October 30, 2014









Dear Jodi,

We hope to see you at our Network meeting on November 20.  We'll be sharing our newest report, Energy & Health in Maryland: A Briefing for Health Professionals

November 20, 2014

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

4 East University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218




Among our speakers will be MedChi President Gene Ransom, talking about MedChi's recent resolution calling for Maryland's coal-fired power plants to use Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Dr. Cliff Mitchell, Director of Environmental Health at DHMH, will also join us to provide an overview of the public comments received on the Public Health study of Marcellus Shale. (That's if he isn't dragged away by an ebola crisis.)

We'll share other examples about how energy policy and health intersect. We hope you'll join us!

Rebecca Ruggles

Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network 







Green Cleaning for Every School in Maryland

This fall has been full of opportunities to further Maryland's law that mandates every school in Maryland is using safer (green) cleaning products. Maryland State Dept. of Education (MSDE) has received policies on implementing green cleaning from 12 of the 24 school districts in the state. 


I am excited to be working with MSDE, researchers, and graduate students at University of Maryland to review the policies and to identify gaps in the law and in implementing the law. 


If you are interested in finding out more about green cleaning in schools contact me: Allison Rich, the MdEHN Children's Environmental Health Specialist. 




In the news: Marylanders want more renewable energy

  • On October 17th, NAACP, Maryland Working Families, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, health professionals and students joined business and environmental leaders in calling on state lawmakers to double Maryland's commitment to clean electricity in 2015.

    Read the press release and View the photos
  • A new survey reveals that Marylanders want more renewable energy and even say they are willing to pay a bit more for it. Two out of 3 people surveyed also favor doubling the state's goal for renewable energy production, from 20% to 40%.

Read the Baltimore Sun story




Safe Grow Montgomery - seeking a ban on cosmetic use of pesticides.


We applaud the Safe Grow Montgomery coalition for their efforts to have the Montgomery County Council enact a ban on cosmetic lawn pesticides.  Lend your support to their efforts! 


Click here to sign the petition, if you live in Montgomery County, MD, or send the petition to your friends who do.




Free Your Voice Strategy Session


Join Free Your Voice in planning next steps in stopping the nation's largest trash burning incinerator from being built less than a mile from schools in Curtis Bay. This is the first meeting in a process that will include exploring positive energy alternatives.


November 8th, 2014 

11 AM - 3 PM  St. Paul's Church 

3909 Pennington Ave, Curtis Bay, MD 21226

Download the flyer 


For more information or to RSVP contact Greg Sawtell 





© James River Association

Charles Village Town Hall on the Shipping by Rail of Crude Oil through City Neighborhoods


A new proposal to construct a crude oil shipping facility in Fairfield could put a loop of Baltimore neighborhoods, from East to West to South, at risk from new air emissions,  spills, or explosion. Chesapeake Climate Action Network is hosting a series of town halls to help Baltimore neighborhoods learn about the issue. MdEHN is researching the health implications now.

Join CCAN at the Charles Village Town Hall:


November 11, 2014

7 PM - 8:30 PM in Charles Village, Baltimore, MD


RSVP or for more information, contact Jon Kenney




MdLCV Baltimore Legislative Update

Maryland League of Conservation Voters & Baltimore Green Drinks offer a discussion of upcoming environmental legislation for the 2015 General Assembly Session. Legislators and environmental organizations will be present for questions and discussion of the 2015 legislative landscape.


December 02, 2014

6 PM - 8 PM

De Kleine Duivel
 3602 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 


Click here for more information or to RSVP 




Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities


The Initiative on Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH), at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) is holding its Third Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health Disparities in Maryland and Washington, DC.  MdEHN has been helping plan sessions and recruit speakers.  Register now. 


December 6-7, 2014 

9 AM - 4 PM 

Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building, 

University of Maryland, College Park, MD


This year's symposium will focus on links between the Chesapeake Bay, environmental justice, and health issues.


Click here to register & to find out more