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2014 UMCES Truitt Environmental Award, September 30th, 2014

Thank you, Don Boesch, for your friendship and leadership. It is a tremendous honor to accept this award named in honor of the great Reginald Truitt whose pioneering work on the living systems of the Bay ushered in a new era of awareness in our thinking. To Dr. Truitt’s daughter, Trudy Guthrie, and all the  Read the Rest…

A Cleaner, Greener and More Prosperous Future, September 16th, 2014

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to climate change, extreme weather, and sea-level rise. So combating climate change isn’t just good for the life in our ecosystems, it’s necessary for our future prosperity and livelihood. If we’re going to carry Maryland forward, we need to be  Read the Rest…

Protecting Maryland’s Blue Crabs, July 30th, 2014

I say, “Maryland.” You say, “Crabs.” Few things dial up an instant connection to our home state like a pile of steamed crabs, hot to the touch and dusted with Old Bay, spread across a table covered with brown paper. Surrounded by friends and family with the Orioles game providing the soundtrack—you could be somewhere  Read the Rest…

Manufacturing a Stronger, More Sustainable Future, June 5th, 2014

This week, I had the opportunity to address a group of over 200 Maryland manufacturers on the topic of energy efficiency– and the great strides we’re making together as a State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy, and drive down energy consumption. This group of innovators is at the forefront of an era  Read the Rest…

Celebrating Maryland Green Schools, May 30th, 2014

This has been a productive year for our state’s teachers and students in environmental education and today we honor our progress while looking to the future. Earlier today, I joined students and educators at the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s Green School Youth Summit, held in Sandy Point State Park. This event gave us  Read the Rest…

Join us for Bike to Work Day, May 29th, 2014

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day, an annual event organized by the League of American Bicyclists to promote biking as a real alternative for commuting to work.  Bike to Work Day is the primary event of National Bike Month, established in 1956 by the League to draw attention to the many benefits of cycling. On  Read the Rest…

University of Maryland, College Park – 2014 Commencement Address, May 22nd, 2014

To Love the World: University of Maryland, College Park – 2014 Commencement Address College Park, Maryland Introduction Ms. Ferguson, thank you for your very generous and thoughtful introduction. President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland’s flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher  Read the Rest…

Bringing Back Maryland’s Oysters, April 28th, 2014

Our native oyster is critical to the Bay’s ecology and the State’s economy.  Sadly, this essential filter feeder and seafood industry superstar has languished at 1 percent of its historic population for decades, decimated by overfishing, habitat degradation and disease. But today there is new hope for the beleaguered mollusk.  In 2010 under Governor Martin  Read the Rest…

Smart and Sustainable Growth, April 25th, 2014

Earth Week is a perfect time to think about how and where we grow in Maryland. Our growth can work for us or against us.  If we are thoughtful and strategic about how and where we grow, we can rebuild, revitalize, and create great neighborhoods and wonderful economic opportunities close to home. But without good  Read the Rest…

Act on Climate and Help Us All Breathe Easier, April 24th, 2014

Climate change and climate disruption are real — 97 percent of climate scientists agree. As Marylanders, we believe that we do better when we embrace and acknowledge the science, the truth and the reality of our situation. We know that we must be willing to stand up for what we believe in and work together  Read the Rest…