2017 Classes 4-6

4th Class, Thursday, February 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Elkridge

 Earth System Science with Humans in the Equation

 1.   Daily Update with ELL Coordinators (9:00 – 9:15)

2.   Relationship between Climate and Weather (9:15 – 10:15)

Emily Becker, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Climate Prediction Center, National Weather Service, NOAA: emily.becker@noaa.gov

 Speaker objectives:

o       Distinguish weather and climate.

o       Describe the link(s) between weather and climate.

o       Define climate change and its characteristics.

o       Define global warming.

o       Discuss long-term trends in extreme weather and climate events.

 As a result of this presentation and follow-on discussion, participants will understand:

o       The difference between weather and climate.

o       The local manifestations of climate change in our own backyards.

o       The important long-term trends in the mean temperature and precipitation climates of North America and the globe.

o       That the links between trends in green-house gas concentration and trends in weather extremes have not been fully established.

o       That credible extrapolation of trends depends on additional research and future model improvements.

o       That recent progress in our ability to predict phenomena at the interface between weather and climate has been impressive and is serving as a vital component of Earth system science.

 Q & A (10:15 – 10:30)

 Break (10:30 – 10:45)

 3.   Chesapeake Bay, Climate Change, and the Politics of Finance (10:45 – 11:45)

Daniel Nees, Director, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Dnees@umd.edu

 Speaker objectives:

o       Explain the impact of climate change on Bay restoration financing.

o       Discuss the opportunities that climate change creates for more efficient financing.

o       Describe and iscuss the policy and regulatory changes that will be necessary to finance Bay restoration in response to a changing climate.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain, in layman’s terms:

o       The impact of climate change on the cost of Bay restoration

o       Types of change needed to finance Bay restoration.

Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

 4    The World of the Nonprofit and Why I Volunteer (12:30 – 1:15)

Cathy Hudson,  cmhudson@comcast.net

 Speaker objectives:

o       Highlight key differences in non-profit organizational structure, processes, regulations, and mission and purview from those of for-profits.

o       Highlight several levels of nonprofit groups.

o       Describe advantages of working in the nonprofit arena.

o       Introduce the concept of nonprofit entrepreneurship.

o       Explore how to structure your time to avoid burnout.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       How the for-profit world differs from the non-profit world.

o       The advantages of volunteering.

 5.   Faces of Howard County Environmentalists II: ELL Partners (1:15 –4:00)

ELL Partners (each Partner will give a 15 min. talk)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Sabrina Fu)

HoCo Climate Change (Betsy Singer)

Howard County Conservancy (Meg S Boyd)

Howard County Public School System, Elementary (Barb Schmeckpeper for Amy Reese and Jennifer Brown-Whale)

Patapsco Heritage Greenway (Hannah Zinnert)

Robinson Nature Center (Brian Campbell and Pamela Reese)

Transition Howard County (Mary Ann Barry)

University of Maryland Extension: Master Gardeners and Watershed Stewards Academy (Georgia Eacker)

Objectives for each speaker:

o       Introduce the organization; describe its mission and environmental role in Howard County.

o       Give the participants a good sense of how your organization operates and who or what receives your services or products.

o       Indicate how citizens can volunteer in your organization

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       Who the Howard County ELL partners are.

o       What they do for the environment.

After the talks, there will be wine and cheese and a chance to mingle with ELL Partners, to find out more about volunteer opportunities you might enjoy.

5th Class, Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:15 pm 

Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Elkridge


The Challenge of Change

 1.   Daily Update with ELL Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 2.   How We Change Minds, Hearts, and Behavior – and Why It’s Not Easy.  (9:15 – 10:30)

Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Health Services Administration, UMCP; tmanning@umd.edu

Speaker objectives:

o                 Explore the challenge of making change, our own and others, particularly based on neural and cognitive processes.

o       Identify the personal and interpersonal factors that foster openness to change.

o       Examine typical hindrances to effective listening in a controversy or conflict.

o       Practice skills for active listening, interviewing, and assertion in controversies.

o                 Explore useful approaches for sharing our learning and talking with people at all stages of climate awareness.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       Identifying characteristics of stages of change.

o                   Skills and tools an individual can employ to aid others to change environmental attitudes and actions.

o       A personal approach to becoming a change agent.

 Break (10:30 – 10:45)

 Chesapeake Bay Watershed

 3.   History and Current Physical Processes Impacting the Bay (10:45 – 11:45)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed and Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability Advisor, and Leader of nature walks for organizations; ned@sustainable.us

 Speaker objectives:

o       Identify the extent of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

o       Introduce participants to the historical and current dynamic aspects of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including geological events, soils, hydrology, mineral and energy resources, mining history, and Native and Modern Americans’ relationship to the land/water.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       What areas make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

o       Why the Bay watershed is important, unique, and vulnerable.

o       The Maryland physiographic provinces, describing characteristics and species of each.

o       How humans have shaped the Chesapeake Bay environment for hundreds of years.

o       How today’s citizens impact the health of the Bay.

 Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

 4.   What is the Status of Life in the Chesapeake Bay? (12:30 – 1:45)

Ned Tillman; ned@sustainable.us

 Speaker objectives:

o       Introduce participants to the historic and present ecosystem (flora and fauna) of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

o       Illustrate, with examples, what used to live there but can’t live there now.

o       Describe the current status of the bay

o       Explore, with examples, the potential, resources, and limits of the Chesapeake Bay's capacity to clean itself.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain, in layman’s terms:

o       The main species in the area and their relative health and importance to us all.

o       The impact of population growth on the Bay and in the watershed.

 Q & A (1:45 – 2:00)

 Break (2:00 – 2:15)

 5.   Field Trip along the Patapsco River (2:15 – 4:15) with Ned Tillman

 Speaker objectives:

o       Show participants examples of important geologic aspects of Howard County.

o       Illustrate the soils of Howard County.

o       Illustrate the integrated nature of all things on the health of our environment.

As a result, participants will be able to explain

o       How geologic events shaped our county.

o       How our soils have been used, conserved and degraded

o       Our impacts on our environment

6th Class, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Elkridge


Chesapeake Bay Watershed (cont.)


1.   Daily Update with ELL Coordinators (8:45 – 9:00)

 2.   Status 2017: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay (9:00 – 9:50)

Anna Mudd, Maryland Grassroots Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; amudd@cbf.org

 Speaker objectives:

o       Review key points in the history of Chesapeake Bay environmental decline.

o       Review latest Report Card and highlight actions needed to restore Bay health.

o       Discuss the current USEPA emphasis on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and how this emphasis might impact Maryland citizens.

o       Discuss actions that citizens can take to “Save the Bay”

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       Current issues affecting the environmental health of the Bay.

o       What is meant by the “diet for the Bay” and how this might affect Marylanders.

o       What individuals can do to “Save the Bay”

 Q & A (9:50 – 10:05)

 3.   Improving Water Quality through Land Conservation and Stewardship in the Chesapeake Watershed (10:05 – 10:30)

Jennifer Herzog, Chesapeake Program Manager, Land Trust Alliance, jmillerherzog@lta.org

 Speaker objectives:

o       Introduce the new Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative.

o       Discuss opportunities to protect and enhance water quality through land conservation and stewardship.

o       Share examples of new projects that reduce pollution and improve water quality on protected land.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

 o       Why land conservation is important for water quality, as well as other values.

o       How land conservation organizations and landowners can make a greater contribution to improving water quality.

o       How individuals can support land conservation.


Break (10:30– 10:45)

 Howard County’s Environmental Status I: Watershed Issues

 4.   Patuxent River (10:45 – 11:45)

Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Riverkeeper and CEO;


 Speaker objective:

o       Describe the Patuxent River and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, through its history (especially human activities), water quality, biodiversity and restoration efforts.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       The areas that make up the Patuxent River watershed and how the river has changed over time, especially the last 400 years.

o       How what people do upstream affects people and natural resources downstream.

o       How one or two key restoration efforts could improve the river’s water quality.

 Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

 5.   Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water (12:30 – 1:30)

John McCoy, Watershed Manager, Columbia Association; John.McCoy@ColumbiaAssociation.org

 Speaker objectives:

o       Briefly describe Howard County’s watersheds

o       Explore how urbanization and impervious cover affect the watershed.

o       Review the water cycle and how humans have changed it

o       Describe storm water issues in Howard County

o       Discuss examples of how small groups or individuals can alleviate these problems, especially on private property.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       What a watershed is

o       Why storm water runoff is an environmental problem that must be managed.

o       Some simple actions that individuals and communities can take to reduce storm-water runoff.

 Q & A (1:30 – 1:45)

 Break (1:45 – 2:00)

 6.   Field Trip: Howard County Watershed Problems and Solutions (2:00 – 4:00)

John McCoy, Watershed Manager, Columbia Association; John.McCoy@ColumbiaAssociation.org

 Speaker objectives

o       Lead participants to several sites that demonstrate solutions for SWM problems, such as downspout diversions, conservation landscapes and rain gardens.

o       Discuss examples of storm water runoff solutions

o       Encourage stewards to look upstream from project.

o       Discuss how to encourage residents to work toward better SWM practices on their properties.


As a result, each participant will be able to:

o       Discuss solutions to several SWM problems.

o       Discuss why chosen practices sometimes fail.

o       Identify how the soil affects the SWM practice.