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  • Community Organizing to Stop Cove Point | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    this was probably the last thing these Southern Maryland marchers thought they would be doing on a sweltering day in July These people are part of the hundreds of concerned citizens from Southern Maryland that live within a few miles of Dominion Resources proposed Cove Point gas export facility Most of them were first learning about the plant just last fall whether it was at a town hall or a discussion with their neighbor while they walked the dog They formed a group Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community CCHC which has been courageously fighting off the goliath like Dominion from relentless propaganda on TV radio and print pushing to stop the plant from tarnishing their idyllic bayside community CCHC members rally to stop the proposed Cove Point gas export facility Photo Tracey Eno The members of CCHC have been integral in making this rally and this movement grow so quickly CCHC has been a big part of the campaign every step of the way They ve collected hundreds of public comments going door to door and calling neighbors throughout the community pointing out the glaring safety and environmental flaws on FERC s draft environmental assessment of Cove Point They ve published dozens of letters in the local paper held house meetings Gasland screenings and have lobbied elected officials They ve packed public hearings outnumbering the proponents of the plant and giving passionate testimony At the rally we filled an entire bus with Southern Marylanders and a CCHC member kicked off the rally as an incredible speaker sharing her story with the large crowd and the media Every day I am inspired by the sheer amount of work and effort the CCHC members have given to this fight spending endless hours late into the night researching detailed applications and documents

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/community-organizing-to-stop-cove-point/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Jon Kenney, Maryland Community Organizer | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Zoning Control to Federal Government Over Controversial 3 8 Billion Proposed Gas Export Facility at Cove Point October 31 2013 By Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer Share At least 200 concerned Calvert residents left highly frustrated and dismayed October 29 after the County Commissioners and the Planning Committee held a joint public hearing about the proposed Dominion Continued For Cove Point political parties don t dictate sides October 8 2013

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/jon-kenney/page/2/ (2016-05-02)
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  • New Faces at CCAN | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    working with CCAN s Field Director Monique Sullivan to keep the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking out of Maryland This spring this team is focused on banning the practice in Prince George s County Cole is a junior at the University of Maryland College Park majoring in Geographic Sciences and an active member of the school s Student Sustainability Coalition Cole is a native Marylander and Eagle Scout Darien recently graduated from UMD with a double major in Environmental Science and Policy He has worked with the U S Climate Action Network and the American Council on Renewable Energy and is looking forward to a long career in environmental and public policy Shanna Fricklas Maryland and DC Policy Fellow Shanna is working with CCAN s Maryland and DC Policy Director James McGary to research and develop policy positions draft white papers and other advocacy materials and support our lobbying efforts in Annapolis She graduated from Lewis Clark Law School in 2015 with a Certification in Environment Natural Resources Law and came to CCAN in search of an opportunity to chase her passion for tackling climate change Shanna has worked with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Sustainable Northwest the U S Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the legal team at the Climate Reality Project In her spare time she enjoys gardening camping hiking and the company of her energetic guinea pig named Gizmo Yashodhara Varma Safe Coast Virginia Yashodhara is working with CCAN s Statewide Organizer Charlie Spatz to protect vulnerable communities across Virginia from the impacts of climate change and put the first ever cap on carbon emissions in the state Yashodhara is a freshman at Maggie L Walker Governor s School and enjoys graphic design and photography She is the Editor in chief of the Virginia Junior Academy of

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/new-faces-at-ccan/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Important: Final Plunge logistics for Saturday | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    a waiver form But any plungers under 18 years of age need to have the waiver form signed by a parent or guardian If you re bringing a plunger who is under 18 click here to print a waiver for their parent or guardian to sign and bring it with you on Saturday 2 Arrival time You and any friends or family members coming along to support you should plan to get to National Harbor no later than 10 15 a m All plungers must register at the registration tents which open at 10 a m before the program starts at 11 a m so make sure you get there on time 3 Attire advice You should plan to wear old sneakers or sandals that won t fall off when you go into the water You will also be less cold if in addition to a towel you bring a robe or a blanket to wear immediately before and after you go in the water We ll have foot warmers to put in your shoes that you ll appreciate especially after you ve come out of the water 4 Directions You can find out how to get to National Harbor including via public transportation which is possible but slow by going here http www nationalharbor com directions Follow the signs for the plunge once you re off the interstate highway You can also enter the address for the after party into navigation devices for driving directions as it is adjacent to the parking lot McLoone s Pier House 141 National Plaza National Harbor Maryland 5 Parking There are enough spots for all in the lot by McCloone s The first 100 cars will be given a free parking pass Otherwise it costs about 5 6 Weather As this is written

