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  • Frostburg SGA’s $15 Bet on Green Returns a More Sustainable Future | The Appalachian Independent
    for We ve been very aware of that said Dr Kara Rogers Thomas associate professor of sociology and chair of PACS We want to make sure that students are able to see their dollars in use We want to see a visibility of sustainability here on campus Preference was given to projects involving and bringing benefit to students linked to an academic class offering experiential learning having long term benefits for the campus addressing items in FSU s Climate Action Plan and encouraging collaboration among multiple campus groups PACS members were thrilled with the submissions received from the initial call for proposals particularly those drafted by students They had these incredible ideas that we don t really think about I think students can be much more innovative in their thinking than faculty members who have been around for a while said Rogers Thomas The committee plans to open another funding cycle before the end of the spring 2016 semester seeking faculty designed proposals for student experiential learning activities focused on sustainability PACS intends to award the grants in time for faculty to design and plan activities over the summer Projects funded in the next cycle will be carried out during the fall 2016 semester Another portion of the Student Sustainability Fee proceeds will fund institution wide projects recommended to PACS by FSU s Physical Plant Department which is responsible for infrastructure maintenance and improvements One likely proposal would install individual power meters for campus buildings a highly important step toward carbon neutrality For several years PACS has wanted to start an energy saving competition among residence halls an initiative that has significantly reduced energy consumption at other universities Students have really made that competition their own and done some amazing things and proposed some incredible solutions based on this competitive

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  • Kenyan Biologist to Speak at FSU on African Conservation, Ecotourism Controversies | The Appalachian Independent
    and other iconic wildlife roam freely across vast grasslands Less known are the challenges facing wildlife and people in this region of the world although the killing of Cecil the Lion has increased awareness of many Americans to wildlife conservation challenges facing African countries Ogada is a dynamic speaker who unabashedly voices strong opinions about the imposition of Western values on wildlife conservation and ecotourism both wildlife viewing and sport hunting in East Africa His talk would be of interest to anyone concerned about African wildlife conservation and complex and controversial sociopolitical issues related to European imperialism in Africa dating back to the 19th century Ogada has been involved in conservation work in Kenya and other parts of Africa mainly on human wildlife conflict mitigation and carnivore conservation His work includes studies on lions hyenas cheetah African wild dog and otters Much of his energy has been devoted to the area of community based conservation wildlife policy and wetlands ecology Among his past projects are developing cheetah conservation strategies for Ethiopia South Sudan and Uganda as the regional coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society cheetah conservation program and serving as executive director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum where his work focused on the perceptions of conservation and how these influence communities and practitioners in the field of natural resource management Currently he coordinates a partnership between the African Conservation Centre and McGill University in Canada that seeks to strengthen conservation linkages between institutions and habitats in Kenya and Northern Tanzania He is co authoring a book on the history politics and ethical challenges facing conservation practice in Kenya documenting insight and experiences gained from his years in the conservation sector in Kenya For more information contact Dr Tom Serfass at 301 687 4171 or This e mail address is being

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  • Senator Edwards Asks to Dilute Fracking Liability in Maryland | The Appalachian Independent
    importance of liability If a company inflicts harm should they or should they not be held liable I say yes but some legislators feel industry should be held to a lesser standard Apparently Sen Edwards is one of those people By stripping out the chemical disclosure aspect of the bill he removes an ability to link contaminated water with fracking chemistry If fracking chemicals cannot be identified they cannot be linked to contaminants found in a water supply Nondisclosure from fracking operations conveniently removes them as suspect If a drilling company contaminates your water explained Kevin Faley EMM Founding Member what public good is served by a law that prevents you from finding out the nature of the contamination Reducing the liability coverage by half for fracking related injury death or loss of property also has many concerned It is clear to me The drive to lessen the amount of insurance is to benefit the corporations it is surely not aimed toward protecting the public says Elliott Perfetti Spokesperson and EMM Founding Member There is concern not only over claims of water contamination but events that could be considered catastrophic like the massive gas leak that is unfolding in Aliso Canyon CA Having liability coverage to mitigate large scale events is weighing heavily on people s minds Although I do not wish to allow hydraulic fracturing to take place in Maryland I realize the importance of having strong laws and regulations in place should fracking come Dawn Beitzel fifth generation Garrett County resident and EMM Founding Member explains Everyone should get behind SB 361 to protect Maryland from becoming another Dimock PA or worse Gas Oil says that fracking is safe so there is no reason for them to shy away from taking responsibility This sentiment was also shared during testimony in front of the Judicial Proceedings Committee by Senator Jamie Raskin He described the bill as suitable for proponents of fracking as well Since industry representatives like Drew Cobbs President of the Maryland Petroleum Council are confident in the process of fracking drilling companies shouldn t see the bill as a problem EMM even encourages landowners who have entered a lease with fracking firms to support the bill Landowners don t often realize when they enter a lease they are signing their rights away Eric Robison EMM Founding Member says They can also be considered a partner with the gas company so if anything goes wrong they could be liable even though they are not participating in drilling activities As the bill awaits a vote just days away it is now getting lots of attention SB361 is the fracking legislation for the 2016 session while the 2 year moratorium on fracking is still in place A similar bill was introduced last year and described as a de facto ban on fracking by industry representative Drew Cobbs With a reduction in liability terms from 21 years as recommended in 2015 to 6 years in the 2016 bill it s no

