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TAKE ACTION: Review and comment on the Montgomery County Climate Action Plan

Picture Available from: Montgomery County Climate Action Plan and One Montgomery Green.

In the fall/ winter of 2019, the Montgomery County Executive formed six community climate workgroups to work on recommendations for the County’s Climate Action Plan, a stategic plan to reach our climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. The workgroups covered the following climate areas: Transportation, Buildings, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation, and Public Engagement & Education (ANS participated in the Transportation Workgroup). These recommendations along with the technical consultant groups will help craft and create the guidelines, recommendations and pathways to reach the county’s 2017 Climate Emergency Resolution GHG reduction goals which are:

  1. reduce 80% of GHG emissions by the year 2027 and
  2. reduce 100% of GHG emissions by the year 2035.

 

[one_third padding="0 5px 0 0"]Currently, we are in phase II and phase III of the Climate Action Plan (See the diagram to the right). Now that the workgroups have finalized phase II, the county residents can now read, comment and fill out a survey on the recommendations presented by the six workgroups. Read: Recommendations website, Summary of recommendations, Consolidated list of all 850 recommendations.  The County Executive's staff estimates that the draft Climate Action Plan will come to the County Council by this fall and might be implemented early next year.[/one_third]

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Graph from Climate Workgroup Recommendations Overview Presentation. Available from: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/climate/climate-workgroup-recommendations.htm

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TAKE ACTION: Give feedback on any or all of the 850 workgroup recommendations: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/409/Issue_8239

TAKE ACTION: Survey on all workgroup recommendations: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/409/Issue_8290 

TAKE ACTION: Register to Vote Now!

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We are in the middle of the 2020 election season, and it's as important now as ever to make sure that you are registered to vote. Voting for people who represent your values and will take action to protect the environment is one of the most powerful ways you can fight climate change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many elections in the region have been postponed. Make sure you know when your state’s elections are and what the deadline to register to vote is:[/one_half_last]

Maryland:

  • The presidential and congressional primary elections have been postponed to June 2nd, 2020. The deadline to register to vote is May 12th, 2020. Early voting runs from May 21st-28th. Mail-in voting is available. Same-day registration on June 2nd is also available. Check your registration status here and register to vote here.
  • There is a special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which will be held on April 28th, 2020. The registration deadline for this election is April 7th.

Virginia:

Washington, D.C.:

  • The presidential, congressional, and D.C. Council primary elections will be held on June 2nd, 2020. The deadline to register to vote is May 12th, 2020. Early voting at the D.C. Board of Elections runs from May 16th-29th. Ward-specific early voting runs from May 21st-29th. Mail-in voting is available. Same-day registration on June 2nd is also available.
  • A special election for Ward 2 Councilmember will be held on June 16th, 2020.
  • Check your registration status here and register to vote here.

Voting by mail is crucial in making sure that elections still happen during this pandemic, but it isn't allowed in many states.

TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition to demand that vote by mail must be available to voters all over the country!

 

MD General Assembly 2020 Wrap Up

MD Senate Offices. Photo Credit: ANS (2020).

Dear ANS Friends,

The 2020 Maryland General Assembly session adjourned early on March 18th, 2020 due to Covid-19. Originally, the Assembly would have ended on April 6th. There is a possibility that the Assembly will reconvene in late May. Many of the bills we were supporting were making great progress this session but unfortunately at the end just ran out of time to make it through to final vote. I wanted to personally thank you all for supporting ANS and  our partnering organizations this year’s General Assembly. Thank you for fighting for a healthier and more sustainable Maryland by supporting bills in areas such as transit, climate change, education, and  protection of our Bay. Thank you for coming to rallies, testifying, writing comment letters, and keeping up to date with General Assembly updates via our Action Alerts and Blog Posts. The fight is not over, we will be back better and stronger!

Here is a summary of the bills ANS supported and their final status.

Thank you all,

Denisse

 

Win

Win (HB911SB808) -  Oyster Recovery 

Our Chesapeake Bay's oyster sanctuaries will be restored and protected!

 

Win (HB229SB300) - Pesticides – Use of Chlorpyrifos – Prohibition

At last the harmful Chloropyrifos are finally banned in MD!

 

Loss

Loss (HB368SB424) - The Transit and Investment Act / MTA Funding Bill 

This bill would have provided an increases funding of $123 million for MTA to run and operate its transportation system for the next 6 years. Currently, MTA is facing a $2 billion budget shortfall for the next decade as revealed in the agency’s 2019 Capital Needs Inventory.  ANS  provided testimony to both house and senate hearings  and attend rallies. This bill passed the house but not the senate.

