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News Archive

Week of April 6, 2009

News From Across the USM Campuses

April 7, 2009 - 1st Annual Environmental Conference, Towson University, 8:30am - 2:30pm, University Union, Chesapeake Rooms I & II (3rd Floor) on the Towson University campus. The conference is designed to raise awareness among students, faculty and staff about environmental topics, issues and solutions.  

April 8, 2009 - Unveiling the Campus Bicycle Plan for the University of Maryland, College Park.               POSTPONED

April 10, 2009 - Dr. Dawn Bielher UMBC, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems "Cities, housing, and health: Activism and the urban environment before the environmental justice movement." This seminar will be held at 2 PM in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is 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, on the UMBC campus shortly before the seminar.

Bay's health earns C-minus: Researchers say Chesapeake's vitality still poor (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 4/3/09) [University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science report]

Chesapeake Bay report sees bright spots despite overall stagnation (By Lindsay Perna, The Examiner, 4/3/09) [University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Bill Dennison is quoted in the story.]

UMCP's massive energy project (The Daily Record News Briefs, By Staff and Wire Reports, 4/2/09)

UM cleans up in recycling competition: Students hope to do their part in waste reduction (By Tim Taylor, The Gazette, 4/2/09)

Chesapeake Grade [Video] (Capital News Service Television, 4/2/09). Scientists took a good look at the Chesapeake Bay's water quality and they didn't like what they saw. Romney Smith delivers the Bay's report card and how YOU can help to boost its grade. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's staff, Bill Dennison and Margaret Palmer, are quoted. Download Full Packet (mov,flv,script,jpg) [249.5MB]

UMES outreach project promotes small farms (The Daily Times -, 4/1/09)

Greener, Cheaper: UM Renovation to Save Nearly $30 Million in Energy Costs (UM Newsdesk, The University of Maryland, College Park, 4/1/09)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Clean energy center headquarters to be in Rockville (By David Dishneau, The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 3/31/09) [Headquarters will be located at the Camille Kendall Academic Center at the USM's Universities at Shady Grove]

Grants Given for Environmental Projects [Grants awarded to University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science] (TheDaily Times -, 3/31/09)

"Earth to College Park" (April 1-30, 2009) - Please join us this April in celebrating Earth Month! All month long, various departments and student groups will be hosting events on and around campus promoting green ideas and practices. University of Maryland, College Park.

Update on Frostburg State University's Climate Action Plan (Frostburg State University, Learning Green - Living Green, Spring 2009)

April 20 - 24, 2009 - Earth Week Activities - Frostburg State University. Events will focus on environmental stewardship, taking action, and celebrating and serving the Earth. All events are free and most are open to the public.  Frostburg State University.

April 18, 2009 - Celebrate Earth Day, Enjoy, Respect and Protect - 10:00am - 3:00pm, sponsored by the University of Baltimore. Join the Aquarium in a party for Our Ocean Planet, honoring the new dolphin show and celebrating Earth's watery world. Explore what you can do to enjoy, protect and respect our blue planet-starting with your own backyard. Event is at the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt Street in Baltimore. Price: Adults- $29.95, Seniors- $28.95, Children- $19.95. For more information, the National Aquarium in Baltimore can be reached at 410-576-3800 (daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or at

April Clarice Smith Center Events Explore "Living in Our Landscape" - Environment-themed performances and discussions celebrate Earth Day 2009. Events are held at The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of University of Maryland, College Park. For more information about scheduled events, contact Laura Mertens, Communications Coordinator ?Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, at or at?(301) 405-8151.

State of Maryland News

Runoff rules hit Maryland School System: Montgomery to Map Storm-Water Pipes (By Miranda S. Spivak, The Washington Post, 4/6/09)

Turning Green - Our view: Tough times, but surprising number of environment bills advance (The Baltimore Sun, Op-Ed, 4/5/09)

Real Climate Action in Maryland (The Washington Post, Op-Ed, 4/4/09)

Volunteers pitch in to rid the Potomac of trash (By Kamala Lane, The Associated Press as reported by, 4/3/09)

Environmentalists want "Smart Growth" Bill tweaked (The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 4/1/09)

[Baltimore's] Urbanite Magazine - The Green Issue, April 2009

Maryland Senate OKs septic system measure: Bill to require nitrogen-removing technology heads to House of Delegates (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 3/31/09)

Class-action status sought in Harford pollution case: Plaintiffs say leak at Exxon station in Fallston tainted wells (By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun, 3/31/09)

National and International News

Blubbery "researchers" lend fin to climate  science (By Charles J. Hanley, The Associated Press as reported in The Washington Post, 4/5/09)

Obama Calls for US, Europe Coordination (The Associated Press as reported in The Washington Post, 4/5/09)

US Wants Limits on Antarctic Tourism (By Matthew Lee, The Associated Press, 4/5/09)

Will Obama's Revolution Deliver Energy Independence? (By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, 4/5/09)

Free At Last: How to achieve genuine energy independence (By Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, 4/4/09)

Ice bridge holding Antarctic ice shelf cracks up (By Alister Doyle, Reuters, 4/4/09)

Campus Climate Action Planning Wiki Launched by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE Campus Sustainability Perspecitves Blog, 4/3/09). The intent of this wiki is to fill a climate action planning "resource gap" by providing a guide which is much more "how-to" oriented and comprehensive than existing campus greenhouse gas emissions reduction resources. Those resources are excellent but don't provide a lot of detail on how to actually get to climate neutrality. While developed with the support of the ACUPCC, this CAP wiki is intended to be helpful to all colleges and universities with an interest in reducing GHG emissions.  

Obama climate plans face long route for passage (By Ayesha Rascoe, The Assoicated Press as reported in The Washington Post, 4/3/09)

US to be "pragmatic on climate" (By Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 4/3/09)

Google shows alternative energy firms the way (By David R. Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle, 4/2/09)

Study: Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster Than Expected - Arctic sea ice meltdown under way faster than expected, most could be gone in 30 years (By Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press as reported on, 4/2/09)

Looking forward: Green jobs' promise, pitfalls (By Yoni Levinson, The Baltimore Sun, 4/2/09)

Renewable Energy Heats Up on Campus (By Jim Tankersley, The Baltimore Sun, 3/29/09)

Earth Hour 2009 Worldwide [photographs](The Boston Globe, 3/28/09)

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