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Thursday, June 7 • 8:30am - 4:30pm
Rooted In Baltimore: Exploring Environmental Justice on the Waterfront

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Curtis Bay is a highly industrialized community in South Baltimore with homes, parks, and schools located cheek by jowl with oil refineries, chemical plants, sewage treatment plants, and other facilities that emit pollution. Drawing on federal data, the Environmental Integrity Project reported that the Curtis Bay zip code has the highest toxic air pollution from businesses and factories in the state, accounting for more than a third of all such emissions in the state and nearly 90 percent of of Baltimore city's total. The neighborhood's emissions are amongst the highest nationwide. Health outcomes for community residents reflect the conditions.
Join us to learn how young leaders fought plans to place a new incinerator in Curtis Bay, how they are leveraging their movement to build a community land trust to bring greater power to people of Curtis Bay, experience successful transformation at a local community garden, participate in a community-engaged design action, and round out the day with a crab feast and a waterside walk.

Destiny Watford:United Workers, 2016 North America Goldman Prize Recipient
Greg Sawtell: United Workers
Chloe Ahmann: George Washington University
Carl Simon and Michel Anderson: Blue Water Baltimore
Rodette Jones: Filbert Street Garden
Greg Galen: United Workers & Greater Baybrook Community Land Trust
Marvin Hayes: Baltimore Compost Collective

Environmental Action Tour Sites:

Energy Answers Incinerator Site
In 2016, the permit for the Energy Answers trash incinerator planned for the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland was declared invalid by the Maryland Department of the Environment, capping years of protest from local residents and a student-led organization, Free Your Voice, part of United Workers.
The proposed incinerator would have been the largest in the nation, burning 4,000 tons/day of refuse-derived fuel (trash pellets), tires, shredded cars and wood waste. In 2015, all 22 public entities that signed up to buy the incinerator’s "renewable" electricity backed out of the contracts when they had the opportunity to do so, in response to a coalition campaign led by Free Your Voice and United Workers.
Filbert Street Community Garden
This community garden was founded in 2010 as part of the City of Baltimore's Adopt-a-Lot Program. The garden provides a green space in South Baltimore's urban and industrial landscape. Garden patrons and visitors can enjoy planting, harvesting, and enjoying the garden, which provides a space for Maryland's Urban Wildlife to include native birds, pollinators, and bats. Filbert Street also hosts the largest community garden beeyard in Maryland. Filbert Street Community Garden donates fruits, vegetables, and eggs to South Baltimore's most needy.
Hazel Street Community Land Trust Housing Site
United Workers is leading a movement for community owned and led development in Baltimore: a 20/20 Vision for a Baltimore that is United not Blighted. Baltimore is plagued with thousands of vacant properties and homes. Vacant properties pre­sent an ideal opportunity for conversion to Community Land Trusts (CLTs), and CLTs can shepherd the demolishing, greening, or transforming of vacant property into community goods and housing. Developing CLTs through trans­forming vacant property also presents equally ideal employment opportunities to city residents who struggle most with the employment market and who can be trained to do the thousands of jobs needed to transform vacant homes and property. Commu­nity ­driven housing and jobs combined into a sin­gle initiative will increase community wealth and meet human need in marginalized communities in Baltimore.

Crab Feast and Blue Water Baltimore
Learn how to pick Maryland crabs with the folks from Watermen’s Pride as we hear from Blue Water Baltimore. https://www.watermanspride.com/
Enjoy all the bounty of Chesapeake, including whole crabs, crab cakes, oysters, traditional side dishes, and desserts.
Blue Water Baltimore is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.
Design Workshop
Participate in a community engaged design session led by the Neighborhood Design Center to vision the land trust houses and community park revitalization.
The Neighborhood Design Center is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the development of healthy, equitable neighborhoods through community-engaged design and planning services. By providing the tools, expertise, and partnerships necessary to realize neighborhood visions, we support broad participation in the evolution of the built environment.
Masonville Cove Walk
Round out the day with a visit to Masonville Cove - 70 acres of water and 54 acres of cleaned-up wetlands, nature trails, and a protected bird sanctuary, all soon-to-be protected by a conservation easement and part of the Shores of Baltimore Land Trust. The Masonville project developed from mitigation tied to the creation of a Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) by the Maryland Port Administration (MPA).

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