Environmental Learning and Stewardship in Howard County, MD

HoLLIE is going VIRTUAL in 2021! 

 

Instead of cancelling our annual HoLLIE program of environmental learning and leadership training due to the risks of COVID-19, we will be going live with interactive classes via Webex!

"Earthrise"

2021 HoLLIE Virtual Lecture Series Online:
 
Climate Change: Science, Policy and Local Action

The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment is for people who want to turn knowledge about the environment and climate change into action in Howard County and the state of Maryland.

 

For 2021, we're launching Climate Change: Science, Policy and Local Action, an eight-week course of half day online sessions with NASA scientists, University of Maryland and local environmentalists, and key Howard County Government leaders. Join us and BE SAFE while you travel in outer space, the Arctic, around the world and home again!

 

Dates are Thursdays starting February 4 through March 25, 2021. For the detailed curriculum, scroll down to the next section on this page.  

 

Because we're virtual and have no field trips, we can offer this opportunity AT NO COST to up to 200 participants, but registration is required.  Those who have attended previous HoLLIE classes are welcome to register for this series as a continuing education update on the climate science.

Click to register here via Eventbrite:

 

Prior to February 4, we will send you the instructions and links you need in order to participate via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

For questions, email Barbara Schmeckpeper at holliebjs@gmail.com or Betsy Singer at betsysing@gmail.com.

 

The 2021 HoLLIE Virtual Lecture Series Online is an abbreviated version of HoLLIE.  It will still be eight weeks of classes, but half-days,and no field trips or our usual opportunities for HoLLIE volunteer hours and graduation.  For more information on our in-person HoLLIE classes, click the About/Contact tab at the top of the page.

Click to download flyer .pdf 

Day 6 Presentation - DeMarzo

Climate Change:  Science, Policy, and Local Action
 

HoLLIE Virtual Lecture Series
 

9:00am to 12:15pm Thursdays Feb 4-Mar 25 2021

 

Syllabus

Day One – Thursday, February 4 – Earth System Science

 

What Informed Citizens Need to Know about Earth Systems Science: Understanding the Tools and the State of Art in Earth Science

 

Introductory Remarks

 

Monitoring the Earth’s Atmosphere, Oceans, Land, and Ice from Satellites

Claire Parkinson, Ph.D., Climate Change Senior Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

 

Break

Climate Change and a 40-Year Sea Ice Record

      Claire Parkinson, Ph.D., Climate Change Senior Scientist, NASA GSFC; 

 

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions

facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

 

 

Day Two – Thursday, February 11 – Earth System Science

What Informed Citizens Need to Know about Earth Systems Science: Understanding the Science of Earth’s Cycles

 

Introductory Remarks

 

Observing the Living Oceans from Space

Ivona Cetinic Ph.D., Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, NASA’s GSFC

Break

 

Ice Sheets: Understanding Change in the Polar Regions

Kelly M. Brunt, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Earth System

Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland

and NASA Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's GSFC

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks,

discussions facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

     

 

Day Three – Thursday, February 18 – Earth System Science

What Informed Citizens Need to Know about Earth Systems Science:

Understanding the Science of Earth’s Cycles, cont.

 

Introductory Remarks

 

How the Montreal Protocol Saved the Earth’s Ozone Layer and Is Now Helping Solve Climate Change

Paul Newman, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Earth Sciences,
Earth Sciences Division, NASA’s GSFC

Break

 

How Human Intervention in the Carbon Cycle Caused Climate Change

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Maryland, and Climate Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, UMD, College Park

            Dr. Via's presentation was recorded.  Click here to play it back.

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

          

 

Day Four – Thursday, February 25 – Communicating Data Graphically

 

Understanding the Science of Earth’s Cycles, cont.

Visualization & Communications

Introductory Remarks

Land-based Hydrological Cycle.

Matthew Rodell, Ph.D., Associate Deputy Director,

Hydrological Sciences Laboratory; NASA’s GSFC

Break

 

Virtual Visit to GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio

Lori Perkins, Aerospace Technologist, Scientific Visualization

Studio at NASA's GSFC

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions facilitated by

HoLLIE Coordinators

Day Five, Thursday, March 4 – Environmental Policy

Introductory Remarks

 

International and National Environmental Policies

Tim Lattimer, Coordinator of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21), US Department of State (Retired)

    This presentation was recorded.  Click here to play it back.

 

Break

 

Chesapeake Bay, Climate Change, and the Politics of Finance

Daniel Nees, Senior Research Associate, with a joint appointment with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Center for Global Sustainability in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

         This presentation was recorded.  Click here to play it back.

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

 

          

 

Day Six, Thursday, March 11 – Howard County Government 

 

Environmental Issues and Actions 
 

Introductory Remarks

 

Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

Lindsay DeMarzo, Sustainability Projects Manager (Stormwater)

  This presentation was recorded but is missing the 1st 15 minutes.

                             Click here to play it back.

Click to download a .pdf version of the presentation for personal
use.  **If you wish to reuse content from the presentation, please

contact the author for permission.**

Break

Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ)

Beth Burgess, Chief, Division of Resource Conservation, DPZ

This presentation was recorded:  Click here to play it back.

Click to download a .pdf version of the presentation for personal

use.  **If you wish to reuse content from the presentation,

please contact the author for permission.**

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

Day Seven, Thursday, March 18 – Howard County Government 

Environmental Issues and Actions Cont.

Introductory Remarks

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

Dan McNamara, Superintendent, Natural and Historic Resources Division, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

This presentation was recorded:  Click here to play it back.

 

Break

Howard County Department of Public Works

Mark DeLuca, Deputy Director, Department of Public Works and Chief, Bureau of Environmental Services

This presentation was recorded:  Click here to play it back.

Breakout Rooms and Closing Remarks, discussions facilitated by HoLLIE Coordinators

 

 

Day Eight, Thursday March 25 – Saving the Places We Love with Actions to Make a Difference

Introductory Remarks

Saving the Places We Love:  Paths to Environmental Stewardship

Ned Tillman, Author of "The Chesapeake Watershed", "Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship", and "The Big MELT".  Sustainability Advisor and leader of nature walks for organizations

 

This presentation was recorded:  Click here to play it back.

Break

Video "Earthrise" by Amanda Gorman (Click to play)

Climate Sustainability: Actions to Make a Difference

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Maryland, and Climate Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, UMD, College Park

This presentation was recorded:  Click here to play it back.

Closing Remarks by HoLLIE Coordinators

          

Click to download .pdf version of syllabus

Day 2 Handout - Brunt

Day 1 Handout - Parkinson

Day 2 Handout -Cetenic

Day 3 Handout 1 - Via

Day 3 Handout 2 - Via

Day 3 Handout 3 - Via

Day 3 Handout -Newman

Day 4 Handout - Rodell

Day 4 Handout - Perkins

Day 6 Presentation - Burgess

Day 6 Handout - Burgess

Day 7 Handout - McNamara

 

What's your Environmental Passion ???

Whether you have 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 organizations.

You can start small and still help a lot!

  How to get started:

  • Explore the circles

  • Click Go! to see a list of 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.

You can make a difference!

 

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