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Week of August 31, 2009

News from Across the USM Campuses

September 9th - The countdown to climate neutrality at FAU begins now. Be a part of it. FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN OPEN HOUSE AND PRESENTATION. Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 10am - 4:30pm, at the Lane University Center, Room 201, Frostburg State University: OPEN HOUSE: 10am - 4:30pm  (Grab a snack, review the plan, ask questions and provide feedback.) PRESENTATION: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Presentation includes FSU's definition of sustainability, LGLG mission, vision, rationale for sustainability and climate neutrality, FSU's carbon footprint, hiring for permanent leadership in sustainability at FSU, foundation strategies, mitigation strategies, education and research, outreach strategies, financing sustainability. 

September 4, 2009- Lee Sobel - Smart Growth Program, US EPA, Washington DC  "The Business Case for Smart Growth" - This seminar will be held on Friday at 2 PM in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. It 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 UMBC's CUERE office in TRC 102/105 shortly before seminar.  

U.S. needs a strong energy bill from Senate (By Matt Dernoga, The Gazettte, 8/28/09) [The writer is the campaign director of UMD for Clean Energy at the University of Maryland.]

To Some Chesapeake Crabbers, a $50 Document Is Priceless: Despite Industry's Woes, Many Watermen Refuse to Sell Symbol of Old Way of Life (By David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post, 8/24/09) [Article quotes Doug Lipton a University of Maryland professor]

The "green" industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy with many exciting career opportunities for college graduates. Get your foot in the "green jobs" door by working on sustainability initiatives at the University of Maryland, College Park, which is recognized as one of the leaders in campus sustainability. The Office of Sustainability is seeking a Communications Intern and an Energy Conservation Analyst. Deadline to Apply: Monday, September 7. Applications will be reviewed immediately and interviews will take place September 9th - 11th. The last day to add an internship to your fall schedule is Monday, September 14. View application details here.  

State of Maryland News

Urban garden to sow health, renewal: Oliver-area residents create vegetable oasis, urban sanctuary in one day (By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun, 8/28/09)

The 128th Maryland State Fair starts this weekend, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture plans to have some eco-friendly and consumer-focused displays that you may want to check out. (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 8/27/09)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Youth's vigor makes a strong impression in environmental hearings: 15-year-old Otana Jakpor has attended dozens of air-quality meetings and EPA hearings, presenting data from her experiments and advocating for tighter restrictions to improve public health. (By Amy Littlefield, The Baltimore Sun, 8/26/09)

National and International News

Battle lines on energy emerge: Foes, backers of next big Obama effort take cues from health care debate (By Jim Tankserley, Tribune Papers as reported by the Baltimore Sun, 8/31/09)

Annual cost of climate change 'will be £190bn': UN has underestimated financial burden of global warming, study finds (By Steve Connor, The [UK] Independent, 8/28/09)

On Energy, Obama Finds Broad Support: Poll Shows Backing for Reform Efforts, But Cap-and-Trade Bill Is Harder Sell (By Steven Mufson and Jennifer Agiesta, The Washington Post, 8/28/09)

Scientists Find "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch": Discover extensive plastic debris floating 1,000 miles from land  (National Science Foundation Press Release, 8/27/09)

More Sun for Less: Solar Panels Drop in Price (By Kate Galbraith, The New York Tomes, 8/26/09)

Conference takes on economics of organic food (By Avery Yale Kamila, The Portland Press Herald, 8/26/09)

Oil companies undermining climate partnership (By David R. Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle, 8/26/09)

Wind Farms Can Appear Sinister To The Weatherman (By Dirk Lammers, The Huffington Post, 8/26/09)

Deficit Projected To Soar With New Programs: 10-Year Estimate of $9 Trillion Fuels Critics of President's Agenda (By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post, 8/26/09)

Report: Future U.S. heat waves will be worse (By Dan Vergano, USA Today, 8/26/09)

Oil falls 4 percent in profit-taking rush (By Richard Vladmanis, Reuters as reported on Yahoo News, 8/25/09)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks trial on global warming: The business lobby, hoping to fend off potentially sweeping emission limits, wants the EPA to hold a 'Scopes'-like hearing on the evidence that climate change is man-made. (By Jim Tankersley, The Los Angeles Times, 8/25/09)

Bottled-water scam finally feels squeeze (By Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe, 8/25/09)

Do We Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World? (By Sophia Murphy, from Think Forward, 8/24/09)

PepsiCo Chooses to Continue Using GE Ingredients Despite Evidence of Harm (By Dave Gabriele, from the Natural News Network, 8/24/09)

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