CCWS Announces Weeklong Schedule of Events Leading up to Green Neighbor Festival

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Green Neighbor Festival Committee have announced a full schedule of speaker panels, career info and other activities leading up to the May 4 Green Neighbor Festival.

All opening activities are free, open to the public and hosted on the Hood College campus. Events will kick off April 30 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall with an expert panel discussion on “Current and Future Health of the Monocacy.” With ongoing, community-wide interest in the Monocacy River, experts will discuss water quality, habitats, living resources, pollutants and land use around the Monocacy. The panelists include:

  • Vicki Blazer, with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Fish Health Laboratory
  • Tim Goodfellow, principal planner with the Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting
  • Josh Henesy, with the Department of Natural Resources Freshwater Fisheries Program
  • Michael Kashiwagi, with the Department of Natural Resources Monitoring and Biological Stream Survey
  • Shannon Moore, manager of the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources within the Office of the County Executive at the Frederick government
  • Kevin Sellner, Ph.D., senior scholar in Hood’s CCWS
  • Andy Wilson, associate professor of environmental studies and an ornithologist at Gettysburg College

Other events that week will take place May 1 and 2:

  • May 1, 5:30 p.m., Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall: Frederick Green Drinks Networking event with non-alcoholic refreshments where “green-minded” enthusiasts can meet and talk.
  • May 1, 6:30 p.m., Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall: Frederick County Green Policy Forum, hosted by the Frederick Zero Waste Alliance. Local political leaders will serve as panelists to discuss the future of “green policy” in Frederick County.
  • May 2, 3-5:30 p.m., Whitaker Campus Center: Green job/career fair where attendees will meet local businesses that can offer career advice and opportunities in sustainably-focused job fields.
  • May 2, 8 p.m., Hodson Outdoor Theatre: Showing of the movie “March of the Penguins”

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