USM National Green Campus
News Archive

Week of December 31, 2012

News from Across the USM Campuses

Jan. 1st - Conference registration opens for Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference - Colleges and universities are incubators of innovation, tackling the biggest challenges of society through creative means. The 2013 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference provides the setting to learn, share and explore how campuses are using their passion for innovation to develop technologies, infrastructure, programs and curricula that address the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. Registration

Jan. 29th - Garbology 101 - In this hands-on recycling workshop, attendees will learn the difference between trash and recyclables. Sorting "garbage" from recycling, we'll talk fact vs. fiction about the entire recycling process. Sign up for this workshop and leave a confident University recycler. After all, UM recycles much more than just paper. Join us for Garbology 101, and learn about what you can drop in those blue bins! This event will be held from Noon to 1 p.m., SMC Campus Center Green Room, on the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Ruling discredits UM law clinic's involvement (By Walter Olson, The Baltimore Sun - Op Ed, 12/28/12)

 State of Maryland News

New laws include ban on arsenic in chicken feed (By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun, 12/29/12)

Notre Dame holds forum on climate change: State, city mitigation plans focus of Notre Dame forum (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 12/28/12)

Governor O'Malley signs executive order helping state prepare for climate change and severe weather (Southern Maryland Online, 12/28/12)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

National and International News

When fracking came to suburban Texas: Residents of Gardendale, a suburb near the hub of the west Texas oil industry, face having up to 300 wells in their backyards (By Suzanne Goldenberg, The [UK] Guardian, 12/31/12)

Recent Storms Recall Dust Bowl Days as Drought Persists: 2012's record drought set to continue into 2013 (By Andrea Germanos,, 12/31/12)

Silicon Valley Faces Effects of Climate Change (By Megan Treacy, - Technology, 12/31/12)

2013: A Tipping Year For Climate Change? (WAMU-NPR - All Things Considered, 12/30/12)

McKibben To Wall Street Journal: ‘Fossil-Fuel Companies Have Become Outlaws Against The Laws Of Physics' (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress Blog, 12/30/12)

New Hawaii senator says climate change is urgent (By Susie Cagle,, 12/28/12)

Lisa Jackson Resigns: EPA Administrator Stepping Down (By Kevin Freking, The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 12/27/12)

Time to Confront Climate Change (The New York Times, Editorial, 12/27/12)

West Antarctica Warming Three Times Faster Than Global Average, Threatening To Destabilize This Unstable Ice Sheet (By Guest Blogger, - Climate Progress Blog, 12/27/12)

New Report Finds Va. Loses Money With Coal Industry Tax Breaks (By Sandy Hausman, WAMU-NPR, 12/26/12)

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