Thursday, April 22, 2010

HoCo in Earth Day News

Two HoCo business people were featured in this article by Meredith Cohn in The Sun today. Brian Hughes who runs Shaw Farm CSA, a community supported agriculture farm in Columbia near Atholton High School, and Stan Sersen who runs the Green Building Institute were both profiled in the story about the 4oth anniversary of Earth Day.

Shaw Farms is not as large at the 100 acre Buckland Farm CSA in Pennsylvania that was recently featured in HowChow but it is a lot closer and apparently fairly popular as well. HowChow reports that it is sold out of its memberships for this year but adds that you can still get on their mailing list.

Stan Sersen, who was our guest on “and then there’s that…” last week, heads up the Green Building Institute which is housed in a converted farmhouse in Jessup called the Enviro Center. The building was hailed as “an example of sustainability.”

“Rain water is captured and reused, and construction materials are all reused or repurposed. Energy for lighting and air conditioning mostly comes from the sun through solar panels or tubes and the rest comes from the wind.”

These budding green initiatives by private businesses in HoCo add a good deal to the county’s growing green cred in the state.


number9dream said...


"Energy for lighting and air conditioning mostly comes from the sun through solar panels or tubes and the rest comes from the wind."

ALL forms of energy existing on this planet originated from the sun, either directly or indirectly.

To quote George Carlin:

"I'm tired of f***ing Earth Day, I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don't give a s*** about the planet. They don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't. Not in the abstract they don't. You know what they're interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me."

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at how many Chevy Suburbans I see at Columbia Mall with bumper stickers that say "Walk Softly on the Mother Earth" (these also often have Obama/Biden stickers on them, but that's another story).

Seriously, this is Howared County. You want us to USE LESS ENERGY?! What are you, some kind of hippie radical? We'll vote Democratic, but when push comes to shove you better make sure that we have electricity and ready access to fast food, cheap gas, and lawn fertilizer put down by probably illegal aliens.

But I'm for Healthy Howard!

Now, back off.

Just give me the stuff I want, and I'll toss everyone else...a bone.