Press Release

The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE) is recruiting the 2011 class of Legacy Leaders for intensive environmental training and volunteer placement.  An open Information Session will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center,10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, Md 21044.

The partner environmental organizations include the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Howard County Public School System, the Howard County Conservancy, University of Maryland Extension  Howard County, the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County, The Friends of the Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway, and The James and Anne Robinson Foundation. High-impact field placement roles include environmental education program coordination, planning and implementation; retired teachers and scientists are encouraged to apply.  There is a $50 course fee.

Beginning Monday, January 31, 2010, six weeks of classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be followed by a mentored field placement of 150 hours from March through September 2011. 

Earth System scientists will explain the how and what of climate change globally and locally.  Policy makers and leaders of environmental organizations will explore regional history and geography, regulation and environmental cost-benefit issues and consequences to ecological systems, including humans.  Regional and local environmental experts will examine environmental sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay and Howard County.

The first HoLLIE class graduated on September 30, 2009 and Legacy Leaders continue to volunteer with Howard County organizations.  For more information, or to get an application, contact Coordinators Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper, 410-381-5279 or Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232.  Both can be reached at