I will end my talk on Zeitgeist Movement as DAVOS by saying this.....if you read their bio they have created a mystique that rivals the ancient Greeks that this organization sprang from the ashes of the financial collapse from massive corporate fraud simultaneously around the world and has no one leader.....A CREATION MYTH FOLKS! EVERY GREAT EMPIRE MUST HAVE A CREATION MYTH. People who get rich by lying, cheating, and stealing are sociopaths not benevolent rulers so we know their goal is not what is best for the planet...it is what maximizes their wealth.
The new go-to word is 'Sustainability'....we have to save the planet.....and we do. That is the tenet of Zeitgeist and it looks good on paper and indeed from Third Way corporate Obama to elite 1% Johns Hopkins there is a push towards 'sustainability'. Living simply so people can simply live is the mantra of the 1960s. Let's look at public policy to see who is walking the walk and who is just talking the talk. Looking here in Baltimore, are policies that promote development having billion dollar corporations as anchors in a downtown with massive office complexes built right on the water's edge of a harbor we want to clean 'sustainable development'? OF COURSE NOT, IT IS THE WORST OF DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES, BUT IT LOOKS PRETTY AND GIVES VIEWS TO THE RICH!!! Does having a Brussels-style complex of wall-to-wall cement and buildings with global aspirations that is EAST BALTIMORE development having Hopkins running every business sector in the state meet the definition of 'living simply so that others may simply live'? Does a health care reform that fails to address the driver of cost......fraud and waste.......and builds an industry surrounding 'preventive medicine', the very source of much of the fraud and waste, a 'sustainability' approach to health care? Hopkins is driving this private system approach that builds all kinds of clinics, mobile transport units that serve as clinics, and a wellness plan that has patients coming in every three months to have their blood drawn and analyzed.......is that policy about 'sustainability' or profit. What is the number one category of physical waste polluting the environment today? MEDICAL WASTE. Did you know that these national medical chains that are the new private industry are all owed by the 1% and health care and education has been identified as the go-to industries for future profits ergo, this kind of health care reform?
THERE IS NOTHING SUSTAINABLE THAT THE 1% ARE DOING IN THE QUEST FOR PROFITS SO WHY ARE THEY SO CONCERNED WITH ORDINARY PEOPLE LIVING SUSTAINABLY? THAT'S RIGHT.....IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY WE WILL NOT HAVE, NOT THE PLANET.
Who leads the push against all business regulation as regards environmental law and social justice law that seek to make business systems pay for polluting and forcing them into sustainable development and allows people the money to style their lives around environmental and health quality issues? THAT'S RIGHT....THE 1% HAVE ELIMINATED ALL PUBLIC POLICIES THAT WERE BUILT JUST FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THE EARTH AND EMBRACING SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP. They do it for profit as it kills the earth.
I KNOW........HOW DIABOLICAL CAN SOCIOPATHS BE?
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Now, this is the Brookings Institute definition for 'sustainability'. I can just hear an executive telling a deputy to write this definition in Wikipedia. It doesn't say anything about avoiding making the American midwest into a monoculture of wheat, corn, and soy just so these global agribusinesses can glean massive profits selling it to the government and shipping it to the third world rather than simply developing local farming in those locations. This is one of the most destructive of policies as regards sustainability and yet, magically the Farm Bill subsidizes this same behavior with even greater profit for global agribusiness. DID YOU HEAR THE ELITE INSTITUTIONS FIGHTING THIS POLICY? THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE TOO BUSY BUYING ALL FERTILE LAND AND FRESH WATER SOURCES AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE MONEY STOLEN FROM YOU AND ME THROUGH CORPORATE FRAUD!!!
To end for today, I'd like to point to the current practice of scooping the world's professional class and bringing them to the US as immigrant workers. The sustainable thing to do is leave these future leaders in their countries to work towards development rather than expanding elite institutions into these countries after taking the leadership to America. The entire idea of Best of the Best.....a Brookings Institute/Johns Hopkins public policy......IS THE OPPOSITE OF SUSTAINABILITY!!!!!!!!!
