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News Archive

Week of February 15, 2010

News from Across the USM Campuses

February 18th  - Sustainability Taskforce Meeting - Coppin State University, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in Room 218B, Dining and Meeting Hall, on the CSU campus.

February 19th -  Dr. Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies,?Millbrook, NY. "Nitrogen Cycling in Urban Watershed Ecosystems." The seminar will be held on Friday at 2 PM in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the UMBC 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.

February 25th - 6:30-8:00pm, National Building Museum, Washington DC - A Green Building is a Healthier One - Can working in a green building make you healthier? And if you can prove this, would reduce a company's health care insurance? Find out if this is a game changer when considering how and when to build sustainably. A discussion with: Gregory Kats, senior director and director of climate change policy, Good Energies, Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive, President's Council on Environmental Quality, Mark Nicholls, Senior Vice President, Corporate Workplace Executive, Bank of America, Vivian Loftness, Professor, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, Moderator, Robert Ivy, Architectural Record Editor-In-Chief.

March 21-23 - The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference - Colleges and universities have a significant impact on the built and natural environment and are under increasing pressure from governments, students, and community members to carefully mitigate their environmental footprint. This comprehensive symposium features sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices that serve the economy, the community, and the environment. Topics include institutionalizing sustainability, operational solutions, smart growth and campus planning, and assessment and measurement.

Environment, international study degrees approved by UB regents (By Andrew Katz, Capital News Services, 2/13/10)

SU hosts Chesapeake forum  (By Deborah Gates,, 2/12/10) [Article quotes Court Stevenson of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Tom Horton of the Salisbury University Environmental Issues program]

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Road Salt Concerns Some Environmental Experts (By Kavitha Cardoza, WAMU - National Public Radio, 2/11/10) [Article quotes Sujay Kaushal, of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

Feared coastal flooding has yet to materialize: Ocean City officials expect to examine beach Monday (By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun, 2/8/10) [Article quotes Dr. Donald F. Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science]

State of Maryland News

Don't use lawn fertilizer to melt ice; try sand or litter (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 2/12/10)

On the "green trail" at Baltimore auto show (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 2/12/10)

General Assembly targets road salt in drinking water (By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 2/12/10) [Original article in the Gazette.Net]

National and International News

Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric Car  (By Todd Woody and Clifford Krauss, The New York Times, 2/14/10)

Wyoming considers becoming first state to tax wind energy production (By Matt Joyce, The Washington Post, 2/14/10)

Washington's snowstorms, brought to you by global warming (By Bill McKibben, The Washington Post, 2/14/10)

Oil groups mount legal challenge to Schwarzenegger's tar sands ban: Californian legislation branded 'unconstitutional'; Lobby group includes UK energy companies (By Terry Macalister, The [UK] Guardian, 2/14/10)

Climate skeptics heart the IPCC (mistakes) (By Juliet Eilperin, The  Washington Post - Post Carbon, 2/14/10)

As politicians waffle on climate change, glaciers exit Glacier National Park: Gubernatorial frontrunner Hickenlooper flip flops on warming; Senate dark horse Romanoff rails against delays (By Becca Blond, The Colorado Independent, 2/12/10)

Business groups challenge EPA finding on greenhouse gases (By Juliet Eilperin, The  Washington Post - Post Carbon, 2/12/10)

Snowstorm and climate change: After a dumping in the Washington area, critics are delighting in the irony, and supporters are saying the snow fits the pattern of global warming. (By Jim Tankersley, The Baltimore Sun, 2/12/10)

Guest post: The post-Copenhagen view of U.S. climate policy in Europe (By Eric Berger, The Houston Chronicle - The Sci Guy Blog, 2/12/10)

More Green Attack Ads (By Juliet Eilperin, The  Washington Post - Post Carbon, 2/11/10)

Climate science emails cannot destroy argument that world is warming, and humans are responsible: Climate science can no longer afford to be a closed shop or over-simplify the complexities of a changing climate if it is to reclaim credibility (By Fred Pearce, The [UK] Guardian, 2/9/10)

U.S. Proposes new climate service (By Juliet Eilperin, The  Washington Post, 2/9/10)

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