Clean Water Action's Baltimore office is fortunate to have three interns working with us this summer! All rising seniors studying environmental science or policy at Baltimore-area colleges, Morgan, Megan, and Sofia are already conducting research and outreach on our campaigns on sewage system infrastructure, septic system improvements, zero waste initiatives, climate resiliency, and more. I'll let them introduce themselves!
Morgan Hoffman, Environmental Science, Towson University
On June 7th, Clean Water Action’s National Field Canvass delivered 390 postcards and over 800 letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from Clean Water Action members across the country in opposition to the Administration’s proposed loophole to the Clean Water Act.
As environmental awareness has continued to increase, the debate of banning distribution of plastic bags has been brought to the table. Implementing policy regarding this issue in Baltimore City would lead to numerous benefits for its residents, its economy, and its surrounding ecosystems. A plastic bag ban in Baltimore City may reap a large positive economic impact by decreasing the demand for disposable bags and increasing the demand for reusable bags.
On May 13th, with the symbolic press of a green button, Comite Lost Hills En Accion (Committee Lost Hills in Action), successfully launched the SNAPS (Study of Neighborhood Air near Petroleum Sources) air pollution monitors at the California Air Resources Board SNAPS Kickoff in Lost Hills. Over 25 community members joined the launch and celebration.
The Trump/Wheeler Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dismantling critical parts of the Clean Water Act one by one. Cumulatively these are the most serious threat to our nation’s bedrock environmental law in its history. If even one of these administration proposals is finalized, the consequences would be dire. Taken together, the Clean Water Act as we know it could go away. Since the Trump administration is parceling out these assaults, it can be hard to see the full picture.
On May 22, Clean Water Action gathered for our Annual Spring for Water Benefit in downtown Boston at Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. We had the pleasure of honoring influential leaders who are making real change, and recognized Clean Water staff member Jeff Knudsen as he heads into retirement.
Earlier this month, Honolulu BBQ, a ReThink Disposable certified business, won a StopWaste Business Efficiency Award for Excellence in Disposable Foodware Reduction. Honolulu BBQ’s journey to ReThink Disposable certification and county-wide recognition is an inspiration.
In 2017, Connecticut’s General Assembly made an outrageous and short-sighted decision to raid $145 million dollars of energy efficiency and clean energy funds and sweep them into the state’s general fund to help plug a fiscal crisis.
T.J.Maxx is a popular shopping destination for many Bostonians because it offers a wide variety of products at often discounted prices. It is almost like a routine for me to pick up some vegan snacks at the Allston T.J.Maxx on weekends. Every time I go shopping, I have the habit of collecting receipts to keep track of my spending. But last week, when I went to TJ Maxx to buy my favorite blueberry protein bars, I suddenly found myself unsure what to do when the cashier handed me the receipt. You may wonder why.