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15 May 2013: After Action Report: Maryland’s Greenhouse Reduction Act

by Communications Team on May 18, 2013  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Ted Carney (Staff Writer)

After Action Report: On May 15th, Dr. Robert Summers, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, lectured to an engaged audience in APL’s Parsons Auditorium for INCOSE Chesapeake’s monthly event. The topic was Environmental Economics, specifically Maryland’s stated goal (as of 2006) of reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by the year 2020. Dr. Summers’ big-picture perspective brought the total economic impact of Maryland’s environmental policies into focus. First speaking on the impacts of the GHG emissions goal, Summers then transitioned to a dialog with the audience touching on several environmental issues.

Dr. Summers’ expertise and passion were especially showcased when he responded to an audience member’s question regarding a study done on the Chesapeake Bay by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Summers cited results and conclusions of the study from memory, and also quoted a researcher with the following: “More money crashes off the end of that runway every day than our department sees in a year.” Referring to the nearness of the Naval Air Station to the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the quote is both tongue-and-cheek and telling. The reality is that there is a universal lack of dedicated funding and this is in part of what makes solutions to environmental issues one of the a great challenge for systems engineering. It is also why Dr. Summers’ talk was so intriguing, leaving the audience vocalizing their desire for lectures on similarly ecological topics in the future.

Dr. Summers’ lecture highlighted the far-reaching economic implications of environmental policy, and evoked the community’s enthusiasm for the topic. See more by downloading his presentation here:
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