Friday, December 19, 2014

  • An Environmental Knight visits UMD
  • Reclaim the Bay Challenge
  • The Mountaintop Witness
  • Professor Nathan Hultman on CSPAN February 2, 2014
  • 2014 Council on the Environment Junior Faculty Winner
  • UMD Scientist Speaks on Air Quality
  • SESYNC Postdoc Opportunities
  • Busalacchi discusses severe weather and global warming on News Channel 8

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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...


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.

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University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center to Create Region’s First Online Stormwater Training Center December 10, 2014 The University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) begins work this month on the region’s first Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center, a web-based resource to help…
Gov. Martin O'Malley Orders Plan to Achieve 80 percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2050 November 21, 2014   Gov. Martin O’Malley issued an executive order Wednesday to further the state’s efforts addressing climate change and set a plan to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas…
UMDConE December 18, 2014 Watch: The President's Science Advisor Answers Your Questions About Climate Change | The White House: @whitehouse 16 hours ago from Twitter for Websites
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UMDConE December 18, 2014 Deadly Cholera Outbreaks Could Increase with Climate Change via @LiveScience 22 hours ago from Twitter for Websites
UMD Reveals New Predictors for Teen Anxiety December 18, 2014 Researchers at the University of Maryland’s Department of Human Development in the College of Education have produced a new longitudinal study demonstrating that behavioral inhibition…
Caret to Return to Maryland as USM Chancellor December 17, 2014 After a successful tenure as president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, Robert L. Caret will return to Maryland as chancellor of the University System of Maryland.
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Glimpsing pathway of sunlight to electricity December 18, 2014 Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity. The work, which potentially…