Reading Assignments

Reading Assignments 2010 


Adults generally learn more easily when new information is processed into their framework of knowledge and experience.  We believe you will get the most out of the HoLLIE curriculum if you read the materials, which the faculty have suggested, prior to their presentations.  Where possible, assignments are accessed electronically – it is easiest to utilize links on the reading assignment's page of HoLLIE’s website.   (below)



For Class 1, Tuesday, January 19


Introduction to Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE)


Tracey Manning, Ph.D.: Volunteer Leadership: It Isn’t What You Think!

Post class reading:  Resource articles on increasing leadership by unlearning inhibiting assumptions:

1.        Heifetz, R. A. & Laurie, D. L. (2001). The work of leadership. Harvard Business Review, 79(11), 131-141.  Preview available online at:

2.        Collins, J. (December 2003). Leadership lessons of a rock climber. Fast Company, 77.  Available online (with gorgeous pictures) at:

3.        McCrimmon, M. (2005). The seven deadly sins of leadership. Available online at:

4.        McCrimmon, M. (December 8, 2008). Why is it so hard to differentiate leadership from management?  Fast Company. Available online at:

Resources articles for additional study:

1.        McCroskey, S. (August 14, 2008). The Leadership Challenge – for Educational Administrators. Academic Leadership Live, 6(3). Available online at:

2.        The Leadership Challenge – Kouzes and Posner’s five practices applied to student life, with action planning questions. Available at:


Justine Schaeffer: The Wonder of Nature – Why What We Do Matters – Conversation and Guided Winter Nature Walk

                    3 great books – enjoy this reading when you can.   

1.        Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, by Doulas W. Tallamy.  2007. Timber Press.  A wonderful explanation of why our gardens are critically important to maintaining biodiversity in North America.

2.        Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History by Mark S. Garland. 1997. Smithsonian Institution.  A guide to seasonal changes in nature.

3.        There’s a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm’s Story by Gary Larson. 1998. HarperCollins Publishers. An entertaining but cogent story related to the importance of science in environmental advocacy by the creator of Far Side.


For Class 2, Thursday, January 21


HoLLIE Partners and Projects: The Big Picture


Meg Schumacher: Howard County Conservancy



Betsy McMillion: Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway



 Elizabeth Singer: Climate Change Initiative of Howard County



Karen Learmouth: Howard County Public School System



Marianne Pettis: James and Anne Robinson Foundation




Cheryl Farfaras: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks



Christine Lothen-Kline: University of Maryland Cooperative Extension/Howard County





For Class 3, Tuesday, January 26 (at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)


Understanding the Science of Earth’s Cycles


Christa Peters-Lidard, Ph.D.: Land-based Hydrological Cycle




Understanding the Tools and Art in Earth Science


Claire Parkinson, Ph.D.: Satellites and the NASA AQUA Satellite Contributions

               Dr. Claire Parkinson

1.  (home page for the Aqua satellite mission)


For Class 4, Thursday, January 28 (at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)


Understanding the Science of Earth’s Cycles


Forrest Hall, Ph.D.: Carbon Cycle

1.  Click on Feature Articles.  For the carbon cycle, click on “land” or use the search engine to explore any of the areas being discussed.

2.        Optional extra articles associated with Forrest Hall:


Gene Feldman, Ph.D.: Ocean Biological & Biochemical Processes

1.   (bio with project links)


    (a little background material)                         


Robert Bindschadler, Ph.D.: Ice Sheets: Waking Giants





Marc Imhoff, Ph.D.: Gray Wave of the Great Transformation

 1.  (Select a couple of articles of interest.)

2.  (Select a couple of articles of interest.)


For Class 5, Tuesday, February 2


Earth System Science with Humans in the Equation


Michael Kearney, Ph.D.: Weather Hazards: Drought, Floods, Hurricanes




For Class 6, Thursday, February 4

Earth System Science with Humans in the Equation


Nathan Hultman, Ph.D.: Our Responses to Climate Change, International & National Policies

International Programs
1.  Pew Center on Global Climate Change:
2.  World Resources Institute:

US Domestic Legislation
Pew Center on Global Climate Change: 3..
World Resources Institute:


For Class 7, Tuesday, February 9


 Ned Tillman: Environmental History of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

1.        Chesapeake Bay Program - About the Bay

2.        Life in the Chesapeake Bay by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson


For Class 8, Thursday, February 11


Watershed Issues and Efforts

Tom Schueler, Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water




Robin Melton: Patapsco River




Fred Tutman: Patuxent River,



For Class 9, Tuesday, February 16


The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Understanding the Human Impact on the Watershed

Andrew Ratner: Smart Growth Principles and Initiatives in Maryland,



3.  (Other articles on this site, optional.)


and one PDF attached to this word document at end


Terry Cummings; History of Political Action in Restoring the Bay

                     1.  Tom Horton, The Ravaging Tide   (Read when you have time)


For Class 10, Thursday, February 18


Environmental Management


 Howard County Government and the Environment

1.. (Play around to become familiar with

                    the Howard County Government website.)


