Clean Air Ambassador | Upper Marlboro, Maryland
My family has lived in Maryland since the 1700's. We have a strong sense of place for Prince George's County and the surrounding area.
Coal emissions and air deposition have contributed to a decline in air quality and contributed to respiratory problems among communities in the region. My home county absorbs a disproportionate share of environmental and toxic health issues. We are deeply concerned about environmental justice and fairness.
I was born and raised along the Patuxent River. Prior to founding Patuxent Riverkeeper in 2004, I operated a business that provided professional media and mass communication services internationally. I also worked as volunteer activist on the Patuxent for over 20 years until the momentum of the volunteer environmental work overcame my media career and the challenge of Riverkeeping beckoned.
I also serve on the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project, as a Governor-appointed Commissioner on the State's Patuxent River Commission and on the Board of Waterkeeper Alliance, the international group that licenses Waterkeepers.
I am an adjunct instructor at historic St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I teach an upper level course in Environmental Law and Policy. I am an avid kayaker and backpacker, and also help to maintain trails on the Appalachian Trail.
My family has lived in Maryland since the 1700's … Coal emissions and air deposition have contributed to a decline in air quality and contributed to respiratory problems among communities in the region.
Messages of Support:
50 States United For Healthy Air
Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.
The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.
Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.
It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.