Behavior Change and Plastic Bag Legislation

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Baltimore is one of a growing number of U.S. cities considering either imposing a tax on plastic bags, or banning them outright. Baltimore City Council has been debating the issue for almost 10 years now, most recently proposing adding a 10 cent tax. If the tax passes, Baltimore will join around 100 communities nationwide that have banned plastic disposable bags or banned them outright. But what would happen if this bill passed?

The Environment

Bag the Ban, a campaign to stop the taxes and bans nationwide that is run and paid for …read more

A Curbside Composting Program Sprouts in Baltimore

The greener-minded love the idea of composting. But do they actually compost? The lack of space, threat of rodents, wrong equipment, or odor deter many of us from halting our endless stuffing of food down garbage disposals and instead producing abundant soil, while keeping methane at bay.

This is especially true for busy city-dwellers. That’s why Compost Cab sprouted up in Washington, D.C. recently and is now rolling its way into two Baltimore City neighborhoods (Charles Village and Canton) to remove the yuck from the composting cycle for the masses.

How does it work? Sign up on the Compost …read more

Federal Express Expresses Need for Energy Efficiency

Replace the petroleum-based jet fuel that powers 700 planes with biofuel made from algae. For larger delivery trucks: swap regular gas with compressed natural gas. Exchange gas-powered delivery vans for tens of thousands of hybrid or electric delivery vans.

Federal Express plans to roll out this cost-reducing, energy –efficient, greener fleet of the future – now.

When burning through 1.5 billion gallons a year of petroleum-based fuels, FedEx CEO Fred Smith can’t ignore the rising cost of oil and the country’s increasing dependence on it. So he developed a corporate plan to reduce petroleum use.

Smith told NPR that …read more