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES IN NEXT ELECTIONS!!!
Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life as we know it. Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions.
Healthy ecosystems and environments provide vital goods and services to humans and other organisms. There are two major ways of reducing negative human impact and enhancing ecosystem services and the first of these is environmental management. This approach is based largely on information gained from earth science, environmental science and conservation biology. The second approach is management of human consumption of resources, which is based largely on information gained from economics.
Sustainability interfaces with economics through the social and ecological consequences of economic activity. Sustainability economics involves ecological economics where social, cultural, health-related and monetary/financial aspects are integrated. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganising living conditions (e.g., ecovillages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities), reappraising economic sectors (permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture), or work practices (sustainable architecture), using science to develop new technologies (green technologies, renewable energy and sustainable Fission and Fusion power), to adjustments in individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.
The Sun does do some investigative journalism that gives the power base a slap of reality every now and then, but it is a propagator of the BEST of the BEST world-class city design driven by Third Way global corporations. Listen to this parody below...it is great. We are being sold the idea that innovation and attracting rich businesses are the only way to grow this industrial city filled with blue collar working families. Now, another way to go which would be the 'sustainable' approach is take all those billions of dollars being used to build a mirror of Manhattan and build small community businesses.....YOU KNOW, THE REAL ENTERPRISE ZONE CONCEPT!!!!! I thriving downtown of small businesses and business owners that are the very blue-collar working class now unemployed is the sustainable approach......it isn't the maximizing profits approach that drives Baltimore's development. IT IS HYPE FOLKS.....THIS ENTIRE IDEA OF SUSTAINABILITY THAT LEAVES GREAT WEALTH DOING ALL THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE WHILE SELLING SUSTAINABILITY TO YOU AND ME!!!
SINCE WHEN DID MASSIVE PUBLIC DEBT INCURRED WHILE GIVING MASSIVE PUBLIC MONEY TO MASSIVELY WEALTHY DEVELOPERS BECOME SUSTAINABLE?????
Put on the red ink
Baltimore Sun Our view:
The mayor's attempt at a 10-year fiscal plan is generating suspicion, but such an exercise is necessary if Baltimore is to thriveFebruary 19, 2013Anger at actions by Baltimore's mayors has taken various forms over the years, but rarely has it manifested itself in a music video. But on Feb. 11, the day Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was to give her State of the City address and outline some of her ideas for coping with the dire fiscal forecast consultants predicted for the city over the next decade, the Baltimore City Paper posted on its website a full-length parody of the Police classic "Roxanne," entitled "Stephanie (you don't have to put on the red ink)".
The effort is clever and impressively carried out, and it reflects an undercurrent of suspicion among city activists. Some doubt the reality of the 10-year fiscal forecast and question the mayor's motives in following it up with ideas like changes to municipal pensions and a trash collection fee. The song asks how the consultants could have come up with such gloomy predictions for a city that has not regularly audited its own departments and reiterates common complaints that Baltimore gives away too much in tax breaks for well-heeled developers. Others have asked why the city would spend more than half a million dollars on consultants in an effort to figure out how to save money, particularly given that Baltimore already employs an entire department of finance.
In general, the sense seems to be that Ms. Rawlings-Blake dropped this report out of nowhere, and she must be up to something.
But what, exactly? What does a Democratic mayor in a Democratic city and state have to gain by highlighting the need to reduce spending — particularly the cost of benefits for unionized employees? What does any politician have to gain by highlighting the fiscal problems of the government she leads and then proposing a variety of unpopular ways to address them? And just what did people think was going to happen when, 18 months ago, Ms. Rawlings-Blake announced that she intended to develop a 10-year plan to deal with the city's chronic budget shortfalls?
The mayor could have continued patching the budget together every year with chewing gum and baling wire, but she has chosen to seek a more sustainable path — and one that could allow the city to invest in the kinds of things that will help it grow. In that context, the cost of bringing in outside experts from Public Financial Management Inc. is insignificant (though, for the record, already-implemented PFM recommendations for changes to city health benefits are saving Baltimore $20 million a year).
