Announced via press release:

County Executive Ball To Announce New “Bee City” Status, Commitment to Protect Pollinators

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Tomorrow, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will announce a bold commitment to our environment and pollinator conservation by joining the “Bee City USA” coalition. As one of the first counties in the nation to become a “Bee City,” Howard County will commit to reducing pesticide use and creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Read more about the need to protect pollinators here.

“One in three bites of food we eat is the result of insect pollination, they are critical to our health and our entire ecosystem. Tragically, pollinators are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, and the impacts of widespread pesticide use. We cannot wait for the rest of the world to recognize this crisis, we must innovate and be the model of leadership we want others to follow,” said Ball. “Our commitment to protect pollinators will align directly with our long-term work to combat climate change and build a safe, livable future for Howard County.” 

This announcement adds to County Executive Ball’s visionary efforts to make Howard County a national model for local leadership on the issue of climate change. In addition to protecting pollinators, Ball has signed Howard County to the Paris Agreement, made Howard the first county in the nation to accept the U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural and Working Lands Challenge, and signed an Executive Order to reduce the County government’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050.

WHAT:           Announcement of Howard County as the newest member of “Bee City USA”                     

WHEN:           Friday, September 6th at 9 a.m.    

WHERE:        Howard County Conservancy (10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD 21163). The event will be held in the Hawk Watch area, overlooking the meadow (See aerial photo below).

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I am very interested in learning more about this initiative and what it means for Howard County.

I know not 100% on topic…but when the BAG TAX comes up before the County Council (possibly as early as next month)…will the County Executive echo the statement above “We cannot wait for the rest of the world to recognize this crisis, we must innovate and be the model of leadership we want others to follow” and oppose a tax that may a limited effect on the number of bags leaving stores and advocate for a ban on plastic bags similar to what cities like Westminster has done.

Howard County has a chance to be a leader by being the first county in Maryland to implement a ban on plastic bags…or will our county decide that the potential money gains from the tax outweigh the opportunity to be a model of leadership?

I am reminded of the statements made by our County Executive when curbside recycling went plastic bag free “Making Howard County the most environmentally friendly jurisdiction in the state and region is a goal of my administration and we ask that all of our residents adapt household practices that help us achieve a cleaner and greener future.”

While many may be occupied with the happenings with redistricting in the school system during the months of October and November…I will continue to follow, advocate and inform on the bag tax vs bag ban issue.

Read past bag tax related articles HERE.

Scott E

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