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FSU Offers Free Information Sessions on Sustainability as Part of Focus Frostburg
04/05/2012

Sustainability and living green will the focus themes of Focus Frostburg, Frostburg State University’s daylong teach-in, on Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lane University Center. Featuring numerous 50-minute presentations to choose from each hour by FSU faculty and guest speakers, the event is free and open to the public.

Focus Frostburg is designed to be an informative day of educational activities for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. FSU also welcomes students from ecology and environmental clubs at area high schools.

Presentations include a variety of topics, such as an FSU student energy audit, stewardship and sustainability from a spiritual standpoint, global meat consumption, the Western Maryland regional food system, biodegradable plastics, preserving outdoor recreation for future generations, Marcellus Shale gas development in Western Maryland, the role of deer hunting in sustainable management and conservation, salt pollution and contamination and many more. There will be a wide variety of environmental issues discussed, ranging from possible solutions to some of the major problems of sustainability to climate change. Presentation speakers include professors, staff, students and club members from several departments of FSU.

Some presentation topics include “Sustainable Energy Systems,” including the surge of solar installations in the region; “The Quest for Sustainable Communities,” involving the links between urban form, suburbanization and sustainable planning; and “Forever Green: Sustainable Burials,” showing how green burials are becoming increasingly popular. Other presentation titles include “Renewable Energy Projects at FSU,” about the wind and solar energy projects that have been developed at FSU; “Climate Change Denial: The Case for and the Consequences,” involving the three sides of climate change: deniers, skeptics and reasonably certain; and “Why Should I Be Green,” exploring how one person impacts the world.

Various environmental displays will be on hand throughout the day in the first and second floor lobbies of the Lane University Center.

The annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Poster Contest will be held completely online this year. To view and vote for student-created environmental posters, or for other information about Focus Frostburg, visit www.facebook.com/frostburglglg. More information about Living Green, Learning Green at FSU is also available at www.frostburg.edu/lglg.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu