USM National Green Campus
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Week of May 11, 2009

News From Across the USM Campuses

Tuesday, May 12th - A. Charlie Miller, President, Roofscapes, Inc."Designing for the Long Term." Green Roofs and Urban Related Sustainability Topics. Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Room PLSC 489F, 12:30-1:45 pm, University of Maryland, College Park campus.

 Can We Save the Environment and the Economy? UMBC will host Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) on Monday, May 11, for a discussion asking "Can We Save the Environment and the Economy?" The discussion, sponsored by the Public Policy Graduate Student Association, will take place at 2 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. For more information, contact Anne Roland (

 University of Baltimore/Towson MBA to offer sustainability specialization: Curriculum revised to reflect global competition, corporate sustainability (Towson University Newsroom, 5/6/09)

Coppin Celebrates Earth Day (By Shernay Williams, Coppin Newsdesk, 5/6/09)

OPINION: Time to Strengthen Efforts to Clean Up the Bay (By Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Southern Maryland Online, 5/5/09) [Opinion piece cites report by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Sustainable Design Public Policy Intern - Alexander Design Studio is seeking a Public Policy Intern who will provide research and proposal-writing support for an innovative architecture and design firm seeking to engage in federal, state, and local public policy programs for green design of public schools and government buildings. The intern will report directly to the firm Principal.  This is a highly unique part-time, unpaid internship (5 hrs/week) that is ideal for individuals seeking public-private policy experience in the areas of energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, architecture, and design.  For more information, contact Wendi Mosteiko at

Live in EcoHouse! Spaces are still available in Eco-House and 2009-2010 room assignments can be changed for admitted EcoHouse students. For more information and application materials, go to:

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Student Sustainability Leadership Award - This award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award includes a $750 prize. In addition, the winner of this year's award will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The award will be presented at the Greening of the Campus VIII Conference (Sept. 20-23 in Indianapolis, IN). Eligibility: Any undergraduate student enrolled at an AASHE member institution who has played a leadership role in implementing campus sustainability is eligible for this award. Students graduating in Spring 2009 are eligible. To apply for a 2009 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, please complete our online application form by July 1, 2009. Applicants will receive notice of the award decisions by late August.

State of Maryland News

Baltimore lab seeks fuel in pond scum: Company banking on algae energy breakthrough (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, 5/8/09)

Critics question UM plan to bulldoze woods: Green credentials challenged in light of campus building plan (By a Baltimore Sun staff writer, The Baltimore Sun, 5/7/09)

Report card gives Bay health a C- despite slight improvement: Project finds that best areas are getting better while worst areas are getting worse (By Karl Blankenship, Bay Journal, May 2009)

National and International News

Species Act Won't Be Used to Force Lower Emissions (By David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post, 5/9/09)

Getting Rid Of Your Grocer: Community Supported Agriculture Lets Customers Buy Produce Straight From The Farm (By Kelly Cobiiella, CBS Evening News, 5/9/09)

Coal ash increases risk of cancer, other illness (McClatchy-Tribune as reported in The Baltimore Sun, 5/8/09)

The Power Is in Their Hands: Project Teaches 6th-Graders They Can Help the Planet (By Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post, 5/7/09)

How to Go Green, Even If You're Thinking Cream or Ecru (By Christina Ianzito, The Washington Post, 5/7/09)

Ultra-green NREL building breaks ground (By Paula Moore, Denver Business Journal, 5/7/09)

Watchdogs: Coal-ash danger kept secret by Bush administration (By Michael Collins,, 5/7/09)

More cyclists means fewer accidents, says report: York is safest place to ride your bike in Britain, while Calderdale, West Yorkshire is the most dangerous, research finds (By Peter Walker, The [UK] Guardian, 5/7/09)

EPA Proposes Changes To Biofuel Regulations (By Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, 5/6/09)

Los Vecinos: First Platinum LEED-Certified, 100% Solar Powered, Affordable Housing in San Diego (By Kristin Underwood,, 5/6/09)

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