Earth Month

Celebrate UMD's 50th Earth Day Digitally Wed, April 22nd!

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UMD’s 50th Earth Day

Celebrating 50 Years of Sustainable Solutions

Wed, April 22, 2020 | Online via Zoom

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Bill McKibben, climate activist, author, and founder of, will offer the opening remarks to a powerful keynote panel from leaders on the forefront of the climate fight in Maryland and Washington DC. 

Keynote Panel:

  • Delegate Vaughn Stewart, District 19, Montgomery County, Maryland General Assembly
  • Chris Hoagland, Climate Change Program Director, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Emily Frias, Maryland Grassroots Organizer, Chesapeake Climate Action Network 
  • Dr. Nate Hultman, Director, Center for Global Sustainability
  • Moderated by Candela Cerpa, SGA Director of Sustainability

Breakout Discussions: Participants will then break out into smaller group discussions on topics including innovation, climate finance, and environmental justice. Stick around to unwind with a musical performance by Joe Garner.

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Co-hosted by University of Maryland’s Office of Sustainability, Global Sustainability Initiative, and Student Sustainability Committee.

Event Details: 

Introduction | 2-2:15pm 


Bill McKibben, Climate Activist and Founder of 

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist.  In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.


Panelists | 2:15-3pm 

Delegate Vaughn Stewart, MD-19 

Delegate Vaughn Stewart represents District 19 in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018 and recently wrapped up his second legislative session, where he championed a package of bills aimed at bringing a Green New Deal to Maryland. He serves on the Environment & Transportation Committee and is committed to fighting for environmental health and climate justice. 


Chris Hoagland, Maryland Department of the Environment 

As Climate Change Program Manager, Chris Hoagland coordinates Maryland's long-term greenhouse gas emissions analysis and planning to achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Chris also represents Maryland technical staff in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), both multi-state collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use. He has master's degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.


Emily Frias, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Emily Frias has worked for Chesapeake Climate Action Network since 2018, as the Maryland Grassroots Coordinator. A Baltimore native, Emily is especially interested in environmental justice issues, and studied Economics and Geography at UMBC. Emily served as a Legislative Secretary in the Maryland General Assembly and as a Field Canvasser for Clean Water Action, fundraising and mobilizing grassroots energy on a range of campaigns. 


Nate Hultman, Center for Global Sustainability

Nate Hultman is associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and director of the Center for Global Sustainability. He worked at the White House on the Obama Administration’s climate and energy policy team. His research focuses on national climate target-setting and assessment, US emissions mitigation policy including the role of non-federal actors, energy technology transitions, and international climate policy. He holds an MS and PhD in energy & resources from the University of California, Berkeley.


Panel Moderation Candela Cerpa, SGA Director of Sustainability 

Candela is a senior Environmental Science & Policy student at UMD, and the Director of Sustainability in the Student Government Association (SGA). Originally from Uruguay, she is passionate about natural disaster management and mitigation, particularly water related.



3:15-4pm | Breakout Group Discussions: 

Environmental Justice with Sika Wheeler, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Empowering Direct Action on College Campuses with Student Leaders

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Green Innovation with Max Skoglund, Student Leader

Accelerating Energy Innovation with Student Leaders, Fossil Free UMD/ Mary PIRG

Protecting our Oceans with Natalie Memarsadeghi, Sustainable Oceans Alliance 

Environmentalism in the Age of COVID-19 with Alice Goldberg, Organizer, Earth Island Institute


4-4:30pm | Musical Performance


Joe Garner

Joe Garner (UMD ‘18) is an environmental scientist and musician from Prince George’s County, MD. He joined the UMD environmental scene as part of AEES and SCoop, and has performed throughout College Park (including at the 2018 and 2019 UMD Earth Day Festivals) as a solo artist and with his project, The Produce Section. Joe now lives in Baltimore, MD, and works as an environmental consultant. You can find Joe’s music on Spotify and at