McDaniel students, professor participate in community Earth Day activities

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April 12, 2012

'Planet Carroll: Our Environmental Future?' celebrates Earth Day with a week of events beginning April 16 that partner McDaniel College and Carroll Community College with local environmental groups to raise awareness about growth and development, water quality issues and climate change.

McDaniel’s Environmental Action Club and Environmental Studies professor Mona Becker have worked with other members of Planet Carroll to help organize the activities. Planet Carroll is “a group of local students, educators and activists who want to provide an educational, balanced and inclusive look into our environment and how we affect it,” according to its website.

The events, which are free and open to the public, will culminate in an Environmental Summit April 21 hosted by McDaniel College during which well-known local environmentalists and conservationists will serve on panels to answer questions from attendees about sustainability and environmental issues in Carroll County.

The schedule of events includes:

6-9 p.m. April 16: Recycling Art Show, Ensor Lounge, Decker Center, McDaniel College.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17: Earth Day activities including hybrid/electric car demo, plant giveaway, carbon and nitrogen footprint, water testing, information booths, movies in the Great Hall, Carroll Community College.

6:30-7:30 p.m. April 18: Energy event with BGE followed by screening of the film, “Cool It,” K100, Carroll Community College.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19: Carroll Hospital Center Earth Day event, Main Lobby, Carroll Hospital Center.

7-8 p.m. April 19: Community Matters Film Series/Discussion, No Impact Man, room K127, Carroll Community College, sponsored by Sustainable Living Maryland.

7 p.m. April 20: Concert, Carroll Community College sponsored by Waste Not! Carroll and Sustainable Living Maryland.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21: Environmental Summit, keynote address and panel discussion, Decker Auditorium, McDaniel College, and sustainability displays, outside Decker Auditorium by the Venturing Crew.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22, Earth Day: Tree Planting with Boy Scout Troop #395, Freedom Park, Sykesville.

The panelists and speakers for the Environmental Summit are:

Dr. Michael T. Barbour is vice president of Tetra Tech (Tt), Inc., an environmental consulting firm, and is director of Tt’s Center for Ecological Sciences in Owings Mills, Md.

Dr. Donald Boesch is a professor of Marine Science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a part of the twelve-institution University System of Maryland.

Ned Tillman currently serves as the chair of the Howard County Sustainability Board, the chair of Howard County General Plan Task Force and on the national executive board of the Izaak Walton Conservation League of America. He is the author of “The Chesapeake Watershed: A sense of place and a call to action,” winner of two national book awards.

Rich Josephson currently serves as director of Planning Services for the Maryland Department of Planning, where he is responsible for overseeing planning assistance to local governments, land and water resource planning and infrastructure planning. His primary focus is preparation and implementation of the state’s first sustainable growth plan.

Dru Schmidt-Perkins became 1000 Friends of Maryland’s first Executive Director in 1998 after serving on the founding steering committee for two years. Prior to joining 1000 Friends she was the Maryland state and Chesapeake regional director of Clean Water Action for more than nine years.

Nelson Widdell is co-founder of The Peninsula Compost Group, LLC (TPCG).  With more than 30 years experience in the composting industry and a founding member of the U.S. Composting Council, Widdell is responsible for project development and marketing for TPCG.

Planet Carroll, according to its website, has as its mission “to take a serious look at climate change, growth and development, and water quality issues within the Carroll County area as well as the surrounding areas, while informing the public of issues, problems and solutions.” For more information go to .

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