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LSM Class of 2022 Experiences Energy & Environment in Southern Maryland

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – May 10, 2022 – On April 28 & 29, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2022 participated in the eighth of nine educational sessions for LSM’s 2021-22 Executive Program – Energy and Environment.

The two-day event began at Constellation’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant where the class received a brief on nuclear energy and had the rare opportunity to take a walking tour of the facility. The group then traveled to the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission & Storage (BHE GT&S) LNG terminal, where George Anas, director of external affairs for BHE GT&S spoke with participants about the facility’s history and current operations. The group also heard from SMECO’s Tom Dennison, managing director of government and public affairs who provided details about the cooperative, recent projects, and future endeavors. The day concluded with a windshield tour of the LNG facility and a stop overlooking the off-shore exportation pier.

The second day began with a visit to the Loveville Produce Auction, allowing the participants to experience “commerce in action” while observing interaction of the Mennonite and Amish agricultural community with local restaurateurs, landscapers, and individuals who purchased from their harvests. The participants then traveled to Farming 4 Hunger. They kicked off the afternoon with an environmental panel discussion featuring speakers from Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. They also had an opportunity to learn about Farming 4 Hunger’s origin story, mission, and daily operations.  The class then participated in several team-building activities to help them gain a fuller understanding of the impact of the organization and its programs on a larger scale. 

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program is a nine-month, tuition-based program and is designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity, and gender.