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  • Focus Frostburg Seeks Presentations on Sustainability | The Appalachian Independent
    and climate awareness that is free and open to FSU students faculty staff and the community As in previous years faculty may want to have students as appropriate attend a FOCUS FROSTBURG session in lieu of class attendance or to make any of the FOCUS FROSTBURG seminars and activities an extra credit assignment LGLG and PACS appreciates your support of our efforts to educate the campus community and especially students on how they can make a difference in our future Student presentations would make a great class activity Poster presentations are welcome Hands On activities and demonstrations are strongly encouraged PRESENTER CRITERIA To participate as a presenter please email This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it and submit a presentation title and one or two sentence abstract of your topic Topics may be varied but should cover a sustainability environment or climate awareness issue All presentations should span a maximum of 50 minutes since we will be following the normal MWF class schedule In your response please indicate if there is a preferred time of day that you would like to present Room space for presentations is limited Please confirm your

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  • Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee to hold first meeting | The Appalachian Independent
    element of Maryland s approach for restoring the Bay by creating opportunities for the sectors facing the highest costs to meet a portion of their responsibilities by purchasing offsets or credits created by other sources In October the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture released the Maryland Nutrient Trading Policy Statement in announcing that Maryland is pursuing new tools for faster better restoration of the Chesapeake Bay The Policy Statement is a road map for the development of cross sector water quality trading programs that use innovation economies of scale and public private partnerships to speed improvements to the Bay and local rivers and streams At the time of the announcement Governor Larry Hogan said The Chesapeake Bay is one of our most important valuable and beloved resources and our cleanup efforts will not stop until the Bay is restored These new tools which make sense both economically and environmentally are yet another example of our commitment to preserving our natural resources for generations to come On January 8 the Maryland Nutrient Trading Symposium was held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills on Maryland s Eastern Shore The day long sold out symposium addressed the basic concepts of trading and the role of trading in Bay restoration efforts as well as the State s current approach to trading and its future plans The agenda afforded significant time for questions and dialogue among all participants The symposium was sponsored by the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture in collaboration with the Harry R Hughes Center for Agro Ecology the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Grain Producers The path forward on nutrient trading includes the issuance with input from the Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee of a policy manual and guidelines that would be used to initiate trades

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  • Seeds of Time to Screen in Frostburg | The Appalachian Independent
    20th at the historic Palace Theatre in Frostburg The film follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time to protect the future of our food Seed banks around the world are crumbling crop failures are producing starvation and rioting and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects as they try desperately to save over 1 500 varieties of native potato in their fields But with little time to waste both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without our seeds Check out the trailer here http www seedsoftimemovie com Free admission Concessions and desserts available for purchase and proceeds from a Silent Auction benefit the Appalachian Lab the Evergreen Heritage Center and Frostburg Grows Critics have called this film Captivating Important and Truly exceptional This event is an activity of the University System of Maryland Foundation Inc Please register or login to add your comments to this article Web appindie org AppIndie s Mountain Traditions Film Project Latest Comments category Our Blue Earth Community Responds to HOME a response by Steve Resh New

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  • Our Blue Earth | The Appalachian Independent
    2015 18 26 The universe is now coming into focus through Frostburg State University s Observatory where stunning images from the rooftop observatory are now being projected on the FSU Planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center s dome screen during shows The Observatory located on the roof of the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology features a robotically mounted 14 inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with attachable cameras to capture deep space images and planets in amazing detail Its large aperture allows you to view very faint objects said Dr Jason Speights associate director of the FSU Planetarium and MLC At the same time it s capable of high magnification so the planets can be seen in great detail Pictures showing Last Updated on Friday 06 November 2015 09 04 Read more County Board of Zoning Appeals to Continue Public Hearing on Dans Mountain Wind Force Our Blue Earth Our Blue Earth Written by Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday 05 November 2015 18 16 Notice is hereby given that the Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals will continue a public hearing on Friday November 13th at 9 am in the County Commissioner s Meeting Room County Office Complex 701 Kelly Road Cumberland MD regarding Dans Mountain Wind Force L L C et al Cases 942 and 943 The board is currently in recess The board has ordered the public record held open for a ten day period for the purpose of accepting additional written comment s The board will reconvene on the scheduled date and further execute proceedings as prescribed by Law The November 13th Hearing is open to the public Anyone desiring further information on these Cases may contact the County s Land Development Office at 301 777 5951 FSU Celebrates Homecoming Weekend Our Blue Earth Our Blue

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  • Our Blue Earth | The Appalachian Independent
    for the Maryland Department of the Environment Shaffer was communications and media relations director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ADEQ in Phoenix for the past eight years where he served under MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles the former director of ADEQ In addition to his communications role Shaffer specialized in forming public private partnerships that resulted in environmental good most notably staging free electronic waste recycling events throughout the state that collected more than 2 5 million pounds of discarded electronics Shaffer also served as a facilitator for ADEQ in instituting the Read more FSU Wildlife Society Students Place Third in Southeastern Wildlife Conclave Our Blue Earth Our Blue Earth Written by FSU News and Media Services Tuesday 19 May 2015 08 43 A team representing the Frostburg State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society placed third in the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave this spring at Virginia Tech University FSU placed third among 20 regional colleges and universities and 400 students who competed The Southeastern Wildlife Conclave is an intense competition of mental and physical feats showing mastery and knowledge of wildlife skills University of Tennessee Knoxville placed first and University of Georgia placed second In addition to receiving a plaque to commemorate Frostburg s accomplishment it is customary at the event for the top three winning teams to receive framed wildlife paintings Frostburg received a painting featuring a deer passing through autumn foliage lining a gravel road leading Read more Featured Speakers at Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival Our Blue Earth Our Blue Earth Written by Liz McDowell Wednesday 29 April 2015 16 09 Several speakers will be featured at the second annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival to be held at New Germany State Park on Saturday May 9 th from 10 00 am to 3 00

    Original URL path: http://appindie.org/index.php/our-blue-earth?start=18 (2016-04-30)
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