 

Loss (HB1465SB955) - Federal Clean Water Act - Authority of State

This bill would have prevented Maryland from waiving a Water Quality Certification for the Conowingo Dam 50-year federal license. ANS signed on to Waterkeepers Chesapeake support letter on SB955. This bill did not pass committee.

 

Loss (HB1543SB912) - Environment- Climate Crisis and Education Act (CCEA) 

This bill would have placed a fee on fossil fuels entering the state to fund climate education via the Kirwan Fund  as well as fund green infrastructure projects to mitigate the effects of climate change. CCEA would have created a fund to help for low income households transition into a green economy. ANS provided written testimony to both house and senate hearings. The bill only had house and senate hearings but did not pass committees.

 

Loss (HB292, SB229) - Toll Roads, Highways and Bridges – County Government Consent Requirement Expansion

The county consent bill would have prohibited any toll, highway or bridge project to continue without the consent of the majority of Maryland eastern-shore counties (but which could be extended to other counties in MD). ANS as part of MAST Collation submitted testimony in support of County Consent Bill. This bill did not pass committee.

 

Loss (HB1424) - Public- Private- Partnerships- Process and Oversight

The bill would have provided oversight on P3 contracts by assuring the Board of Public Works would wait on the release of the environmental impact statement before moving forward with soliciting contractors. The bill passed the house but not the senate (Same as in 2019 - Read our 2019 General Assembly Blog Post).

 

Loss (HB192SB299) - Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2020

Last year’s legislative session passed the Energy-efficient and Bird-safe Building Standards bill but had amendments that weren’t reconciled in time to go into effect.  This year the new reconciled bill was seeking support for passage. This bill passed the house but not the senate.

 

Loss (HB209SB313)- Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act 

This bill would have placed a statewide ban on all plastic bags. This bill passed the house but not the senate.

 

Loss (HB1526) - Transportation Carbon Reduction Fund Act  

The TCI Bill seeks to implement an equitable and inclusive, transit orientated mechanism to closely monitor and prepare the funds distribution of fund received for by MD from the Regional Transportation Climate Initiative.This bill did not pass committee.

 

Loss (HB438SB560) - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Eligible Sources 

This bill would have removed incinerators from receiving subsidies as clean energy sources. This bill did not pass committee.

 

Past posts about this year's MD General Assembly:

2020 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Priorities Blog Post.

ANS submits testimony on MD Transit Safety & Investment Act (MTA Bill)

ANS submits testimony on Climate Crisis and Education Act (CCEA) 

ANS as part of MAST Collation submits testimony in support of County Consent Bill

ANS signed on to Waterkeepers Chesapeake support letter on SB955

ANS Action Alert to support Transit and Environmental Bills in 2020 General Assembly

ANS Goes to Capitol Hill!

An image of the U.S. Capitol Building from the bottom of its steps. The sky behind the building's dome is clear and blue.

The U.S. Capitol Building. Home of the Senate and House of Representatives chambers.

On March 4th, ANS joined more than 100 other environmental advocates for the Choose Clean Water Coalition’s 8th annual Chesapeake Bay Day on Capitol Hill. Lisa Alexander, ANS’s Executive Director, is co-chair of the steering committee for the Coalition, which has members from more than 250 organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s 6 states plus D.C. Every year, this day is a chance for us to talk with our elected officials and ask that the health of the Chesapeake Bay remain a priority for the region.

ANS’s Conservation Team met with the offices of 12 different members of Congress from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia:

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)
  • Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA)
  • Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
  • Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD)
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
  • Congressman David Trone (D-MD)
  • Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA)

This year, we had 5 specific asks of Congress. Each of these asks directly impacts ANS and the people we serve throughout the DMV:

