Author: Jamie Potter

FY23 Budget Plans Mean Historic Progress on Environmental Protection

FY23 Howard County Operating Budget

On May 25th Howard County Executive Calvin Ball lauded the passage of FY23 operating and capital budget plans in Howard County. The budget includes historic funding for environmental protection and parks, as well as for public education, public safety, mental health services, and public works projects, to improve the quality of life for all in… Read more »

Howard County Receives 43 NACo Achievement Awards, the Most in Maryland

streetlight being switched to LED

On May 16th, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that Howard County received a record 43 Achievement Awards in 2022 from the National Association of Counties (NACo), the leading organization representing county-level government operations. NACO Achievement Awards recognize innovative and transformative programs that provide new services for county residents, improve existing programs, upgrade working conditions,… Read more »

Forecasting the Unpredictable: Severe Weather

tree in field with dark storm clouds overhead

By Avery Farrell   You are awoken by an abrupt beam of sunlight peeking through your blinds. Reluctantly, you get out of bed and stretch to properly wake up. The last couple of days have been overcast, cold, and rainy. Surprised by the sun reaching its bright yellow arms for your window, you check the… Read more »

Environment Town Hall: Howard County Emphasizes Bold Solutions to Tackle Climate Change and Energy Independence 

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball hosted an Environment Town Hall at the Robinson Nature Center on April 29, to highlight the many initiatives and policies Howard County has in place to address community concerns, climate change , and energy independence. “We’re planting trees, supporting local food systems, nurturing pollinators, improving local water quality, conserving energy, and… Read more »

Howard County Celebrates 15th Annual GreenFest

Native Plant Sale GreenFest 2022

On Saturday, April 9th, Howard County celebrated its 15th Annual GreenFest at Howard Community College. GreenFest is Howard County’s largest celebration of Earth Day. The event aims to connect residents with the resources that local businesses, non-profits, and government provide to help residents be stewards of the environment. “GreenFest is an opportunity for our community… Read more »

Enhancing the Green Infrastructure Network (GIN), 4 Acres of Newly Planted Trees

Newly planted trees at Daisy Rd

In 2021 Howard County enhanced the Green Infrastructure Network (GIN) with over four acres of newly planted trees.   The GIN is a system of the County’s largest, connected natural areas, including forests, wetlands, meadows, and waterways. It consists of hubs (the natural areas providing habitat) and corridors (the linear features that tie hubs together and… Read more »

Howard County Preserves Nearly 128 Acres of Farmland

On November 2nd, 2021, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed a bill to preserve the largest remaining farm in the rural west of Howard County eligible for the Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP). The property, currently owned by the Dickey family and soon to be sold to the Sharp family, adds 127.7 acres of land… Read more »

Pollinator Garden Planting at HCC Sustainability Day

planting pollinator garden at Howard Community College

Howard Community College had its 15th annual Sustainability Day on Oct 20, 2021, from 10 am to 8 pm. The date of the event is significant, indicating that Earth Day is exactly 6 months away. This year’s Sustainability Day included a combination of in-person and virtual activities, in contrast to last year’s entirely virtual event,… Read more »