Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2014
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University of Maryland, College Park
ER-16: Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.24 / 10.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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The number of faculty members engaged in sustainability research:
185

The total number of faculty members engaged in research:
1,744

Names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:
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Brief descriptions of up to 4 recent notable accomplishments by faculty engaged in sustainability research, including names and department affiliations:

1) Adjunct Professor César Izaurralde of the Department of Geographical
Sciences and Ph.D. candidate Ritvik Sahajpal published a groundbreaking
study, titled “Sustainable bioenergy production from marginal lands in
the US Midwest,” in a recent issue of Nature, that outlines how marginal
lands - those deemed unsuitable for food crops - can be used to
generate alternative energy fuels by the growth of grasses and non-woody
plants (“biomass”) that thrive naturally.

2) Dr. Nathan Hultman—Director of the Environmental Policy Program,
Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and member of the
Joint Global Change Research Institute—and his co-authors were awarded
the Best Comparative International Paper Award for 2011 from the
Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Conference. Their
paper, “Factors in Low-Carbon Energy Transformations: Comparing Nuclear
and Bioenergy in Brazil, Sweden, and the United States” found that
public policies and regulations were powerful motivators to accelerate
development and adoption of new clean energy technologies.

3) Dr. Paul Leisnham, assistant professor in the Department of
Environmental Science and Technology, is serving as the lead for a
University of Maryland research team that was recently awarded a
competitive grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an
innovative proposal designed to help local communities tackle stormwater
and reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. The research team includes
research faculty and graduate students from the School of Agriculture
and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension, the School of
Public Health, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

4) Dr. George Hurtt, Director of Research and Professor in the
Department of Geographical Sciences, was named Science Team Leader for
NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). The CMS Science Team is
responsible for providing broad research community involvement in the
development and evaluation of NASA CMS products; coordinating their
NASA-funded CMS activities to ensure maximum returns for science,
management, and policy; and providing scientific, technical, and
policy-relevant inputs to help set priorities and directions for future
NASA CMS activities.


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