Maryland Sierra Club in the News

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Press Coverage on Proposed I-495 & I-270 Toll Lane Highway Expansion

Elrich urges U.S. DOT to delay decision on toll lanes; Traffic expert slams state study

7/25/22 - Maryland Matters - Toll Lanes

The Sierra Club and other opponents of the toll lanes plan expressed anger at MDOT’s decision to “password protect” the FEIS, a move that makes it impossible for citizens and journalists to copy and paste portions of the document.

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Opinion | Girl Scouts should not sell a Maryland forest to developers

7/22/22 - Washington Post - Natural Places

Janet Gingold is chair of the Prince George’s Sierra Club and served on the county’s Climate Action Commission to develop a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County. She is a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout leader.

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Toll Lanes Critic Accuses MDOT of 'Scientific Fraud' in Key Report

7/12/22 - Maryland Matters - Toll Lanes

In a June 30 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the Sierra Club and several dozen other organizations pressed for 60 additional days to review the voluminous FEIS. “It is simply not possible to meaningfully review much less comment on four encyclopedia sets worth of information over 18 work days in a 30-day availability period,” they wrote.

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Opinion: Montgomery County must update and strengthen its outdated forest protections

7/9/22 - Bethesda Beat - Natural Places

Reforestation among best ways to mitigate climate change ... Shruti Bhatnagar, chair, Sierra Club Montgomery County Maryland

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Maryland election could decide fate of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

7/1/22 - Washington Post - Toll Lanes

Anti-toll lanes activists would have five months after the project receives federal environmental approval to challenge it in court. The Maryland Sierra Club has said it’s considering a lawsuit. State officials have said they expect federal approval later this summer.

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After years-long review process, final report on I-495/I-270 widening project is released

6/18/22 - Bethesda Beat - Toll Lanes

Meanwhile, the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter said in a press release that it is “currently raising funds for the legal work to fight the project.” Said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club: “Over the next 30 days, we will be looking closely at how this report addresses our previous comments, submitted on behalf of over 50 groups and the city of Rockville. We continue to urge the Hogan administration and elected leaders to reject this fundamentally flawed plan and instead work towards equitable and sustainable multimodal transportation solutions that address congestion and tackle the climate crisis instead of perpetuating it.”

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Maryland says it could curb environmental effects of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

6/17/22 - The Washington Post - Toll Lanes

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said Friday the group is “raising money to support several legal strategies” and is hiring a legal team and experts to review the study before it may be approved. “Should we find the FEIS to violate the law,” Tulkin said, “we want to have sufficient funds to pursue litigation.”

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‘Climate change’ increasingly on candidates’ lips in Maryland governor’s race, but will it translate to votes?

6/16/22 - Baltimore Sun - Environmental Laws

Also among Democrats, there is be a push to reverse a declining trend in enforcement of the state’s environmental laws. Under Hogan, fines and enforcement actions taken against polluters have dropped dramatically, as has staffing of inspectors. Turning that around could be a tall task, especially in the first year of any new administration, suggested Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. “They have big goals, and, at least currently, underresourced agencies,” Tulkin said.

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Sierra Club And Rotary Club Fighting Food Insecurity In Southern Maryland

6/15/22 - thebaynet.com - Food Insecurity

Since 2020, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club has been working with local houses of worship and non-profits around the region to build vegetable gardens to provide fresh, nutritious produce to those in need. Efforts have led to the construction of twenty eight vegetable garden beds in Calvert and Charles Counties that provide hundreds of pounds of fresh food per season to those in need.

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Groups sue EPA for stronger ozone protections 

6/7/22 - Earthjustice.org - Air Quality

“Every year, the majority of Marylanders continue to suffer the consequences of breathing unhealthy air. Poor air quality disproportionately impacts communities of color and low-income communities,” said Josh Tulkin, director, Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter. “Maryland must take bold steps to reduce pollution from cars and trucks, reduce burning fossil fuels to heat our buildings, and transition from coal and gas to clean energy. It is critical that the EPA properly designate our air quality to ensure the state of Maryland has accurate information and takes the necessary steps to address this ongoing public health issue.”

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Lack of polling has Md. voters, media, debate planners flying blind. Here’s why it matters

5/23/22 - WTOP - Voting

Josh Tulkin, executive director of the Maryland Sierra Club, took to social media this week to prod news organizations toward action. “There is a real lack of non-partisan polls that aren’t driven by the campaigns,” Tulkin said in an interview.

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Composting could save Calvert money and provide local benefits

5/10/22 - Somd News - Composting

As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is certainly the case for Calvert County, as Calvert’s trash is sent to landfills in Virginia, and the county pays a fee for each truck it sends. ... let’s put Calvert’s waste to work benefiting the people, economy and environment of Calvert County. By Benjamin Hance, chair of the Southern Maryland Sierra Club.

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East Towson residents are mapping the ‘Road to Freedom’ in a new campaign

4/29/22 - Baltimore Sun - Environmental Justice

“We’re supporting the Northeast Towson community, because there is too much environmental racism happening,” said Deborah “Spice” Kleinmann from the Greater Baltimore Group of the Maryland Sierra Club. “This community needs to be celebrated.”

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Maryland lawmakers pass sweeping climate legislation, wave of environmental bills

4/15/22 - Bay Journal - Climate Change

Even so, Tulkin [Maryland Sierra Club’s director] and other advocates said they were heartened by the number of green bills that did pass this year. To protect those gains and push for more, he said, environmental activists need to impress on voters the benefits of new legislation like the climate bill to see that sympathetic lawmakers are re-elected in this year’s elections.

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Plastic bag ban may soon be considered by Baltimore County Council

4/12/22 - WYPR (NPR News) - Plastic Bag Ban

“Some of it gets landfilled,” [Rob Frier with the Greater Baltimore Group of the Sierra Club] said. “Some of it gets incinerated and we have the opportunity to breathe that. And much of it, the stuff that ends up on the side of the road ultimately will break down and will make its way into the waterways.”

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Montgomery County Judge Rules Against The MDOT In Toll Lanes Lawsuit

4/6/22 - The Moco Student - Toll Lanes

“It would be an environmental disaster because of all the air and water pollution that would be generated by the additional number of cars on the expanded highway,” Sierra Club of Maryland Transportation Chair Brian Ditzler said via email.

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Advocates Hope Bill to Monitor Synthetic Turf Waste Will Move Forward in Final Days of Legislative Session

4/6/22 - Maryland Matters - Zero Waste

Lehman’s bill got more attention this session with the release of a statewide inventory of synthetic sports fields. Martha Ainsworth, the zero waste chair for the Maryland Sierra Club, led a 15-volunteer team that collected, organized and published the data. Ainsworth, a former World Bank research economist, says the mandate was simple: “Let’s see how many [fields] there are, and then we’ll know the scope of the waste problem over the next eight to ten years.”

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Maryland Lawmakers Pass New Requirements To Cut Carbon Emissions

3/31/22 - DCist - Climate Bill

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, agreed with Pinsky that the bill would “make Maryland one of the national leaders in setting strong greenhouse gas goals.” ... But, Tulkin said, it leaves a lot of open questions for future lawmakers to answer. “The bill has a lot of strong components, but we really see this as a down payment on Maryland’s commitment to come back and pass the policies that are necessary to get us to that 2031, 60% goal.” ...Tulkin said it was important to pass the climate bill, even if it doesn’t contain everything environmental groups were pushing for. “We’re fighting against time when it comes to climate change — we’ve got a limited window to make a big impact,” he said. “We’d rather get half a loaf than no loaf at all.”

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Maryland General Assembly passes sweeping climate change legislation, sending to Gov. Hogan under threat of veto

3/31/22 - Baltimore Sun - Climate Change

“We see this as a commitment, a down payment on the policies to come,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. “We are committed to helping them get there.”

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Maryland General Assembly poised to send sweeping climate change legislation to Gov. Hogan, under threat of veto

3/29/22 - Baltimore Sun - Climate Bill

“We see this as a commitment, a down payment on the policies to come,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. “We are committed to helping them get there.”

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After Lengthy House Debate, Senate Committees Agree to Amendments on Climate Bill

3/29/22 - Maryland Matters - Climate Bill

“Setting the goal is just the start. The General Assembly will also have to pass the policies to achieve this goal. We see this as a commitment, a downpayment, on the policies to come. We are committed to helping them get there,” Josh Tulkin, the executive director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said in a statement.

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House Set to Debate Sweeping Climate Legislation — With Amendments to Senate Bill

3/27/22 - Maryland Matters - Building Standards

Although striking new net-zero school buildings from the bill would probably not have immediate greenhouse gas impacts, it would have been a good signal “to have our schools and public buildings lead the way and have our children be in the best, environmentally sound cutting edge environment,” said Josh Tulkin, the executive director of the Maryland Sierra Club.

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Senate Climate Bill Likely to Get a Makeover in House as ‘Presentment’ Deadline Looms

3/23/22 - Maryland Matters - Climate Bill

The PSC should not rely on analyses made by the utility companies about the state’s grid capacity, but instead on projections from third-party consultants, Josh Tulkin, the director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said. “Utility companies should be providing information, answering questions, but not reaching conclusions,” he said.