  1. Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program: This regional program, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other federal agencies, states, academic institutions, local governments, and environmental organizations, has been extremely successful in restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay. We asked for support in increasing funding for the program from $85 million in fiscal year 2020 to $90.5 million in fiscal year 2021. A grant through the Chesapeake Bay Program helped ANS access technical assistance to plan for Woodend Sanctuary’s stream restoration!                                                                                                                                                                  
  2. Funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund: This loan program, run through the EPA, helps fund high-priority water infrastructure projects throughout the country such as wastewater treatment plants or green infrastructure installation. Over 1,700 Chesapeake Bay Watershed local governments rely on this funding for infrastructure projects that help them meet their mandates under the Clean Water Act. We asked for support in doubling the Fund from $1.68 billion in fiscal year 2020 to $3.4 billion in fiscal year 2021. Millions of dollars from the Fund go to Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia each year.
  3. Funding for the Farm Bill: This overarching piece of agriculture and food policy in the U.S. is reconsidered for authorization every 5 years, with the most recent version passed in 2018. It includes funding for many conservation and environmental programs including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, and Conservation Technical Assistance, while also funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). We highlighted this program’s ongoing value and asked that each of these programs benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed be fully funded for each fiscal year that the Farm Bill authorizes.
  4. Passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act: We asked members of Congress to help pass this bipartisan legislative package that contains reauthorization and funding for crucial conservation programs. These include reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Trails Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (WILD) Act.
  5. Reauthorization of NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office: This office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts habitat science, oyster restorations, environmental literacy programs, climate resiliency, and sustainable fisheries work. We asked members of the House of Representatives to reauthorize this office and increase its funding. ANS has received grants from this office’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program to offer Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) to the youth we work with.

Everyone we met with has been a supporter of all these programs for many years. Lobby day is a chance for us to ask for continued support and to thank them for their work to protect the environment for future generations of people and wildlife. We’ll keep you updated on these legislative priorities and their progress in Congress!

TNB Topics 2018

2018 Taking Nature Black Agenda

On the Frontlines of Environmental Justice

It is an unfortunate and tragic fact that the individuals and families who live and work in the nation's most polluted environments are most commonly people of color, people with little or no political influence, and people with limited financial resources. It's no accident. These are the communities most often targeted for industrial and commercial development that poses environmental hazards.

Attendees learned ways to take immediate action to fight for environmental justice.


PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Mustafa Santiago Ali
Senior Vice President
Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization
Hip Hop Council

Sacoby Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
University of Maryland-College Park


What Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Should Look Like

Some people mistakenly believe that "diversity" and "inclusion" are one and the same. Diversity and inclusion are actually two very different concepts, but their impacts in the workplace and the larger society are more profound when the two are implemented together. In fact, diversity is essentially meaningless without inclusion.

During this panel presentation, attendees heard from experts at the forefront of a dynamic and growing movement to ensure that diverse stakeholders play an active and inclusive role in the environmental movement.


PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Kevin T. Bryan
Senior Policy Director
Keystone Policy Center

Karen Driscoll
Senior Associate
The Raben Group

Randy K. Rowel
Environmental Consultant
RR & Associates


Nature in Your Neighborhood & Peer-to-Peer Conversations

Many people think of "nature" as some distant place, largely undisturbed by human activity. In reality, nature is all around us, including in big cities. In fact, many outstanding and accomplished environmental professionals developed their love of and respect for nature through their early outdoor adventures in their own urban neighborhoods. Now, many of these same professionals are reaching out to urban communities to encourage youth and others to explore environmental careers by exposing them to new and exciting possibilities.

In this session, participants heard directly from leading professionals who turned their neighborhood experiences into successful and fulfilling green careers. Panelists shared creative ideas about how to engage communities to enjoy outdoor experiences right in their own neighborhoods.


PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Curtis Bennett
Director of Conservation and Community Engagement
National Aquarium

Ronda Chapman
Executive Director
Groundwork DC

Tonya Johnson
Park Naturalist
Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission

Cherod Hicks
Environmental Engineer
Baltimore City, Department of Public Works


Roots and Resistance: Preserving the Rich Eco-Cultural Legacies of Black Communities

Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Esq. and Fred TutmanAfrican American communities have a rich legacy of protecting their ecosystems from corporate pollution as well as challenging land monopolization through the creation of heir property, the most widespread form of property ownership within the African American community.  Through the lens of two eco-activists, participants enjoyed an informative discussion that combined history along with present-day challenges.  The goal is to elevate both grassroots and legal strategies to advance an alternative future rooted in racial equity, economic democracy, and planet sustainability.


PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Esq.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Black Belt Justice Center

Fred Tutman
Patuxent Riverkeeper


Taking Control of Your Career in the Green Industry

"Green Jobs" help the environment as well as the local, regional and national economy. Experts on jobs, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, HR, and the environmental movement shared details about the kinds of career opportunities exist today and talked about what opportunities might exist into the future. 

