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January 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: How to Recycle More and Recycle Right

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

In the kickoff lecture of the SERC 2020 Earth Optimism Lecture Series, Richard Bowen, the recycling program manager for Anne Arundel County, will answer questions about what can and can't be recycled in the county and break down the different services the county offers to help residents recycle more effectively. Come get an inside look at what happens to the items we throw out. Can't make the talk? Visit Anne Arundel County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division for more info on how to recycle…

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Webinar: Throwing Shade: Heat Islands, Public Health, and Clean Water

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cities like Richmond, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C. are full of asphalt parking lots, roads, and brick buildings whose hard, dark surfaces absorb the sun’s heat. With trapped heat and less trees and green spaces, these cities get hot. Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Chief Scientist of the Science Museum of Virginia, as he discusses his research on the urban heat island effect and recommendations on how policymakers can both improve the health of city residents while…

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Teaching the Chesapeake: Lessons from the Last Half-Century

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series A discussion of the key lessons the speaker has learned from his 50 years of experience with the Bay as a journalist “Save the Bay” a discussion on everything from invasive species to better comprehending what the ‘pristine’ bay was and wasn’t What if knowledge no longer equals power, a distinct possibility in the case of climate inaction despite an immense amount of data Presenter: Tom Horton | Award-winning Author, Journalist, and Bay educator…

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February 2020

Smoke by Day, Fire by Night: A History of Lighthouses including those of the Chesapeake Bay

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series Covers the history of lighthouses from the Ancient Egypt to modern automated beacons Illustrate their construction, technological development and cultural significance Examples include many Chesapeake Bay lighthouses as well as Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark Presenter: Ralph Eshelman | Historian and Author of several successful National Historic Landmark Nominations Information

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Earth Optimism Lecture: The Science of Restoring a Stream

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

When it comes to cleaning up Chesapeake Bay, restoring streams has become an increasingly popular solution. But not all restorations work alike. SERC nutrient ecologist Tom Jordan will reveal where restorations are doing best, and what his team has learned from SERC's own stream restoration on Muddy Creek. The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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The Chesapeake Table: Eating Local for the Bay

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series Examine the powerful effect of the local Chesapeake Bay food economy and the value of building a local food system Practical advice for adopting a locavore diet, from shopping at your local farmer’s market to joining a community supported agriculture share. Recipes for those curious about how they can make their own more environmentally conscious food choices Presenter: Renee Catacalos | Author and board member for multiple sustainable agriculture non-profits Information

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Working toward a sustainable Chesapeake Bay and a sustainable world: a new way forward

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series An honest look at the current state of the Chesapeake Bay Examine how the Chesapeake Bay reached its current status and the results if we stay on our present course Understand the influence we can make to take on what has been described as the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced Presenter: Paul Kazyak | Scientist and Professor, Johns Hopkins University Information

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March 2020

Greener Gardens, One Step at a Time

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WoodsWoods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Severna Park, MD 21146

Unity Gardens presents its Annual Spring Speakers Series with a talk by author Barbara Ellis who will discuss a range of options—from simple steps to ambitious projects—that gardeners and homeowners can take to create beautiful, more sustainable gardens and landscapes that are attractive and healthy for humans, wildlife, pets, and the environment as a whole — including the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries. 10 am: Doors open, Coffee and Light Snacks Served 10:30 am: Presentation 12:00pm: Buffet Brunch, Door Prizes,…

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Earth Optimism Lecture: Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species on Ships

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

Invasive species have been crossing to new shores in the hulls of ships, unseen, for centuries. But in the late 20th century, scientists and managers began discovering more of them inside the ballast water ships carry for balance. In this talk, SERC marine biologist Greg Ruiz will highlight some of the latest efforts to track and clean up ships' ballast water and prevent future invasions. The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about…

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April 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: Stories From Four Decades of Forest Science

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

On the eve of Earth Day, join SERC for a special lecture on how forests are shaping the planet. SERC forest ecologists Sean McMahon and Jess Parker will break down decades of forest research at SERC and across the U.S., and highlight the many ways forests are improving the health of our planet and its people. The talk will be held in the Mathias Laboratory. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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