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Maryland Senate Democrats Pass Sweeping Climate Change Legislation

3/14/22 - Maryland Matters - Building Standards

Still, Tulkin praised the bill for maintaining a strong climate goal that begins to take important steps to reduce gas from existing buildings, electrify the state vehicle fleet and center environmental justice in more state programs. Pinsky’s bill would establish a Climate Justice Corps that would employ young people to work on clean energy or climate mitigation projects in communities disproportionately affected by climate change.

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Time to Hear the Candidates for Governor Talk About Climate Change

3/7/22 - Maryland Matters - Governor Forum Events

Maryland Matters’ co-sponsors for both events are the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the Sierra Club Maryland chapter, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Ed Hatcher and Angie Cannon.

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Advocates Push to Retain Building Standards in Climate Legislation After Major Pushback

3/1/22 - Maryland Matters - Climate Change, Building Electrification

“The policy wasn’t pulled out of a hat,” said Josh Tulkin, the director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “The utilities were aware of this recommendation from the bipartisan commission on climate change — several of them voted for the recommendations to electrify,” Tulkin said.

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Efforts to restore the bay, and securing the funding to do so

2/28/22 - WMDT ABC 47 - Restoring the Bay / Zero Waste

Cindy Dillon with the Sierra Club Lower Eastern Shore says, to get back on track to a cleaner bay, the public needs to be educated, not just environmental groups. “And it is something that we need to get some legislation behind to decrease the amount that’s entering our waste stream,” says Dillon. She adds, “I think people are concerned about the bay, that’s not a surprise, it is a treasure that we need to protect.”

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Maryland General Assembly considers bill reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2/23/22 - Diamondback News - Climate Change

For Josh Tulkin, the director of Maryland Sierra Club, the bill provides “bold, ambitious goals” that make Maryland a leader in combating climate change. Solutions outlined in the bill would have a twofold impact on mitigating climate change and improving public health, Tulkin added.

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Opinion: Here’s Why We Need an Environmental Human Rights Amendment in Md.

2/22/22 - Maryland Matters - EHRA

Entire article written by Susan Olsen

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Businesses back plans to bill them for recycling, drawing skepticism

2/22/22 - Politico.com - Zero Waste

Environmental advocates including U.S. PIRG and Trash Free Maryland also support the bill. Martha Ainsworth, chair of the Maryland Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Team, said her group does, too, contingent on several “major” additions aimed at holding packaging makers accountable. There should be more hard targets and stiff penalties if producers miss them, such as requiring that plastic bottles be made with at least 25 percent recycled material by 2030, according to testi

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Activists rally in support of environmental human rights ammendment

2/22/22 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - EHRA

The rally was organized by the Sierra Club, a nationwide environmental organization formed in 1892 that supports nature outings, conservation, and educating the public on climate change, plastic pollution, and collapsing biodiversity.

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Lawmakers move to reboot the Patuxent River Commission

2/22/22 - WYPR - Riverkeepers

Sollner-Webb, a board member of the Prince George’s County chapter of the Sierra Club who had been on the commission for 18 years, blamed Planning Secretary Robert McCord, who she said is more interested in future development than environmental concerns.

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Supporters of Electric School Buses & Trucks Rally in Maryland

2/22/22 - What's Up? Media - Vehicle Electrification

“By electrifying large trucks and school buses, the Advanced Clean Truck rule is one critical tool in the effort to combat toxic air pollution that makes us sick and contributes to climate change,” said Lindsey Mendelson, Transportation Representative with the Maryland Sierra Club. “It could also create high quality green jobs in the process.”

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New Coalition to Seek Creation of a Transit Authority for the Baltimore Region

2/21/22 - Maryland Matters - Clean Transportation

The coalition, reported here for the first time, has been months in the making. It consists of nearly 70 established environmental, social justice and progressive organizations. Charter members include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Maryland Sierra Club, Maryland Center on Economic Policy, the NAACP Maryland State Conference and Progressive Mar

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‘Environmental rights are human rights’: Students rally in Annapolis for climate change cause

2/21/22 - Diamondback News - EHRA

Scott and dozens of other students from across Maryland were taking part in the Environmental Human Rights Student rally, just steps away from the Maryland State House. The rally, organized by the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, saw students from this university, Loyola University Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Annapolis High School and others.

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New Coalition to Seek Creation of a Transit Authority for the Baltimore Region

2/21/22 - Maryland Matters - Clean Transportation

The coalition, reported here for the first time, has been months in the making. It consists of nearly 70 established environmental, social justice and progressive organizations. Charter members include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Maryland Sierra Club, Maryland Center on Economic Policy, the NAACP Maryland State Conference and Progressive Mar

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Maryland General Assembly to consider environmental rights amendment

2/20/22 - Diamondback News - EHRA

The idea of an Environmental Human Rights Amendment has floated around the Maryland General Assembly and activist organizations for years, said Rosa Hance, who chairs the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. The Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights pushed for the amendment in the 2021 legislative session, Hance said. But activists were told that passing an amendment with a referendum was not as relevant because it was not an election year, she added.Full Article

Students in Maryland calling on leaders to take climate change seriously

2/18/22 - Youtube - EHRA

Video of student rally

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Supporters of battling climate change rally in Annapolis

2/16/22 - AP News - Climate Change

“This legislation makes sure that we’re putting ourselves on track, on the path, to strong, sustainable solutions to deal with our climate, but also to help with our public health and our economy,” said Josh Tulkin, the executive director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, at a rally with lawmakers next to the Capitol.

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In Marathon Hearing, Senators Consider Sweeping Climate Change Legislation That Aims to Slash Emissions from Buildings

2/16/22 - Maryland Matters - Climate Change

Josh Tulkin, the director of Maryland Sierra Club, said mitigating climate change also means healthier Marylanders, as efforts to reduce pollution emissions from buildings leads to less toxins in the air that we breathe. “Climate solutions are public health solutions,” he said.

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Md. Matters to Co-Sponsor Climate Forums for Gubernatorial Candidates

2/15/22 - Maryland Matters - Climate Change

Maryland Matters’ co-sponsors for both events are the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club Maryland chapter, Ed Hatcher and Angie Cannon. The College Park forum is also being co-sponsored by the Prince George’s County NAACP and the new Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative. The Goucher event is being co-sponsored by the Baltimore County NAACP branch.

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Maryland environmental advocates tackle plastic pollution on the shore

2/7/22 - WMDT ABC 47 - Zero Waste - Plastics

Organizers say they’re concerned about the amount of plastic littered on roadways, which can potentially hurt animals and even the ground water. “Sometimes the animals are eating those plastic bags and that can cause them to have obstructions and all kinds of problems. So that’s a big issues,” Lower Eastern Shore Group Chair Cindy Dillon said. “The problem is that the plas

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Bill Seeks to Untangle State’s Regulation of Invasive Vines and Nonnative Plants

1/26/22 - Maryland Matters - Natural Places

Half a dozen environmental organizations and horticultural groups testified in favor of the bill on Tuesday. “During our decades of stewardship, we have witnessed an explosion of invasive plants,” said Lily Fountain, chair of the Natural Places Committee of the Maryland Sierra Club. There was no oral or written testimony against the measure.

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Opinion: News About Chesapeake Bay Oysters Isn’t All Doom and Gloom

1/21/22 - Maryland Matters - Environmental legislative summit

Earlier this month, Shore Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sierra Club and other environmental advocacy groups met at an Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Review Summit.

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Maryland Environmental Activists Fight Proposed Forestland Sale by NASA

1/20/22 - New American Journal - Land usage

Other interested groups are working on their plans to oppose the sale of the land to private developers, including the Maryland Sierra Club.

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Delegate Wanika Fisher and Senator Will Smith Rally Virtually to press for Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights

1/17/22 - Southern Maryland News - Environmental Human Rights

“The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club voted to support this proposed constitutional amendment as a priority in 2022, because it will create an obligation for the state to enforce, support and pass environmental laws and regulations that ensure a healthful environment for all Marylanders”, said Rosa Hance, Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Earthjustice Challenges Gas Misinformation Campaign Targeting Utility Customers

1/10/22 - Earthjustice.org - Gas Pipelines

Earthjustice filed comments on behalf of Sierra Club before the Maryland Public Service Commission late Friday addressing Washington Gas Light (WGL) Company’s misleading claims about the environmental benefits of gas and its promotion of gas over electric appliances and technologies. These comments support the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel November Complaint filed with the Public Service Commission alleging that WGL is sending its customers misleading information about the advantages of gas as compared to electric in its customer billing statements.

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Maryland General Assembly Convenes in Election Year with Covid Surging

1/10/22 - New American Journal - Environmental Human Rights

The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, one of the more powerful state Sierra Club chapters in the country, stays involved in the Maryland legislative process through grassroots activism and support for bills to change the state for the better, they say. They strategize, meet, advocate, testify (virtually), and organize in teams and with partners to pass the most impactful environmental and social justice bills, according to the non-profit group’s website. This year they are making a major push for an Environmental Human Rights Amendment to be voted on and added to the state Constitution.

