Monday, May 28, 2012

Baltimore is For The Socially Responsible

Another one of the great things about Bucks County are the things that are available to do when you're NOT in Bucks County. What I mean by that is our proximity to so many other great places to visit. This weekend we got in the car and arrived at Towson University in Baltimore County just two hours later. And not only was Sam's college graduation amazing, something else about the Baltimore area grabbed my attention and was pretty amazing! Everything was so GREEN, and I don't mean the trees.

It took me by surprise, but our visit helped me to see that Baltimore is the most socially conscious and eco-friendly city I've ever been to. Other towns could learn a lesson from the City of Baltimore... Bucks County included. I know from my year with Reuseyourshoes that there are plenty of people here who wish to give to those less fortunate. I know from my work with O Wow Cow Creamery that many of us want to continue to support our own small businesses and local farmers.

Baltimore's system for reducing its carbon footprint by using less energy, by recycling, and through better food choices was evident everywhere we went. This is a city which even enrolls the help of its tourists to help their homeless. A city that has a brand-spanking-new two block long building which provides healthcare for the homeless. Environmental sustainability and local sourcing were evident almost everywhere we went.
Can we copy some of these ideas right here in Bucks County?
Any ideas how can we all come together to make this the very best place possible to live?

The Charm City Circulator is completely free.
The mission was to take vehicles off the streets, and reduce pollution.

I noticed many premium parking spaces and deep discounts at city parking garages for eco-friendly cars.

.... and discounted tickets for people who bike to events!

Our hotel in the Inner Harbor offered this delicious, ice cold orange water
to guests instead of wasting plastic water bottles.

One-at-a-time fork and spoon dispensers at a coffee chain help to reduce waste.

Neighborhoods such as Roland Park and Hampden have dozens of independently owned shops,
 and many restaurants that support not only healthy eating, but local farmers.

Feed these parking meters situated near Camden Yards, and you'll help feed the homeless.

This wonderful shop in Hampden sells items you'd find in a Parisian Flea Market,
all pre-owned and of course, re-usable.

Iced tea doesn't need sugar when it's served with organic lemon and fresh mint!

Just-picked strawberries on Strawberry pancakes at Miss Shirley's.

My sis-in-law at he first restaurant I've ever been to that bears the cost of offering
 a natural sugar-free sweetener option.

The Baltimore Orioles make recycling easy with these "Fan Cans!"

The Graduate. 

"Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity
 to run a television for three hours."
-Denis Hayes, Coordinator of first April 22 Earth Day 


  1. I am glad you had a nice visit and are advocating to replicate some of our greener ideas in Bucks County. Just to be sure to give credit where it’s due, the parking Meters for Change are an effort of our Downtown Partnership. Aren’t they are a great idea?! Kate Briddell, Director – Homeless Services Program; Mayor’s Office of Human Services

  2. There are definitely things Bucks County can implement on a smaller scale! I loved your interesting take on the weekend, for there is always something to learn! Congratulations to the graduate!