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Maryland Climate Coalition Clean Energy Lobby Day and other green events

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The Maryland Climate Coalition Clean Energy Lobby Day takes place at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis on March 4. The hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CCAN and its partners are working to pass a bill that will set a goal of getting 40% of Maryland's energy from renewable sources by 2025. That would double Maryland's commitment to green energy. To learn more, contact Megan Jenny at megan@chesapeakeclimate.org.

The George Washington University and the GHRC Education Program are offering an Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture on March 4. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will learn about the various techniques and technologies used, the ideal conditions for urban agriculture, common problems, and how to get started. Tuition costs $17500 for GHRC members and $199.00 for non-members. To learn more call (416) 971-4494 ext 228 or e-mail training@greenroofs.org.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding a public open house at St John's College in Annapolis on March 4. The hours are 3 - 8 p.m. Attendees will discuss the new Chesapeake Bay Draft Watershed Agreement that will concern restoration and conservation of the Bay. There will be a public comment period until March 17. To learn more, contact DNR at (410) 260-8732 or customerservice@dnr.state.md.us.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive vines from trees along the Little Falls Branch and the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County on March 5. The project will run from 10 - 11:30 a.m. The invasive vines are English ivy, which can cover trees and slowly kill them. To learn more, contact David Brooks at brooks1944@verizon.net.

Bethesda Green's happy hour will take place on March 6 at Black Finn. The hours will be 5 - 8 p.m. Participants will enjoy drinks and appetizers and meet with representatives from the Montgomery County Food Council to discuss ways to bolster the local food system. Admission costs $10, and the proceeds will be shared with the Montgomery County Food Council. Registration is required. To learn more, call (240) 396-2440 or e-mail info@bethesdagreen.org.

The Sierra Club is hosting a public forum about the health and environmental issues associated with the proposed Cove Point natural gas facility and proposals to expand hydraulic fracking up and down the East Coast. The forum will be held at the Waldorf West Branch of the Charles County Library on March 7. It will start at 3:30 p.m. To learn more, contact Frank Fox at ff725@yahoo.com or (301) 884-8027.

The Youth Birding League will go camping and birding on March 7 and March 8. The League will meet at the Irvine Nature Center at 5 p.m. and the camp-out will last until 9 a.m. on March 8. Participants should be between 10 and 15 years old. Registration is required. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

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