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Environmental Learning and Stewardship in Howard County, MD


November 4, 2023
Climate Change

“Climate Change:  Imagine What We Can Do Together!”

Sponsored by

Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE)


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia Climate Change Task Force

Dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in Howard County and regionally, while identifying innovative ways forward individually and as a society.  Come to a FREE dynamic and engaging in-person Climate Change Solutions Symposium on November 4th!


Location:              Owen Brown Interfaith Center

                             7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Date/Time:          November 4, 2023  9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Registration:        Free, but registration is REQUIRED and limited to 100

                             Register here with EventBrite:  

Lunch:                  A light lunch will be provided. 



Timothy Lattimer

Administrator of the HoCo Office of Community Sustainability

Formerly Senior Advisor, Office of Global Change, U.S. Dept of State


As a former climate diplomat and current Administrator of Howard County’s Office of Community Sustainability, Tim Lattimer will describe the Howard County government’s “whole of government” approach to implementing its new “Climate Forward” action plan. He will also discuss how we can bring “all hands on deck” to build a “whole of community” effort that ensures Howard County’s long-term leadership in tackling the climate crisis. 


Mike Raupp, Ph. D.  

Emeritus Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland

Fellow of the Entomological Society of America

What a warming world means for plants, pests, and beneficial insects

We will review evidence for climate change, mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, and what it means for changing weather patterns around the globe. We will see how warmer temperatures alter the status of native and non-native insects in our region. Learn how warmer temperatures affect arthropod abundance, distributions, seasonal phenology and interactions among plants, herbivores, and their natural enemies. 


Sara Via, Ph. D.

Professor & Climate Extension Specialist, UMD College Park

Department of Entomology & University of Maryland Extension, UMD

Worried about climate change and the future?  Take action!

This summer we’ve seen the escalating reality of climate change -- floods, wildfires and the hottest July in 120,000 years.  These huge impacts make it easy to fear that it’s already too late to turn this around.  That’s “climate doomism,” and not only does it make us feel terrible, it is absolutely unproductive.  What’s the antidote to climate doomism?  Climate action.  In this talk, you’ll learn how to determine which climate actions really make a difference and how to choose some that suit your interests and skills.  Using one of the most impactful climate actions, reducing food waste, I'll illustrate how you can act at home or in your community, as an educator or as an advocate.

Questions about the Symposium? 


What's your Environmental Passion ???

Whether you have a lifetime, a day, or an hour, there is something you can do to help!

Hover or tap on the circles to find what interests you most, then click Go! to see a list of related local organizations and web resources.

You can start small and still help a lot!

  How to get started:

  • Explore the circles

  • Click Go! to see a list of web resources and related environmental organizations in and around Howard County

  • Visit their website

  • Join their email list and stay informed

  • Attend a meeting in person or online if you can

  • Volunteers are needed for everything from office work and making phone calls to event staffing, research, outdoor work, and nature walks.  There are often opportunities to help from home.


Clean Water - 

Rivers -

Chesapeake Bay and Watershed



Waste -
Sustainability -
Personal Action -


You can make a difference!


Plants - Animals -

Forests - Parks -

Nature Centers



Farming -
Farm to Table - 
Gardens - 
Healthy Food -



Environmental Education - 
Talking about Climate Change -
Resources for Kids



Environmental Justice & Health-
Community Resiliance-



Climate Change -
Global Climate Science -
Climate Action


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Click the buttons below to learn about HoLLIE

About the HoLLIE Program

Phone & Email

Meet our HoLLIE Coordinators

Local environmental organizations with great opportunities for you to get involved! 

Links to environmental organizations in and around Howard County; web resources on environmental topics; environmental resources for kids.

Photos of our Classes & Field Trips!

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