Hey ETF,

We have our second meeting tomorrow! Feel free to bring your friends and your lunch as we discuss with Recycle For Real‘s Field Coordinator, Emily Brandon, on ways to increase recycling and reuse in Maryland!

Be prepared to join in on the conversation, as well as to receive updates on Teams Air, Earth, Water and (new) Fire.

Check out these beautiful pics of Team Air on their 9/27 Watershed Cleanup and 9/28 English ivy Removal service trips!

See you soon 🙂


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Global Water Brigades August 2015 Service Trip

Global Water Brigades at UMBC are planning a service trip to Ghana in August 2015. Volunteers will be working in a few rural communities building infrastructures to collect and filter rain water to use during dry seasons. These communities need access to clean water; as a volunteer you will be meeting with community members, children and families to empower them by educating them on the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene!

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, fill out their quick membership form, check out their informational PowerPoint and email Bianca with any questions at!

Help Environment Maryland petition at UMBC on 9/17

Help Environment Maryland collect signatures for EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal next Wed (09/17) at 1pm. If you’re available and interested, email Sheena at before NOON this Sunday! Feel free to invite your friends too!

Environment Maryland is a citizen based environmental advocacy group working towards global warming solutions. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal wants to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% by 2030. Until October 16th, Environment Maryland will be working on gathering as many public comments as they can in support of this.

Great Meeting Everyone!

Thank you to all who could make it, it was great hearing your insightful ideas for new service projects next semester.

Follow our myUMBC group, and the UMBC Sustainability blog too. Don’t forget to take the Green Pledge, if you haven’t already! If you need an extra, repeatable class then consider adding Edu 299 “Save our Trees“. Lastly, check out these Patapsco Heritage internship positions; if interested, email Betsy McMillion at for more information.

Our next ETF meeting will be Mon. Oct 13 at NOON in Commons 318! We will have meetings on the second Monday of every month.
This semester our officers Jasmine, Arielle and Sheena will be individually leading 3 different service projects that you can volunteer for. Those that were at today’s meeting and signed up for a team will be receiving an email from each of us within the next week containing information concerning service dates, carpooling details, etc.

Those that were not at the meeting:

Sheena ( will be leading Team Air, which is the Patapsco Heritage Greenway service project. Members who sign up with me will be cleaning watersheds, removing invasive English ivy from trees at CCBC, and planting/providing maintenance for trees within parts of the Patapsco Valley State Park. Service dates and times for this team have already been confirmed, but we will need to discuss carpooling.
Arielle ( will be leading Team Water, which is the UMBC Stream adoption and maintenance service project. Members who sign up with her are encouraged to take a Stream Watcher Training workshop where they will learn how to properly clean and look out for water quality problems in one of the streams within the UMBC campus. Allegedly, these streams haven’t been cleaned in about 3 years.
Jasmine ( will be leading Team Earth, which is the maintenance of our food plot in the UMBC Garden located by the UMBC police station. Members who sign up with her will be provided with all the necessary tools to upkeep our food plot. They will make periodic trips up to the Garden throughout the semester. The food grown from the Garden will be used by the UMBC community.
If you were not at the meeting today, you can sign up for all or one project by emailing the respective team leader as soon as you can. To remain an Element (active ETF member) you must attend 3 service projects, 2 meetings and 1 social event. If you do this, you’ll receive plenty of nice perks and a FREE T-SHIRT 🙂

First ETF meeting of the Fall 2014 semester on Mon, Sept 9th at Noon in Commons 331!

Join us for FREE PIZZA as we discuss our objectives for the new academic year. Also, don’t hesitate to speak to one of the officers if you’re interested in applying for a leadership position, or just have any ideas as to what service projects we could complete.

See you there!

No Meeting Today, Mon 03/24!

Hey everyone!

We will not be having a meeting today due to many students taking midterms that have been rescheduled from before spring break to this week. Instead, we will have a meeting next Monday 03/31. Later this week, we’ll be releasing a flyer with upcoming ETF service opportunities.
There will be an officer’s meeting today at noon in Commons 332, if interested, anyone is free to attend.

Good luck on your exams and see you all next Monday!

NO ETF meeting tomorrow but check out our myUMBC post!

Hey Everyone!

As you know, we did not have a meeting last Monday March 3rd, because school was closed. We will NOT be having a meeting tomorrow, March 10th as well.

Instead, we will be having a meeting the Monday after Spring Break (March 24th) at NOON in Commons 332. Until then, keep a look out for email and website notifications about upcoming service projects for this month.

Also, check out our myUMBC discussion post on diversity in Sustainability and Environmental Protection efforts. If you find this topic interesting, feel free to reply with an answer and/or a question of your own!

And by the way, tomorrow at noon is the RecycleMania Parade! Beginning at the Performing Arts & Humanities Building at 12:10pm and ending at the Commons Terrace at 1pm. If interested, come watch and hear President Hrabowski speak! For more information on the parade schedule, follow this link.

Have a great Spring Break, and can’t wait to see you soon!