We need an effective advocate in Annapolis! Help us send Caroline.

Frederick and Carroll Counties avoided the mistake of building a 1,500 tons per day trash, sludge, and tire incinerator, in no small part because a grassroots coalition of ordinary citizens educated themselves about trash incineration, and then educated county officials about the contractual and economic terms of the massive and expensive facility.

While many Frederick and Carroll County residents celebrate the cancellation of the project, they also want to prevent other big mistakes from happening in the future.

The work isn’t over yet.

There are many lobbyists working to promote incineration. Wiser financial and environmental decisions require us to have a voice in Annapolis, advocating for responsible financial stewardship and environmental protection. Legislators need to hear from knowledgeable people who represent the interests of Maryland residents, not only from paid lobbyists and state agencies who misrepresent burning trash as clean and renewable energy!

carolineeader300wCaroline Eader, who was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, was one of the most active, dedicated and effective opponents working to defeat the Frederick County incinerator. Caroline worked with the Energy Justice Network, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and others to analyze the proposal and contract, and to develop a plan which ultimately resulted in the defeat of the proposed incinerator.

Caroline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Sustainability Management Certificate from the University of Colorado Environmental Center which included training in Zero Waste, Recycling and Waste Management; Sustainable Electricity Systems; Smart Grid; Solar Electric; Sustainability Coordinator; Creative Financing of Sustainability Initiatives; Communicating Sustainability; Sustainability for Municipalities; and Sustainable Strategies in the Building Industry.

During the course of the campaign against the incinerator in Frederick Caroline decided to pursue a master’s degree in Energy, Regulation and Law at Vermont Law School. She will be graduating this spring with her course work to date being Renewable Energy Law & Policy; America’s Energy Crisis – Solutions; Energy Regulation and the Environment; Energy Law & Policy in a Carbon Constrained World; Environmental Law; Oil and Gas Production & the Environment.

“Caroline has been a valuable resource person for grassroots advocates nationwide, particularly around the economics of waste incineration and zero waste business opportunities. She diligently scrutinizes incinerator contract documents, and uncovers taxpayer dollars used to subsidize wasteful practices, articulately pointing to how more cost-effective programs are implemented to conserve natural resources and repair soil health through recycling, reuse, composting, and other zero waste strategies.”

~ Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, U.S & Canada Program Director

With your support, we can send her to Annapolis in March and April, where she will work on our behalf to analyze legislative proposals and educate policy makers about incineration and Zero Waste. She will also work to advance financially responsible, clean energy.

badthingscanhappen260wMaryland’s General Assembly currently includes sixty-nine new members. Very few newly elected officials come to office with expertise related to waste and resource management. They need to learn about the downsides of incineration versus the economic and environmental benefit of Zero Waste practices.

The incinerator industry spends — invests — time and money to advocate for their interests. But it’s time to move Maryland toward reusing resources instead of burning or burying them.

We have work to do.

The Energy Justice Network needs your monetary support to pay for this intensive work in Annapolis this legislative session. Tax-deductible donations will be used for Caroline’s work in Annapolis.

You can help with a tax-deductible contribution here

Or Mail Your Check to:
Action Center Inc
1434 Elbridge St
Philadelphia PA 19149
… and mark the donation “Caroline”.