Lindsay DiMarzo: Office of Environmental Sustainability



Susan Overstreet: Department of Planning and Zoning, 1.


Mark Rabb: Department of Recreation and Parks



Mark Richmond: Department of Public Works



Sean Harbaugh: Home Owner Associations & the Environment/ Columbia Assn



Denise Sharp: Agriculture and the Environment



                  3. Skim or savor if time allows: Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


For Class 11, Tuesday, February 23

Sue Robison:  On Becoming a Change Agent

                1.  Prochaska & DiClemente. Stages of change from UCLA Center for Human Nutrition 



 For Class 12, Thursday, February 25


Audrey Suhr: Early Spring Guided Walk,


                2.  Savor the books assigned by Justine Schaeffer for the nature walk on Day 5.

                3.  Enjoy the outdoors every day; find something you’ve never seen before – and for

                     reading, carry a Sibley, Peterson, or Audubon field guide in your pack.


PDF from Andrew Ratner

'Social engineering' in the suburbs



transfer of a fraction of public housing from Baltimore to the counties is that it's "social  engineering;"  That broadside discounts the immense role government has played in shaping the

suburbs, as if they were settled by rugged homesteaders on wagon trains. Without the $2.5  billion invested in highway expansion in this region alone the past 15 years, plus billions more for water and sewer systems and other infrastructure, the bedroom communities that have mushroomed-in— places like Bel Air and Westminster and Odenton would not exist. If highway building isn't "social engineering" — the term Rep. Bob Ehrlich and others use to attack the shift of subsidized rental units from city to suburb — it is assuredly engineering with a profound social impact.  President Dwight Eisenhower launched the U.S. interstate system in the mid-1950s to speed commerce and travel. Unwittingly, it also eroded the cities, sometimes by plowing through urban neighborhoods, but also by exacerbating a society of haves and have-nots.

If you reside in the suburbs, take the long way home from work one evening — when not forced to do so by an overturned 18-wheeler.  After your slow (if picturesque) ride on country roads, you may come to realize that government is as responsible for the places we live as any  individual's "work ethic."  You'll also get a good history lesson, because old roads, like age rings on a tree, tell the story of growth in Central Maryland.  One such journey might follow Route 7, also known as Philadelphia Road, from the city to Bel Air. It was the old colonial post road, later superseded by U.S. 40, which itself became outmoded by 1-95, the superhighway President Kennedy inaugurated in Maryland a week before he was assassinated. 


The long way home Out of East Baltimore, you'll pick up Route 7 heading east.


Mile 1: Over there on your left is Hollander Ridge, the public-housing towers that loom over the confluence of 1-95 and 1-895. Some claim former Mayor William Donald Schaefer had it built at the city line to tweak county officials who refused to build public housing.  The complex was  again a source of friction recently when city housing officials left a gap in a fence around the property, which residents in Rosedale blamed for increased crime.


Mile 3: On your right is Golden Ring, among the early suburban malls. Just as it undid downtown retailing, the glitzier White Marsh Mall clobbered it after opening in 1981 just up the interstate.


Mile 6: A "power center" of huge warehouse stores is a-building—a new Bigfoot that'.s come to compete in the suburban market.


Mile 7: You begin seeing road signs of villages that now barely exist, whistle-stops hopscotched by superhighways and sprawl: Nottingham, Loreley, Van Bibber.


Mile 14: We come to Ted Kaczynski's cabin? No, but a ramshackle hovel with gingham curtains and a big sign out front, "Get US out of the United Nations," seems a reminder of how far we've traveled from the city. No, we're not in Baltimore anymore, Toto.  Yet the highways and dense suburban housing seem to have narrowed the gap.


Mile 17: Welcome to Abingdon, ground-zero for Harford County's double-digit growth the past decade.  Could thousands of families make a home here if they had to travel a Route 7 daily? Not likely.  Government created this place, as much as it made public housing.  And, not coincidentally, government is rethinking both those decisions: U.S. Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros wants more livable subsidized housing, while Gov. Parris Glendening wants to invest

in older communities to discourage continued sprawl,. So when someone next decries 'social engineering," the criticism may strike closer to home than you think,


Andrew Ratner is ''director of zoned editorials for The Sun.



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