UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Local sustainability researchers and thought leaders took center stage on October 16, 2015, at a forum for urban sustainability in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC’s School of Public Policy. The forum was designed to examine how collaborations among government agencies, companies, … Continue reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

CUERE Seminar: Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter (4/24)

CUERE Seminar Series presents Dr. Chris Hennigan with UMBC’s Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering Department and his talk on “Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter in Denver, CO during DISCOVER-AQ.” Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the TRC Building room 206. Continue reading CUERE Seminar: Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter (4/24)

CUERE Seminar: Turning our Waste into Energy: Anaerobic Digestion and Microbial Fuel Cells (4/17)

CUERE Seminar presents Dr. Stephanie Lansing with the Environmental Science and Technology Department at University of Maryland College Park. Her talk will be on “Turning our Waste into Energy: Anaerobic Digestion and Microbial Fuel Cells.” Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm in TRC Building room 206. Continue reading CUERE Seminar: Turning our Waste into Energy: Anaerobic Digestion and Microbial Fuel Cells (4/17)

Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, on the Marc Steiner Show

On December 17, Stuart Schwartz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) was a guest on the Marc Steiner Show. Schwartz discussed his latest research which uses a kind of Asian radish “This radish can grow to the size of something between a fat carrot and an egg plant,” says Schwartz to Steiner. “It’s able to penetrate pretty compacted soils,” adds Schwartz. And says Schwartz, “We’ve been looking at compacted soils in Baltimore because that creates a lot of runoff.” Planting these radishes on vacant lots, says Schwartz, is a natural low cost … Continue reading Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, on the Marc Steiner Show

Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, in the Baltimore Sun and TakePart

Radishes: They’re not just for salad anymore. In fact, they may be useful for controlling runoff into the Chesapeake. Stuart Schwartz, senior scientist with UMBC’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, spoke with Tim Wheeler, an environmental reporter for The Baltimore Sun, for Wheeler’s article, “Radishes get tryout as runoff fighters.” Wheeler writes: “City and most suburban soil is badly in need of aeration, Schwartz said. He and other researchers have found that even grass-covered ground, just below the surface, is often as dense and impermeable as concrete. Anything heavier than a light rain runs off, washing fertilizer, organic … Continue reading Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, in the Baltimore Sun and TakePart

Chris Hennigan, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, Lectures on Aerosols in Atmosphere (10/26)

The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) welcomes  Dr. Chris Hennigan, Associate Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, as guest for the seminar “Closing the Gap on Missing Sources of Organic Aerosol in the Atmosphere” this Friday, October 26th. The seminar is the latest for CUERE’s Fall 2012 Seminar Series, which has been held annually since 2003. It begins at 2 PM, and will be hosted in Room 206 of the Technology Research Center, and is free and open to the public. Continue reading Chris Hennigan, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, Lectures on Aerosols in Atmosphere (10/26)

UMCP’s Christopher Ellis Lectures on Landscape Architecture (10/19)

The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) welcomes  Dr. Christopher Ellis, Associate Professor of Plant Science an Land Architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park as guest for the seminar “Landscape Performance: Measuring Benefits of Designed Communities” this Friday, October 19th. The seminar is the latest for CUERE’s Fall 2012 Seminar Series, which has been held annually since 2003. It begins at 2 PM, and will be hosted in Room 206 of the Technology Research Center, and is free and open to the public. Continue reading UMCP’s Christopher Ellis Lectures on Landscape Architecture (10/19)

Northeastern’s James Connolly to Lecture on Urban Ecosystems in New York (10/12)

The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) welcomes  Dr. James Connolly, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Northeastern University, as guest for the seminar “Organizing Urban Ecosystem Governance through Environmental Stewardship in New York City” this Friday, October 12th. The seminar is the latest for CUERE’s Fall 2012 Seminar Series, which has been held annually since 2003. It begins at 2 PM, and will be hosted in Room 206 of the Technology Research Center, and is free and open to the public.  Continue reading Northeastern’s James Connolly to Lecture on Urban Ecosystems in New York (10/12)

Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, Chesapeake Bay Journal

In the October, 2012 issue of the Chesapeake Bay Journal Karl Blankenship writes: “Farmers in the Potomac headwaters will get help restoring stream buffers that improve coldwater fish habitat. Landowners in Pennsylvania’s Franklin County will be encouraged to convert turf to forest. And on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, workers will remove a dam and restore floodplains to open 13 miles of high-quality habitat for imperiled river herring and American eel populations.” Blankenship goes on: “Some projects go beyond restoration and seek ways to accelerate the implementation of runoff controls. For instance, a $324,000 project by the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education … Continue reading Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, Chesapeake Bay Journal

Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education Receives Grant

The Baltimore Sun reported on August 28th the awarding of grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) totalling $9.2-million with the aim of “planting trees, restoring wetlands, installing rain gardens” and undertaking other projects to improve the condition of the Chesapeake Bay area. Among the organizations awarded was UMBC’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE). The center received $324,000 and according to reporter Tim Wheeler will collaborate with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) on runoff controls like pervious concrete and a practice called subsoiling, where ground … Continue reading Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education Receives Grant