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
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.
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).