The Wye Oak Building recently received a Wintergreen Award from the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for excellence in green building design standards.
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Another good sign of things to come in the state of #Maryland: a 10-year action plan will be released in February, highlighting potential environmental threats to wildlife in Maryland. One hundred and eight wildlife species have been added to the action plan. National Wildlife Federation says the plan demonstrates leadership from Maryland lawmakers. #ActOnClimate
Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition. The teams, from colleges and universities across the country (including University of Maryland!) and around the world, will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy-efficient. #UMD won the 2011 competition and will be competing once again.
Interesting interview from Terp Magazine with #UMD alum Evan Friss ’02, an assistant professor of history at James Madison University, about his new book, “The Cycling City.” Evan discusses the past, present and future of biking and transportation. http://go.umd.edu/ozj Want to learn more about biking at University of Maryland? Check out our friends at BikeUMD!
Evan Lutz, a Robert H. Smith School of Business alum is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Shark Tank TONIGHT, to pitch Hungry Harvest, a company that ships surplus produce destined for waste to local families and businesses. Lutz co-founded Hungry Harvest while he was a student at #UMD and was a finalist in the 2014 Do Good Challenge
Renewable energy projects and solar power continues to grow in the state of #Maryland
More than 500 #UMD students and faculty members have been working in Howard County this year to help tackle its biggest economic, social and environmental sustainability challenges, from revitalizing historic Ellicott City to developing ecofriendly urban designs in Columbia.
“We’re already a national leader in sustainability, and this only further buttresses our leadership in climate action...We have excellent research capacity in the university through various programs. It continues that trend in being a leader in climate action.”
TERP Climate serves as an interactive platform for University of Maryland students to prompt discussion and become informed about all aspects of climate change. Last week they held a forum to discuss causes, effects and solutions to climate change across the globe, from ethics questions of regulating greenhouse gas emissions in underdeveloped nations to the costs of moving to renewable energy sources.
"I really think that this is a good time and a good location to be working on issues of energy and climate...The University of Maryland is uniquely positioned to answer and address these questions that are coming up right now. We’re in the DC area, but we’re also in a big research university and we have a lot of science and technology capacity at the university specifically focused on environmental and energy issues." Read more about the great work being done by UMD School of Public Policy Associate Professor Nathan Hultman at UMD and The White House.
Seven UMD School of Public Policy students will have the opportunity to witness climate change negotiations firsthand in Paris, France, at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, #COP21. The students, currently enrolled in the SPP course on climate negotiations, will attend the conference, network with students and researchers from other universities, report back on their experience and complete class assignments related to the negotiations.