Focus Frostburg

FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg

Frostburg State University will again be focusing on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 22, with events occurring all day starting at 10 a.m. The programs are free and open to the public.

Learn about FSU’s environmental commitment from a range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane University Center, including such topics of sustainable recycling, solutions to global development issues, religion and environmental activism, co-operative sustainability and climate change.

Several events will be happening throughout the day. “Witness,” a student art exhibition exploring themes of climate change, will be held outside the Lane Center throughout the day. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will be presenting details from FSU’s spring 2019 Recyclemania competition focusing on recycling. There will be poster designing, recycling competitions, opportunities to learn more about FSU’s efforts and tours of FSU’s recycling center led by Recycling Coordinator Erick Kasecamp.

There will be two featured films playing periodically. “A Simple Way,” a documentary from FSU and Interdependent Pictures exploring a trip to Uganda and solutions to global development issues, will be shown in the Lane Center starting at 10 a.m. Also playing will be “The Vision Within” at 10:30 a.m. that explores the critical role our inner visions play in our lives.

Presentations start at 10 a.m. with “Religion and Environmental Activism,” featuring the documentary project “Renewal,” the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists.

Two presentations begin at 11 a.m. The Wholesome Harvest Co-op will present “Co-operative Sustainability,” which will cover local sustainable initiatives involving recycling, reducing plastic use, supporting local agriculture and how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. “Ego vs. Eco” will explore the beauty of our planet and provide information about impactful changes that future generations can make toward sustainability.

A variety of presentations will begin at noon. The “Tree Campus USA Arbor Day Celebration” will discuss what FSU has done to be recognized as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA Program. “Discover the Green New Deal” will focus on the proposed economic stimulus programs aimed at addressing climate change and economic inequality. Opportunities for local community support will be explored. “The Green Map” will focus on the SUST455 capstone course efforts in developing a Green Map highlighting campus and community resources and sustainable ideals.

At 1 p.m., “The Upstream Initiative: Positive Change Begins With U&I” will explore efforts in the community. CMST 322 students will present “Students Advocating for Sustainability” in the Gira Center to cover information about sustainability topics, including local food movement, recycling and endangered species advocacy.

Starting a 2 p.m., there will be five presentations: “Comparison of 30 Tree Species for Use in Dendrochronological Studies at 12 Parks in the National Capital Parks Regions in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia,” “Habitat Suitability Modeling of Culturally Important Plants of the Lakota at Wind Cave National Park,” “Lakota Priorities and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Sustainable Plant Gathering,” “Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay” and “Western Maryland Food Council – Cultivating a Sustainable Food Future.”

There will be two presentations at 3 p.m. “Plastic Walks” will showcase a plan to reuse plastic and polymeric sand to replace crumbling concrete sidewalks on campus. “Increasing the Sustainability of White Oak (‘Quercus alba L.’) for Use in Traditional Cherokee Basketry” will explore the different woods suitable for basketry and how to determine the suitability prior to harvesting the tree.

The final presentation, “Reckoning the Anthropocene,” will be at 4 p.m. where participants can engage in open reading or performance of poetry, prose, songs or musical scores exploring environmental themes.

At 6 p.m. following the presentations will be “Aiming for the STARS: Exploring FSU’s Sustainability Goals,” hosted by SUST 455 students and campus sustainability student groups. This will be an interactive introduction to FSU sustainability initiatives. Topics of discussion will include the United Nations’ 17 Development Goals and FSU’s quest for Gold in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS rating system. There will be a chance to engage with campus sustainability ambassadors.

For more information, contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at or visit

Monday, April 22 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

Lane Center

Event Type

Special Events


Contact Person

Kara Rogers Thomas

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Ticket Info - Cost/Ticket site

Free and open to the public


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