Environmentalists and development: a complex relationship in a hyperbolic election season

In election races in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, candidates are claiming they “support the environment” or “are for smart growth.” Some of those candidates also seem to be against most development, while others are more … [Read more...]

County Executive Announces Legislation to support Accessory Dwelling Units

Frederick County is experiencing a gradually increasing problem and challenge when it comes to affordable housing. It is not an issue that will be resolved by any one thing. There are no "silver bullets" here. Rather, … [Read more...]

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (free film at Hood College: May 12)

Join us for a very engaging and free film: “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” "WASTED" aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of … [Read more...]

Who is going to pay for ALL this new growth?! And how?! (Public hearing Tuesday evening!)

FINALLY the public hearing on legislation to adjust the inadequate Mitigation Fees ("School Construction Fees") is on the agenda after being hijacked and put on hold for a while by the … [Read more...]

GREEN DRINKS! Social hour, then Cafeteria Compost: Frederick County Schools and Food Scrap recycling

In January, Green Drinks was relaunched in Frederick! This Wednesday, join us again, or for the first time, for an enjoyable social hour and an engaging presentation! Green Drinks is scheduled for … [Read more...]

Forest protection, air pollution, foam container bills fall by wayside in Maryland General Assembly

Bills passed to help fund Chesapeake cleanup, septic pump-outs and promote planning for sea level rise Maryland lawmakers took action this year to thwart the Trump administration’s move to allow oil … [Read more...]

Hear Royce Hanson at Hood on April 12: “Planning Politics and the Public Interest: Lessons Learned in Montgomery County”

Join us for a excellent presentation next Thursday from Royce Hanson, a recognized author and national leader in land use policies. Mr. Hanson will be presenting a seminar at Hood College, sponsored by the Center for … [Read more...]

The Science Is In: The healthiest neighborhoods are both walkable and green

Most of us, most of the time, don’t make much connection between place – the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play – and our health. Not unless we’re thinking of such obvious local health concerns as an outbreak of … [Read more...]