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News Archive

Week of September 21, 2009

News from Across the USM Campuses

September 25th - Dr. Paula Shrewsbury from the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Entomology - "Influence of Native Plants on Arthropod Biodiversity and Conservation Biological Control in Urban Landscapes." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 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 seminar.

September 24th  - Overview of UMCP Campus Sustainability, 12:00-1:00pm, Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The UMCP campus has made great progress in the past year toward its goal of becoming a national leader in sustainability and a model green university. In this first session of this semester's Sustainability Speaker Series, the staff of the Office of Sustainability will provide an overview of the infrastructural improvements, policies, programs, and people that are making this campus more sustainable and will give a sneak preview of the exciting topics that will be presented during the other sessions this semester.

September 24th - Aerosols Matter for Climate and Health. What We Remote Sensing Scientists Can Do to Help, Dr. Ralph Kahn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Climate Branch. Abstract. Seminar will be held from 3:30-4:30pm in the Computer and Space Sciences (CSS) Building, Auditorium (Room 2400), on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Refreshments will be served at 3:00pm in the adjoining Atrium Contact: Rachel Pinker for more information.

Frostburg State University Finalizes Climate Action Plan: FSU Aiming for Climate Neutrality by 2030 (Frostburg State University Press Release, 9/15/09)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

State of Maryland News

City recycling exceeds expectations: 'People have taken heed,' mayor says of gains (By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun, 9/21/09)

Firms Start to See Climate Change as Barrier to Profit (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, 9/21/09)

Wine corks sought by city for recycling (The Baltimore Sun, 9/20/09)

Environmentally minded restrained by covenants: Neighbors, preservationists cite safety issues, aesthetics (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun, 9/14/09)

Maryland regulators open Constellation-EdF hearings today (The Associated Press as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 9/14/09)

National and International News

Europeans Say U.S. Lacks Will on Climate (By John M. Broder and James Kanter, The New York Times, 9/20/09)

Silicon Valley venture capitalists nurturing growth of green technology: Start-ups often need big money and investors steeped in big science and big government. (By Todd Woody, The Baltimore Sun, 9/20/09)

Big Oil Goes Green for Real (By Rana Foroohar, Newsweek magazine, 9/19/09)

In hundreds of cities, parking spaces become parks (By The Associated Press as reported on Yahoo News, 9/18/09)

Arctic sea ice at third lowest level: Sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean reached the third lowest level on record last year, according to the latest NASA statistics (By Louise Gray, The [UK] Telegraph, 9/17/09)

Climate Action for Some (By Jennifer Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, 9/17/09)

All you can carry: College cafeterias go trayless (By Larry Gordon, The Los Angeles Times, 9/14/09)

Energy Secretary 'Optimistic' But Cautious  (National Public Radio, 9/14/09)

Argentine Cattle No Longer Just Home On The Range (By Juan Forero, National Public Radio, 9/14/09)

12 current and future fixes for transportation woes (By Evan Haning, WTOP Radio News, 9/14/09)

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