Attendees also learned great tips on effective networking and job search techniques during this engaging, interactive discussion.

PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Teri Brezner
Senior Fellow, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Environmental Leadership Program

Chanceé Lundy
Co-owner and Principal
Nspiregreen

Kristina Smith
Senior Consultant
Concordia Consulting

Beattra Wilson
National Program Manager,
Urban and Community Forestry
U.S. Forest Service

What You Need to Know to Engage Elected Officials

Laws and policies can have long-ranging and long-lasting impacts on both the physical and economic health of communities. That's why it's critical that individuals and communities understand the best ways to voice their concerns to government agencies and officials.

Experienced veterans on community engagement and environmental policy shared effective methods and best practices for interacting with government agencies and elected officials on the local, state and national levels in order to achieve positive change.

PANELISTS/PRESENTERS

Joseph J. James
Founder and President
Agri-Tech Producers, LLC

Vince Leggett
President and CEO
The Leggett Group USA

William J. Roberts, Esq.
Legislative Director
Office of U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Dawone Robinson
Advocate, Urban Solutions Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

Joanne Throwe
Deputy Secretary
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Storytelling Performance

To close the day, storyteller and performance artist Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu shared a piece specially created for the 2018 Taking Nature Black Conference titled  "A Hip Hop Frog Story of Dreams and Other Delicate Things in Our Irreplaceable World." 

PRESENTER

Dr. Karen Wilson Ama’ Echefu
Cultural Historian, Singer and Storyteller

Mustafa Santiago Ali

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
HIP HOP CAUCUS

Areas of Expertise:
Community Engagement
Environmental Health (and Health Disparities)
Environmental Justice
Environmental Science
Leadership Development
Social Justice

 

Mustafa Santiago Ali

A renowned national speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.  As HHC Senior Vice President, he leads the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. 

Prior to joining the Hip Hop Caucus, Mustafa worked 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization working to elevate environmental justice issues and strengthening environmental justice policies, programs, and initiatives. Mustafa worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt.  

Throughout his career, Mustafa has conducted more than 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lectures, and training. He has also worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa specializes in environmental, health, and economic justice issues using a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities and improving the lives of individuals and families. 

Ronda Chapman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GROUNDWORK DC

Areas of Expertise:
Community Engagement
Diversity and Inclusion
Environmental Health
Governmental Relations
Sustainability

Ronda Chapman

As Executive Director for Groundwork DC (GWDC)Ronda Chapman works to advance community well-being including issues such as restorative justice, nutrition, and mindfulness. Her first environmental job out of high school was as a canvasser for Greenpeace USA and throughout the 30 years that followed, Ronda found herself living in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah as an active outdoor recreation enthusiast, earning an environmental history degree from Portland State University, managing sustainability programs for various local government institutions, and training green organizations on diversifying the environmental movement.  As a Community Engagement and Equity Specialist for DC Department of Energy and Environment, Ronda provided advice and leadership issues including racial equity and empowerment.

Ronda is a DC native, so the opportunity to lead operations at Groundwork DC, provided her with the chance to bring her experience and expertise to the place she calls home.

Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu

SCHOLAR, SINGER, STORYTELLER, TEACHING ARTIST, HISTORIAN

Areas of Expertise:
Culture and History
Education
Storytelling

Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu

American scholar Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu is a Harlem native who engages in public speaking. Hmmm. Public speaking? More like public humming, singing, skipping, dancing, tripping, questioning, challenging, inspiring, inciting, chuckling, telling, quelling, woofing, hoofing, winkling, twinkling, traveling,  messin' 'round, tweeting, elucidating, howling, equivocating, trilling, thrilling, pontificating, poetry-making, risk-taking, reporting, cavorting, and telling the truth as  she understands it  to be. 

Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu also sings music across the historical spectrum of the African Diaspora in the United States including spirituals, calls, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues.  She curated, wrote and premiered, “A Tribute to Blueswomen:  Beauty and the Blues” with her group, Blue Wave – New York.  In collaboration with her musical director Stephen Vaughan, she developed a new genre called Story Cabaret for Blue Wave West, presenting original, traditional and contemporary stories all wrapped up in jazz, blues and singable tunes. Dr. Wilson-Ama’ Echefu has traveled and performed with Pete Seeger and her performance of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "The Party" was broadcast on PBS as part of their "Favorite Poem Project."

