2017 Classes 7-8

7th Class, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Elkridge


Howard County’s Environmental Status II: County Government

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

 2.   County Government and the Environment (9:15 – 12:30)

Speakers’ collective objectives:

o       Introduce participants to County Offices, Departments, Bureaus and Divisions that work on environmental issues.

o       Describe what the county government is doing to protect the environment.

o       Describe the challenges the county government faces in reaching its environmental goals.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       How the Howard County government manages its environmental responsibilities.

o       How the departments or offices responsible for these functions achieve their goals.

 a.   Office of Community Sustainability (9:15 – 10:15)

Lindsay DeMarzo, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability; LDemarzo@howardcountymd.gov

 b.   Department of Planning and Zoning (10:15 – 11:15)

Beth Burgess, Chief, Division of Resource Conservation;


 Break (11:15 – 11:30)

 c.   Department of Public Works (11:30 – 12:30)

Mark DeLuca, Deputy Director, Department of Public Works and Chief,  Bureau of Environmental Services; mdeluca@howardcountymd.gov

 Lunch (12:30 – 1:15)

 Making a Difference, Together

 3.  Sustainability: What It Is and What It Could Look Like (1:15 – 2:00)

Cathy Hudson, former Vice Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, cmhudson@comcast.net

 Speaker objectives:

o       Define concept of sustainability from different perspectives.

o       Discuss ways an individual might move toward sustainable living.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       Why the concept of sustainability is important for society.

o       How decisions by individuals contribute to sustainability.

 Break (2:00 – 2:15)

 4.   Effective Environmental Advocacy (2:15 – 4:00)

Joshua D. Feldmark, Resource Evolution; Howard Eco Works; josh.feldmark@gmail.com.

 Speaker objectives:

o       Describe how to be an effective advocate for the environment in a variety of situations.

o       Illustrate, by example, the use of such skills.


As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       How to be an effective advocate for the environment to a variety of audiences

8th Class, Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Elkridge

 Land Use

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

 2.   The Environment and Human Health (9:15 – 10:15)

Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility; twhitehouse@psr.org

 Speaker objectives: Describe the relationship between human health and the environment.

o       Describe current policy discussions that address adverse impacts on human health, including energy policies, food systems policies, and restrictions on toxic chemicals and pesticides.

o       Illustrate how current local and regional practices impact the health of vulnerable populations, such as children or the elderly, low income communities, and communities of color.

o       Discuss the hidden health costs of pollution and exposures to toxics.

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

o      Why climate change is a public health issue.

o      The threats to health, due to air pollution, water contamination, certain industrial practices, energy policy, and toxics policy.

o       Actions individuals can take to influence the public, and policy-makers, to take steps to reduce pollution and work toward a better quality of life.

 Q & A (10:15 – 10:30)

 Break (10:30 – 10:45)

 3.  Agriculture in Howard County (10:45 – 11:45)

Kathy L. Johnson Agricultural Development Manager, Howard County Economic Development Authority; KLJohnson@hceda.org

 Speaker objectives:

o      Present an overview of farming in Howard County, with an emphasis on the status of local food production.

o      Describe the county programs to protect farmland.

o      Discuss how local farmers are adapting to change in the county, e.g., how they work to maintain their farms in the face of development options.

 As a result, participants will:

o       Be able to describe the current status of farming in Howard County

o       Know some of the ways the county government protects farmland.

o       Understand the importance to the environment of “eating local”

 Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 Lunch (12:00– 12:30)

 Transition and Celebration

 4.   Developing and Deploying Your Leadership Strengths to Make a Difference (12:301:45)

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

 Speaker objectives:

o       Process participants’ personal best leadership experiences in the context of a transformational leadership model and research.

o       Help participants recognize and claim their transformational leadership strengths.

o       Aid participants to see how their strengths apply to non-positional leadership for the environment.

 As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o       Five key transformational leadership practices and their consequences for individuals and groups.

o       From their own experience, their transformational leadership strengths and likely impact.

o       How they could use their transformational leadership strengths to make an environmental difference.

 5.  Class Feedback andWhat’s Next for ELL Graduates?” (1:45 – 2:45)

Cathy Hudson and Audrey Suhr, ELL Coordinators

 Speaker objectives:

o      Provide an overview of environmental involvement after ELL

o      Elicit feedback from course participants (e.g., what was new, exciting (or not); what should we keep or discard?)

 As a result, participants will be able to:

o       Chart a personal course in environmental awareness and activism

 6.  Travel and Tour of Myrtle Woods Farm, Elkridge (2:45 – 3:45)

Cathy Hudson, Howard County Farmer

 Speaker objectives:

o      Provide an overview of local sustainable farming practices in the midst of Elkridge

o      Explain why such farms are important for our future.

 As a result, participants will be able to describe:

o       Advantages of local food sources

o       How to find these resources