Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Climate Action Summit May 5-6, 2016
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus Brown Bag
  • Powering the 21st Century: the Promise of Sustainable Energy
  • UMD Students attend COP in Paris 2015
  • Waters Edge wins National Academy of Sciences Award
  • ConE Chair Addresses House Subcommittees on Space and Environment
  • SESYNC Undergraduate Summer Opportunities
  • 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

Eric Wachsman


Eric Wachsman is the University of Maryland Energy Research Center's first director. Wachsman spearheaded the creation of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. He received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Wachsman rose through the ranks from post-doctorate to senior scientist at SRI International. Wachsman has focused his career on developing advanced, efficient, energy conversion devices and technologies. His research is on ionic transport in solids and the heterogeneous electrocatalysis at their surface. This research includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells, gas separation membranes, solid-state gas sensors, the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, and the post-combustion reduction of NOx using advanced ion conducting materials.

Latest Information

PhD Student Colin Miller Awarded Green Fellowship For Collaborative Research On The Environment January 19, 2016 Mechanical Engineering PhD student Colin Miller, advised by Professor Michael Gollnerin Fire Protection Engineering and Geographical Sciences PhD student Kristofer Laskowere recently…
Tracking adaptation to climate change January 15, 2016   TRAC3 member Alex Lesnikowski (far left) presenting at COP21 The Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) presented their research…
UMDConE January 28, 2016 New Study Cross-Links Pollution Extremes to Race & Socio-Economic Status https://t.co/X7KpdUY3FB 9 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE January 27, 2016 Energy Department Announces 16 Collegiate Teams to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2017 https://t.co/hPw6bkyT6U via @energy 10 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE January 21, 2016 Two UMD Professors Named 2016-2017 Jefferson Science Fellows https://t.co/HnYmKUISDN 16 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMD Study Concludes Iranians Strongly Support Rouhani & Growing International Engagement February 05, 2016 Study also finds Iranians retain negative and wary stance toward the U.S.
UMD "PALS" Program to Partner with Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis February 04, 2016 New partnership puts university assets to work for a more sustainable Maryland. 
UMD Announces Inaugural Presentation of the "Intersections" Series at The Phillips Collection February 04, 2016 Helen Frederick’s Acts of Silence and future exhibitions explore intriguing intersections between old and new artistic traditions. 
UMD Named a 2016 Best Value College by The Princeton Review February 03, 2016 UMD recognized for its comprehensive aid program, wide selection of merit-based scholarships, living-and-learning communities, top-notch honors program and diverse student population. 
Record Missouri flooding was humanmade calamity, scientist says February 05, 2016 Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the…
Central Appalachia flatter due to mountaintop mining February 05, 2016 Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 60 percent flatter than they were before excavation, researchers say. This study, which compares pre- and…