2013 Classes 7-8

7th Class, Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

University of Maryland Extension-Howard County, Ellicott City, MD


    Howard County’s Environmental Status II: County Government


1.   Daily Update with LLEI Coordinators (11:00 - 11:15)


            2.   County Government and the Environment


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 Environmental Sustainability (11:15 – 11:45)

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


b.   Department of Planning and Zoning (11:45 – 12:15)

Beth Burgess, Chief, Division of Resource Conservation;



Lunch (12:15 – 12:45)


   2.   County Government and the Environment (cont.)

    c.   Department of Recreation and Parks (12:45 – 1:15)

John Marshall, Chief, Parks & Program Services; jsmarshall@howardcountymd.gov


     d.   Department of Public Works (1:15 – 1:45)



Break (1:45 – 2:00)


The Challenge of Change


3.   How We Change Minds, Hearts, and Behavior – and Why It’s Not Easy.  (2:00 - 4:00)

Tracey Manning, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Center on Aging, 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.
A personal approach to becoming a change agent.

8th Class, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Myrtle Woods Farm (or Elkridge Assembly Hall)  - 6089 Lawyers Hill Rd, Elkridge, Md  21075


Celebration and Transition


1.  Agriculture in Howard County (11:00 – 12:00)

       Kathy Zimmerman, Agricultural Development Manager, Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA)


2.  Tour and Lunch at Myrtle Woods Farm (12:00 – 2:00)


3.  The World of the Nonprofit and Why Volunteer (2:00 – 3:00)

Cathy Hudson, Vice Chair, Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, 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.


4.  What’s Next? (3:00 – 4:00)

     Cathy Hudson and Audrey Suhr

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