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Week of October 3, 2011

News from Across the USM Campuses

Oct. 8th - Horn Point Laboratory Open House - Horn Point is holding their Open House this year on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This event highlights on-going research at the lab and offers activities for all ages. Join us for the day and learn about Bay investigations as well as global research being carried by our faculty.

This year's new attraction is a 5K Spat Dash fun run scheduled to start at 8:30 with a course traveling through the Horn Point campus. The run is an effort to raise funds for our Environmental Education Center. Click here to read more about this event and register for this fun run.

U. of Maryland Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon (By Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education - Buildings and grounds Blog, 10/2/11)

UMD's 'WaterShed' Wins Solar Decathlon 2011: Home's Innovative Sustainability Inspired by the Chesapeake Bay (UMD Newsdesk, 10/1/11)

Salisbury OKs Study Of Stormwater, Too (By Travis Brown, The Dispatch, 9/30/11)

Area municipalities join UM enhancement program: Towns, cities seek new certification in hopes of acquiring more funding, resources (By Daniel J. Gross, The Gazette, 9/29/11)

MD's largest solar project under construction (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 9/29/11)

Green Earth Author Todd Parr Visits Salisbury (Salisbury University Press Release, 9/28/11)

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

UM "barging" into fight vs invasive species (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 9/28/11)

State of Maryland News

Solar home business shining in Maryland: Declining panel costs, incentives spur growth (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - Green Living, 10/3/11)

The Legacy Of Traffic Gridlock On Local Bicyclists (NPR - WAMU Radio, 9/30/11)

Maryland state offices going off the bottle: Cost savings, environment prompt government move to tap water (By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - Green Living, 9/30/11)

National and International News

The Transition movement: Today Totnes... tomorrow the world: What began as one town's experiment with reducing its reliance on oil has now spread to 35 countries around the globe (By Sarah Morrison, The [UK] Independent, 10/2/11)

The Cleanest Cities is the US: A new World Health Organization report details air-pollution rates around the globe. Here are the cleanest cities in the country (By Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine, 9/30/11)

Canadian Arctic loses nearly entire ice shelf (By the Associated Press as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, 9/30/11)

Climate change, peak oil - the video game (The Energy Bulletin Blog, 9/29/11)

For Perry, the E.P.A. Has Long Been a Favorite Target (By John M. Broder and Kate Galbraith, The New York Times - Politics, 9/29/11)

Test trial convicts fossil fuel bosses of 'ecocide': Top lawyers put fossil fuel bosses on trial in the UK's supreme court in a mock case to explore if ecocide - environmental destruction - could join genocide as a global crime (By Damian Carrington, The [UK] Guardian, 9/29/11)

Austin Studies Power Grid, Including Plug-In Cars (By Kate Galbraith, The New York Times, 9/29/11)

A Surprising Town Is Now America's Top Bike City: Despite its cold weather and spread-out development patterns, here's how a Midwestern city beat Portland, San Francisco and Boulder for the title of #1 Bike City. (By Jay Walljasper,, 9/29/11)

Karma News: As Nobel Laureates Call to Halt Tar Sands, Govt Panel Finds Warming Could Cost Canada $500 B/yr by 2075 (By Stephen Lacey, - Climate Progress, 9/29/11) 

Al Gore: clear proof that climate change causes extreme weather: Former US vice president tells Scottish green conference that evidence from floods in Pakistan and China is compelling (By Severin Carrell, The [UK] Guardian, 9/28/11)

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces (By Joe Romm, - Climate Progress, 9/28/11) 

Dutch Cycling Embassy Releases Inspirational Video, Launches Website (By Brian Goebel,, 9/27/11)

Minneapolis's Midtown Greenway: Good for Bikes, Good for Business (By Clarence Eckerson, Jr., 9/27/11)

EU climate chief ‘shocked' at US debate (By Ben Geman, The Hill - E2 Wire, 9/26/11)  

Gulf Fish Hammered by BP Oil (By Julia Whitty, Mother Jones Magazine, 9/26/11)

WHO: Cities in Iran, South Asia among worst worldwide for pollution (By The Associated Press as reported by The Washington Post - World, 9/26/11)

Peter Shumlin, Vermont Governor, Takes On Climate Change (The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 9/26/11)

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