The way Ms. Rawlings-Blake has rolled out the consultants' report and her recommendations may be responsible for some of the unease. First she released a report detailing the scope of the problem, then she provided a few details of her plans to address it in her State of the City address, and tomorrow she intends to release the consultants' full report, plus her own action plan. To some, that feels like we're getting set up.
In truth, though, the release of the report is and should be just the beginning of a conversation with city residents and other stakeholders about how best to proceed. The consultants came up with more than 100 recommendations for ways to improve the city's finances and its competitiveness, and the mayor intends to pursue them over the course of the next two years or more. This is a long-term effort that should be judged not by how it is being introduced but by how well the administration listens to the ideas and concerns of the community and other elected officials as it translates Ms. Rawlings-Blake's ideas into legislation in the months and years ahead.
But the mayor should certainly not be blamed for wanting to do something more than manage the slow decline of a great American city. We could go on hoping that gradual improvements to the crime rate or schools, or knocking an occasional penny from the property tax rate, will spark a sudden turnaround in Baltimore's fortunes — or we could embrace the reality that the time has come to try a new strategy. The city schools have taken the latter course with their ambitious reconstruction plan, and now the mayor is following suit. Some of the ideas she will present tomorrow will probably be good, some may turn out to be bad, and others will likely emerge from the conversation that will follow. But if we want Baltimore to thrive, it is an effort worth making.
Modus Operandus of Baltimore Development is that Johns Hopkins as leader of development gives these billion dollar corporations whatever they want complete with Enterprise Zone designation and ring-fence all tax revenue in exchange for 'charitable donations' that give Hopkins grants for LaCrosse Museums, facilities infrastructure, and affiliated 'public' schools and their athletic fields. NONE OF THIS IS SUSTAINABLE. Here you see a green light for a plan that should have had a downtown full of empty and blighted office buildings in the downtown corridor being axed for waterfront development that takes more and more of the waterfront and privatizes it with worthless office buildings. Exelon as a merger deal had to be in the city so we didn't need to make these concessions to keep their business. Is it 'sustainable' to allow a corporation to bring an entire management staffing from another region while firing 600 existing management staff already living locally? NONE OF THIS IS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY!!!!!!
Exelon lays out plans for new Baltimore headquartersPreliminary design calls for 22-story skyscraper at Harbor Point
A rendering of Exelon's Baltimore headquarters is pictured. (Handout photo )February 08, 2012|By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun
Exelon Corp.'s new headquarters in Baltimore is designed to be a glassy, 22-story skyscraper, similar in style to the Legg Mason tower, which would be a neighbor on the Harbor East waterfront, according to preliminary designs revealed Wednesday.
The building would be part of the $250 million first phase of the 27-acre Harbor Point development, which would also include a central plaza, a headquarters for U.S. Lacrosse, a six-acre waterfront park and an apartment tower, said Michael Beatty, president of Harbor East Development Corp.
Plans for the new building were released a week after Exelon picked Harbor Point over sites in the city's traditional downtown district. The choice disappointed some local business leaders, who had hoped the Chicago-based energy giant would settle on a location in the area around Pratt and Light streets.
Exelon is seeking to acquire Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group in a $7.9 billion deal that still requires regulatory approvals. The Maryland Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision by Feb. 17.
The old McCormick and Co. site at Light and Conway streets and Baltimore City Community College's Bard Building at Lombard Street and Market Place were among the top spots considered by Exelon officials.
Speaking during a presentation on the 24th floor of the Legg Mason tower, which overlooks Harbor Point, Exelon's senior vice president of corporate affairs said the site was the best choice for the combined companies' power-selling and renewable energy businesses.
"We wanted to create a presence and make a statement that we are … here for the long term," Calvin Butler Jr. said.
