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News Archive

Week of March 2, 2009

News From Across the USM Campuses

Campus Sustainability: Moving Up to a National Leader,

Tuesday, March 3, 12:30-1:45pm in Plant Science 489F on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture presents the "Green Roofs and Urban Related Sustainability Topics Speaker Series" throughout the Spring semester.  For more info on this series, visit

Josh Tetrick from "Generation We." Tuesday, March 3, 7:00pm in Van Munching Hall 1206, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Josh Tetrick is an Associate in the Climate Change Group of an international law firm. For more information check our website, search 'SGB' on facebook, or send us an email at! Food will be provided, open to all majors and programs.

Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory Conference - March 4, 2009 at Towson University. Event will be held in the Towson University, University Union, Chesapeake III Room (there will be signs inside the Union as well as at the information desk). Please note that registration is between 9:00 and 9:30, and the conference will begin  promptly at 9:30. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Fath, Associate Professor of Biology at, or at 410-704-2535. Directions to the Towson University campus can be found here:

"Transportation Planning in an Era of Expensive Mobility." Wednesday, March 4, 2:00pm-3:30pm in 1179 Martin Hall, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics at UC Irvine, and from 2003 through 2006 he chaired UC Irvine's Department of Planning, Policy, and Design. Sponsored by the Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management and The National Center for Smart Growth.

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

March 6, 2009?- Dr. Peter J. Marcotullio, Hunter College, "The Environmental Impacts of Meat Consumption in New York City." Sponsored by The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education. Seminars are held on Fridays at 2 PM in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Visitor parking passes for the TRC lot may be purchased for $4.00 in the CUERE office in TRC 102/105 shortly before seminar.

Registration is now open for the 4th Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference (April 5-7, 2009). University of Maryland's Office of Sustainability, in partnership with AASHE, NACUBO, APPA and several other higher education associations, announce open registration for the 4th Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference to be held at the University of Maryland University College, Inn and Conference Center, adjacent to the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park on April 5-7, 2009. For more info, click here.

School wide competition for Energy-saving ideas for architecture building. Sponsored by the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; University of Maryland, College Park.  Submission deadline is April 1, 2009.

Internship: National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP)

Vito Stagliano Scholars Program, Washington, DC. Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the 10 week summer internship at NCEP.  All applications should be e-mailed to and must be received no later than March 23, 2009. Applicants chosen for the program will be notified by April 6, 2009. 

Students for Environmental Awareness, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Announcements and Spring 2009 Calendar.

Testimonial - "Why I Take Public Transit," by Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. From "Sustainability Matters." (February 2009)

State of Maryland News

Civil disobedience to combat climate change (By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun - Op/Ed, 3/1/09)

Maryland Department of the Environment - Upcoming Meetings, Hearings and Events

Greenhouse gases bill gains in Senate (By Laura Smitherman, The Baltimore Sun, 2/27/09)

National and International News

Cheap oil, but at what cost? Canada's sands bounty holds promise for U.S., but the environmental toll could be extreme (By Howard Witt, from the Chicago Tribune as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 3/2/09)

Congress' struggle to clean up own power plant highlights tough road ahead on energy, climate (By DINA CAPPIELLO, for The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 3/1/09)

Offer to offset future carbon taxes credited in luring 2 billion-dollar solar plants to Tennessee (By Erik Schelzig, for The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 3/1/09)

Power Shift 2009 - "Repowering, Reclaiming Our Future" -  February 27 to March 2, 10,000+ youth leaders from around the world will kick-off a historic year by traveling to Washington, D.C. to demand that the President and Congress rebuild our economy and reclaim our future by passing bold, just climate and energy policy that prioritizes renewable energy and green jobs.

Obama's Backing Raises Hopes for Climate Pact (By Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times, 2/28/09)

$25 Billion to Promote Electric Cars Is Untouched (Leslie Wayne, The New York Times, 2/26/09)

Study: Antarctic glaciers slipping swiftly seaward (By Eliane Engeler, The Associated Press as reported by Google News, 2/25/09)

Expert: Carbon dioxide emissions could last millennia (By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers, 2/24/09)

Chu Works to Get the Green Cash Flowing (By Chris Good, The Atlantic, 2/24/09)

NASA [Climate] Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit (By Kenneth Chang, The New York Times, 2/24/08)

Environmentalists Advance on Emissions (By Cornelia Dean, The New York Times, 2/23/09)
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