USM National Green Campus
News Archive

Week of November 28, 2011

News from Across the USM Campuses

UMCP Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference - Call for Proposals - Unlike other conferences, SSCC sets itself apart by creating a program that features in-depth discussions, dialogues and workshops. The program features: Traditional 40-minute presentations: Presentations, discussions, sharing in an interactive 40 minute session (presentation should be 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q & A); 80-minute hands-on workshops: Learning, dialogue and sharing in an interactive 80 minute session and Posters. The 2012 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference welcomes presentation proposals linked to the 2012 conference tracks: 1. Life Cycle of the Built Environment ?2. Community Connections ?3. The Campus as a Learning Laboratory ?4. Fostering Behavior Change ?5. Strategic Implementation. Proposals must be received by January 5, 2012

Univ. launches environmental council to solve global issues: New coalition deviates from other similar groups by focusing on broader issues, like climate change (By Claire Saravia, The Diamondback Online, 11/27/11)

Dining Services to offer students new, reusable containers: In sustainability effort, officials hope to reduce dining hall waste (By Spencer Israel, The Diamondback Online, 11/22/11)

State of Maryland News

Oyster aquaculture proposal debated (By Bill Mahoney,, 11/28/11)

Septic task force produces "roadmap" for MD growth (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 11/23/11)

Department of Environment Issues 51 Enforcement Actions: Agency Seeks Penalties, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air, and Water Regulations  (Maryland Department of the Environment Press Release, 11/21/11)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

World on track for nearly 11-degree temperature rise, energy expert says (By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post - Energy and Environment, 11/28/11)

Report highlights Obama's broken environmental promises: Critics say White House office operates as 'one-stop wrecking machine' for important environmental protections (By Suzanne Goldenberg, The [UK] Guardian, 11/28/11)

Killer Floods Strike Durban At Start Of Climate Talks (By Brad Johnson, - Green Blog, 11/28/11)

Nowhere Else in the World Do You See a Political Debate About Whether Climate Science Is Real: As Climate Talks Begin, America is "Not Bringing a Lot to the Table" (By Stephen Lacey, - Climate Progress Blog, 11/28/11)

How should we design the cities of our dreams? Americans are creating new urban spaces and choosing how we want to live. A new Salon column charts our progress (By Will Doig,, 11/27/11)

To Conservatives, Climate Change is Trojan Horse to Abolish Capitalism: Deniers have concluded that fighting climate change can only happen by reordering our economic and political systems in ways antithetical to their "free market" belief system. (By Naomi Klein, The Nation as reported by, 11/27/11)

Rich nations accused of climate-change 'bullying' (By Jonathan Owen, The [UK] Independent, 11/27/11)

UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project: Canadian interests and oil lobby win coalition's support for highly polluting process in runup to European fuel quality vote (By Damian Carrington, The [UK] Guardian, 11/27/11)

Michael McCarthy: Climate change isn't a left-wing cause - the Iron Lady knew that (By Michael McCarthy, The [UK] Independent, 11/26/11)

A Quiet Push to Grow Crops Under Cover of Trees (By Jim Robbins, The New York Times - Science, 11/21/11)

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