle: The Fight for a Fair Farm Bill! I never cease to be amazed at how these folks can take difficult, convoluted, and sometimes downright dull issues most people think don't affect them, and have so much fun cutting to the chase (no pun intended) and waking us all up.

I'm not embedding the actual video here for a reason—I suggest you bypass YouTube and go straight to the source at http://www.foodbattle.org/. While the video gets you thinking, the website includes the additional facts that really make their arguments solid and make you want to take action.

Raise a glass of organic apple juice to the minds at Free Range!


Federal Grant to Help Save Narragansett Bay

(from Providence Business News)

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, who introduced the No Child Left Inside bill earlier this month, has stepped up to bat again for environmental education, this time for his local constituents. Reed has announced a $291,000 federal grant to fund Save the Bay education programs for Narragansett Bay.

Let's see more legislators take up the fight for funding for these important programs.


Chesapeake Bay to Benefit from $900,000 Elizabeth River Cleanup

(from Environment News Service)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award more than $900,000 to the Elizabeth River Project to help clean up 25 acres of sediment contamination in the Money Point section of Chesapeake, VA. The project is one of 16 selected across the country to receive a share of $13.36 million in funding to restore and protect watersheds.


Dobbins Island Boat Parade Scheduled for Sept. 1

Dobbins Island

CBF and the Magothy River Association are sponsoring a boat parade and rendezvous to support the purchase of Dobbins Island and its consolidation as a port for the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

When: Saturday, September 1, 2007 @ 1pm
Where: Parade starts near Henderson Point in the Magothy River and will progress along the channel to Dobbins Island
Why: An opportunity now exists to purchase Dobbins Island and consolidate the Island, beach, sandbar and anchorage as a port for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Making this Historic Island an open space park is a better use of Critical Areas.
What: From 1 to 4 pm MRA volunteers will hand out petitions and educational materials to passing boaters.
RSVP: Contact Paul Spadaro, President Magothy River Association at president@magothyriver.org 


Smith Islanders Movie

(via the Sun's Bay & Environment blog)

Climate activist Mike Tidwell's first documentary, We Are All Smith Islanders, will be showing next month at the Montgomery County Public Library in Rockville.

The movie, which Tidwell wrote and directed, uses the receding livelihoods of the watermen on the island to demonstrate the effects of glabal warming. It occasionally makes the rounds, but the press person for Tidwell's organization, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, said no screenings are planned in Baltimore or Annapolis for the near future.

All is not lost, though. If you don't feel like driving to Rockville, you can order the film from the CCAN web site.


Addressing the Mess with a Little Laughter

Comedycentrallogo via Earth 911

Comedy Central has shown us that laughter may perhaps be the best medicine with satirical content on the world’s issues through shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. With the help of Earth 911, the network will next week launch its Address the Mess website to incorporate that same style while educating people about the environment. The site will feature environment-themed videos with Comedy Central personalities, quizzes created with guidance from Earth 911 on your environmental footprint and content from a number of environmental resources.


"Clean Marinas" Bring Water Quality Stewardship Home

via The Capital

Three cheers for our local Annapolis City Marina and the Third Street Marina! They have become two of the latest "clean marinas" certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Four other marinas were also recognized this week:

  • Sunset Harbor Marina, Essex (Baltimore County)
  • Choptank Marina, Preston (Caroline County)
  • Point Lookout State Park Marina, Scotland (St. Mary’s County)
  • Port of Salisbury Marina, Salisbury (Worcester County)
  • With this week's honorees, the total number of certified clean marinas in the state is now 119, which is about 19 percent of the roughly 600 marinas and boatyards across the state. Some of the best management practices implemented at Annapolis City Marina include stormwater management in the parking garage, a spill response kit at the fuel dock, and a marine sewage pump-out station.

    For more information on becoming a "Clean Marina" visit DNR's website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/. Boaters who want to join in protecting our waterways can join CBF's Boaters for the Bay and DNR's Maryland Clean Boater Program.


    CBF Makes Grist's Top 15 Green Buildings

    via Grist
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    # 6 Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis, Md., U.S.
    "The Chesapeake Bay Foundation may struggle with cleaning up that venerable body of water, but it's achieved smooth sailing in the green-construction department. Made of eco-materials including sustainably harvested wood and steel recycled from cars and guns, the foundation's Merrill Center sits on concrete piers to allow parking underneath and is cooled by bay breezes."

    Find out what other buildings rate in Grist's top 15 and check out their other "15 Green" lists, from colleges to sports stars.