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Green Baltimore

A 4-week series of seminars and panel discussions exploring vital environmental topics and policies that impact life in and around Baltimore. Register for one session or all four!

Free and open to the public.
Wednesday evenings, 7 to 8:30 pm, at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library auditorium.

The series features experts from government, business, academia and non-profit organizations delving into issues such as green science and global warming, green business practices, media messaging on the environment, and health issues related to environmental conditions.  Participating organizations will include the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, EarthShare and the National Resources Defense Council. Registration is requested, click here to RSVP.

Session I: Green Science and Global Warming
January 2, 2013 

An overview of the science of climate change and the debate on global warming, focusing on its impact on Baltimore and the region. The draft of Baltimore’s Climate Action Plan will be reviewed. The primary focus of the seminar will be on local responses to climate change including Maryland Department of the Environment’s recommendations for mitigation strategies.

Speakers:
Danielle Schwarzmann, Economist, Maryland Department of the Environment
John Cookson, Instructor and Director of the Environmental Sustainability Major, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Alfred  D’Agostino, Professor of Chemistry, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Session II: Green Business Practices
January 9, 2013

A look at green business practices in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic Region, including a broad overview of the levels of interest and activity in the community. Representatives from organizations engaged in environmentally sustainable practices will discuss their reasons for involvement and the results of their efforts.

Speakers:
Kalman Stein, President and CEO, EarthShare
Ed Rhodes, Vice President for Sustainability and Aquaculture Development, Phillips Foods, Inc.

(Additional panel members may be added)

Session III: Media and Messaging
January 16, 2013

An examination of the role of the media in shaping the public debate on sustainability and climate change. The session will focus on the influences that impact the media’s positions and how those positions shape public opinion.

Speaker: Bob Deans, Associate Communications Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Session IV: Health and the Environment
January 23, 2013

A discussion of the health problems and issues associated with environmental degradation, with a look at the social and economic cost to communities and to the larger society.

Speaker: Katie Huffling, Director of Programs, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

(Additional panel members may be added)