Laurel Peltier

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

Bon Secours Cleans & Greens The Wire


“Oh yeah, I loved the The Wire.”

The young sales guy at Stirling Castle in Scotland said that to me this summer when I shared that we were visiting from Baltimore.  As I left the shop, I immediately thought of the Bon Secours Clean & Green program that I suspected at that moment was operating near “the corner,” mowing a lawn or installing a rain garden. 

Baltimore leads the country in many ways that we’d rather not lead, and the HBO shows The Corner and The Wire brilliantly captured some of our metro’s challenges. Yet, the city is also home to many upbeat stories about cool people trying to make this quirky and interesting town better. Located literally on “the corner” near Fayette and Monroe Streets in Southwest Baltimore, the Bon Secours Clean & Green program is one of those stories.

Lionel Terrell credits the Clean & Green program for helping him turn his life around, now heads the program.
Lionel Terrell credits the Clean & Green program for helping him turn his life around, now heads the program.

Buying Safe Seafood in Baltimore’s Fishbowl

Healthy Choice Seafood Guide
Excellent chart listing healthy & sustainable seafood courtesy of Washington State’s Dept. of Health

Laurel Peltier writes, a monthly alert about environmentally friendly practices for everyday living. Beginning today, she will write regularly about the environment for the Baltimore Fishbowl. – The Eds.

Buying healthy and sustainable seafood locally is fishy business. Two factors have collided in recent years that have made choosing fish and shellfish complicated; we’ve eaten too many fish, and the fish that are left swim in polluted ocean waters. 

But no fear, we won’t leave you hanging on the line because right here in Baltimore lives Dave Love, a renowned scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. With Love’s help, we’ll point out the good fishing holes and offer direction on how to choose sustainable and healthy seafood. Hopefully smart seafood picks today will ensure future generations will have access to healthy and plentiful seafood tomorrow. 

Win Two Free Tickets to Baltimore Green Work’s EcoBall, October 17

 EcoBall line up
Baltimore Green Works hosts its Sixth Annual EcoBall, a farm-to-table Top Chef-style competition and party for the eco-minded, on Friday, October 17.  Baltimore’s bounty of local farmers have donated food for Stratford University student chefs to create sustainable dishes to be enjoyed by party goers. Eat, drink and be merry while dancing to the live band Mook. Bid on cool silent auction items with the proceeds supporting Baltimore Green Work’s Sustainable Speaker Series.

Ticket Giveaway:  Leave a comment below for a chance to win two free tickets to the party!