Butler also said that Harbor Point provided an opportunity to expand, and that Exelon appreciated the developer's record of constructing high-rises on schedule. Exelon hopes to move into the building in 2014.
Exelon is expected to spend around $120 million for a long-term lease that could range from 15 to 20 years.
Beatty, who repeatedly said that Harbor Point was a part of downtown, brushed aside criticism of Exelon's decision to build at the site instead of in the city's traditional business district.
"We're all part of the same city," said Beatty, whose company built the Legg Mason tower and the surrounding Harbor East neighborhood.
Laurie Schwartz, executive director of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, said the city was big enough for various types of development.
"I think that downtown is very resilient and [that] some people suggesting that downtown lost its vibrancy is a bit of an overreaction over the move of one tenant," she said.
So, if none of the development I've spoken of today has anything to do with sustainability, what is the purpose of the Baltimore Mayor's plan for SUSTAINABILITY?
I will speak tomorrow about what these policy actually do for the citizens of Baltimore vs the 1% driving these policies.
I want to point to one issue that drives me crazy.....growing food in the city. Those of us who are urban gardeners know this: the city's soil if so polluted from being an industrial city with millions of lead-based gasoline cars spewing toxic chemicals all around the city that the approach being taken on the cheap.....simply tilling empty lots and planting, or even raised beds made with soil brought from yet another contaminated location is BIZARRE. It is an example of moving a policy forward towards a goal that has nothing to do with public interest and everything to do with society of the 1%. I listened to a 'greening' presentation by a city greening organization that focused on the fact that all of the soil would need to be carted in from some far away place to assure uncontaminated soil. HOW IS THAT SUSTAINABLE? HOW CAN THIS FOOD GROWN IN BAD SOIL BE OK FOR PEOPLE CONSUMING IT? WELL, IT IS THE POOR THAT WILL GET IT SO DON'T WORRY. THEY NEED TO START CREATING THEIR OWN FOOD SOURCE AFTER ALL.
I stopped by this block-sized urban garden in Washington DC, right in the thick of urban blight and asked that question....soil, car fumes, et al.......the executive of the non-profit pushing this gave me a glare that said 'HOW DARE YOU QUESTION WHAT YOU SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO HAVE!'!!! Listen, I can afford to go the WholeFoods as can she!!!
2010 Baltimore City
2010 ANNUAL REPORT
Featured Article 2010 Annual Report
Baltimore City’s 2010 Annual Sustainability Report was released on April 16, 2011 as part of Baltimore Green Week’s EcoFest. The annual report outlines the progress made to date toward achieving the goals of the Sustainability Plan and highlights the great work underway to benefit the economic, social, and environmental health of Baltimore.
In the two years since the City Council adopted the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, a multitude of partners in a variety of forms and functions – community organizations, businesses, families, and schools – have continued to work to implement the goals of the Plan and make Baltimore a more sustainable place to live and work.
The Annual Report provides an opportunity to check in, renew our commitment, and celebrate our successes together as a community. The structure of the Annual Report is based on that of the Sustainability Plan and provides both quantitative and qualitative measures of Baltimore’s efforts to forward Plan goals. For each of the seven theme chapters of the Plan - cleanliness, pollution prevention, resource conservation, greening, transportation, education & awareness, and green economy – the report features a success story from the past year.
The Report addresses each of the 29 goals by highlighting key facts, related 2010 efforts, and a few action items which individuals can take to help be part of the solution. Many of the partners in these efforts are listed along with their web addresses for more information at the end of the report. While these pages begin to tell the story of the great work underway, we recognize the sample endeavors included here do not represent an exhaustive list.
There are doubtless many additional organizations accomplishing valuable work throughout Baltimore. We encourage all entities in Baltimore to share how they help to achieve the city’s sustainability goals here at our website via the “Share your Success Stories” button on the homepage. We will use the projects and initiatives shared here to produce next year’s Annual Report
Thank you to the countless individuals and organizations that took action this past year to improve the quality of life and sustainability here in Baltimore!
To download a copy of the report visit: 2010 Annual Report