One of Baltimore Beyond Plastic's co-founders, Claire Wayner, was invited to speak at the unveiling of the Harbor Heartbeat report, issued by Waterfront Partnership, Blue Water Baltimore, and several other local nonprofits and organizations with which BBP has worked. The report gives an update on Baltimore's water quality and outlines steps that we can take to get it to a swimmable and fishable state by 2020. That's only two years away! While we may not be entirely on track to get to that goal, the harbor is certainly getting cleaner. We here at Baltimore Beyond Plastic are excited that we have been a part of getting the harbor to where it is today through our student-led activism.
On Monday, the Baltimore City Council unanimously approved the city foam ban! Now we are just awaiting the mayor's signature for the bill to come into law. We are so excited that the council made the right decision, and all of our students are looking forward to helping with proper and equitable enforcement of the law.
Check out WYPR's "Environment in Focus" to hear one of our members, Claire Wayner, featured!
On Monday, February 26th, the Baltimore City Council unanimously approved the second reader of our foam ban bill. We are one step closer to banning foam in Baltimore! This is our second major win of the year following the phase-out of Styrofoam trays from Baltimore City schools. Now, onto the battle for a statewide ban. Thank you all for your support.
Read the front page article on the Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-foam-ban-20180226-story.html.
And also check out this article from the Baltimore Watchdog: http://baltimorewatchdog.com/2018/02/22/styrofoam-ban-moves-to-full-city-council/.
We co-authored this Baltimore Sun op-ed supporting the citywide foam ban. Take a look at the op-ed here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0219-foam-ban-20180216-story.html!
This morning, Baltimore Beyond Plastic brought out over 200 students and teachers from 17 schools to Baltimore City Hall to rally and testify in favor of a Baltimore ban on expanded polystyrene (i.e., "Styrofoam"). We got a lot of fantastic news coverage; check out all of the links to articles below. Thank you to all our participants!
Thank you to the Baltimore Community Foundation for funding our work and for creating this short video about the rally.
And here is a link to the entire hearing recording on YouTube.
Thank you to all for the standing ovation for our testimony yesterday at the 2018 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit! We are incredibly grateful for all the support shown, and the feature on Bay Journal (https://www.bayjournal.com/blog/post/md_legislative_leaders_pledge_support_for_environmental_measures_amid_trump). This year, we decide our future as a state. Let's make it a future without styrofoam!
On Tuesday, January 9th, the Baltimore City Public School Board voted to phase out carcinogenic, toxic styrofoam trays from school cafeterias in favor of compostable trays. Baltimore Beyond Plastic was there to testify, and we were recognized for our efforts to make this vision a reality by Dr. Sonja Santelises and the rest of the board members. Huge thank you to Liz Marchetta and the rest of the staff on the Department of Food and Nutrition for their help.
Our youth action dinner was a success! Over 100 students, teachers, and community leaders joined us in the War Memorial Building to discuss how we can push forward the citywide and statewide styrofoam bills.
We are honored to have been recognized by Baltimore's Mayor Catherine Pugh for our receiving the Brower Youth Award on behalf of Baltimore Beyond Plastic. Today, we had the opportunity to speak at the Mayor's press conference about our Styrofoam ban campaign, and we are very excited to leverage this opportunity into future action. Thank you, Mayor Pugh, for supporting young leaders like us!
Check out our ABC press coverage at https://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/catherine-pugh-presents-medals-to-local-high-school-seniors.