Our annual Sustainability Town Hall on April 19th brought people together from across the city to learn about sustainability and resilience, share their stories, and kick off a new, collaborative process for creating Baltimore’s citywide Sustainability Plan. Held at Humanim’s American Brewery Building and with the theme of “Every Story Counts,” the event took visitors through the past, present and future of efforts to make Baltimore a more sustainable and equitable city, featuring storytelling stations, a display of the new Baltimore bikeshare program bicycles and a mobile Tiny House installation demonstrating potential energy savings; free tree giveaways from TreeBaltimore; and a special appearance from Turtle, Baltimore’s sustainability mascot.
The town hall also served as the official launch of the Office of Sustainability’s new “Every Story Counts” campaign, which seeks to promote equity and inclusion and show how vital these values are in building a stronger, more sustainable and resilient Baltimore. “Every Story Counts” is a citywide campaign to engage a greater number of Baltimore’s residents in shaping that future, especially those voices that have too long been marginalized and are too often most negatively impacted by environmental inequities.
Sustainability and resilience come in many forms and the campaign aims to show how every action we take to strengthen our communities and help each other brings us closer to creating the just and thriving city all the people of Baltimore deserve. Elements will include gathering and sharing stories of citizen initiatives, encouraging participation in the Sustainability Plan revision process, the creation of search tools to match the interests and needs of residents with the numerous resources and opportunities offered through the Office of Sustainability and its partner organizations, and on-the-ground events to promote stronger neighborhoods and greater health and well-being.