On a recent Friday, representatives of UMBC, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gathered in UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery and pledged to work together to diversify and advance environmental science. Continue Reading Working to diversify and advance environmental science, UMBC, USGS and EPA sign new agreement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has funded Urban Integrated Field Laboratories in three American cities (including Baltimore) to generate resilience-enhancing solutions to urban climate challenges in collaboration with community organizations. “What we want to try to do is partner with the communities to come up with solutions to these climate impact problems,” Claire Welty say, “and then what we’re bringing to the table are our tools to implement that.” Continue Reading UMBC to co-lead new Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative with $2.3M grant
UMBC is leading an eight-institution effort to improve our understanding of Earth’s critical zone (from bedrock to treetops) in urban contexts. Most critical zone research happens in more pristine wilderness areas, because the added effects of urban processes make the research more complicated. But, Welty says, “that’s the most interesting part.” Continue Reading Bedrock to treetops: NSF awards $4.8M to urban environment study led by UMBC’s Claire Welty
Under lucrative arrangements, states are increasingly leasing prisoners to private corporations to harvest food for American consumers. Continue Reading Convicts Are Returning to Farming—Anti-Immigrant Policies Are the Reason
“More than half of the world’s population lives in cities,” says Chris Swan, “and understanding how these environments function from the natural, physical and social science perspectives has never been more important.” Continue Reading Twenty years of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: An icon of urban ecology research
Stu Schwartz’s work with the Maryland State Highway Administration was recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials as a 2016 “Sweet 16” project. Continue Reading Innovative soil project offers new approach to sustainable landscaping by giving roots room to grow
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, and nonprofits can improve sustainability policies and programs. It also emphasized how a broad range of perspectives is needed to effectively assess and address environmental concerns. This isn’t news to Claire Welty, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering and director of UMBC’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education. Welty is the associate director of research for the Urban… Continue Reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation
CUERE Seminar presents Dr. John M. Sharp, Jr. from the National Science Foundation and University of Texas. His talk will be on “Effects of urbanization on shallow hydrogeolic systems.” Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the TRC Building room 206.
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.
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.
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
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