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Rosa Hance awarded the MD Department of Planning Leadership and Service Award

12/27/21 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - SoMD Group

Hance, who was unanimously elected as the youngest female Chapter Chair in Maryland Sierra Club history this past year, has been a member of the club since 2016 when she began focusing on projects and policies in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties. Senator Ellis noted that Hance, since “…for almost half a decade been a tireless advocate for sustainable land use, devunteers reached a milestone with this project when they planted the 300th tree at Bensville Park in Charles County.

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New Hogan-Aligned Group Seeks to Build Support for Toll Lanes Project

12/27/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

Josh Tulkin, head of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, rejected Mayer’s claim that toll lanes opponents are being “political.” “The opposition to this project is based on specific environmental and economic concerns,” he said. “That opposition would be as strong regardless of who was advancing this project. One need only look at the similar level of opposition of groups to the ICC under [Gov. Martin] O’Malley (D).” Opponents of the project — led by the Sierra Club — have prepared a heavily-footnoted 183-page report with federal highway officials that foreshadows arguments likely to be made in a future lawsuit.

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Gas company continues push for Potomac pipeline project; mixed signals from Md. agencies

12/20/21 - WTOP.com - Gas Pipelines

“Maryland should be using all the tools at its disposal to stop a project that it has clearly stated it doesn’t think is good for Maryland,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “The idea of building a new pipeline and expanding gas on the one hand, while on the other hand, coming up with strategies to move existing people off of gas … is illogical.” 

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Right to speak should not depend on land or money

11/30/21 - Southern Maryland News - Environmental Human Rights

Decisions made by the planning commission don’t just affect land owners. They don’t just affect the wealthy. Decisions made by the Charles County government that could impact the economy, public health and the access of all to clean air and clean water are of concern to each and every person in the county and the region. We are all part of one community, united and equal, and we deserve to be treated as such.

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Supporters Launch a Renewed Push for Environmental Human Rights Amendment

11/29/21 - Maryland Matters - Environmental Human Rights

A green amendment could also act as a preventative measure by changing the government’s behavior and giving officials pause when they create environmental regulations and issue permits, since they will have to uphold their obligation to ensure a healthy environment to all, said Rosa Hance, chair of the Maryland Sierra Club.

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Marylanders, Home From Glasgow Climate Confab, Reflect on the Work Ahead

11/25/21 - Maryland Matters - Climate Change

“I’m trying to mourn what did not happen at COP26 and keep up the energy to continue to do the vital work that needs to be done,” said Rebecca Boyd, a Bethesda resident and longtime Sierra Club leader who was at the conference as part of a delegation of observers sent by the League of Women Voters.

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Comment Period Extended After Enviro Group Flags Errors on Highway Project

11/14/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

Josh Tulkin, the director of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, said he assumed the group’s discovery of the errors led to the extension of the comment period. “The timing is conspicuous,” he said. Noting that the extension came less than 24 hours from the release of their letter, “it’s hard not to see a connection.”

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Opinion: The University of Maryland rightly paused its plan to clear an urban forest

11/5/21 - Washington Post - Natural Places

A student-led rally in support of preserving Guilford Woods drew hundreds on campus, and petitions were launched by groups including Save Guilford Woods, Students for Guilford Woods and the Maryland Sierra Club.

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What Montgomery County residents, leaders are calling for at UN climate summit

11/1/21 - Bethesda Magazine - Climate Summit

She’s been interested in climate issues for several years, and has been a member of the Maryland Sierra Club since she moved to Maryland. ... A concept she has told people to consider is: “No action is too small, and no action is big enough.”

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Opinion: Toll lanes on I-495 east of I-270 were put on hold, but remain in overall plan

11/1/21 - Bethesda Magazine - Transportation

MDOT’s bait-and-switch techniques and mixed messages have confused both people and agencies, yet these matters have wide-reaching implications for the region. The 30-mile segment of I-495 east of I-270 is not in the first phase of the project, but remains in the overall toll lane plan.

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Senator Ellis Helps Local Sierra Club plant 300th Tree In Southern Maryland

10/27/21 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - Natural Places

On Sunday afternoon, October 24, Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis, 28th legislative district, volunteered to assist Rosa Hance, The Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, her husband, Ben, Chair of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, her two children and seven other local volunteers’ plant nine maple and oak trees at Bensville Park in Charles County.

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Sierra Club Catoctin Group will bring Magpie concert to the Lucy School

10/8/21 - Frederick News Post - Natural Resources

The Sierra Club Catoctin Group is sponsoring an outdoor concert featuring Magpie at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 on the Lucy School campus in Middletown. The concert is open to the public... Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner are internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement, and their performances are in demand by environmental action and education organizations.

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Sierra Club Endorses Lierman For Comptroller

10/7/21 - Maryland Matters - Political Endorsements

Rosa Hance, the chair of the Sierra Club of Maryland, said in a statement that Lierman “has a vision for the role of equity and sustainability for the Maryland Comptroller’s Office and the experience as a leader in the Maryland General Assembly to get the job done.”

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Offshore windmills in Atlantic backed by NAACP, environmentalists

09/28/21 - The Star Democrat - Offshore Wind

“We urge the people of Maryland to let the Public Service Commission know that we support offshore wind in our state. We see the impact of climate change every day – floods, wildfires, extreme weather and higher temperatures, and Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states for damage from climate change. Maryland must embrace offshore wind as part of our clean-energy effort. The Public Service Commission should move quickly to approve these two smart projects,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Bel Air Five campaign to create townwide sanctuary for local pollinators kicks off Sept. 8

9/4/21 - Baltimore Sun - Natural Places - Pollinators

Created by Harford County Climate Action, the Bel Air Five Project invites re sidents to join in creating a town-wide sanctuary for pollinators by planting th e native host and pollinator plants needed by four endangered butterflies and a moth. ...Harford County Climate Action has been joined by the Greater Baltimore Group of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, Harford Master Gardeners, Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners, Bel Air Tree Committee, Bel Air Appearance and Beautification Committee and Harford County Public Library in its efforts.

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Opinion: Move Toward a Clean-Energy Future in Md. Means Moving From Reliance on Gas

9/1/21 - Maryland Matters - Clean Energy - offshore wind

A report released in 2020 from the Sierra Club and other groups found that ga s stoves may expose people to levels of indoor air pollution that would be illeg al under outdoor air-quality standards. Such exposure can lead to respiratory il lnesses.

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Southern Maryland Sierra Club announces recipients of 2021 Scholarship Award

8/21/21 - Southern Maryland News Net - Scholarship Program

The Southern Maryland Sierra Club announced today that three of local student s have been selected to receive awards for it’s first annual Scholarship Program .

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Capital Beltway widening project gets green light – for now, Split board approves $54 million design contract over fiscal, environmental and climate objections

8/12/21 - Bay Journal - Transportation / Climate Change

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, called the board’s action “unconscionable,” especially in the wake of the U.N. report. “Climate change must be central to all of our transportation and infrastructure planning,” he said in a statement after the vote. “On that mark our leaders failed us today.”

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Board of Public Works Advances Hogan's Traffic Congestion Relief Plan

8/11/21 - Maryland Reporter - Transportation

Kopp noted that she ... simply wanted to have the necessary information before casting a vote on the proposal. ... Maryland Sierra Club Director Josh Tulkin was more blunt. “If you don’t start with the right questions, you won’t get the right answers.”

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Maryland Officials Approve Agreement With Private Partner For Toll Lane Project On Beltway, I-270

8/11/21 - DCist - Transportation / Climate Change

“The project would harm our communities, the climate, and our wallets and still not alleviate congestion for most drivers,” the Sierra Club said on Facebook.

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Board of Public Works votes to advance Capital Beltway project

8/11/21 - WDVM TV / DCW 50 - Transportation / Climate Change

The Maryland Sierra Club says it’s especially unconscionable to green light this massive highway expansion the same week that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called a code red. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and other local leaders have also been vocal about their opposition to the expansion and its use of taxpayer dollars.

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Beltway toll lane project goes for vote

8/10/21 - WTOP.com - Transportation / Climate Change

Elrich will join opponents of the plan at a news conference before the board’s 10 a.m. meeting. Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton and Del. Jared Solomon will speak at the news conference, along with representatives of the Maryland Sierra Club, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Citizens Against Beltway Expansion.

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Maryland needs more info on toll lane contract; vote must be delayed | COMMENTARY

8/9/21 - Baltimore Sun - Transportation / Climate Change

With so much a stake and very serious questions about the contract unanswered, this is not a moment for hope but for action. The Maryland Constitution gives the comptroller “general superintendence of the fiscal affairs of the State.” Mr. Franchot must use his leverage as comptroller and as the deciding vote on this project to delay the vote on the contract and demand needed oversight.

