Sustainability Events Calendar

Check out our sustainability calendar of events for a wide range of conference, trainings, and programs across the region.  In addition, we post information regarding Sustainable Maryland-sponsored events. You can also post events of interest to the Sustainable Maryland community by clicking on "Add Event" at right.  This link will only appear if you are logged into the website.  Click on "Sign in or sign up" on the top left of this page to log in.

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Solar power is for everyone

October 16, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (in the Chapel)

10309 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Informational session on community solar and how anyone can get involved

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar! Community solar allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment on your roof. It’s clean energy from a local project in your neighborhood. Come to this presentation and learn how you, your business, and your neighbors can join together to build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment.

 

Gary Skulnik will be the speaker at this event. He is the founder of a new social enterprise called Neighborhood Sun (at www.neighborhoodsun.solar) and a leader in developing the clean energy market on the East Coast. As President of Clean Currents, he started the movement for clean power in Maryland and the region. Gary is an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, B-Corps, social enterprises and many other topics.

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop

Community Solar - CSGA / MCC Speakers Series

October 20, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401

Rooftop Residential and Community Solar Power. Speakers: Gary Skulnik (Neighborhood Sun), Corey Ramsden (MD-SUN).

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar! Community solar allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment on your roof. It’s clean energy from a local project in your neighborhood. Come to this presentation and learn how you, your business, and your neighbors can join together to build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment. Gary Skulnik from Neighborhood Sun and Corey Ramsden from MD SUN will speak at this event.

 

Gary Skulnik is the founder of a new social enterprise called Neighborhood Sun and a leader in developing the clean energy market on the East Coast. As President of Clean Currents, he started the movement for clean power in Maryland and the region. Gary is an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, B-Corps, social enterprises and many other topics.

 

Corey Ramsden is the MD SUN Program Director. Corey focuses on building successful solar co-ops and helping as many Maryland residents as possible go solar. He has 15 years of experience in the IT industry, joined the solar industry in 2011 and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. He also owns his own solar PV system. Corey regularly volunteers his time toward the advancement of renewable energy adoption throughout the region.

 

This talk is part of the Speaker Series sponsered by the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and the Maryland Climate Coalition

 

All are welcome, free and open to the public.

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop

Solar power is for everyone

October 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

The Maryland Presbyterian Church

1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar!

Presentation on community solar: 4:00-5:15 PM

Announcements & Networking: 5:15-5:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: 5:45-6:30 PM

 

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar! Community solar allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment on your roof. Learn how you, your business, and your neighbors can join together to build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment.

 

Speaker: Gary Skulnik

Founder of Neighborhood Sun (www.neighborhoodsun.solar) and a leader in developing the clean energy market on the East Coast. Former President of Clean Currents, a pioneer in the movement for clean power.

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop

Feel the Burn of Neighborhood Sun

October 09, 2016 - 10:15 am to 11:15 am

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Fireside room)

6301 River Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Informational session on community solar and how anyone can get involved

Do you want to be part of the solar revolution but can’t or won’t put panels on your roof? Thanks to a new program in Maryland, practically everyone will soon have the option of signing up for solar power without having to install any equipment. Local environmental advocate and entrepreneur, Gary Skulnik will give a presentation on our state’s new community solar program and how you can participate. He’ll explain the program’s rules, what you should expect in new projects, and the practical impacts to you as a consumer and community organization.

www.neighborhoodsun.solar

www.rruuc.org/

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop

Smart Growth America - Local Leaders Council Policy Forum 2016

July 18, 2016 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

700 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

July 19, 2016 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

700 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Policy Forum 2016 is the annual signature event of the Local Leaders Council, a rapidly expanding bipartisan network of over 270 elected and appointed local government leaders who are creating the development models of tomorrow.

Policy Forum 2016 offers an intimate forum for mayors, council-members, county officials, agency directors, and other high level decision-makers to exchange ideas and find out what works. Whether the challenge you face is building up local assets, increasing transportation and housing choices, or attracting employers, you will find other leaders and national experts ready to compare notes and find solutions.

