Laurel Peltier

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Laurel Peltier writes the environment GreenLaurel column every Thursday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Greenlaurel: An Updated Guide on How to Donate or Recycle ANYTHING in Baltimore

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If you’re downsizing or decluttering, you may have amassed a collection of stuff that you’d rather donate or recycle somewhere locally than send to the landfill. We’ve done the legwork for you below in our updated guide.

Greenlaurel: An Eco-Friendly Paint Pick-Up Service For That ‘Collection’ In Your Garage

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Old Paint collected from a residence. Fun painting parties in the 1960s? Photo credit: Lawrence Cheng

Raea Jean Leinster, a decorative painter in the D.C. area, ran into a problem over time that most homeowners face: How do you properly dispose of unused latex paint?

Greenlaurel: Baltimore’s Industrial ‘Yuck’ is Seeping into Our Waterways (and Possibly Our People)

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Scrap metal left out in the elements can leach toxic metals that flow in rain runoff to waterways. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A share of Maryland’s stormwater pollution problem comes from unchecked, sky-high amounts of toxic yuck washed away from Baltimore’s industrial junkyards, landfills and businesses, according to some new investigative research from two nonprofit groups.

Greenlaurel: Carver Vo-Tech Students Build Wood Sculpture for Druid Hill Park’s ‘Nature Play Space’

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Carver Vo-Tech seniors Marc Bostic and Keyashia Holt, juniors Jason Turnage and Levi Davis, and their teacher, Greg McDevitt, show off their new wood sculpture.

Using natural elements like downed trees, logs and willow branch tunnels, so-called nature play spaces parks are a new trend in playgrounds — and Baltimore has joined the movement.

Greenlaurel: Another $50 Million Ripoff for Households that Switched Electricity Suppliers

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Seventeen years after Maryland’s energy markets were deregulated, most residential consumers who switched their electricity supplier continue to pay a hefty price premium. Many of the 450,000 switchers would have paid less just sticking with their local utility electricity offering — $50 million less in 2016 alone.

Greenlaurel: Ray Lewis’ Power52 Solar Farm Offers Training for At-Risk Job Seekers

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The massive Nixon Farm solar garden will help power Under Armour, Chimes, Columbia Association, Christ Church, BCPSS and Living Classrooms.

After the Baltimore Uprising in 2015, retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and his friends Rob D. Wallace and Cherie Brooks put their heads together. Their goal was to pursue a project that could reignite hope, faith and pride in their community. They soon realized any solution had to focus on creating jobs for the city.

Greenlaurel: Free Eco-Film Screening at Senator Theater Nov. 14:

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It’s not often that best-in-class environmental movies are screened in Baltimore — and, for free. Hopefully you were able to watch “Merchants of Doubt” on Nov 5, but if not, check out the documentary “Plastic Ocean” on Nov. 14. Learn who’s behind today’s climate change silence, and why our oceans are more abuzz with pollution than sea life. Both films will be followed by expert panel discussions.

Greenlaurel: Solving Baltimore’s Vacant Lot Problem, One Wildflower Meadow at a Time

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Before: This Sandtown vacant lot was a patch of dirt. After: It’s a native plant meadow.

Baltimore City faces a vexing, decades-old question: How do you transform 14,000 vacant lots and properties into healthy neighborhoods? It may just start with a flower meadow.

Greenlaurel: Try Local Cut Flowers and Avoid Those Jetsetter Blooms

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A gorgeous locally sourced Local Color Flower bouquet grown within 100 miles of Baltimore.

These days, two dozen roses may only set you back $30. Yet, behind these cheap blooms is a $60 billion global cut-flower industry with a story that’s not quite as rosy. The modern flower industry is known for a voluminous carbon footprint, thorny labor issues and prickly land, pesticide and water practices.

The next time you pick flowers for your special event, think outside the flower box and consider choosing your blooms from the many local and sustainable flower options right here in Charm City.

Greenlaurel: Free Native Trees at Herring Run Nursery this Sunday

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If you live in Baltimore City or Baltimore County and are looking to add trees to your yard, definitely plan on visiting Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery this Sunday to grab yourself a free one.