Eric Zeemering, Public Policy, to Present Talk on Sustainability in Baltimore (7/15)

A new book out by Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy, examines what Baltimore can do to become a more sustainable city. The book, titled, “Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities: Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore” (Routledge Studies in Public Administration and Environmental Sustainability) was published on May 28, 2014. In the above video, Zeemering shares his research on how sustainability is defined in Baltimore, and how city government officials, community organizations and state and federal agencies have taken a collaborative approach to sustainability policies.

Zeemering’s teaching and research interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy. He is presenting a talk on his new book at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Summer Fun Activities (6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/10, 8/6, 8/7)

Enrolling in summer classes? Looking for an excuse to stay active this summer? Working on campus?

Intramurals Sports is here for you! Intramurals will be offering a series of Summer Fun Activities this summer! Intramurals will be offering Kickball on June 18 and June 25, Sand Volleyball on July 9-10, and 7 v 7 Outdoor Soccer on August 6-7! Sign up as a team or a free agent on or drop off your registration in the RAC Room 321 TODAY! Walk-ups Welcome! Questions? Contact Erica Lloyd at

Registration is now open and will close the day of the event. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate. All activities are FREE! So grab your friends and sign up for some summer fun!

Campus Shredding Services (6/13)

We will have a new campus-wide shredding program in place beginning August 1, 2014. It’s convenient, very affordable and easy to use. It can handle one-time projects or monthly services, or both—your choice.

Monthly Services: You select the right container for your department, (1) Console (looks like a piece of furniture), or (2) a Rolling Cart (looks like a large trash can on wheels with a slot in the top).
One-Time Projects: Materials will be picked-up for special purging projects (cleaning out files).

The great benefits include:
• The bins are locked.
• The vendor handles getting the paper from the office to the truck.
• Shredding is done on-site at the truck as each toter or cart is dumped into the truck.
• Each department will be billed individually for the shredding and will receive a certificate of destruction.
• The P-card can be used to pay for monthly or special services.
• The cost for the containers is included in the removal and disposal of documents.
• Pick-ups are scheduled monthly.

As UMBC makes strides to measure and track our recycling and shredding, the campus is encouraged to assist in this effort by using this special program we have in place. Annual volumes will be captured by Facilities Management for reporting purposes.

There will be an informational meeting held with All-Shred on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Administration Building, Room #711. Come join us.

Please feel free to contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or for more information.

Retirement Reception for Linda Thomas “The Graduate School Lady” (6/25)

Linda ThomasLinda began her career at UM,B in 1972 and transferred to UMBC in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant II at the Graduate School. In 2007, Linda was promoted to Program Assistant to work exclusively with master’s students assisting them with graduation requirements and assisting with commencement. After 42 years of dedicated service, Linda is retiring. Linda’s plans for retirement include having lots of fun, traveling, continuing her family’s genealogy, and volunteering.

Linda’s last day will be Monday, June 30. Please join us at a farewell reception at Flat Tuesdays on Wednesday, June 25, between 3 pm and 5 pm, to thank Linda for her many contributions and to wish her well in retirement.

Contributions to the celebration are welcome and may be sent to Denise Atkinson in the Graduate School.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development Workshop for Faculty (6/5)

Faculty Workshop
Thursday, June 5th 2014 | 10am-4pm

UMBC offers this curriculum development workshop annually for faculty wishing to integrate topics of environmental sustainability into their courses. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome – we encourage diverse perspectives!

Join sustainability education expert Dr. Rita Turner and guest presenters for a one day, on campus workshop.
The workshop will include a range of models and resources for designing content that will engage students with locally relevant issues, generate innovative research, and encourage active ecological citizenship on campus and beyond.

Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided. Stipends are available for UMBC faculty and instructors. To register contact Tanvi Gadhia at or visit

Workshop Facilitator:
Dr. Rita Turner (Ph.D., UMBC) teaches for American Studies and Media and Communication Studies. Turner’s research looks at interdisciplinary environmental education and the social foundations of environmental problems. Turner has developed curriculum materials for addressing questions of sustainability and has led faculty workshops on teaching sustainability across content areas.

This is the second annual workshop, developed originally in 2013 with support from Provost Phillip Rouse; BreakingGround; Dean of Undergraduate Education, Diane Lee; UMBC Climate Change Task Force Chair and VP of Admin and Finance, Lynne Schaefer.

Green Office Program Launch (5/28)

Program Launch Lunch
Wednesday, May 28, 2014Noon – 1 PM
Commons 331

Take part in the program to Green UMBC’s offices! Gain tools, tips & resources to bring back to your offices. Join us for free lunch and learning. Get trained in green office practices and bring back information and resources for your colleagues. This information and training session is for any UMBC employee interested in leading sustainable practices in their offices.

About the Green Office Program:

The Green Office Program is a voluntary, recognition-based carbon reductions program. The Green Office Program provides resources to assist offices in reducing waste and conserving energy, including:

 Training on sustainable practices tailored to our campus
 A network of sustainability champions
 A short list of the smartest and simplest actions
 Certification and recognition for offices
 A toolkit with signage, recycling bins, labels and more