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Hogan: Offshore Wind Development Is An 'Absolute Game-Changer'

8/3/21 - Maryland Reporter - Clean Energy - offshore wind

“We are excited to see offshore wind projects creating thousands of jobs, thousands of MWs of clean power, and bringing incredible opportunities to the state,” Josh Tulkin, Director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a statement. “The vision of the Clean Energy Jobs Act was to bring good-paying clean energy jobs to Maryland, and that is exactly what US Wind just announced. Maryland must continue to lead by example on battling the effects of climate change, while also being the third-most vulnerable state to climate change-caused sea-level rise.”

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Md. Lawmakers and Environmentalists Working Over the Summer on Climate Change Legislation

8/2/21 - Maryland Matters - Climate Change Legislation

Environmental advocates are also in the planning process, working with different groups like Energy Foundation to develop a set of platforms and priorities in next year’ s climate legislation, said Josh Tulkin, the director of Maryland Sierra Club. ... “I think the loss of the Climate Solutions bill last year was an embarrassment. It’s an election year, so this is really the year where the Maryland General Assembly needs to prove that it’s serious about climate,” Tulkin said.

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TPB Reverses Previous Decision On I-270/Capital Beltway Toll Project

7/21/21 - WFMD - Transportation

The project also generated some opposition. A day before the vote, Josh Tulkin, the President of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, spoke to the Frederick County Council, urging the county’s TPB representative to vote against the project.

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Regional Board Reverses Vote, Approves Controversial Toll Lanes For Beltway And I-270 In Maryland

7/21/21 - DCist - Transportation

“Last month, the TPB voted on principle when it removed Hogan’s highway boondoggle from its long-range plan,” said Josh Tulkin of the Maryland Sierra Club. “Today, the project was reinstated, not because of its merit, but through coercion. MDOT and Hogan utilized a Trump-esque playbook, including aggressive governor PAC attack ads, threats, and coercion, including bribes from MDOT and removal of TPB members.”

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Treasurer’s complaints about study funding latest dustup in $6B interstate project

7/20/21 - The Daily Record - Transportation

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said the incomplete review should raise questions for Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, who, together with Hogan, make up the three-person board . “With a project of this magnitude, with the lessons and mistakes from the Purple Line, one would expect the Treasurer to be granted the resources to do a full analysis,” said Tulkin. “That she was not able to complete the financial review, representing both treasurer and comptroller, is disturbing. The state’s two fiscal watchdogs cannot allow a $6 billion dollar contract to go forward without full review.”

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Md. Sierra Club: Planning Board Should Continue to Reject Hogan Toll Lane Project

7/20/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

Opinion article written by Josh Tulkin. "Gov. Larry Hogan and highway industry lobbyists have launched a massive campaign of intimidation and misinformation to pressure local governments into reinstating private toll lanes on Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway in the region’s long-range plan. ... Private toll lanes deliver the big profits for the toll road companies and investors, not the transportation that is best for the public. In this case, that means guaranteed congestion for the vast majority of drivers in the untolled lanes, traffic jams so bad that people will pay the high tolls that investors demand." Click link for full article.

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Re-vote For I-270 And Capital Beltway Toll Road Set For Wednesday

7/20/21 - WFMD - Transportation

During the public comment portion of Tuesday’s Frederick County Council Meeting, Josh Tulkin, president of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, called in to give his view of the I-270 and Capital Beltway expansion vote. “The expansion on the scale that this project is calling for would undo all of the other significant advances that we have made in reducing transportation pollution and would have significant land use effect.” Josh Tulkin is skeptical as he said, “There’s been no documentation showing that it’s actually a financial improvement to be using toll revenue process with a private investor rather than actually having the state fund the project itself.”

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Politicians, Activists Rally Against Road Widening Before Crucial Vote Wednesday

7/20/21 - My MCM - Transportation

Also speaking at the rally were Josh Tulkin of the Sierra Cub, Barbara Coufal of Citizens Against Beltway Expansion, and Nancy Soreng of League of Women Voters.

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State Roundup: Opinion: Toll Plan Means Congestion for Most

7/20/21 - Maryland Reporter - Transportation

OPINION: TOLL PLAN MEANS CONGESTION FOR MOST: Josh Tulkin of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club opines in Maryland Matters that private toll lanes deliver the big profits for the toll road companies and investors, not the transportation that is best for the public. In this case, that means guaranteed congestion for the vast majority of drivers in the untolled lanes, traffic jams so bad that people will pay the high tolls that investors demand.

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Joins State and Local Leaders, Community Advocates in Demanding Improvements to State’s I-495/I-270 Managed Lane Plan

7/20/21 - Montgomery County Government - Transportation / Climate Change

Josh Tulkin, Maryland State director of the Sierra Club, said: "Climate change is causing record heat waves that are killing people and wildlife, causing record forest fires and droughts, record flooding and sea-level rise. Yet, our governor and too many local officials are turning a blind eye. New highway lanes induce more driving, which brings more pollution and climate emissions. It is a fact. This project will put us in the wrong direction."

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Howard Breaks Ground on MD’s Largest Solar Power Purchase Agreement

7/20/21 - Conduit Street - Solar

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, joined by state and local leaders, last week broke ground on the first of 11 transformational solar projects as part of Howard County’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The agreement will generate a monumental 44,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, which will cover more than 50 percent of the County’s energy usage and is the equivalent of taking 6,781 cars off the ... said County Executive Ball. “These solar arrays will be throughout our community on both public and private land. From rooftops to carports to ground mounts, we’re maximizing our ability to capture solar energy at our libraries, firehouses, police stations, our new circuit courthouse, and more.” “This is truly an example for the rest of the State,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “The standard has now been lifted. ..."

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Howard County Government: Groundbreaking On Maryland's Largest Solar Power Purchase Agreement In Howard County

7/15/21 - Patch.com - Solar

This is truly an example for the rest of the State, said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. "The standard has now been lifted. We need a competition, a positive competition, and this is the kind of energy activists like to see. Every solar panel we put up takes the pressure off our coal, fossil fuel, and gas, and power plants and gets us one step closer to not just producing clean energy, but also getting off the energy that continues to pollute predominantly Black and Brown communities."

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Capital Beltway toll rates draw scrutiny from residents and elected officials

7/15/21 - Land Line Media - Transportation

Representing the Maryland state chapter of the Sierra Club, Brian Ditzler referred to the high price a trucker could pay for a relatively short trip. He also debunked the claim that Maryland taxpayers will not foot the bill as the majority of those paying the tolls will be Maryland motorists. Furthermore, Ditzler claimed that the private sector toll operator has an incentive to keep congestion high on general-use lanes to incentivize people to pay the high toll rate. Ditzler argued that the high toll rates will further increase inequities for certain minority populations.

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Ruling could clear the way for natural gas pipeline near Hancock

7/3/21 - Herald Mail Media - Pipelines

David Smedick, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign for the Mid Atlantic Region, pointed to "increased heat waves, flooding and othe r impacts of the climate crisis." "This decision allows the fossil fuel industry to take public land and make the climate crisis worse," he said.

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Hogan-Backed PAC Blames Montgomery Leaders for Impasse Over Toll Lanes

7/3/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

The ads also earned a rebuke from the Sierra Club, which accused Hogan of using them for “cover.” According to Change Maryland’s Facebook advertising, “The Sierra Club and other leading environmental experts say that traffic is contributing to climate change,” and that Hogan’s plan would “clean up our air” and “fix” Montgomery’s traffic “crisis.” Hogan “is trying to use Sierra Club’s name to push his highway boondoggle, which we vehemently oppose, ” the organization said on Twitter on Friday. “The ad is simply false & Gov. Hogan knows it.”

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Toll lanes project review held in shadow of Purple Line’s woes

6/29/21 - The Daily Record - Transportation

“This P3 contract is not an advantageous deal for Maryland taxpayers,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, said of the proposal to add toll lanes. “It’s not ready for prime time.” Tulkin’s group and others expressed concerns about the environment as well as the costs of the multibillion-dollar project, many of which are still being worked out. “I think from the Purple Line we’ve learned that the fine text is very very important,” Tulkin told a panel of lawmakers as part of a public hearing to review the project.

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Maryland scales back planned widening of Capital Beltway, Environm entalists, some local officials still critical of project

6/24/21 - The Southern Maryland Chronicle - Transportation

Critics remain unswayed by MDOT’s move. Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said that while the proposed project is smaller, its original flaws remain. "The planned toll lanes will still harm communities, increase rather than decrease traffic congestion, and will not solve the environmental justice problems with this project,” he tweeted.

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Other Maryland counties have bolstered their forest conservation l aws, why not Baltimore County? | COMMENTARY

6/23/21 - Baltimore Sun - Forest Conservation

Forests are a crucial part of our state’s ecosystem: They clean our air and water, provide wildlife habitat, and enhance community health and well-being. Forests are also critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay, in large part because of their unmatched ability to slow down, absorb and filter stormwater. Beyond that, forests remove immense a mounts of carbon from the air, which is critical in our fight against climate change. ... "These laws must not only conserve our old growth native forests, but also ensure the creation of the old growth forests of the future." Deborah "Spice" Kleinmann, Chair, Greater Baltimore Group, Sierra Club

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Regional Transportation Board Vote May Quash Hopes For Maryland To ll Lane Project On I-495/I-270

6/16/21 - DCist - Transportation

“This (vote) reinforces that Gov. Hogan’s Beltway/I-270 proposal is bad for the climate and doesn’t have the support it needs to move for ward,” Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club said. “We must pull the plug on this project and go back to the drawing board to plan for a sustainable, equitable transportation future that actually addresses congestion.”