Dr. Wilson-Ama’Echefu was a featured presenter at the 2010 Blues and Spirit Symposium alongside legendary Hip Hop Artist Chuck D, and other notable music and history giants, and has spoken and presented on the intellectual and cultural life in the African American Slave Quarter Community on college campuses across the United States.  Her research interests include African cultural and religious history, eighteenth and nineteenth-century enslavement in the United States, leadership and strategy in slave quarter communities, and the philosophies and theologies of Africans and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere as identified through their song, story and dance. Her scholarship identifies African intellectual and cultural presence in North America as providing evidence for continuities, discontinuities and transformations of African Diasporic culture in the United States and considers the West African Diasporic Blues Complex as a marker for African cultural presence in the Western Hemisphere.  She also writes on histori-cultural presence of African American women, which includes their beautiful blues.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson

Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, and Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, in the School of Public Health.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-COLLEGE PARK

DIRECTOR
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH INITIATIVE

FOUNDER
17 FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

CO-FOUNDER
DC/MARYLAND/VIRGINIA (DMV) ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COALITION

Areas of Expertise:
Biology/Ecotoxicology
Community Engagement
Environmental Health (and Health Disparities)
Environmental Justice
Environmental Science
Leadership Development

Sacoby Wilson, PhD

Sacoby Wilson, PhD is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.

Dr. Wilson is Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative. CEEJH is focused on providing technical assistance to communities fighting against environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the nation. Through CEEJH, Dr. Wilson is engaging communities in the Washington, DC region on environmental health issues including exposure and health risks for individuals who fish and recreate on the Anacostia River; use of best management practices to reduce stormwater inputs in the Chesapeake Bay; built environment, environmental injustice, and vectors in West Baltimore; cumulative impacts of environmental hazards on air quality in Brandywine, MD; goods movement, industrial pollution, and environmental injustice in South Baltimore, MD; environmental justice and health issues in Buzzard Point area of Washington, DC; industrial chicken farming on Maryland's Eastern Shore; health impact of assessment in the Sheriff Road community; and other topics. In addition, he is working with schools in the region on pipeline development efforts in the STEM+H disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health).

He has worked on environmental justice issues including environmental racism with community-based organizations through long-term community-university environmental health and justice partnerships in South Carolina and North Carolina including the Low Country Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC), in North Charleston, South Carolina; the West End Revitalization Association (WERA) in Mebane, NC; and the Graniteville Community Coalition (GCC) in Graniteville, SC. He has provided technical assistance to REACH in Duplin County, NC; RENA in Orange County, NC; and the NC Environmental Justice Network.

Dr. Wilson has been very active professionally as an environmental justice advocate. He is Founder of 17 for Peace and Justice and a Co-Founder of the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) Environmental Justice Coalition. He is a member of the USEPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a past Chair of the APHA Environment Section, on the Board of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, a former member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC NCEH/ATSDR, and former Chair of the Alpha Goes Green Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Dr. Wilson has received many awards for his contributions and achievements as an environmental justice researcher and advocate. He received the APHA Environment Section Damu Smith Environmental Justice Award in 2015. From the University of Maryland School of Public Health, he received the George F. Kramer Practitioner of the Year Award (2014-2015) and the Muriel R. Sloan Communitarian Award (2012-2013). He also received the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He received a USEPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award given to Low Country Alliance for Model Communities, North Charleston, SC and Mitigation Agreement Committee. Additionally, Dr. Wilson received the Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award in 2008.

Dr. Wilson, a two-time EPA STAR fellow, EPA MAI fellow, Udall Scholar, NASA Space Scholar, and Thurgood Marshall Scholar, received his BS degree in Biology/Ecotoxicology with a minor in Environmental Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1998. He received training in environmental health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Wilson earned his MS degree in 2000 from UNC-Chapel Hill and his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005.

Joanne Throwe

DEPUTY SECRETARY
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Areas of Expertise:
Agriculture
Environmental Protection
Governmental Relations
Natural Resurces

Joanne Throwe

Joanne Throwe was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in October 2015. In this role, she manages the day-to-day operations and executes the direction and vision of the department.

Joanne brings 25 years of environmental and natural resources experience at the state and federal level. Most recently, she served as the director of the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, where she provided technical assistance on financing issues related to environmental protection activities.

Prior to her work at the Environmental Finance Center, Joanne held leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Research and Extension Services, and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. She also served 2 years in the Peace Corps, stationed in the South Pacific.

Joanne lives in Anne Arundel County.