2013 Classes 4-6

4th Class, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

University of Maryland Extension-Howard County, Ellicott City, MD

 

Earth System Science with Humans in the Equation

 

1.   Daily Update with LLEI Coordinators (11:00 - 11:15)

 

2.   International and National Environmental Policies (11:15 – 12:00)

Dana R. Fisher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Sociology, and Director, Program for Society and the Environment, UMCP; drfisher@umd.edu

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Discuss how observed and modeled environmental changes impel decision-making and policy from international to local perspectives.

o      Give an overview of international and national policies on climate change.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain, in laymen’s terms:

o      The basics of international and national policies on climate change, including the key global treaties.

 

Q & A (12:00 - 12:15)

 

Lunch (12:15 – 12:45)

 

3.   The Roots of Our Environmental Crisis and What We Can Do Together, Taking Diversity in Stride (12:45 – 1:30)

Sabrina S. Fu, Ph.D., Collegiate Professor, Science and Environmental Management, UMUC, and HoLLIE 2009 Graduate, rousfu@verizon.net

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Provide an overview of human environmental impact

o      Discuss various perspectives on how environmental impact can be decreased.

o      Provide general overview of how our brains function-despite cultural differences

o      Find common ground among different cultures.

 

As a result, participants will be able to describe:

o      A broad overview of total environmental impact.

o      Different ways we can decrease our environmental impact.

o      How one can be an agent of change to people from different backgrounds.

 

Q & A (1:30 – 1:45)

 

Break (1:45 – 2:00)

 

4.   Relationship between Climate and Weather (2:00 – 2:45)

Emily Becker, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Climate Prediction Center, National Weather Service, NOAA: emily.becker@noaa.gov

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Distinguish weather and climate.

o      Describe the link(s) between weather and climate.

o      Define climate change and its characteristics.

o      Define global warming.

o      Discuss long-term trends in extreme weather and climate events.

 

As a result of this presentation and follow-on discussion, participants will understand:

o      The difference between weather and climate.

o      The local manifestations of climate change in our own backyards.

o      The important long-term trends in the mean temperature and precipitation climates of North America and the globe.

o      That the links between trends in green-house gas concentration and trends in weather extremes have not been fully established.

o      That credible extrapolation of trends depends on additional research and future model improvements.

o      That recent progress in our ability to predict phenomena at the interface between weather and climate has been impressive and is serving as a vital component of Earth system science.

 

Q & A (2:45 – 3:00)

 

5.   Sustainability: What It Is and What It Could Look Like (3:00 – 4:00)

Cathy Hudson, Vice Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board; cmhudson@comcast.net

 

 Speaker objectives:

o      Define concept of sustainability from different perspectives.

o      Discuss ways an individual might move toward sustainable living.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Why the concept of sustainability is important for society.

o      How decisions by individuals contribute to sustainability.

  

5th Class, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; field trip 4:00 – 6:00 pm

University of Maryland Extension-Howard County, Ellicott City

 

Non-positional Leadership: Leading Yourself, Influencing Others

 

1.   Daily Update with LLEI Coordinators (11:00 - 11:15)

 

2.   Developing and Deploying Your Leadership Strengths to Make a Difference (11:15 -12:30)

Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor Center on Aging, UMCP; tmanning@umd.edu

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Process participants’ personal best leadership experiences in the context of a transformational leadership model and research.

o      Help participants recognize and claim their transformational leadership strengths.

o      Aid participants to see how their strengths apply to non-positional leadership for the environment.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Five key transformational leadership practices and their consequences for individuals and groups.

o      From their own experience, their transformational leadership strengths and likely impact.

o      How they could use their transformational leadership strengths to make an environmental difference.

