Thursday, August 25, 2016

  • Busalacchi elected NAE Member
  • UMD School of Public Health Receives $10M
  • Climate Action Summit May 5-6, 2016
  • Former VP to speak at UMD on Future of Climate Action
  • Waters Edge wins National Academy of Sciences Award
  • Tipping the Balance
  • SESYNC Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects
  • UMD Rises in Rankings
  • Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

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Chair's Welcome

Antonio Busalacchi
Antonio Busalacchi
Council Chair

It is with real pleasure that I welcome you to the Council of the Environment of the University of Maryland. Our University has tremendous breadth and depth in environmental and earth system science and, as a land grant university, is committed to bringing those resources to support the work of local communities and government, and to promote economic development in the State. Our strengths spread across a wide spectrum of academic fields such as anthropology, agriculture, architecture, climate and earth science, ecology, economics, energy, engineering for sustainable infrastructure, public health, public policy, sociology, and transportation. The Council will work to integrate this diversity of effort and to develop new opportunities. The public and private sectors in the State are also deeply engaged in environmental issues, to which they too bring great strengths. The Council will build new partnerships to connect these efforts with the University. As Chair, I am excited at the...


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Featured Council Members

Gerrit Knaap


Gerrit Jan-Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. Knaap earned his B.S. from Willamette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics. Knaap’s research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and the impacts of environmental policy. On these subjects, Knaap has published over 50 articles in peer-refereed journals. He received the Chester Rapkin award for the best paper published in Volume 10 of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, with Greg Lindsey he received the 1998 best of ACSP award, and in 2006 he received the Outstanding Planner Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Latest Information

GEOG Research Examines the Impacts of an Increasingly Connected World August 09, 2016 Research from the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG) is prominently featured in a new special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology titled “Linking…
EPA FY 2016 and FY 2017 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program April 08, 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016 Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,200,000 Award Ceiling: $260,000 Award…
UMDConE August 18, 2016 RT @UMDRightNow: Wood windows are cooler than glass, according to #UMD researchers https://t.co/wK91SJNUnT @ClarkSchool https://t.co/d4aW7g… 7 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE August 18, 2016 SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects https://t.co/jxNNTgH0cF 7 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE August 12, 2016 Clear Link Found between Warming Climate and Rise in Ocean-borne Bacterial Illnesses https://t.co/Cc6zqOrAL9 13 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMD Named a Top LGBTQ-Friendly University by Campus Pride August 22, 2016 “Best of the Best” list highlights positive efforts UMD has made to promote diversity, inclusion and safety for LGBTQ students.
UMD Supports Young Entrepreneurs, Encourages Startup Growth in Greater College Park through Startup Village August 22, 2016 Partnership offers affordable, local housing to students and alumni who are ambitiously pursuing university-affiliated companies.
National Endowment for the Humanities Grants UMD Libraries $250K to Digitize Historic Newspapers August 18, 2016 The grant is one of 14 awarded through NEH’s National Digital Newspaper Program, which grants funds to make the nation's historic newspapers broadly and freely accessible.
Wood Windows are Cooler than Glass August 16, 2016 UMD study shows natural microstructures in transparent wood are key to lighting and insulation advantages.
Solar activity has a direct impact on Earth's cloud cover August 25, 2016 Solar variations affect the abundance of clouds in our atmosphere, a new study suggests. Large eruptions on the surface of the Sun can temporarily shield Earth from so-called cosmic rays which…
Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel August 25, 2016 Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they've found a way to convert all…