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Statement of the Save Maryland Transit Coalition on Gov. Hogan’s Last-Minute Veto of the Maryland Transit Safety & Investment Act

6/9/21 - The Sentinel - Transportation

“Gov. Hogan is out of step with what Marylanders in the 21st century need,” said Josh Tulkin, Director, Maryland Sierra Club.“ This legislation would help Marylanders have better access to safe and reliable transit and reduce climate pollution. We call on the General Assembly to override his veto as soon as they are in session.”

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Maryland scales back planned widening of Capital Beltway; Environmentalists, some local officials still critical of project

6/8/21 - Bay Journal - Transportation

Critics remain unswayed by MDOT’s move. Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said that while the proposed project is smaller, its original flaws remain. "The planned toll lanes will still harm communities, increase rather than decrease traffic congestion, and will not solve the environmental justice problems with this project,” he tweeted.

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Maryland Transportation Authority Set to Vote on D.C.-Area Toll Lane Plan

6/8/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

“The Hogan Administration is cutting corners by putting the private toll lanes contract up for a vote prematurely. Maryland can not afford to start sealing the deal on a multibillion-dollar project that poses such significant, long-term risks to our communities, climate, and public lands,” said Josh Tulkin, director of Maryland Sierra Club.

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Citizens Demand "Stop the P3 Toll Lane Boondoggle" As Virginia's Secret Contract with Toll Company Is Revealed

6/8/21 - Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition - Transportation

“The Hogan Administration is cutting corners by putting the private toll lanes contract up for a vote prematurely. Maryland can not afford to start sealing the deal on a multibillion dollar project that poses such significant, long-term risks to our communities, climate, and public lands,” said Josh Tulkin, Director of Maryland Sierra Club.

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Maryland’s Transit Authority Grants Preliminary Approval To Amended Beltway Project

6/8/21 - DCist - Transportation

Josh Tulkin, president of Maryland’s Sierra Club, agreed and requested that the vote by the board be delayed until the final environmental impact statement or “at least the release of the supplemental draft environmental impact statement with comments made by the public and responded to by the agencies.” Tulkin said because the project changed in the past few months it requires a new traffic assessment, air pollution reviews, and water and stormwater impact reports. “We’ve seen numerous false starts on this project,” Tulkin said. “This project, at this point, does not deserve a leap of faith where we’re putting the cart before the horse. ”

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Cemetery Near Controversial Road Project is Among Nation’s ‘Most Endangered’

6/3/21 - Maryland Matters - N/A

The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club applauded the National Trust’s decision to list the cemetery on its list of endangered historical sites. “The over-120-year-old Morningstar cemetery and hall site has gone from being unmarked on Maryland Department of Transportation maps for the proposed I-495 & I-270 toll lane expansion project to inspiring community group, county, and congressional support and even state bills,” the organization said in a statement. “And now it is being given national importance as one of America’s 11 most endangered historic places.”

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Opinion: Offshore wind power is a solid investment

5/31/21 - Washington Post - Offshore Wind

Regarding the May 26 news article “Sights set on California for next phase of offshore wind”: Expanding offshore wind power to California will help achieve President Biden’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Officials and beachcombe rs need to quell their complaints about wind turbines blocking their view of the horizon. The giant turbines planned for Ocean City, Md., will be placed 17 miles from shore and are much more attractive than offshore oil rigs. Wind turbines have zero emissions and will never close beaches or poison seabirds. Concerns about bird collisions with the turbines cannot be substantiated because birds normally fly closer to shore. Environmental impact studies provide an opportunity for marine biologists to confer with industry representatives about migratory bird paths. We need to allay our opposition to wind energy and accept the graceful windmills on the horizon to avoid catastrophic climate change caused by reliance on coal and gas as our energy sources. Many good union jobs will be created as the economy rebounds from the drastic pandemic. Gail B. Landy, Gaithersburg

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Hogan Vetoes Target Transit Spending, Collective Bargaining, COVID Oversight and More

5/28/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

“Gov. Hogan is out of step with what Marylanders in the 21st century need,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “This legislation would help Marylanders have better access to safe and reliable transit and reduce climate pollution. We call on the General Assembly to override his veto as soon as they are in session.”

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Josh Tulkin: Proposed Maryland Maglev has unacceptable costs | COMMENTARY

5/10/21 - Capital Gazette - Transportation

For more than three decades, the Sierra Club has championed smart growth in Maryland, and we are vocal advocates for expanding transit and rail. So, many folks are surprised to hear us voice concerns with the proposed Baltimore-Washington Maglev. ...The possible benefits are far outweighed by the fundamental inequity of the project, its probable adverse impacts on local transportation services for ordinary residents, and its irreversible adverse impacts on protected public lands and unique local ecosystems.

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Voices From the Readers - Facts Wrong on Wind

5/6/21 - MD Coast Dispatch - Wind Turbines

However, to protect Ocean City involves more than just the view of the water. The ocean levels are rising with global warming as the polar ice and glaciers are melting. The streets of Ocean City are only a few feet above sea level and will become covered with water in the not too distant future unless we stop global warming.

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Open Letter to Comptroller About Toll Lane Expansion

5/6/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

The many hidden costs of this project will fall on all Maryland taxpayers for 50+ years, not just taxpayers in Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties. These costs include relocation costs for 70 miles of water and sewer pipes, which the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission estimated at up to $2 billion, the costs of other utility relocations, a project subsidy of an estimated $482 million (according to the DEIS), and the ongoing future costs associated with 30 compensation and relief events listed in the P3 agreement term sheet (pages 13-16). 

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Sierra Club on the Proposed Maglev Project

5/2/21 - Calvert Beacon - Transportation

In response to the DEIS, Josh Tulkin, Director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statement: “The Sierra Club supports high speed intercity rail, i ncluding high speed rail along the Northeast Corridor. However, we have significant concerns that the maglev project currently proposed between Baltimore and Washington, DC would disproportionately impact communities of color and environmental justice communities that would not receive any of the benefits of the project. If built, this project would divert investments from public transit that already serves this corridor and have significant adverse impacts on protected public lands. Based on these concerns, Sierra Club opposes the project as currently proposed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and endorses the No-Build option.”

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Wooded Parcel Near UMD Inspires a Wish List That Can’t Be Fulfilled

4/28/21 - Maryland Matters - Natural Places

“Invasive species is a problem for every forest in America,” said Lily Fountain, chair of the Natural Places Co mmittee of Maryland Sierra Club and secretary of the Prince George’s Sierra Club Group. That doesn’t mean the solution is to remove the forest, she said. Walking through the woods on a recent sunny day, Fountain and other Sierra Club leaders pointed out woodpeckers, deer, a possible foxhole, and other evidence of wildlife. The Sierra Club members said woods are cycle-of-life ecosystems that take years to grow and cannot easily be replaced by planting trees all at once. She pointed to a 2015 Prince George’s County report called, “The Economic Values of Nature,” which said the county’s forest and tree canopy removes pollutants from the air, prevents water pollution, and removes carbon from the air, services worth more than $12 billion per year. “A lot of the parcels we have in this county are small like this,” noted Janet Gingold, chair of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club’s Prince George’s Group. “It’s not Yosemite, OK? But it’s still important. If we want to see a 100-year-old tree, we need to save the 50-year old trees.”

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One Small Patch of Woods Near the University of Maryland Sparks an Epic Fight

4/27/21 - Maryland Matters - Natural Places

“Large plots of contiguous forest are dwindling. They’re impossible to replace,” said Josh Tulkin, state direct or of the Maryland Sierra Club. “We support building graduate housing near the Purple Line, but we have serious concerns about this plan. There are not a lot of places where you have 10 acres of forest. We have a responsibility to generations after us to preserve this.”

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski sets goal of using 100% renewable energy for operations by 2026

4/22/21 - Baltimore Sun - 100% Renewable Energy

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, called the county’s 100% renewable energy goal in five years ambitious — but “the fact that they are taking concrete steps on the same day they announced the goal is a good sign ... that that they are on the right track.” Tulkin questioned the county’s inclusion of methane capture toward its goal. Converting methane to energy still emits planet-warming gases, but less so. “It is literally burning a fossil fuel,” he said. Still, he added, “I would not look at their policy on [methane capture] and conclude that it means they’re not committed to clean energy.”

