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December 2017
In the News: Dozens of Trees to be Planted
Debra Schindler, MedStar Harbor Hospital
Baltimore - (November 14, 2017)

A $1.345 Million Grant Will Help Build Bio-retention Ponds, Healing Garden

Nearly three dozen mature trees will be planted around the MedStar Harbor Hospital campus this week to kick off a plan to reduce storm water runoff, while growing green spaces for patients to enjoy.

The project, known as The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, is funded by a $1.35 million grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and pays for design assistance, watershed planning and programmatic development to protect and restore the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Planting trees and other plants will help absorb and filter the water, and slow down flooding.

MedStar Harbor Hospital also plans to install eight bio-retention ponds around the south Baltimore hospital campus, starting in March 2018, to reduce the amount of storm water that runs into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. The project will be complete in June 2018.

The Watershed Assistance Grant Program is jointly supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Program, Plisko Sustainable Solutions, and Blue Water Baltimore.
MedStar Harbor Hospital Green Team planting a tree
MedStar Harbor Hospital Green Team
Man planting tree
Blue Water Baltimore Team Member
In the News: Cardin, Stein Vow to Fight for Environment
Justin Silberman, Baltimore Jewish Times
Baltimore - (November 14, 2017)

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, addressing a spirited group of about 20 activists at Van Gough Cafe in Southeast Baltimore on Monday, says Jews have an innate responsibility to safeguard the environment.

“It is absolutely central to our Jewish thinking about the world that we have a responsibility to protect and to honor that which gives us life,” Sachs-Kohen said.

That was the basis of the “Your Voice, Your Earth, Take Action!” meeting organized by the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, Repair the World Baltimore and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and state Del. Dana Stein (D-District 11), the two featured speakers, expressed some concerns about key environmental issues facing the state and country. Many activists, from groups including Charm City Tribe, Maryland Environmental Health Network and Interfaith Power & Light, also shared similar reservations.
Pearlstone Center Sustainability and Elected Officials
L to R: Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, Maryland Delegate Dana Stein, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Jakir Manela, Joan Plisko
Delegate Dana Stein; Photo by J. Silverman
Joan Plisko, director of community sustainability for Pearlstone, said she was encouraged by the positive reaction. She added she hopes everyone in attendance takes their activism to the next level.

“We really think it is important people in the community take advantage of these opportunities that they otherwise may not have,” Plisko said. “We want people who are passionate about their Judaism and environment to speak up and have the chance to have their voices heard by people who can help make a difference.”
Apple Pie: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Marc Plisko picking apples
Marc Plisko is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Vice President of Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC and an excellent pie maker. In addition to reviewing Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC documents, providing technical input on PSS contracts, and conducting hazardous material and risk assessments, Marc excels in making the perfect pie crust.

Following a recent PSS company outing to pick apples, Marc created a mouth watering apple pie that he replicated on Thanksgiving. What are his pie secrets? Here are the top three:

  1. Use a cheese grater for grating the butter!
  2. Make sure to add ice cold water to the dough.
  3. A uniform crust comes from methodically and slowly rolling the dough.

Reach out to Marc for all your industrial hygiene and pie crust needs: marc@pliskosolutions.com.
Homemade apple pie


See you in 2018

About Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Joan Plisko in field of zinnias
Joan Plisko, PhD, President
Marc Plisko, CIH, Vice President
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