Friday, August 28, 2015

Press Releases

ConE welcome Babak Hamidzadeh to the board

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Council on the Environment recently welcomed Dr. Babak Hamidzadeh, the intern dean of libraries at the University of Maryland, as the newest council member.

Hamidzadeh has worked at the university for over four years, starting off as an associate professor of computer science before becoming associate dean and now intern dean of libraries.

Hamidzadeh will help the council with data management and long-term preservation of information. He will also work with linking data, which...

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Air Quality: "Drastic Improvement"

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The air you're breathing right now is a lot cleaner than you'd think.

Russ Dickerson, UMD professor and member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, announced on the Warner Cable News on June 29, 2014, that air quality has drastically improved in recent years, despite the jump in number of vehicles on the road and people on the planet. 

To see the interview and learn more about which air pollutants are in decline in our atmosphere, click here.

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Representatives from University of Maryland to Observe U.N. Climate Change Convention

Friday, 22 November 2013

As of November 18, 2013, the University of Maryland has been admitted to the United Nations (U.N.) Framework Convention on Climate Change as an observer organization. As an observer organization, UMD was thus able to send 2 faculty and 4 students to the 19th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties, which began last week in Warsaw, Poland. The University joins only 195 observers at this event.

The convention began in 1992 as a way for countries to discuss global temperature...

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UMD Distinguished Professor appointed to UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Eugenia Kalnay, in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, was recently appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (www.un.org/gsp). The main functions of the new Scientific Advisory Board will be to provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to the Secretary-General and to Executive Heads of UN organizations. The Board will bring together the...

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Council on the Environment Junior Faculty Award Winner Announced

Monday, 20 May 2013

The University of Maryland Council on the Environment (ConE) has selected their first annual Junior Faculty Award winner for 2013. Dr. Amir Sapkota from the School of Public Health was chosen as the award’s inaugural winner.  Dr. Sapkota is an assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH).

2013 is the first year the council will giving out this award, which will be given to Dr. Sapkota in the form of a $2,000 cash prize and an...

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Green Fund Fellowship Awarded

Friday, 4 January 2013

The Council on the Environment is proud to award UMD graduate students Joe Maher (Agricultural and Resource Economics) and Xiaopeng Song (Geography) with the first annual Green Fund Fellowship which carries a stipend of 10K for the next year. Their project is titled: Linking Remote Sensing and Economics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Protected Areas in Reducing Tropical Deforestation. The project aims to create an integrated framework linking annual satellite-based deforestation data with...

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UMD Hall of Fame Alum lectures on "Food as the new oil"

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

by Christopher Neely

The University of Maryland Council on the Environment hosted its Inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series, as they welcomed back award-winning Hall of Fame alumnus and world-renowned environmental analyst, Lester Brown to the crowd of over 200 Monday evening.

Introduced by award winning eco-economist and UMD professor, Herman Daly, Brown came to campus on this particular evening, to talk about his most recent book, Full Planet, Empty Plate: The Geopolitics of Food ...

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