Reading Assignments 2011

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 Homework page of HoLLIE’s website.

 For Class 1, Monday, January 31, 2011 

Volunteer Leadership: It Isn't what You Think, Tracey Manning

               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:

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

   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, Wednesday, February 2, 2011

HoLLIE Partners and Projects – Visit and browse all partners' websites:

               Climate Change Initiative of Howard County, Elizabeth Singer


               Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway,Betsy McMillion


               James and Anne Robinson Foundation, Marianne Pettis



                Howard County Conservancy, Meg Schumacher


               Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks,Cheryl Farfaras



               Howard County Public School System, Karen Learmouth



                University of Maryland Extension for Howard County, Christine Lothen-Kline



 For Class 3, Monday, February 7, 2011

(at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

Transformations: What Informed Citizens Know re. Environment

Tools & the State of Art in Earth Science


The Role of Satellites in Understanding the Earth System, &

   The NASA Aqua Satellite and Its Contributions to Earth Science and Applications"  Dr. Claire Parkinson

1.  (home page for the Aqua satellite mission)

               Land-based Hydrological Cycle, Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard




For Class 4, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Understanding the Science of Earth's Cycles, cont'd.

 Carbon Cycle, Dr. Forrest Hall

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:     

          Ocean Biological & Biochemical Processes,

            Bryan Franz & Jeremy Werdell

                        1. (general info)

                        2. (Franz papers)

                        3. (Werdell papers)

 Ice Sheets: Waking Giants, Dr. Robert Bindschadler




 Satellite View of Urganization, Climate Change, and Food Security,

   Dr. Marc Imhoff

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

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


For Class 5, Monday, February 14, 2011

Non-Positional Leadership: Leading Yourself, Influencing Others


Strengths-Based Volunteer Leadership: Leaving Environmental Legacy,

  Dr. Tracey Manning


Howard County Non Profits/Why I Volunteer, Cathy Hudson


Sustainability: Wht It Is and What It Could Look Like, Cathy Hudson


What Causes Environmental Impact, Dr. Sabrina Fu

               1.  Daily, G.C., Ehrlich, P. (1992). Population, sustainability, and earth’s carrying capacity. Bioscience 42, 761–771.

               2.  Ehrlich, P.R., Holdrens, J.P. (1971). The impact of population growth. Science, 171, 1212–1217.

               3.  Hardin, G. (1993). Living within limits. Oxford University Press: New York. (Book to peruse)

               4.  Schulze, P. C. (2002). I=PBAT. Ecological Economics, 40, 149-150.


For Class 6, Wednesday, February16, 2011

Humans -Earth Sciences Equation – Impacts


Our Responses to Climate Change, International & National Policies,

   Dr Nathan Hultman

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

US Domestic Legislation
Pew Center on Global Climate Change:


World Resources Institute:


Changing Life (Global to Local), Dr. Joseph Sullivan


Relationship Between Climate and Weather, John Simensky


Field Trip to StormCenter Communications, Inc., Dave Jones

               1. Browse website:


For Class 7, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Natural History


History and Current Physical Processes Impacting the Bay;

What is the Status of Life in the Chesapeake Bay?  and Geology and Soils of Howard County, Ned Tillman

               1. Ned Tillman (2009). The Chesapeake Watershed A Sense of Place and a Call to Action

For Class 8, Monday, February 28, 2011

Howard County's Environmental Status I: Watershed Issues and Efforts


Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water, Dr. Mark Southerland

                         1.  EPA,

2.  MDE,

               3.  Chesapeake Stormwater Network ,


Patapsco River, Tim Titus & Cathy Hudson




Patuxent River, Fred Tutman



For Class 9, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Human Impacts


Status 2011: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay, Terry Cummings

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


Effective Environmental Advocacy, Josua Feldmark


Smart Growth Principles and Initiatives in MD, Andrew Ratner

               1. State making little progress with Smart Growth, study says, Jan. 6, 2011, By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

               2. Indicators of Smart Growth in Maryland,  The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland, By Jason Sartori, Terry Moore and Gerrit Knaap, director, January 2011

                3. GROWING! GROWING! GONE!, The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth, By Tom Horton, Abell Foundation, August 2008

                4. Maryland's Second Generation of Smart Growth, American Planning Association, “Planning” magazine, By Sandra Olivetti Martin

                5. Plan Maryland: What Is It?


For Class 10, Monday, March 7, 2011

Howard County Environmental Status, II

Environmental Management


County Government and the Environment:

1. (Play around to become familiar with the Howard County Government website.)

          Office of Environmental Sustainability, Lindsay Demarzo,

               2.  Howard County Environmental Management Report from the Ho. Co. Commission on the Environment & Sustainability,

        Select "Commission Report" on a side tab marked 2007 (Office of Environmental Sustainability                                   and the new board).


   Department of Planning and Zoning, Susan Overstreet


            Department of Recreation and Parks, Mark Rabb


    Department of Public Works, Mark Richmond


     Columbia Assn (CA) and Watershed Management, John McCoy


     Agriculture and the Environment, Denise Sharp at Waterford Farm



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


For Class 11, Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Organinzations, People and Change

 On Becoming a Change Agent, and Applying Change Principles,

 Finding Common Ground in Environmental Change: Taking Cultural Differences in Stride, Dr. Sabrina Fu

               1  Price, M. Changing behaviors by degrees. American Psychological Association, 39(3), 48. Retrieved from

               2.  Gertner, J. (2009, April 19). Why isn't the brain green? New York Times Magazine, 39-43.

               3.  Guerin, D., Crete, J. & Mercier, J. (2001, June). A multilevel analysis of the determinants of recycling behavior in the European countries. Social Science Research, 30(2), 195-218. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from ScienceDirect.

               4.  Oskamp, S. (2000). Psychological contributions to achieving an ecologically sustainable future for humanity. Journal of Social Issues, 56(3) 373-390. (general information on author and reports)

               5.  Stuart Oskamp, et. Al. (1991, July). Factors influencing household recycling behavior. Environment and Behavior,23(4), 494-519. Retrieved January 6, 2011, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

               6.  Valle, P.O.D., Rebelo, E., Reis, E. & Menezes, J. (2005, May). Combining behavioral theories to predict recycling involvement. Environment And Behavior, 37(3), 364-396. Retrieved August 18, 2008, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

               7.  Welte, T.H.L. & Anastasio, P.A. (2010). To conserve or not to conserve: Is status the question?. Environment and Behavior,42(6), 845-863. Retrieved January 6, 2011, from Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

               8.  Zelezny, L.C. (2000). Elaborating on Gender Difference in Environmentalism. Journal of Social Issues, 56(3) 443-457.


For Class 12, Monday, March 14,

Transition to Service: Putting It All Together

 New on the Job: Culture Crisis Time, Dr. Tracey Manning

               No reading, but think about lessons learned from past experiences in a new job

 Fostering Teamwork and Collaboration Between Partners and Legacy Leaders, Dr. Tracey Manning

 Early Spring Guided Walk, Audrey Suhr, Florence Miller, Al Burgoon

            1.  Browse website: 

            2.  Savor the books assigned by Justine Schaeffer for the nature walk on Day 1.

            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.