Great meeting, check out pics of the Greenhouse planting!

It was nice seeing you all at our first meeting, those who were present and signed up for a Team, you should be hearing from your Team leader fairly soon, if you haven’t already! Our next general body meeting is March 9th at NOON in Commons 328. If you would like to host a table with us on at noon March 2nd just email your Team leader and let he/she know you’re interested – a final email regarding that will be going out in a few weeks!

For those who missed our first meeting this Monday, this semester we have four teams completing different service projects. Read below to find out some introductory information on the teams, and know that you can certainly sign up for more than one team:
Team Air, led by Sheena ( will be collaborating with Team Water and Eco-Ambassadors for the remainder of February and the first weeks of March due to the winter weather. Then starting in late march, they will be volunteering with Patapsco Heritage Greenway completing tree plantings and stream cleanups.

Team Water, led by Arielle ( will be adopting a stream on campus and maintaining its quality, as well as visiting the Baltimore Aquarium and participating in conservation events.

Team Earth, led by Jasmine ( will be meeting monthly; as well as working together to maintain our food plot within the UMBC Garden as need be.

Team Fire, led by Humon ( will be working together to plan, collaborate and assist in service projects and events.

ETF is always looking for ambitious students who feel that they can take on a leadership position. If you want a more hands-on role in the organization then join Team Fire, email Humon if interested.

First Meeting Tomorrow (02/09)!

We have a lot of fun service projects planned for the Spring. Join us tomorrow at NOON in Commons 328 for brownies, cupcakes and tea as we get pumped for the semester! Meetings are on the second Monday of every month, so don’t miss this first one. We will be sharing information about the organization, as well as how YOU can get involved.

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Join ETF at the RecycleMania 2015 Kick-Off Fair!

Meet with us on Commons Mainstreet from 11:30am-1pm this Thursday (02/05).

What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania is a competition between universities- to achieve the highest recycling rates and waste rates over 8 weeks. For more information about the competition visit

UMBC’s Goals

In 2014 UMBC was ranked in the top 100 of 273 participating universities and we want to continue towards the top of the heap. To accomplish this Sustainability Coordinators on campus are raising awareness, improving signage and labeling, and hosting events and competitions. We are seeking partnerships with all aspects of campus including faculty, staff, clubs, residence halls, frats, and other student orgs will be participating over the course of the competition to promote sustainability on campus.

Click here to read more…

There will be

bike blender, popcorn, cotton candy and more!
games, groups, photo booth, and more!
pep band and drum circle!
temporary tattoos, water bottles, t-shirts and more!

LAST ETF MEETING Mon (11/10) NOON in Commons 318!

Hello ETF!

Monday’s meeting will be our last one of this semester until we resume classes next Spring. This meeting will be filled with a lot of activity so come on time! In celebration of the hard work and commitment you’ve shown this Fall, we’ll be having a potluck. We will be initiating the filming of a short-video for Recycle For Real at this meeting. The video will show us supporting the legislation for a 100% refundable deposit on beverage containers, and will be uploaded on YouTube before the end of this year. The plan is to send the video, along with a typed letter to our Governor as well as the rest of the Maryland General Assembly.

Bring your friends and your food, hope to see you there!

Feel free to check out Team Air in action on their  10/25 River Cleanup, 11/1 Tree Planting service trips!

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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.

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!

First Meeting of the semester tomorrow (Mon) at NOON, Commons 332!!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Looking forward to seeing each of you at our first meeting tomorrow, Monday Feb 3rd at NOON in the Commons, room 332! It will be an exciting and interesting one with free pizza and drinks. Please make sure to come on time and be prepared to learn about our upcoming service projects, leadership opportunities and group discussions for this semester!

If looking for something to do this Spring Break, make sure to checkout this myUMBC post on ASB’s Environmental Trip (which spurred the creation of ETF) at

Thank you!

Last ETF Meeting of the year, this Friday 11/15!

Hey Everyone!

We’re in the last weeks of the Fall Semester, as thanks for your time and service Environmental Task Force is throwing a mini-party during our last meeting at noon this Friday, November 15th in room 102 of the Math and Psychology building! It was an awesome first semester for the org, make sure to be at the meeting to hear what amazing projects we’ve got planned for the Spring Semester as well as to join in on the fun and games.

Directly after our meeting we will be having a service program with (PHG) Patapsco Heritage Greenway from 1-4pm. We will be providing tree maintenance along the stream across the street from Arbutus Middle School! If you’re interested in the service program, please be prepared to leave the Math/Psychology building with us by 12:45 so that we can all walk up there together.

Good luck on finals, and looking forward to seeing you all this Friday!


PHG Tree Maintenance/Ivy Removal Service Project


Friday, November 15, 2013


1-4 pm


Off of Shelbourne Avenue, directly across the street from Arbutus Middle School Grounds, located on UMBC property.


Wear comfortable waterproof shoes and clothes that can get dirty or wet. We recommend our volunteers wear long pants and shirt, so any prickly underbrush or insects won’t bother you, and water proof shoes or boots to keep your feet dry if you are willing to go in the stream to remove invasive ivy or remove some trash!


We do have some tools, but appreciate when volunteers bring their own; otherwise, you will be using your hands or will have to need to share with others who don’t bring them.  Please mark your name on any tools/equipment you bring with permanent marker so in case we find them later, we can be sure to return them to you!

We also appreciate and recommend you bring your own work gloves, water/drink, sunscreen and insect repellent. If you are allergic to insect bites or stings, please bring any needed medications and notify the tree captain of your allergy.

There are no nearby restrooms available, so please plan accordingly!

SPECIAL ETF Meeting this Friday, November 1st!

Project BioEYES is coming to UMBC!

When: this Friday, November 1st, 12pm-1pm

Where: Math/Psychology building, room 102

Why: To train UMBC students interested in helping their cause


Project BioEYES is a K-12 science education program that strives to “foster enthusiasm for science by offering students opportunities to explore life science through real world applications using a hands-on approach to learning”.

The program “provides classroom-based learning opportunities through the use of live zebrafish” targeting “underserved students in schools where youth have few opportunities to receive advanced, hands-on science programs”.

Come and get trained with Environmental Task Force!

If you have any questions feel free to contact our President, Jasmine Wands at!

Also, make sure to check out some photos of ETF members taken throughout the semester!

See you Friday 🙂

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Hello World!

EForce Unite!

UMBC’s Environmental Task Force was founded by five students interested in environmental protection and activism. If you’re looking for a club that actively gives their service to local environmental organizations such as Parks & People, the Baltimore Aquarium or the Maryland Science Center, then you’ve found it!

Starting September 6th, join us every other Friday, during free hour in the Math and Psych building, room 102. Be prepared for an academic year full of service projects and environmental activism!

Will you be the difference this year?