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Women to Watch 2021 Nominees, Pg. 37 Special Insert

4/20/21 - Southern Maryland News - General Conservation

Rosa Hance, Chair, Maryland Sierra Club, Community Activist

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House-Senate Divisions Killed Climate Bill But It Should Have a Second Life in 2022

4/20/21 - Maryland Matters - Climate Bill

Regardless, there needs to be more leadership and a higher sense of urgency from the presiding officers if the state wants to see effective climate legislation pass, advocates say. That’s what it took for far-reaching measures such as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and police reform, said Josh Tulkin, director of Maryland Sierra Club.

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No, I Know: EP#80 Staying Green with the Sierra Club

4/16/21 - Delmarva Public Media 90,7 FM WSDL - About Maryland Sierra Club

1 hour radio interview with Rosa Hance, Chapter Chair, and Cindy Dillion, local group chair, April 16, 2021 - Delmarva Public Media 90.7 WSDL

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Md. Sierra Club: Will the Senate Co-Own Hogan’s Highway Boondoggle?

4/9/21 - Maryland Matters - Transportation

The Sierra Club, in collaboration with over 50 environmental, civic associations, civil rights and transportation advocates, drafted over 200 pages of expert comments in response to the DEIS.

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Don't Industrialize our natural places

4/7/21 - Southern Maryland News - Natural Places

Letter to the editor from Benjamin Hance

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Plan to widen congested Capital Beltway fuels fierce debate

4/6/21 - Bay Journal - Transportation

Our analysis shows that Governor Hogan’s highway boondoggle will not solve congestion,” Maryland Sierra Club Director Josh Tulkin said last November, shortly after the s tate released its draft environmental impact study. Instead, he said, “it will be a disaster for our climate and health and cause further harm to communities already impact ed by environmental injustices.

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Maryland officials plan to make more new cars exempt from emissions testing

3/26/21 - Baltimore Sun - Tranpsportaton

The Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, a national environmental advocacy group, expressed concern that relaxing requirements on emissions testing could send the wrong message, as the state rushes to reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% by 2030. “If electric vehicles were at a higher percentage of the overall p ercentage of new sales, then we might have more confidence,” said Lindsey Mendelson, transportation representative for the Maryland Sierra Club. “But for now, there’s still a lot of gasoline-powered cars that are being sold. And so we really do need emission testing on those.” The group wants to review the data from the Hogan administration about how the change will impact air emissions.

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Baltimore County Judge clears Red Maple affordable housing development in East Towson

3/9/21 - Baltimore Sun - Affordable Housing

The Green Towson Alliance, Sierra Club Greater Baltimore Group and Blue Water Baltimore, environmental groups against the development, have said the construction of Red Maple, which was granted a variance to reduce its 100-foot forest buffer, will eliminate half of one of the only green spaces left in East Towson.

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Bipartisan Coal Transition Bill Withdrawn by House Sponsor

3/8/21 - Maryland Matters - Coal

“We’re very disappointed. A near-universal local, national, and international call to act on climate and manage the transition off coal was again dismissed in favor of a small group of opposition voices. A coal plant closed last summer. Another will close in less than three months with even more jobs lost. Yet the General Assembly has agai n refused to take action to support impacted coal workers and communities,” David Smedick of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club said in a statement to Maryland Matters .

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Ellis touts bill to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

3/2/21 - Southern Maryland News - Greenhouse Gas Emissions

During the Sierra Club’s virtual meeting Thursday night, Feb. 25, state Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles) touted Senate Bill 414, the Climate Solutions Act. Among other thin gs, the bill would take diesel buses off the streets and focus on Maryland Department of Transportation electric buses, Ellis said, noting that the bill would require all M DOT buses be converted to electric. Another provision would require the state to plant 5 million native species trees by the end of 2030 and take care of them.

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Bill to Curb “Broken Promises” on MD Plan to Widen Beltway, I-270

2/25/21 - Public News Service - Tranpsortation

Lindsey Mendelson, transportation representative for the Maryland Sierra Club, said the bill is also important because state officials are fast-tracking the deal. Just last week, she noted, MDOT chose two companies to develop the project, even though it pledged an environmental review had to be completed first. "Gov. Hogan's plan has shaken the public's confidence in our government," Mendelson argued. "And the state has kept local government agencies and the public in the dark when it comes to traffic data, toll-revenue projections and the decision-making process altogether. That is unacceptable."

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Sierra Club, Lower Eastern Shore Group Holds Environmental Film Series

2/24/20 - Delmarva Life - Environmental Film Series

Links to YouTube video

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‘We want to know what we’re buying’: Environmental critics tout bills for oversight of Beltway-270 toll lanes plan

2/24/21 - WTOP.com - Transportation

“The bills that we are discussing today will not stop the project, but they will help to bring about some much-needed reform to restore public confidence in our government, promote transparency, and make sure that our tax dollars are invested wisely,” said Lindsey Mendelson of the Maryland Sierra Club, which sponsored the virtual rally.

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Commissioners Appoint Resilience Authority of Charles County Board of Directors

2/23/21 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - General

Teresa Ball is the compliance officer for Soul Tree LLC, an energetic education, training, and consulting company; and has served on a variety of organizations including the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Charles County NAACP, NAACP Environmental Justice Leaders, Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County and Clean Air Prince George’s.

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Maryland issues an ambitious climate plan–a year late

2/23/21 - PV Magazine USA - Climate

The Sierra Club’s Tulkin cautioned that a plan is “only successful if it is implemented.” “With the plan coming out a year late, there is an extra burden on MDE to demonstrate its commitment not just to setting these goals, but to achieving them,” Tulkin said. An early indication of MDE’s commitment will be how the agency engages with legislation during the upcoming 90-day legislative session. “Where the plans fall short, we call on the General Assembly to take the lead,” he said. “Acting on climate is everyone’s responsibility.”

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MD Sierra Club Statement on New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

2/21/21 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - Coal

The State Director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club Josh Tulkin released the following statement in response: “It is notable that the Hogan Administration’s climate action plan has coal exiting the power sector by no later than 2030. This is a change from the 2019 Draft climate action plan which shows the Hogan administration recognizes we need to move off of dirty coal. With the Hogan administration recognizing this reality, then the General Assembly needs to pass the Coal Community Transition Act this year to create new programs and structures to responsibly manage the transition off coal for workers and communities.

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Department of the Environment Releases a Climate Action Plan — 14 Months After Deadline

2/20/21 - Maryland Matters - Climate

“It is notable that the Hogan Administration’s climate action plan has coal exiting the power sector by no later than 2030. This is a change from the 2019 Draft climate action plan which shows the Hogan administration recognizes we need to move off of dirty coal,” Josh Tulkin, the director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a statement. / “We remain concerned that the Administration’s new climate action plan cites a commitment to public transit, yet MDOT was the sole opposition party to the Transit Safety and Investm ent Act from Delegate Lierman and Senator McCray,” said David Smedick, senior campaign representative for the Beyond Coal Campaign of Maryland Sierra Club.

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Maryland selects Transurban, Macquarie to develop toll lanes for Beltway, I-270

2/18/21 - Washington Post - Transportation

“Rushing is the opposite of what is needed on such a risky, complex and enormous project surrounding our nation’s capital that is going to be led by and concessioned to a private company for 50 years,” said Josh Tulkin, director of Maryland Sierra Club.

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Maryland may ban plastic carryout bags at retail shops

2/10/21 - Times-News.com - Zero Waste

A Maryland Sierra Club survey states the fees have cut down single plastic use by more than half in some local grocery chains.

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Maryland bill bans plastic carryout bags at retail shops

2/9/21 - Baltimore Fish Bowl - Zero Waste

A Maryland Sierra Club survey states these fees have cut down single plastic use by more than half in some local grocery chains.

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County Executive Olszewski, Local Leaders Call on State Help Combat Climate Change

2/3/21 - Fox Baltimore - Climate Change

On Wednesday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will be joined by Delegate Pat Young, Senator Kathy Klausmeier, Maryland Sierra Club Chapter Director Josh Tulkin, and Maryland LCV Executive Director Kim Coble to promote state legislation to create a new office to centralize climate change and sustainability efforts across state government.

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Maryland lawmakers seek to lock in transit repair funding

2/2/21 - APNews - Transportation

One in three transit riders across the state are essential workers, said Lindsey Mendelson transportation representative for Maryland Sierra Club. This is critical not just for the environment, but also for promoting equity and making sure people have reliable access to jobs, Mendelson said.

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Maryland lawmakers eye statewide ban on balloon releases

1/27/21 - Bay Journal - Zero Waste

Cindy Dillon of the Maryland Sierra Club, testifying in Annapolis in favor of that state’s legislation, noted that balloons are often released to celebrate some happy occasion, such as a wedding or graduation, or as a tribute to a lost loved one. She suggested there are other, less potentially harmful ways to honor those individuals, such as planting a tree or lighting candles, or even drumming.

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Eastern Shore Pipeline Receives Final Approval From Bd. of Public Works

1/27/21 - Maryland Matters - Pipeline

But Josh Tulkin, director of Maryland’s Sierra Club, asserted that “we cannot simply make baby steps in the fight against climate change.” “We do not have 40 to 50 years for bridge fuels,” he continued.

