Maryland Environmental Service
Enjoying and experiencing the outdoors is not just a passion of Joanna Freeman’s, it’s a profession she cherishes.
“My work allows me to affect the lives of every resident of the state, whether they know it or not, because a cleaner watershed provides numerous health, safety and environmental benefits for all to live, work and play in,” she said.
While working at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Freeman, currently an environmentalist specialist with the Maryland Environmental Service, oversaw Project Clean Stream, a program that encourages volunteers to get outside every spring to remove trash from their neighborhood parks, schools and streams. The program also provides training to volunteers on the importance of environmental stewardship.
Started in 2002 as a local cleanup in Baltimore City, Project Clean Stream involved work at just over 200 sites with some 7,000 volunteers when Freeman began her efforts with the project in 2013. Through outreach to new partners, watershed organizations, neighborhood associations and schools, she was able to expand the program by 2016 to include over 3,700 cleanup sites every spring engaging 74,000 volunteers in six different states and Washington, D.C., she said.
Her dedication to her profession also extends to her volunteer involvement in the community. She spends evenings and weekends with two organizations: the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Junior League of Baltimore. At the Ulman Center, Freeman has helped raise $20,000 to support the mission and currently presides as the communications chairwoman on the Board of Young Adult Advisors.