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/important-final-plunge-logistics-for-saturday/ (2016-05-02)
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  • New date: Polar Bear Plunge moved to January 30th | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Plunge moved to January 30th January 21 2016 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share It s official In the face of possible blizzard conditions we have decided to postpone the Polar Bear Plunge to next Saturday January 30th at National Harbor That means we can all stay warm this weekend And we have one extra week to fundraise and hit our goal of raising 90 000 to fight climate change Plus a photo of you plunging will look even more impressive against a snowy backdrop Thanks to your outreach we re 66 percent of the way to our goal We have just under 31 000 more to raise to get there and we know we can do it We raised 30 000 in the week leading up to last year s plunge and that was without a giant snowstorm to set the stage for serious bragging rights The keepwintercold org website is updated with the new date next Saturday January 30th and you can continue using it to recruit sponsors Meanwhile all the logistics for the Plunge will remain the same just taking place one week later We ll be sure to update you next week with all the final

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/new-date-polar-bear-plunge-moved-to-january-30th/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Top MD lawmakers echo Obama’s clean energy call with major jobs bill in Annapolis | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    that increases the diversity of workers and business owners said Senator Catherine Pugh Senate Majority Leader As we create more than 1 000 new solar jobs per year we ll also give more Marylanders pathways to good paying careers 2016 is the year to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act and invest in Maryland s future by bringing more solar more wind and more jobs to our communities said Senator Brian Feldman the lead Senate sponsor of the bill This bill will ensure fast growing industries create more jobs right here in Maryland said Delegate Bill Frick the lead House sponsor of the bill Expanding our state s clean energy use and growing our state economy go hand in hand added Delegate Dereck Davis chair of the House Economic Matters Committee We re talking about thousands of new Maryland solar jobs that pay an average of 23 per hour and new industries that could stimulate more Maryland manufacturing and construction I look forward to passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act out of my committee so we can keep Maryland at the forefront of clean energy said Senator Mac Middleton chair of the Senate Finance Committee This is a win win win for our economy our environment and our health in Maryland said Senator Rich Madaleno vice chair of the Senate Budget Taxation Committee The climate benefits alone will be equal to taking 563 000 cars off the road each year Cleaner air will mean fewer cases of asthma healthier families and reduced health care costs for the state Expanding Maryland s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25 percent will create incentives for roughly 1 300 new megawatts of clean energy Plummeting solar and wind prices and abundant untapped renewable assets position the state to easily achieve this higher goal at little

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/top-md-lawmakers-echo-obamas-clean-energy-call-with-major-jobs-bill-in-annapolis/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Climate Activists Deliver Nearly 6,000 Petitions Urging Governor McAuliffe to Take Bold Action to ‘Save Our Coast’ | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    in Richmond today totaling nearly 6 000 from across the state They are calling on Governor McAuliffe to throw his weight behind adding Virginia to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a nine state system that caps and reduces carbon emissions from power plants The move would significantly reduce Virginia s emissions of greenhouse gases while generating about 250 million per year to invest in flood protection measures and promote statewide climate solutions Given dangerous flooding is already a routine threat along our coast Virginia must pick up the pace on climate action The governor s recommendations are a good start and should be implemented without delay But make no mistake more action is needed to fully address climate change in Virginia We need to move as quickly as possible to a renewable energy economy while helping localities deal with the impacts of sea level rise and flooding that are here now This is the most important next step Governor McAuliffe can take to advance bold climate action in Virginia said Monique Sullivan Field Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network City governments across Virginia and now thousands of ordinary moms students business owners teachers and coastal citizens all agree the time to act is now Bipartisan legislation that would move Virginia into the RGGI program the Virginia Coastal Protection Act has gained support from a broad coalition of city governments and environmental health housing and justice advocates across the state over the past year The latest endorsements have come from the Virginia Municipal League the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the city councils of Virginia Beach Hampton Newport News and Fredericksburg We re counting on Governor McAuliffe to do the right thing for our coast and our climate and throw his weight behind this win win solution added

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/climate-activists-deliver-nearly-6000-petitions-urging-governor-mcauliffe-to-take-bold-action-to-save-our-coast/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Meet a CCANer: SheéLee Rock | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    asset damage Not just my own but I m very concerned about the local business owners who may lose their livelihoods by the damage flooding will inevitably cost them Why did you decide to get involved in taking action on climate There are many issues I feel passionately about including domestic violence prevention and the need for transparency in food labeling However when I look at prioritizing the causes I m supporting it s just common sense We cannot argue about anything or advocate any cause if we are fighting for our lives and homes in a Hurricane Katrina type disaster What has inspired you most working with CCAN and or in your community Grassroots organizations are at their core inspiring When you witness local concerned citizens who have a stake in the issue of climate change and coastal flooding volunteering their efforts to make change for the better it s hard not to feel that enthusiasm It s very motivating I ve been serving my community in many ways since a youth involved in Virginia s 4 H programs Activism is second nature to me It s something my husband and I are instilling in our girls What do you hope to see happen in the next year to address the impacts and causes of flooding in Hampton Roads I m looking forward to our wonderful state of Virginia getting on board with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI It s time for them to join the 9 other east coast states in support of the first market based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions This twofold program is expected to bring in over 200 million dollars in yearly revenue that will be designated to combat flooding issues and to train coal workers in

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/meet-a-ccaner-sheelee-rock/ (2016-05-02)
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