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Protecting Maryland’s Blue Crabs, July 30th, 2014

I say, “Maryland.” You say, “Crabs.” Few things dial up an instant connection to our home state like a pile of steamed crabs, hot to the touch and dusted with Old Bay, spread across a table covered with brown paper. Surrounded by friends and family with the Orioles game providing the soundtrack—you could be somewhere  Read the Rest…

Manufacturing a Stronger, More Sustainable Future, June 5th, 2014

This week, I had the opportunity to address a group of over 200 Maryland manufacturers on the topic of energy efficiency– and the great strides we’re making together as a State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy, and drive down energy consumption. This group of innovators is at the forefront of an era  Read the Rest…

Celebrating Maryland Green Schools, May 30th, 2014

This has been a productive year for our state’s teachers and students in environmental education and today we honor our progress while looking to the future. Earlier today, I joined students and educators at the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s Green School Youth Summit, held in Sandy Point State Park. This event gave us  Read the Rest…

Join us for Bike to Work Day, May 29th, 2014

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day, an annual event organized by the League of American Bicyclists to promote biking as a real alternative for commuting to work.  Bike to Work Day is the primary event of National Bike Month, established in 1956 by the League to draw attention to the many benefits of cycling. On  Read the Rest…

University of Maryland, College Park – 2014 Commencement Address, May 22nd, 2014

To Love the World Introduction Ms. Ferguson, thank you for your very generous and thoughtful introduction. President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland’s flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher excellence and deeper understanding. Thank you, Dr. Loh, for your service, and  Read the Rest…

Bringing Back Maryland’s Oysters, April 28th, 2014

Our native oyster is critical to the Bay’s ecology and the State’s economy.  Sadly, this essential filter feeder and seafood industry superstar has languished at 1 percent of its historic population for decades, decimated by overfishing, habitat degradation and disease. But today there is new hope for the beleaguered mollusk.  In 2010 under Governor Martin  Read the Rest…

Smart and Sustainable Growth, April 25th, 2014

Earth Week is a perfect time to think about how and where we grow in Maryland. Our growth can work for us or against us.  If we are thoughtful and strategic about how and where we grow, we can rebuild, revitalize, and create great neighborhoods and wonderful economic opportunities close to home. But without good  Read the Rest…

Act on Climate and Help Us All Breathe Easier, April 24th, 2014

Climate change and climate disruption are real — 97 percent of climate scientists agree. As Marylanders, we believe that we do better when we embrace and acknowledge the science, the truth and the reality of our situation. We know that we must be willing to stand up for what we believe in and work together  Read the Rest…

A Sustainable Trust, April 23rd, 2014

When Governor Martin O’Malley took office in 2007, he vowed to make the environment and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay a top priority of his administration. By ensuring more accountability and measurable goals through numerous State programs, he has kept his promise. Of these programs, one of the more important tools for water quality in  Read the Rest…

Stewardship for the Next Generation, April 22nd, 2014

Over the past seven years, environmental educators in Maryland have worked closely – and tirelessly – with Governor Martin O’Malley to build upon his steadfast commitment to our natural resources and our children.  Our alliance began in 2008 with the Governor’s creation of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, a first-of-its-kind collaboration of public  Read the Rest…