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Md. Lawmakers Look to Amend State Constitution to Include Environmental Rights

1/22/21 - Maryland Matters - General

“Race — not class — is the number one indicator of where a toxic pollution source is located,” Rosa Hance, Maryland chapter chair of the Sierra Club, testified. “We see the disproportionate burden of incinerators, highways, power plants and heavy industry on communities of color.”

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Opinion: Montgomery County has been slow on its climate promises. But there’s a ray of light.

1/22/21 - Washington Post - Climate

Enitire article is an opinion piece by Shruti Bhatnagar and Mike Tidwell of CCAN

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Opinion: State’s Economy, Environment and Equity Depend on Transit

12/23/2020 - Maryland Matters - Sierra Club

Equity for all Marylanders: The burdens of an unreliable public transit system fall hardest on low-income communities, communities of color, people with disabilities and others without access to a vehicle.

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50-year-old Maryland power plant to stop burning coal in 2027

12/22/2020 - Baltimore Sun & Capital Gazette - Beyond Coal

“The state came into 2020 with six coal-fired power plants without clear end dates for their operations when it comes to burning coal,” said David Smedick, senior campaign representative of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. “Throughout this year, we’ve had five of the six power plants now very publicly announced their intention to retire.”

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A Major Energy Operator in Md. Plans to Retire All Its Coal Plants by 2027

12/21/2020 - Maryland Matters - Beyond Coal

“In the coming years, we will keep working to hold GenOn accountable for its pollution from the Morgantown facility while pushing for more local investment in clean energy solutions. GenOn’s support for coal transition legislation in 2021 creates important momentum leading into an unprecedented Maryland legislative session,” David Smedick, the senior campaign representative of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said in a statement.

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Opinion: Housing near transit can help people afford to live in county

12/19/2020 - Washington Post - Clean Transportation

Opinion: Housing near transit can help people afford to live in county: Look beyond cars as the main way to get around by Gail Landy - "Council Member Will Jawando proposed a zoning text amendment that prioritizes affordable housing by incorporating development of high-density dwellings, thereby reducing the medium income required for a county residence."

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D.C. Transit System Cuts Seen as Catastrophic for Climate, Workers

12/4/2020 - Public News Service - Clean Transportation

Lindsey Mendelson, clean transportation representative for the Sierra Club's Maryland chapter pointed out the cuts would dramatically increase pollution with more people driving, and poses a serious public health risk during the pandemic. "We've seen health experts say that exposure to air pollution is associated with higher death rates from COVID-19," Mendelson observed. "And so not only would this be a disaster for climate pollution and pollution in general, but this also is not good news in a public heal th crisis either." Mendelson contended the unprecedented service reductions would put nearly a third of Metro staff jobs on the line. She added they also would create severe hardships for essential and off-hours employees who rely on public transportation to get to work. "It would also impede the economic recovery because people would have less ability to travel, to go to restaurants, shopping," Mendelson asserted. "And once jobs come back, it would also be harder for people to work because if they can't get to their jobs, they can't work." Mendelson suggested the trend could push Congress to step up with stimulus funding to save public transportation during this economic crisis.  

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Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline For Maryland’s Eastern Shore Gets Final Approval

12/3/2020 - WAMU - Dirty Fuels

Josh Tulkin with Maryland’s Sierra Club agreed with Rutherford that the lower Eastern Shore communities have already been economically disadvantaged and said that they should be the first to receive clean renewable energy sources. But Tulkin added that the real problem was that initial requests for proposals for the project only asked for options looking into natural gas. “So to say this was the best option is assuming we looked at all the options, we did not.”

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We Can Declare a Winner — in the Maryland Matters Election Contest!

12/3/2020 - Maryland Matters - Awards

Congratulations to Rich Norling, the political director for the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. He edged Anthony McAuliffe, a public information officer for the Prince George’s County government, to take the prize. The very close race came down to the second tie-breaker. You may recall that we asked for 10 predictions and then asked two tie-breaker questions. Rich Norling, our winner Norling and McAuliffe called every race right,

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Maryland board OKs key permit for natural gas pipeline

12/2/2020 - Telegraph - Dirty Fuels

“This is not a smart decision,” said Josh Tulkin, who is the director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. “Greenlighting another fracked gas pipeline is like throwing more gasoline on the climate crisis."

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New Natural Gas Pipeline For Maryland's Eastern Shore Gains Final Approval

12/2/2020 - DCist - Dirty Fuels

Josh Tulkin with Maryland’s Sierra Club agreed with Rutherford that the lower Eastern Shore communities have already been economically disadvantaged and said that they should be the first to receive clean renewable energy sources. But Tulkin added that the real problem was that initial requests for proposals for the project only asked for options looking into natural gas. “So to say this was the best option is assuming we looked at all the options, we did not.”

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Southern Maryland Sierra Club proposes air monitoring initiative

12/2/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Air Quality

The Southern Maryland Sierra Club and the Charles County NAACP have partnered with several other groups to request the implementation of a comprehensive local air monito ring network in the county from the commissioners. The effort is specifically focused on the gathering of air quality data to assess the impact of pollution sources on the county’s general air quality. In a letter submitted to the Charles commissioners on Monday, the groups identify that the level of airborne pollutants in the county’s towns and neighborhoods are not properly monitored or quantified.

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Eastern Shore gas pipeline project gets key environmental approval from Maryland’s Board of Public Works

12/2/2020 - Baltimore Sun - Dirty Fuels

“This is not a bridge fuel,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club. “A bridge would be a year or two. This is going to be a multidecade investment.”

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Md. leaders sound alarm on proposed Metro cuts

12/1/2020 - WTOP - Clean Transportation

“These cuts would threaten the ability of many frontline healthcare workers, grocery clerks, and other employees to get to their jobs; put thousands of transit jobs on the line; impede economic recovery; and increase transportation pollution,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club.

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Possible legal challenges pose cost risks for Maryland toll lanes proposal

11/29/2020 - Washington Post - Clean Transportation/495-270

The Sierra Club’s Maryland chapter said it plans to sue if the state doesn’t address its concerns with the environmental analysis. In 207 pages of comments, the Sierra Club and about 50 other environmental and civic groups said the state hasn’t adequately assessed the highway widening’s effects on parkland, air and water quality, and histo rical sites, among other problems. “If the agencies decide to move forward, and the flaws are not addressed, we anticipate challenging that decision,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club.

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MD Report Pushes Aggressive Climate-Action Plans

11/24/2020 - Public News Service - Beyond Coal

David Smedick, senior campaign representative for the Beyond Coal Initiative at the Sierra Club's Maryland chapter, said it's the first time in years the commission is offering concrete actions lawmakers can take to reduce pollution. "The idea that the commission has found tangible things for the state to move forward with is really exciting," Smedick said. "We've got a lot more work that needs to be done than just what's in the recommendations there. But this is a really important first step on how to combat climate change." Smedick said the report shows Maryland lawmakers need to do more environmental justice work to ensure overburdened and underserved communities can benefit from clean-energy policies. "How are we really investing more equitably into the communities that have suffered the most from the fossil-fuel industry?" He said. "There's acknowledgment that needs to happen; and now, we need to actually make it happen and hold our decision-makers accountable to ensuring that we have an equitable climate-justice plan."

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Maryland's Purple Line has uncertain future after contractor quits, claiming $800M in overruns

11/19/2020 - Baltimore Sun - Purple Line

... one of the Purple Line's two underground sections, Josh Tulkin said. He later learned their complaints weren't reaching the correct officials, he said.

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LTE: Tree planting across region a tree-mendous success

11/19/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Conservation

Over 75 volunteers came out to our (properly socially distanced and masked) events to help plant trees. I would like to personally thank the individuals and members from Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, NAACP Charles and St. Mary’s chapters, church youth groups, Master Gardeners and Naturalists, and motivated individual volunteers in the Sou thern Maryland Sierra Club and beyond. You all came out, shovels at the ready, and got your hands dirty to help your community.

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SIERRA CLUB RALLIES SUPPORT FOR SOLAR PANELING ON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL RESERVE

11/16/2020 - My MC Media - Renewable Energy

It could provide solar power for up to 50,000 residents living apartments and homes, including low income families and others typically unable to fund or support solar panel construction. ... Here in Montgomery County, we’ve lived for years with the greenhouse gas and air pollution coming from the Dickerson power plant; some of us have dev eloped asthma and other health problems from this pollution,” ... Shruti Bhatnagar: Action alert: ZTA 20-01 will allow building of solar powering over 50,000 households that can’t have solar themselves, including low income families that can’t afford their own solar panels. Email @MoCoCouncilMD https://tinyurl.com/Support-ZTA-20-01 @hansrieme r @CmHucker @sierraclubmd

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Md. business groups cheer Beltway-widening plan; former Gov. Glendening calls approach ‘nonsense’

11/11/2020 - WTOP - Clean Transportation/495-270

The Maryland Sierra Club and 50 other environmental and civic organizations released a 200-page scientific and legal analysis on Tuesday that laid out what the groups claim to be numerous deficiencies with the state’s approach. The groups called on MDOT to start over, with a process more geared toward reducing traffic, protecting the envir onment and safeguarding public health.

