We are developing a workforce to undertake environmental improvement projects for a healthier Howard County.



Solutions for healthy streams and communities


Board of Directors*

  • Laurie Bulka, Community Volunteer (Secretary)
  • Josh Feldmark, Resource Evolution LLC (Chair)
  • Guy Hager, Retired, formerly Senior Director, Parks and People Foundation (Vice Chair)
  • Bob Marietta, Howard Community College
  • Christiana Mercer Rigby, Community Volunteer
  • Jaison Renkenberger, Teacher, University of Maryland / Anne Arundel County Public School System
  • Rizwan Siddiqi, P.E., EBA Engineering

Advisory Member

  • Bill Mahoney, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

*Institutional affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

Our People*

Lori A. Lilly, Director

Lori A. Lilly has been with the READY program from 2014-2016.  She originally came on as Operations Manager in May, 2014 and became the Project Manager in September, 2015.  During her tenure with READY, she worked with the County to establish a native plant nursery at the Howard County Department of Corrections, developed and implemented a debris management program in the Ellicott City streams to help prevent flooding, and led the formation of Howard EcoWorks to ensure READY's long term sustainability in the County and provide leadership for social and environmental change.

From 2006-2009, Lori directed an NGO and implemented watershed restoration projects in Oregon and from 2009-2014, she worked for the Center for Watershed Protection as a Watershed Ecologist / Planner.   Lori works part-time managing her own environmental consulting business.   As a volunteer, Lori was the first Chair  and is currently a member of the Ellicott City Partnership's Clean, Green and Safe Committee and she has been appointed by the Howard County Executive to serve on Ellicott City Flood Workgroup and Ellicott City Community Advisory Group.   Lori lives with her family at the Howard County Conservancy where her husband is the Caretaker.

Ted Wolfe, Program Assistant

Ted grew up in Howard County, MD before he attended college at the University of Alabama. During his time in Alabama, Ted began to appreciate and admire the natural world around him more than ever. He worked on an organic farm and quickly fell in love with sustainable agriculture. Ted graduated in 2011 with a B.S in Physics and accepted a position with the United States Peace Corps to live and work in rural Paraguay. After 2.5 years of incredible and new experiences in South America, Ted returned home to Maryland and began working for the READY Program where he is currently the Program Assistant. In 2015 Ted was certified as a Master Watershed Steward by the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy.

*Our People currently contract and work for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to manage the READY program; a transition plan for moving staff and READY to Howard EcoWorks is in process.

Recent News

  • Here's a roundup of recent headlines from our organization. 
  • READY is hiring! Applications for the summer READY program are open!  We're looking for young people 16-26 years old who wish to make a difference in the Howard County community, work ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 1:49 PM by Howard Ecoworks
  • New projects underway in 2017!! We are very excited to kick off two new projects in 2017, both focused on community engagement and both generously funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust!  The first project, Howard ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 1:38 PM by Howard Ecoworks
  • READY Receives Melanie Teems Award from Chesapeake Bay Trust READY received the Melanie Teems award from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This award recognizes a program that engages residents in efforts to improve the Chesapeake region’s natural resources through ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 5:20 PM by Howard Ecoworks
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READY employs Howard County residents ages 16-26 to build rain gardens and conservation landscapes that filter stormwater runoff and alleviate flooding from pavement and other impervious surfaces.

The investment Howard County makes in READY yields returns in four ways:

  • Provides living wage jobs for young adults who have a hard time finding work
  • Helps Howard County meet its federally mandated stormwater management obligations
  • Provides congregations and non-profit organizations with pollution and stormwater management help they might not otherwise be able to afford
  • Reduces pollution to local water ways and the Chesapeake Bay

You can find us around the County working 5 days/wk.


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