We celebrated Earth Week at the University of Maryland, Baltimore by volunteering our time for sustainability! Here's a recap:
Students, faculty, and staff attended the film screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s 2009 award-winning documentary, Home, on Earth Day, April 22. The film shows a visually stunning perspective of the world we live in and what is at stake if we continue consuming as we do. A sustainably sourced dinner also was provided.
April 23 UM shuttle Focus Groups
The UM shuttle has served more than 50,000 students, faculty, and staff since its inaugural run in August 2012. Fellow riders contributed ideas about routes, accessibility, and safety during the UM shuttle Focus Groups in the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center Elm Ballrooms.
April 25 Storm Drain Stenciling
University students, faculty, and staff, in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, painted storm drain stencils around the SMC Campus Center on April 25. The stencils, located on Penn Street between Lombard and Pratt streets, educate the campus community that trash thrown into storm drains flows directly into the Chesapeake Bay with messages like “A Healthy Harbor Starts Here” and “Storm Drains Are Only for Rain.”
Pictured from left to right: School of Medicine student Ratnakar Potla; Kathryn Turner, Office of Campus Life; and Terry Morse, Sustainability Steering Committee.
April 26 Real Food Farm Workday
University students and staff volunteered with Real Food Farm on April 26. Volunteers created an erosion-protected swale to drain fields without polluting the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater runoff will be limited/filtered by rocks, burlap, fescue, plants, and an erosion blanket.
Pictured from left to right: Nicole Derr and Abigail Ratcliff, School of Pharmacy; Pamela Crowe and Mary Alice Hohing, Sustainability Steering Committee; School of Medicine student Leah Couture; Clare Banks (with her daughter), Patricia Fanning and Tracy Gnadinger, Office of Communications and Public Affairs; and School of Dentistry student Andrew LePine.
May 2 Plant a Tree
Members of UM Go Green and first-grade students at Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS), located in West Baltimore, planted apple and peach trees (provided by the Baltimore Orchard Project and TreeBaltimore) in the school’s front yard. Southwest Baltimore Charter partners with the CLUB UMB Mentoring and Youth Leadership Program, an initiative of the University’s President’s Outreach Council.
Pictured: Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of community partnerships and strategic initiatives in the Office of Government and Community Affairs, and SBCS first-graders talk tree care and maintenance.
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