Reading Assignments 2012

1st Class, Wednesday, February 1, 2012

 Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Volunteer Leadership: It’s More Than You Think!

1.   David Rock’s blog, Your Brain at Work, online at:


2.   Why neuroscience matters to executives, by David Rock & Jeffrey Schwartz. Online at:


3.   Carol Dweck’s fixed vs. growth mindsets. Online at:


4.   The impact of unlearning on leadership, by Mike Myatt. Online at:


5.   Learn, unlearn, and relearn, by Marcia Conner. Online at:


6.   The work of leadership, by Ron Heifetz and Donald Laurie. Online at:


Justine Schaeffer, The Wonder of Nature – Why What We Do Matters

Three great books – enjoy this reading when you can.


1.  Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, by Doulas W. Tallamy. 2007. Timber Press.  A wonderful explanation of why our gardens are critically important to maintaining biodiversity in North America.


2.  Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History by Mark S. Garland. 1997. Smithsonian Institution.  A guide to seasonal changes in nature.


3.  There’s a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm’s Story by Gary Larson. 1998. HarperCollins Publishers. An entertaining but cogent story related to the importance of science in environmental advocacy by the creator of Far Side.


Brian Campbell, Guided Winter Nature Walk near Robinson Nature Center

Readings TBA



2nd Class, Monday, February 6, 2012


Overview Presentations by Partners


Margo Duesterhaus, Climate Change Initiative of Howard County


Betsy McMillion, The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway,


Karen Learmouth, Howard County Public School System


Marianne Pettis, The James and Anne Robinson Foundation,


Stacey Yankee, Robinson Nature Center, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks


Tim Titus, History of Environmental Activism,

Consider building your environmental library around these three pillars of modern environmental thinking.  Not only are the messages powerful, but good literature as well.  You will want to read and reread these over the years.


Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

The Control of Nature, John McPhee (1990) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 288pp.



3rd Class, Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Claire Parkinson, Ph.D., The Role of Satellites in Understanding the Earth System


Claire Parkinson, Ph.D.,The NASA Aqua Satellite and its Contributions to Earth Science and Applications (home page for the Aqua satellite mission)


Our Changing Planet: The View From Space, Michael D. King, Claire L. Parkinson, Kim C. Partington, and robin G. Williams (Eds.), .(2007), Cambridge University Press, 400pp.


Christa Peters-Lidard, Ph.D., Land-based Hydrological Cycle





Horace Mitchell, Ph.D., Site Visit to GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio and Remote Sensing Labs

Readings TBA



4th Class, Monday, February 13, 2012


Forrest Hall, Ph.D., Carbon Cycle Click on Feature Articles. For the carbon cycle, click on “land” or use the search engine to explore any of the areas being discussed.


Optional extra articles


Anne Douglass, Ph.D., Chemistry in the Atmosphere - Discoveries from EOS Aura

The Aura web site:

From there you can download our science highlights brochure.


The ozone resource page:


Bryan Franz and Jeremy Werdell Observing the Living Oceans from Space: The Earth teems with life, supported to a large extent by tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton, (general info) (Franz papers) (Werdell papers)


Christopher A. Shuman, Ph.D., Ice Sheets: Waking Giants,


Marc Imhoff, Ph.D., Gray Wave of the Great Transformation: A Satellite View of Urbanization, Climate Change, and Food Security

1.  (Select a couple of articles of interest.)


2.  (Select a couple of articles of interest.)


5th Class, Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Strengths-Based Volunteer Leadership: Leaving an Environmental Legacy

Everyday leadership, by Andre Martin:


Developing everyday leadership, by Robert Stuberg:


The Leadership Challenge history:


The truth about leadership, Recent YouTube discussion with Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner:


Cathy Hudson, Why I Volunteer:  Introduction to Nonprofit Organization

Reading TBA


Denise Sharp, Agriculture and the Environment: Field Trip to Waterford Farm,


Skim, or savor if time allows,:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, (2007), HarperCollins Publisher, New York.



6th Class, Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Nathan Hultman, Ph.D ,International and National Environmental Policies

International Programs

1.  Pew Center on Global Climate Change:


2.  World Resources Institute:


US Domestic Legislation

Pew Center on Global Climate Change:



World Resources Institute:






Joseph Sullivan, Ph.D, Changing Life (Global to Local)

Reading TBA


Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., Relationship between Climate and Weather

 NOAA Climate Service Portal:

 Climate Prediction Center:

 IPCC Website:

 USGCRP Website:

National Climatic Data Center site on Global Warming:

Global Change Master Directory:

Dave Jones, Field Trip to StormCenter Communications, Inc.,

Browse website:


 7th Class, Monday, February. 27, 2012


Ned Tillman, History and Current Physical Processes Impacting the Bay

What is the Status of Life in the Chesapeake Bay

Field Trip to Illustrate the Geology and Soils of Howard County


The Chesapeake Watershed A Sense of Place and a Call to Action, by Ned Tillman (2009).Chesapeake Book Co, Baltimore, 240 pp.


