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Shaffer Named MDE Communications Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:22

BALTIMORE, MD (May 28, 2015) – Veteran journalist and environmental communicator Mark Shaffer has been selected communications director 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 ...

FSU Wildlife Society Students Place Third in Southeastern Wildlife Conclave PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:43

WildlifeSocietyConclaveA 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 ...

Featured Speakers at Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:09

najjar antarctica med jpg 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 9th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. These digital presentations which are geared for teens and adults will be held in the New Germany Rec Hall. The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society and New Germany State Park are co-sponsoring this free event to highlight the importance of native plants in the landscape, as well as other critical conservation topics for our region.


Photo: Raymond Najjar has researched climate change around the globe including Antarctica. 

Dr. Najjar will will explain what climate change means for the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.


There will be ...

Maryland Moves Forward on Clean Air Regulations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Monday, 20 April 2015 03:29


Department of the Environment submits emergency action that implements new requirements to ensure public health protection;

action could become effective as early as May 2


BALTIMORE, MD (April 17, 2015) – The Maryland Department of the Environment today proposed regulations to reduce air pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants and ensure the immediate public health benefits of protecting  Marylanders from breathing unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution.

The proposed regulations would implement for this summer’s ozone season the immediate public health protections contained in a previous proposal. The Department of the Environment ...

FSU to Focus on Its Climate Action Commitment at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 17:19

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University will be fully focused on its climate action commitment during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning on sustainability and climate awareness, on Wednesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

New this year is the project “Grim Landscape: The Apocalypse Will Be a Peep Show,” consisting of campus trees and saplings wrapped in designs by Graphic Design 207 students, each with a viewing hole that invites the viewer to regard the tree as a rare, noble and exotic creature. Viewers will see logo designs of “spirit creatures” representing endangered, vulnerable or threatened species. (Note: ...


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