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County’s plastic waste increases as residents stay home during pandemic

11/9/2020 - Bethesda Magazine - Zero Waste

Link to our testimony. “The COVID crisis has exposed the overreliance of our community on single-use plastics,” Amy Maron, the zero waste lead at the Sierra Club chapter in Montgomery County, said. “It’s a great time for us to take a look at finding solutions that will keep our planet free from plastics that just simply don’t break down in the environment.”

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Statewide Voting Rights Coalition Urges Patience as Ballots are Counted

11/4/2020 - The Bay Net - Elections

“We need to be patient and let election officials count all the votes. Maryland’s primary in June was conducted mostly by mail. It took several days after primary day to count all the votes that had been mailed on time for Mayor of Baltimore,” said Maryland Sierra Club political chair Rich Norling. “Some other states have laws that don’t allow them to start processing and counting their thousands of mailed ballots until election day itself. So be prepared for patience as election officials get an accurate count of all the mailed-in ballots.”

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The key secret to success for bus rapid transit systems

10/11/2020 - Washington Post - Clean Transportation/Transit

MoCoSC. "Creating a bus rapid transit system in Montgomery County is great. U.S. Route 29 is a good place to start! Montgomery County Department of Transportation Direct or Chris Conklin said, “We . . . know that we can do better.” Yes, please move quickly to run the wonderful new buses in dedicated lanes for the entire route from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring. Dedicated lanes are the key secret to success of dozens of BRT systems around the world. Without dedicated lanes, the buses will not be rapid, and folks who have choices will not get out of their cars and into the buses."

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Council enacts the More Housing at Metrorail Stations Act

10/6/2020 - County's Digital Communication Services - Affordable Housing

Shruti Bhatnagar, chair of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Sierra Club. "The proposed legislation aligns with Sierra Club priorities to address climate change through smart growth policies focusing on transportation, housing and land use. We need more total housing units in the County, and we can help reduce greenhouse gas by building most (at least 80 percent) of these new housing units within walking distance of transit stations, which also promotes a healthy active lifestyle. Sierra Club recommends making many of these units affordable to help the County move forward in its equity goals.”

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Maryland becomes first state to ban foam carryout products

10/2/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Zero Waste

Thomas Brewer, a zero waste representative for the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, said this week he is “fully supportive” of the move as polystyrene contains “a bunch of chemicals that can leak into the environment and it doesn't break down." He said right now the only destination for the foam products is a landfill or ...

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State Reverses Some Proposed Transit Service Cuts in Baltimore Area

9/30/2020 - Maryland Matters - Clean Transportation

The Maryland Sierra Club called the initial proposal “misguided.” “We are facing a global climate crisis, a public health crisis, and an economic recession,” said the organization’s transportation representative, Lindsey Mendelson. “The last thing we should do is cut public transit service,” she added. “We will take a hard look at how MARC commuter rail and Commuter bus service will be impacted. While we’re glad to see some of these cuts reversed, the fundamental problem remains that our region’s public transit system is woefully underfunded and the long-term budget does not even ensure a state of good repair we need for a safe and reliable system.”

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Sierra Club Partners with Recreation and Parks for Trees Planted in County Parks

9/14/2020 - Southern Maryland Chronicle - Conservation

Volunteers from the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, are planting native trees at three of the county parks. A selection of 10 native deciduous trees is planned for Dorsey, 5th District Parks, and Lancaster parks, focusing on areas that will improve these parks bot h aesthetically and functionally. In addition to beautifying the area, trees provide a habitat for local mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. They also can improve the park going experience by sheltering playgrounds, benches, tables, and pathways from the summer heat and winter winds.

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Opponents to Hogan’s supersized Beltway are scrambling to read 18,000 pages

8/18/2020 - Washington Post - Clean Transportation

Rodolfo Pérez, a civil engineer retired from the federal government, is among the volunteers helping the Maryland Sierra Club make sense of the 18,000-page draft environ mental impact statement for Gov. Hogan's proposed Beltway and I-270 toll-lane project. The Washington area is full of smart people such as Pérez, citizens who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and applying some of their expertise. Lindsey Mendelson at the Maryland Sierra Club told me 128 people signed up to review various parts of the DEIS. Pérez is among about 20 who are working on an in-depth analysis.

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Films available through Sierra Club

8/17/2020 - Cumberland Times-News - Film Club

“Sierra Club has come to recognize that we cannot solve environmental issues by looking at them in a vacuum,” said Josh Tulkin, director of SCMD. “Information about environmental conservation and education is at the forefront of our organization. We must explore the intersection between the environment and race, economics, politics and more. These films will help our members expand their understanding of complex issues and the relationship between environmental harm and many other issues impacting our society today.” The MD Sierra Film Club features a monthly panel discussion where members submit their own questions to the panelists.

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Md. Couple Receives National Volunteering Awards From Sierra Club

7/27/2020 - Maryland Matters - Awards

Rosa Hance is the chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, the youngest woman to serve as a chapter leader. She helped expand Maryland Sierra Club’s social media platform, especially on Instagram, where the chapter has almost doubled its number of followers under her leadership, State Director Joshua Tulkin said.

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Two Southern Maryland volunteer leaders selected to receive national awards

7/23/2020 - Bay Net - Awards

"It is hard to overstate the contributions this power couple has made to the Southern Maryland Group and Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club,” said Chapter Director Josh Tulkin. “This ranges from recruiting and training new members to greater attention to environmental and social justice to pushing through local and state bills that protect the health and environment of Marylanders." “It’s always fantastic to see our volunteer leaders recognized for their tireless work. Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of the work we do around the state of Maryland, and the key to our effectiveness as an organization. One of the best aspects of the Sierra Club is the ability of volunteers from all areas and backgrounds to join the fight and work together towards a cleaner, healthier, more just, and more sustainable future for Maryland.”

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Public forum yields zero response from citizens

7/17/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Event

... at this forum could have been partly due to the Southern Maryland Sierra Club hosting a virtual environmental justice forum at the same time.

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Brandywine the focus of climate change discussion

7/17/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Event

“We wouldn’t have climate change if we didn’t have systemic racism,” said Rosa Hance, a St. Mary’s County resident who is chair of the Sierra Club’s state chapter. “The white supremacist structure has made it impossible for our Earth to heal and sustain itself,” she said.

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Concerned with Beltway Expansion, Activists Request More Time to Review Environmental Report

7/17/2020 - Montgomery Community Media - Clean Transportation/495-270

“The Sierra Club and other organizations have been denied, delayed or charged $300,000 for public information requests that would have shed more light on this project,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “We need more time to comment on this controversial proposal.”

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Maryland releases environmental impact statement on widening I-495 and I-270

7/13/2020 - WDVM - Clean Transportation

Lindsey Mendelson of the Maryland Sierra Club stated, “We really need to focus on investments that create the co-benefits of protecting public health, creating more jobs and addressing historic inequities and this project would do the opposite.”

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Maryland Publishes 18,000-page Environmental Impact Assessment Of Proposed I-270 And I-495 Expansion

7/10/2020 - DCist - Clean Transportation/495-270

Lindsey Mendelson, of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, agrees. “We have to look at everything in terms of a whole system, including public transit, including land use, how people are walking around and getting from their homes to grocery stores to essential jobs,” she says.

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Hearings will offer chance for feedback on plan for I-270/495 toll lanes

7/10/2020 - Frederick News Post - Clean Transportation/495-270

“The Draft Environmental Impact Statement weighs 90 pounds. That alone indicates that this project warrants intense scrutiny,” Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, said in a statement. “We are concerned that this massive highway project will exacerbate harm to our health and environment.”

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The Transportation Climate Initiative, explained

5/21/2020 - Greater Greater Washington - Clean Transportation

“The complete lack of action at the federal level means states and DC must come together to protect our future and our health,” said Lindsey Mendelson, Clean Transportation Representative at the Maryland Sierra Club.

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Rosa Hance: On a Mission to Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Environment

3/6/2020 - Southern Maryland Woman Magazine - Chapter

"Movement building is kind of my thing."

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Great Mills woman to lead Sierra Club's state chapter

2/5/2020 - Southern Maryland News - Chapter

“In these roles [Hance] has helped bring increased focus on community coalition building and emphasized the importance of demographic and ideological diversity in sustaining a strong environmental movement.”

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On Transit Equity Day, Experts Call for Bus Rapid Transit, Electric Vehicles in D.C. Suburbs

2/5/2020 - Maryland Matters - Clean Transportation

"This is not a conversation for just one day,” Bhatnagar said. “Having access to public transportation that works for each and every individual is a basic right.”

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Md. Sierra Club Gets Youngest Woman Leader Ever

1/30/2020 - Maryland Matters - Chapter

“The energy and motivation of our leadership and our membership is palpable,” Hance said in a statement. “I think we’re going to have a very successful year as we fight to protect our natural resources and ecosystems, push for a just and equitable transition from fossil fuels, and work for a more environmentally sustainable future for the people of Maryland.”

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