 

Lunch (12:30 – 1:00)

 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Natural History

 

3.   History and Current Physical Processes Impacting the Bay (1:00 – 2:00)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed, Sustainability Advisor, and Leader of nature walks for organizations; ned@sustainable.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Identify the extent of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

o      Introduce participants to the historical and current dynamic aspects of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including geological events, soils, hydrology, mineral and energy resources, mining history, and Native and Modern Americans’ relationship to the land/water.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      What areas make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

o      What estuaries are and why they are important.

o      Why the Bay watershed is important, unique, and vulnerable.

o      The Maryland physiographic provinces, describing characteristics and species of each.

o      Illustrate how humans have shaped the Chesapeake Bay environment for hundreds of years.

o      The differences between toxins, pollutants, and sediments.

o      How their actions impact the health of the Bay.

 

Q & A (2:00 – 2:15)

 

Break (2:15 – 2:30)

 

4.   What is the Status of Life in the Chesapeake Bay? (2:30 – 3:45)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed, Sustainability Advisor, and Leader of nature walks for organizations; ned@sustainable.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Introduce participants to the historic and present ecosystem (flora and fauna) of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

o      Illustrate, with examples, what used to live there but can’t live there now.

o      Describe the current status of the bay

o      Explore, with examples, the potential, resources, and limits of the Chesapeake Bay's capacity to clean itself.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain, in laymen’s terms:

o      The main species in the area and their relative health and importance to us all.

o      The impact of population growth on the Bay and in the watershed.

 

Q & A (3:45 – 4:00)

 

Optional Field Trip along the Patapsco River (4:00 – 6:00) with Ned Tillman

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Show participants examples of important geologic aspects of Howard County.

o      Illustrate the soils of Howard County.

o      Illustrate the integrated nature of all things on the health of our environment.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain

o      How geologic events shaped our county.

o      How our soils have been used, conserved and degraded

o      Our impacts on our environment.

 

 

 

6th Class, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm; field trip (bus tour), 3:30 – 5:00 pm

University of Maryland Extension-Howard County, Ellicott City

 

Howard County’s Environmental Status I: Advocacy and Watershed Issues

 

1.   Daily Update with LLEI Coordinators (11:00 - 11:15)

 

2.   Effective Environmental Advocacy  (11:15-12:45)

Joshua D. Feldmark, Director, Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability; jdfeldmark@howardcountymd.gov

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Describe how to be an effective advocate for the environment in a variety of situations.

o      Illustrate, by example, the use of such skills.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      How to be an effective advocate for the environment to a variety of audiences

 

Lunch (12:45 -1:15)

 

3.   Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water (1:15 – 2:15)

John McCoy, Watershed Manager, Columbia Association; John.McCoy@ColumbiaAssociation.org

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Briefly describe Howard County’s watersheds

o      Explore urbanization and the impervious cover model and how both affect the watershed.

o      Describe storm water issues in Howard County

o      Discuss examples of how small groups or individuals can alleviate these problems, especially on private property.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      What a watershed is

o      Why storm water runoff is an environmental problem that must be managed.

o      Some simple actions that individuals and communities can take to reduce storm-water runoff.

 

Q & A (2:15 – 2:30)

 

4.   Patuxent River (2:30-3:15)

Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Riverkeeper and CEO;,

Fred@paxriverkeeper.org

 

Speaker objective:

o      Describe the Patuxent River and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, through its history (especially human activities), water quality, biodiversity and restoration efforts.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      The areas that make up the Patuxent River watershed and how the river has changed over time, especially the last 400 years.

o      How what people do upstream affects people and natural resources downstream.

o      How one or two key restoration efforts could improve the river’s water quality.

 

Q & A (3:15 – 3:30)

 

Optional trip, The Patuxent River Watershed: Howard County (bus tour) (3:30 – 5:00)

Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Riverkeeper and CEO; Fred@paxriverkeeper.org

Brian England, Chair, Columbia Watershed Advisory Committee, beengland@comcast.net

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Point out problems in Howard County contributing to degradation of the Patuxent River and its tributaries.

o      Examine mitigation and/or restoration efforts and impacts on restoring water quality of the Patuxent River.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Actions citizens might take to improve water quality in the Patuxent River.

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