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The Maryland Showcase of Sustainability and other green events

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The U.S. Green Building Council will be holding "The Maryland Showcase of Sustainability" at the Westin Annapolis on Jan 27. The hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about projects in different parts of Maryland, government priorities, green building standards, and various innovations. Registration is required. Tickets cost $35.00 for emerging professionals, $45.00 for members, and $75.00 for non-members. To learn more, e-mail info@usgbcmd.org or call (443) 416-5848.

The Maryland Native Plant Society always emphasizes one plant family each year and 2014 is the Year of the Rose. Christopher Puttock will be giving a talk, "Introduction to the Rose Family in Maryland," on Jan 28 at the Kensington Library. It will start at 7:30 p.m. Many native plants belong to the rose family, including strawberry, black cherry, and chokeberry. These plants range in size from herbs to trees. To learn more, e-mail info@MDFlora.org.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks volunteers for youth bird monitoring on Jan 31. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants would collect data on urban bird species and earn service hours. This activity is for youngsters in grades 6-12. E-mail to borrow binoculars. For more information, e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.com or call (410) 558-2473.

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