2012 Classes 10-12

Publication 4221-NC (Rev. 12-2010)

10th Class, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

 

Howard County’s Environmental Status II

Environmental Management

 

1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

2.   County Government and the Environment

 

Speakers collective objectives:

o      Introduce participants to County Offices, Departments, Bureaus and Divisions that work on environmental issues.

o      Describe what the county government is doing to protect the environment.

o      Describe the challenges the county government faces in reaching its environmental goals.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      How the Howard County government manages its environmental responsibilities.

o      How the departments or offices responsible for these functions achieve their goals.

 

 a.   Office of Environmental Sustainability (9:15 – 9:45)

Lindsay DeMarzo, Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability; LDemarzo@howardcountymd.gov

 

b.   Department of Planning and Zoning (9:45 – 10:15)

Susan Overstreet, Acting Division Chief, Environmental Planner, Division of Resource Conservation; soverstreet@howardcountymd.gov

 

Break (10:15 – 10:30)

 

c.   Department of Recreation and Parks (10:30 – 11:00)

Mark Raab, Superintendent, Natural Resources and Open Space Division; mraab@howardcountymd.gov

 

d.   Department of Public Works (11:00 – 11:30)

Mark Richmond, Project Manager, Storm Water Management Division; msrichmond@howardcountymd.gov

 

3.   Columbia Association (CA) and Watershed Management (11:30 – 12:00)

John McCoy, CA Watershed Manager; John.McCoy@ColumbiaAssociation.com

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Introduce participants to the Columbia Association Watershed Management Plan.

o      Explain how CA is moving forward to address watershed concerns.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      The Vision and Goals of the CWMP.

o      How CA reaches out to owners of residential property.

 

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

 

Lunch (12:15 - 1:00)

 

 Afternoon Exercise

 

5.   Class Discussion about Regional Watershed Issues, (1:00 – 3:30)

HoLLIE Program Coordinators

 


11th Class, Monday, March 12, 2012, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

 

Organizations, People and Change

 

1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

2.  The Roots of Our Environmental Crisis and What We Can Do Together, Taking Diversity in Stride (9:15 – 10:45)

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.

 

3.   Sustainability: What It Is and What It Could Look Like (10:45 – 12:00)

Cathy Hudson, HoLLIE Program Coordinator; 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.

 

Lunch (12:00  – 12:30)

 

4.   How We Change Minds, Hearts, and Behavior – and Why It’s Not Easy.  12:45 – 3:30 (with break)

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

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Explore the challenge of making change, our own and others, particularly based on neural and cognitive processes.

o      Identify the personal and interpersonal factors that foster openness to change.

o      Examine typical hindrances to effective listening in a controversy or conflict.

o      Practice skills for active listening, interviewing, and assertion in controversies.

o      Explore useful approaches for sharing our learning and talking with people at all stages of climate awareness.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Identifying characteristics of stages of change.

o      Skills and tools an individual can employ to aid others to change environmental attitudes and actions.

o      A personal approach to becoming a change agent.

  

Publication 4221-NC (Rev. 12-2010)

 

12th Class, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock

 

Transition to Service: Putting It All Together

 

  1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

  2.   New on the Job:  Culture Crisis Time (9:15 – 9:45) 

Audrey Suhr, Director of Staff Development & Volunteer Services, National Aquarium (retired); asuhr@comcast.net

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Explore aspects of “culture crisis” and discover strategies to enter a workplace effectively.

o      Share and build on experiences of HoLLIE 2009 Leaders.

o      Build confidence for internship placement

 

As a result, participants will be able to:

o      Evaluate and adopt strategies for effective and successful field placements.

 

  3.   Fostering Teamwork and Collaboration between Partners and Legacy Leaders (9:45 – 11:00)

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

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Review/illustrate non-positional transformational skills for working effectively in field placement organizations, including skills needed to be good followers and leaders.

o      Begin team-building with Legacy Leaders and field placement mentors.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      How to work effectively towards common goals with staff members and other volunteers in their field placement organizations.

 

Break (11:00 – 11:15)

 

  4.   What’s Next: Closing Thoughts (11:15 – 11:30)

Betsy Singer, HoLLIE Partner Coordinator; betsysing@gmail.com, and

Barbara Schmeckpeper; Ph.D., HoLLIE Curriculum coordinator holliebjs@gmail.com

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Review/expectations for volunteer service

o      Explain system for reporting service time

o      Describe three get-togethers during summer

o      Save the date: Graduation Celebration

 

As a result, HoLLIE participants and Partners will be able to explain:

o      What is expected of them in the months remaining of their HoLLIE experiences.

 

Lunch (11:30 – 12:30)

 

Afternoon Field Experience

 

  5.   Field Trip: Early Spring Guided Walk at Howard County Conservancy (12:30 – 2:30)

Audrey Suhr, Naturalist and Board Member, Howard County Conservancy; asuhr@comcast.net,

Florence Miller, HoLLIE 2009 Graduate, Naturalist, Howard County Conservancy; fam57@verizon.net

Diane Ference, HoLLIE 2011 Graduate, Naturalist, Howard County conservancy; jference@comcast.net

Woody Merkel, HoLLIE 2009 Graduate, Naturalist and Board Member, Howard County Conservancy; merkfam2@verizon.net


Speaker objectives:

o      Conclude the training with excitement and energy and delight in being outdoors on beautiful property of conserved grasslands and woodlands.

o      Consider the challenges of balancing development with conservation.

 

As a result, participants will be able to:

o      Appreciate the importance of conserved land.

o      Excite others about the role of suburban native species planting for the preservation of wildlife.

o      Make a personal discovery or two as they observe springtime emerging.

o      Feel great about their team’s participation in the third HoLLIE class!

 


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