Places are limited, so register now! Registration is free to members of the Local Leaders Council. Not a member? If you are an elected leader of a unit of local government, or appointed to make investment and land use decisions on behalf of a local government, you can join the Local Leaders Council now. We will notify you when your application is approved.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Prince George's County 2016 Green Summit

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

7801 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

It's Back! And this year, the Prince George's County Green Summit 2016 promises to be bigger and better! Join the Prince George's County Department of the Environment and other sustainability professionals at this FREE, one day event that will feature concurrent sessions and interactive workshops on topics that affect our environmental impacts. Our goal is to engage, promote and empower you to explore the development of a more sustainable community!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

International Society of Ecological Economics 2016 Conference

June 26, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 27, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 28, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 29, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

As the Science of Sustainability, Ecological Economics must advance the transformation of the economy to support rather than debilitate the processes that sustain our living planet. Most fundamental to such an economy is its support of basic live support systems like food, water and energy, and its support of social justice and a quality life for all.

The 2016 Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) will focus on these critical themes, and will facilitate dialogue between practitioners and researchers to advance such an economic transformation. The transformation agenda must include tangible solutions that support an economy that is in sync with the biological and physical systems of our planet, and that builds capacity for human well-­? being and justice. Particular attention will be given to urban communities that are home to almost 60 percent of the world’s population and that are characterized by cultural diversity and social disparity.

The conference will be hosted by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia, which is the only public university in Washington DC and the only urban land-grant university in the U.S. The conference theme is well-­?aligned with the mission of CAUSES.Conference topics include: Sustaining food and water, Transforming economic growth and redefining economic measures, Social stability and economic behavior, ecological economics education and communication, and so much more!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Policy Forum 2016: Solutions for Local Success

July 18, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington DC

July 19, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington DC

This annual conference gives local elected and appointed officials a chance to learn about some of the most innovative smart growth projects in the country. This year’s theme — “Solutions for Local Success” — will focus on allowing local leaders from communities of all sizes to share their stories and find tools to solve current challenges. The Forum is a unique opportunity to explore the latest policy solutions and network with like-minded colleagues who are making smart growth happen throughout the country.

Registration for this conference is free! However, space is limited and preference will be given to Local Leaders Council members. If you are not currently a member, consider applying for membership today.

Before the Forum: A special session on rural communitiesThe conference will kick off with a welcome reception on the evening of Monday, July 18th. Tuesday, July 19, will be a day full of demonstrations, conversations, and idea-sharing about how local leaders are using smart growth strategies to make their communities more equitable, stronger economically, and more sustainable environmentally.

For the first time this year, we will be hosting a pre-Forum meeting specifically for leaders of rural communities on the afternoon of July 18. Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this invitation-only meeting will allow leaders from rural places to compare notes about an approach to economic development that respects community character, promotes fiscal health, and leverages all available resources. Sound like a good match for your needs? Please indicate your interest on the registration form.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed

January 12, 2017 to January 04, 2017

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20873

Join Future Harvest Casa for its 18th annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference- the regions largest farm and food gathering!

Spend three days attending workshops, enjoying farm fresh meals, listing to inspiring speakers, networking with like minded peers and attend the Local Fare Fair! Build your skills during 10 hands-on pre-conference workshops. Participate in any of 48 sessions in 8 distinct tracks. Enjoy great local food and fares! Future Harvest Casa is excited to announce the conference's four keynote speakers: Chris Blanchard, from the Purple Pitchfork; Dr. Kristine Nichols, from the Rodale Institute; Chef Jordan Lloyd, from the Bartlett Pear Inn; and, Elizabeth Henderson, from Peacework Organic CSA.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Agriculture and Environmental Law Annual Conference

November 18, 2016 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel

DoubleTree Hotel 210 Holiday Court Annapolis, Maryland 21401

The second annual Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. Discussion topics will include: 

- Hot Topics in Agricultural and Environmental Law 

- Recent Developments with Nutrient Management Regulations

- Alternative Energy on the Farm

- The Food Safety Modernization Act and Water Usage

- Agritourism and Zoning Compliance

- Stormwater Management and the Chesapeake Bay

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference