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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.

Greenlaurel: Today is Maryland’s First-Ever Children’s Environmental Health Day

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Everyday consumer products contain untested, and oftentimes unhealthy synthetic chemicals. Found in grocery stores, shampoo often contains fake scents based on phthalates, a known hormone disruptor.

Already a legislative leader in reducing children’s toxic exposure, Maryland is now the third state to officially designate today as Children’s Environmental Health Day. The state’s new eco-holiday is an ideal time to take stock of the clear link between negative health outcomes for kids and the 80,000 mostly untested chemicals found in our air, water, consumer products and food, and perhaps more importantly, to consider taking steps to reduce our kids’ exposure to everyday chemicals.

Greenlaurel: Maryland’s Climate and Energy Conundrum at Cove Point

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Dominion’s Cove Point natural gas liquefaction plant is expected to start shipping Appalachian fracked gas by year’s end.

In the same week that Maryland’s fracking ban became law, Lusby, Maryland citizens were protesting Dominion Energy’s request to significantly increase the toxic chemical emissions expected from its new fracked gas export plant. A closer look at each issue highlights the challenges facing our climate as we weigh an age-old battle: profit versus the planet.

Greenlaurel: Easy Composting Ideas that Reduce Trash and Air Pollution

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Compost Cab will pick up your food scraps weekly for about $1 a day.

Food waste is the no. 1 material in your trash can, and accounts for about 22 percent of municipal trash. Luckily there some easy options that can turn your food trash into garden treasure, whether it comes from a household or business.

Why care? Most likely, your trash gets burned at the big BRESCO incinerator next to Interstate 95, which also happens to be Baltimore City’s top source of air pollution. Not only could you help make some good garden fertilizer, but composting can reduce your household trash, which reduces our air pollution.