Baltimore GreenWorks pulled off another great EcoFest (the first being in 2005) this past week! Weather was a bit cool, but sunny and the MKCREATIVE team members who attended this small gathering had a great time. Many folks came out to enjoy good food, music, and bonding. A number of eco-engaged sponsors and merchants were there as well, which made a great reminder of how public interest and private enterprise can work together for the enrichment of both.
Marco Kathuria and his wife, Joyce MacDonald, chatted at length with Martin Richardson, Chief Marketing Officer at The Verde Group — a unque baltimore-based “green” construction company whose mission is to create mixed-use housing in Baltimore. According to Martin, what sets his company apart is the engagement with local residents and community leaders that he and his staff strive to achieve so the developer is not seen as an outside interloper but an equal partner in neighborhood revitalization and greening
Meredith Cohn of The Baltimore Sun wrote up a pleasant summary of the proceedings as well, which is part of EcoFest’s ambition: to get the word out and to grow the movement year-by-year. Because, let’s face it, for each opportunity to engage a community to better its environment, a pack of lawyers work hard to keep oil companies out of court and out of paying for their environmental destruction.
First, the good news. As we posted earlier, Ecofest was meant to kickoff Baltimore’s Green Week. In particular, please note tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) event, as posted on the Baltimore Green Works Events website:
Fabritory opens at the North Avenue Market
MICA and Morgan State University will present sustainable solutions to community development needs. Throughout the semester, BGW was able to connect Baltimore’s leaders in local sustainability efforts with the students through a series of engaging conversations in the classroom. The focus was on the needed neighborhood development of what was once our city’s northern border, the North Avenue corridor. The class touched on topics including transportation, infrastructure, waste management, local agriculture, community initiatives and the history of North Avenue. Students were then challenged to come up with sustainable solutions to some of these issues. Projects will be presented at the opening of Fabritory in the North Avenue Market.
20 West North Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21218, opening from 3-8 p.m., reception starts at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.