 8th Class, Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Mark Southerland, Ph.D, Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water

1.  EPA,


2.  MDE,


3.  Chesapeake Stormwater Network ,


Tim Titus and Cathy Hudson, Patapsco River




Fred Tutman, Patuxent River

The Patuxent River Watershed: Howard County


9th Class, Monday, March 5, 2012


Terry Cummings, Status 2012: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

Reading TBA


Andrew Ratner, Smart Growth Principles and Initiatives in Maryland;

1.  State making little progress with Smart Growth, study says, Jan. 6, 2011, By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun;

 2. Indicators of Smart Growth in Maryland, The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland, By Jason Sartori, Terry Moore and Gerrit Knaap, director, January 2011:

 3. GROWING! GROWING! GONE!, The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth, By Tom Horton, Abell Foundation, August 2008:

 4. Maryland's Second Generation of Smart Growth, American Planning Association, “Planning” magazine, By Sandra Olivetti Martin:

 5. Plan Maryland: What Is It:


Sean McGuire, The Impacts of our Economy and Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator


Joshua D. Feldmark, Effective Environmental Advocacy

        Readings TBA


Joshua D. Feldmark and Jessica Feldmark, The Spectrums of Social Change

Readings TBA


10th Class, Wednesday, March 7, 2012


County Government and the Environment (Become familiar with the Howard County Government website.)


    Lindsay DeMarzo, Office of Environmental Sustainability

Howard County Environmental Management Report from the Ho. Co. Commission on the Environment & Sustainability,

 Select "Commission Report" on a side tab marked 2007 (Office of Environmental Sustainability and the new board).


    Susan Overstreet, Department of Planning and Zoning, Division of Resource Conservation


    Mark Raab, Department of Recreation and Parks


Mark Richmond, Department of Public Works


John McCoy, Columbia Association (CA) and Watershed Management


HoLLIE Program Coordinators, Class Discussion about Regional Watershed Issues,

Reading TBA



11th Class, Monday, March 12, 2012


Sabrina S Fu, Ph.D, The Roots of Our Environmental Crisis and What We Can Do Together, Taking Diversity in Stride

1.  Daily, G.C., Ehrlich, P. (1992). Population, sustainability, and earth’s carrying capacity. Bioscience 42, 761–771.

 2.  Ehrlich, P.R., Holdrens, J.P. (1971). The impact of population growth. Science, 171, 1212–1217.

 3.  Hardin, G. (1993). Living within limits. Oxford University Press: New York. (Book to peruse)

 4.  Schulze, P. C. (2002). I=PBAT. Ecological Economics, 40, 149-150.

 5.  Price, M. Changing behaviors by degrees. American Psychological Association, 39(3), 48. Retrieved from

 6.  Gertner, J. (2009, April 19). Why isn't the brain green? New York Times Magazine, 39-43.

 7.  Guerin, D., Crete, J. & Mercier, J. (2001, June). A multilevel analysis of the determinants of recycling behavior in the European countries. Social Science Research, 30(2), 195-218. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from ScienceDirect.

 8.  Oskamp, S. (2000). Psychological contributions to achieving an ecologically sustainable future for humanity. Journal of Social Issues, 56(3) 373-390. (general information on author and reports)

 9.  Stuart Oskamp, et. Al. (1991, July). Factors influencing household recycling behavior. Environment and Behavior,23(4), 494-519. Retrieved January 6, 2011, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

 10.  Valle, P.O.D., Rebelo, E., Reis, E. & Menezes, J. (2005, May). Combining behavioral theories to predict recycling involvement. Environment And Behavior, 37(3), 364-396. Retrieved August 18, 2008, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

 11.  Welte, T.H.L. & Anastasio, P.A. (2010). To conserve or not to conserve: Is status the question?. Environment and Behavior,42(6), 845-863. Retrieved January 6, 2011, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

 12.  Zelezny, L.C. (2000). Elaborating on Gender Difference in Environmentalism. Journal of Social Issues, 56(3) 443-457.


Cathy Hudson, Sustainability: What It Is and What It Could Look Like

Reading TBA


Tracey Manning, Ph.D., How We Change Minds, Hearts, and Behavior – and Why It’s Not Easy

Why change is difficult – and how to make it


David Rock’s article on how to help others change:


Global warming’s “Six Americas” by Leiserowitz, A. & Maibach, E. Online at:


Talking to climate skeptics: A few thoughtful blogs



12th Class, Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Audrey Suhr, New on the Job:  Culture Crisis Time

Reading TBA


Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Fostering Teamwork and Collaboration between Partners and Legacy Leaders

Hersey Blanchard situational leadership model:


Situational leadership: Applying it with extension:


YFC (Christian youth group) application of situational leadership to volunteer development:


Betsy Singer and Barbara Schmeckpeper; Ph.D., What’s Next: Closing Thoughts

Reading TBA


Audrey Suhr , et al, Field Trip: Early Spring Guided Walk at Howard County Conservancy

Browse website: 


Savor the books assigned by Justine Schaeffer for the nature walk on Day 1.


Enjoy the outdoors every day; find something you’ve never seen before – and for reading, carry a Sibley, Peterson, or Audubon field guide in your pack.