USM National Green Campus
News Archive

Week of November 16, 2009

News from Across the USM Campuses

Nov. 20th (Friday) - CUERE Seminar Series - Dr. Jason Kaye, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences  "Ecosystem Responses to Urban Atmospheres: A Case Study From the Sonoran Desert Surrounding Phoenix, AZ." Seminar will be held on Friday at 2pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, 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.

Nov. 19th (Thursday) - Green Groups Mixer - 7:30pm, Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland, College Park campus - Meet and mingle with the students involved with many of the green student organizations on campus. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

Nov. 19th (Thursday) - The University of Baltimore School of Law will host its third annual "The Bay in Crisis: Saving the Chesapeake Bay" symposium. The daylong event, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Venable Baetjer Howard Moot Court Room located in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (the School of Law building on the UB campus), 1415 Maryland Ave., will focus on the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake's native fish and shellfish. J. Charles Fox, special adviser to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will open the symposium with remarks at 10 a.m. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is scheduled to speak at 12:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the University Relations office at 410-837-5739.

Nov. 18th (Wednesday) UMBC Biotech Forum 2009, from 6 - 8:30pm in the UC Ballroom, 3rd Floor, on the main University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus - Featuring Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO. Come hear Mr. Greenwood's perspectives on the opportunities that exist in biotechnology to make a major impact on health care, food supply and alternative sources of energy. This free event will connect professionals from a variety of fields and provide a forum for networking and dialogue. To register click here. Light refreshments to be provided and parking available onsite.  For more information, contact Nancy Clements at 410-455-5536 or

Saving the Bay's Fish and Shellfish (By TimWheeler, The Baltimore Sun, B'More Green Blog, 11/14/09) [Article cites University of Baltimore's Nov. 19th "Bay in Crisis" symposium]

Bay scientists honored (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 11/11/09) [Walter Boynton and Michael Kemp of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science each received the Odum Lifetime Achievement Award]

UMMC Wins EPA's Trailblazer Award for Farmers' Market at University of Maryland Medical Center (University of Maryland Medical Center Press Release, 11/9/09)

U.S. to tighten rules for bay clean-up: Unease voiced about more controls on developers, farm waste  (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 11/9/09) [Article quotes Dr. Donald Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Researchers Get Dirty To Clean Up Chesapeake (By Christopher Joyce, National Public Radio, 11/9/09) [Report quotes Walter Boynton of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

EPA Drafts Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Strategy (By Richard Harris, National Public Radio, 11/9/09) [Program quotes Bill Dennison of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

On the Shore -UMES scholar researches fish skin secretions in Chesapeake Bay (By Dr. Jennifer Keane-Dawes, Office of Public Relations, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, November 2009)

State of Maryland News

A-rabbers as solution to 'food deserts' (By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun, 11/15/09)

Smart growth: 12 years later, a work in progress - Counties aren't using priority funding areas as intended, study finds (By Sean R. Sedam, The Gazette, 11/11/09)

U.S. calls for more action to restore Chesapeake Bay: Plan pushes for stiffer controls on farm, urban runoff, partnership with states (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 11/10/09)

Ethanol as "The Fuel of the Future" (WYPR - National Public Radio - Midday with Dan Rodricks, 11/10/09) [List of archived shows. Scroll down to click on podcast for this show]

Learning about the urban bay (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 11/9/09)

National and International News

Bolivian glacier 'disappearing' (Environmental News Network, 11/15/09)

'Angry Mermaid' joins fight against climate change: Award inspired by Copenhagen's famous statue will go to organisation doing most to sabotage action over global warming (By Jonathan Owen, The [UK] Independent, 11/15/09)

World Leaders Put Off a Climate Change Treaty (By Bryan Walsh, Time, 11/15/09)

Record high temperatures far outpace record lows across U.S. (Climate Progress blog, 11/14/09)

Global warming is not our fault, say most voters in Times poll (By Ben Webster and Peter Riddell, The [UK] Times, 11/14/09)

U.S. weighs backing interim international climate agreement: Smaller-scale approach seen as first step toward full pact (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, 11/13/09)

Arab experts predict Mideast water wars (United Press International, 11/13/09)

Ban Ki-moon climate deputy says Copenhagen deal may take two stage approach; Outline of bipartisan Kerry, Lieberman, Graham proposal likely beforehand (Climate Progress, 11/13/09)

Coal Star State: While America turns away from dirty energy, Texas could soon have 12 new coal-fired power plants. What gives? (By Forrest Wilder, The Texas Observer, 11/13/09)

Greenland ice cap disappearing at rate of 300 Lake Windermeres a year (By Richard Alleyne, The [UK] Telegraph, 11/13/09)

Brazil vows to find cause of huge blackout (AFP as reported on Yahoo News, 11/11/09)  

Danish climate minister speaks out (National Public Radio - The World, 11/11/09)

Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower - Exclusive: Watchdog's estimates of reserves inflated says top official (By Terry Macalister, The [UK] Guardian, 11/9/09)

EPA C02 endangerment finding to White House (By Tom Doggett, Reuters, 11/9/09)

Green Computing: The Good And The Bad: It's easy being green, thanks to eco-friendly hardware and software. (By Chris Brandrick, PC World as reported in The Washington Post, 11/9/09)

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