Environmental directory lists businesses, programs Cooperative project targets employers, students in field

July 20, 1996|By Kathleen B. Hennelly | Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening presided yesterday over the release of a new environmental directory designed to help thousands of Maryland businesses, their employees and students aspiring to environmental careers.

The directory, called "Environment Maryland!` is a compilation of addresses and descriptions of environmental employers and educational programs throughout Maryland.

Its authors hope it will help people interested in a career in the environment find jobs and encourage businesses to enter into joint environmental ventures.

Against the backdrop of the newest educational wing of Baltimore's Columbus Center and its wetlands exhibit, Glendening said the directory was the result of a combined effort of his administration and city and state organizations.

He also planted marsh grass on the mock wetlands behind the Columbus Center.

The directory caters to three "E's" of Glendening's 1994 campaign -- education, environment and economic development, several officials said. It was created through the Environment Project at Catonsville Community College by director Chris Fox.

" 'Environment Maryland!' is the result of a coalition of groups that have the same goal -- to create educational, economic and environmental opportunities for all Marylanders," said Glendening. "This program is especially designed to make it easy for students to have a successful transition from school to jobs in the environment."

The project received a $44,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Education's Career Connections program. The directory will be provided free to high schools and colleges. Copies cost $15 each and may be obtained by calling (410) 455-6149.

Fox and Allison Anderson, the project's environmental grant coordinator, who came up with the idea and orchestrated the development of the directory, did it out of environmental concern and for their students.

"There was recognition that there was no outlet for students to look for jobs or internships within the environmental business sector," said Fox. "We decided that this would be a good idea, and other groups started signing up. There was a lot of interest in this project."

The Baltimore Urban League got involved because "we were trying to get more African-Americans involved in the environment," said Andrew Sawyers, coordinator of environmental projects for the organization. "We hope to use this as a tool to reach out and get people interested. This is easily accessible, hands-on information."

Other collaborating groups include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science.

Pub Date: 7/20/96

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